The Golden Age of Hollywood

A companion thread to my "What's the Last DVD You Purchased?" thread. I thought it might be fun to discuss what we all are watching or have recently watched. Below will be my first post in this thread.

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Tonight I watched Thank You, Jeeves, starring Arthur Treacher as the butler Jeeves and David Niven as his employer. This was quite an early one for Niven, and I watched it mainly to see him. As a silly spy-comedy, it was only ok, but I always love seeing Niven in anything. I may buy it eventually just for the sake of collecting his films. I'm happy that 20th Century Fox has released these previously unobtainable Jeeves movies on DVD. They are available as part of a Cinema Classics Collection.

So many choices for something to watch! I have decided on The Bride Comes Home, starring Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, and Robert Young. This is a classic screwball romantic comedy, made in 1936. Like so many of her romantic comedies, this one involves a rivalry between two men (sometimes there were even three), and one of the classic rivalry actors in these movies for some reason was Robert Young. Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas were also commonly involved in these rivalries, along with the ill-fated Ralph Bellamy who never got the girl.

Recently I've been watching Sylvia Sidney movies that I've discovered I have a few lying around my home that I've not seen.  Recently I was invited to join a Sylvia Sidney Facebook group, which is what's prompted me.  

I saw An American Tragedy, stars Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney and Frances Dee, a very interesting movie precode that focuses on a man's attempts to climb the social ladder by any means possible.  

Also enjoyed seeing Sylvia  in the charming precode 30 day Princess where she had dual roles. Versatile actress. Kinda the original princess diaries' idea I think. Bit of a Prince and the Pauper type theme.  Lovely Romcom.

I'm still to watch Sylvia in You and Me with George Raft and King Vidor's production of Street Scene also starring Estelle Taylor.

Then I saw Ten Cents A Dance starring Barbara STanwyck, interestingly a Lionel Barrymore production, also starring Ricardo Cortez.  I really enjoyed this precode movie.

Also seen recently Man of the World, starring Carole Lombard and William Powell, an most enjoyable precode and made just prior to their marriage. Also stars Wynne Gibson.

Have been in a precode mood of late. Oh too I saw Me and My Gal, SPencer Tracey and Joan Bennett, thoroughly enjoyable too.

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