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Stephen Butler replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"29. ROCK AROUND THE WORLD aka THE TOMMY STEELE STORY (1957) Last night I awoke suddenly in a sweat, sat bolt upright and said - "The Tommy Steele Story (1957)!!!"  Yes, I shouted the year of release, too.  However,…"
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Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
" have two two movies to report on this week!  I know!  There hardly seems time but it's true!  Two whole movies!  Anyway, here goes: First up is Service De Luxe (1938).  I watched this after Rosie…"
Jul 20
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"I'm not sure if I could bear it if my DVD player couldn't change the aspect ratio.  Still,  we are well used to having our films stretched, or tops and bottoms cut off of the image when watching on British TV.  I love all…"
Jul 16
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"I think there are a number of aspects of 1930's values that make us gag today - sexism and racism are the two major ones.  I'm writing a blog about Gone With the Wind (don't tell anyone) which includes a lot of both,…"
Jul 15
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"I have a Bogart box set which includes a 2-disc version of the 1941 The Maltese Falcon.  On the second disc are the 1931 version and Satan Met a Lady. x"
Jul 15
Stephen Butler commented on Stephen Butler's blog post The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
"Thank you very much, Kevin!  This whole Korngold/Steiner debate is a tough one, because they were such different composers, despite being born in the same city at roundabout the same time (ish).  Steiner would have written themes for all…"
Jul 15
Stephen Butler commented on Stephen Butler's blog post Being Fan of Classic Movies in the United Kingdom [WARNING: U.K. spellings alert!]
"I'm sure that, for action movie fans, it's a great action movie.  So put it on an Action Movie Channel (AMC!) instead!  There should be no place for it on TCM - and even if there were, not on a Sunday evening at peak time!…"
Jul 15
Ktrek commented on Stephen Butler's blog post The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
"Thanks for taking the time to write all this, Stephen. Robin Hood is also one of my favorite films and of many other men who love classic films. Perhaps it's action nature doesn't appeal to women as much as men? Rosie is not the first…"
Jul 14
Ktrek commented on Stephen Butler's blog post Being Fan of Classic Movies in the United Kingdom [WARNING: U.K. spellings alert!]
"I remember seeing "Sudden Death" many years ago and although it's not a bad action film I would not consider it "classic", and thus Turner does injustice to the name Tuner "Classic" Movie Channel. I'm also…"
Jul 14
Stephen Butler commented on Stephen Butler's blog post The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
"Wow!  Thank you so much, Rosie.  I'm glad you are going to give the film another chance.  It's definitely worth it, in my view.  It really is a 'feel-good' film. x"
Jul 13
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"I have not seen it, but I do know as a matter of trivia that it was the film debut of Vincent Price.  I'm always doing that, putting a movie on and nodding off. If it's on YouTube I might have a crack at it myself.  Thank you for…"
Jul 13
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"I haven't watched a film in some weeks, I'm afraid.  There are a number of reasons for this: firstly, poor health makes it difficult for me to concentrate for extended periods at the moment.  I'm hoping this may improve.…"
Jul 13
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"Not seen Casablanca? ...  ....   ..   ......!  (I'm spitting feathers).   By the way, I'm talking off the top of my head here, so I may be wrong, but isn't Five Star Final the film that featured…"
Jul 13
Stephen Butler commented on Gem Data's blog post What are your TOP five movies of all time?
"It's an extraordinary thing, isn't it, film appreciation, and the different reasons why we love a certain title.  I know both Sunrise and The Passion of Joan of Arc, indeed I know all the titles you mention but I am not very good at…"
Jul 13
Rosie Sayer commented on Stephen Butler's blog post The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
"Well, Stephen, that was amazing. I have seen (most of) Robin Hood and thought it was not my cup of tea. Maybe it's not, but you have persuaded me that I should give it another chance. Next time, I will watch for all those things you mentioned.…"
Jul 11
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion Double Harness (1933) in the group Movie of the Week
"I have a copy of this movie which I have not watched in some time.  I shall dig it out and watch it again. x"
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Stephen Butler commented on Stephen Butler's blog post The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
"Thank you so much, Rudy.  I've read it back and it's nowhere near perfect, occasionally repetitious, definitely verbose, but it's not a bad start, I suppose.  I agree about the splitting of the arrow sequence - that is…"
Jul 11
Rodolfo (Rudy) Carreon commented on Stephen Butler's blog post The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
"Well...seems you've said it all...and I agree.  My most exciting moment in the movie is when Robin SPLITS his opponent's arrow at end of the tournament.  Now, that was an eye-popping moment.  And, the roar from the crowd…"
Jul 10
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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

As I have professed on a number of occasions that the 1938 Warner Bros. Errol Flynn / Olivia de Havilland swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood is my favourite film, it makes sense that my first review ought to be about this film.  I first saw the film in 1978, around the time of its 40th anniversary, and it left me open-mouthed with wonder.  It does to this day.  Let's get some of the technical stuff out of the way.  The film broke all studio records of the time.  It cost around $2 million…See More
Jul 10

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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Olivia de Havilland
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Michael Curtiz
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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 4:30am 7 Comments

As I have professed on a number of occasions that the 1938 Warner Bros. Errol Flynn / Olivia de Havilland swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood is my favourite film, it makes sense that my first review ought to be about this film.  I first saw the film in 1978, around the time of its 40th anniversary, and it left me open-mouthed with wonder.  It does to this day.  

Let's get some of the technical stuff out of the way.  The film broke all studio records of the time.  It…

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Being Fan of Classic Movies in the United Kingdom [WARNING: U.K. spellings alert!]

Posted on July 5, 2017 at 11:06am 6 Comments

Hello!  This is my first blog and - who knows? - it may be my last.  We'll have to see how it goes with this site.  

I became a fan of the 'Classic Movie' (for the purposes of my interest, this is any film made before 1967) back in 1978 when we first got a colour television in our house.  When we switched it on, the first thing we found to watch was the definitive Robin Hood, Errol Flynn in the 1938 Technicolor swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood.  It became my…

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At 3:28pm on December 26, 2016, Rosie Sayer said…

Happy Boxing Day! I hope you're enjoying the holidays and watching lots of old movies. :-)

At 12:59pm on September 21, 2016, Rosie Sayer said…

Glad to hear you'll be sticking around! I know exactly what you mean by "GAOH therapy."

At 1:54pm on September 19, 2016, Rosie Sayer said…

Hi, Stephen! Welcome to GAOH! I hope you'll enjoy it here.

At 7:46am on August 13, 2016, Dave Miller said…

Welcome to GAOH, Stephen. I hope you will enjoy you visits here.

 
 
 

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