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Stephen Butler commented on Ktrek's blog post I'm moving!
"Good luck, Kevin, and I'm sure I speak for everyone in wishing you happiness in your new home.  Cheers, Stephen"
Aug 12
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Top Hat (1935)

When you think of musicals, you think of song, dance, comedy; you think of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  They are, perhaps, the definitive musical film stars.  Their films set the standard for musicals after the huge rush of the genre at the dawn of the sound era.  Astaire and Rogers made ten pictures together; nine were at RKO between 1933 and 1939, while a tenth was made at MGM in 1949 after Judy Garland was forced out of The Barkleys of Broadway.  Top Hat was their fourth picture…See More
Aug 12
Stephen Butler commented on Stephen Butler's blog post Gone With the Wind (1939)
"Thank you so much, Kevin!  As I said to Rosie, your opinion means a great deal to me because I appreciate kind comments from someone as knowledgeable and respected as yourself.  I too love the film as one of the greatest ever made.…"
Aug 4
Ktrek commented on Stephen Butler's blog post Gone With the Wind (1939)
"Thanks for taking the time and effort to write all that for us Stephen. One of the best blog posts I have read!  GWTW is one of the finest films ever made. The four hour length puts a lot of people today off but it just couldn't have been…"
Aug 4
Rosie Sayer commented on Stephen Butler's blog post Gone With the Wind (1939)
"Stephen, your devotion to this film is humbling. Thank you for sharing all that. Another wonderful blog post from you!"
Aug 1
Midge commented on Stephen Butler's blog post The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
"Thank you for the wonderful essay, Stephen. I discovered The Adventures of Robin Hood relatively late in life but was instantly seduced by its wonderful cast, the glorious Technicolor cinematography and the sweeping, heroic score.…"
Jul 31
Stephen Butler posted a blog post

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Love it or loathe it, Gone With the Wind is one of the greatest pictures ever made.  And this, my friends, is a blog to match the film: huge, spectacular, colourful (British spellings again, I'm afraid!) and just a little corny in places.  I have used a variety of sources: the many books I have concerning its production, of which I will provide a list of recommended reading if anyone is interested, films that have been made about the production of GWTW (this is a common acronym for the film,…See More
Jul 29
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"I wonder if our views were that opposing?  It was Price's character that was obnoxious, not Price himself.  I agree that his character was a bit of a bore, even a little obnoxious.  Yes, I think I misunderstood Mischa Auer's…"
Jul 29
Stephen Butler replied to Ktrek's discussion What Are You Watching?
"I have three films to report from this week.  Using my external hard drive as the source, I have approximately 1,500 films on there so I decided to select a few.  Here's what came out: 1. THE CAPTIVE (1915) Cecil B. DeMille.…"
Jul 28
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,…"
Jul 21
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

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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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Top Hat (1935)

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 8:27am 0 Comments

When you think of musicals, you think of song, dance, comedy; you think of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  They are, perhaps, the definitive musical film stars.  Their films set the standard for musicals after the huge rush of the genre at the dawn of the sound era.  Astaire and Rogers made ten pictures together; nine were at RKO between 1933 and 1939, while a tenth was made at MGM in 1949 after Judy Garland was forced out of The Barkleys of Broadway.  Top Hat was…

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Gone With the Wind (1939)

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 7:30am 4 Comments

Love it or loathe it, Gone With the Wind is one of the greatest pictures ever made.  And this, my friends, is a blog to match the film: huge, spectacular, colourful (British spellings again, I'm afraid!) and just a little corny in places.  I have used a variety of sources: the many books I have concerning its production, of which I will provide a list of recommended reading if anyone is interested, films that have been made about the production of GWTW (this is a common…

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 4:30am 8 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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