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"I might have some of these as well but it's going to be a couple of weeks before I can let you know. My library is not yet unpacked. We're getting our house painted and so we have not fully unpacked until that is finished. I'll get…"
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What are your favorite movies?
Too many to list here
Who are your favorite stars?
Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and dozens more
Who are your favorite directors?
David Lean, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Ernst Lubitsch and more
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
I am a collector of all types of movies with preference for classics and films of the 1930s and 1940s
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Orchestra Wives (1942)

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 11:09pm 0 Comments

There are some good musical numbers in this film as one might expect considering the cast.  First of all 'The Glenn Miller Band' provides many favourites well known to fans of that era.  Included are 'The Modernaires' although Paula Kelly is not among them but her place is taken by Marion Hutton who happens to be Betty Hutton's older sister.  She does a credible job.  Other surprise and uncredited  performers are Dale Evans,  Jackie Gleason, Tex Beneke, Billy May and Dorothy Dandridge…

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The Collector (1965)

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 8:58pm 0 Comments

This film had 3 Academy Award nominations and also won several other awards.  How I happened to have missed seeing this back when it was released is  bit of mystery to me but nevertheless I have now seen it and enjoyed it very much.  Samantha Eggar was one of the nominees for best actress and she is perfect for this thriller.  IMO, Terrance Stamp who won the best actor award at Cannes should also have been nominated by the academy but was not.  The director was William Wyler (also a nominee)…

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Last Holiday (1950)

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:32am 0 Comments

It has been quite some time since I posted here but sometimes the demands on my time can be great.

However, I wanted to make mention of the film I recently watched (captioned above) because it seemed like one of those little known films that deserve more attention.  I believe Last Holiday has been one of the Criterion selections that is about to be discontinued and they are selling it now at a discount for a limited time.

 

The film stars Alec Guiness who always seems to…

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The Letter (1929)

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 9:48am 13 Comments

I was fortunate to obtain a copy of the 1929 film THE LETTER which stars Jeanne Eagels in the only film in which she appears that is still extant at least as far as I know. She only made one other sound film. Shortly after the film was made she died of a drug overdose.



There is a lot can be said about this relatively short film. I think it is a stand out performance all around and the fact that Eagels was nominated (posthumously) for an Academy award is just one item. She lost to Mary… Continue

James Mitchell and Kathryn Grayson

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 12:59pm 0 Comments

With the recent passing of James Mitchell and the even more recent passing of Kathryn Grayson, I decided to spend some viewing time in a nostalgic look at both these musical stars. James was primarily a dancer and he was an extraordinary one, while Kathryn was a beautiful lyrical soprano. I chose to watch Kathryn in a cameo role appearance in 'Till The Clouds Roll By' in which she sang opposite Tony Martin in a duet from 'Show Boat' which was lavishly staged and beautifully sung… Continue

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At 1:35pm on February 13, 2010, Rosie Sayer said…
I'm surprised! But I want to find out for sure so that I can know whether someone correctly answered my trivia question over on Screwball Comedies. As quizmistress I need to have my facts straight. :-) I did an Internet search, of course, but I couldn't find detailed enough information on the plot.
Thanks, Bill, for your quick reply!
At 10:49am on February 13, 2010, Rosie Sayer said…
Hi, Bill. I haven't been very much in touch with my GAOH friends in a while. I hope all is well with you.
I was wondering if you've ever seen Dance, Girl, Dance. It's a Dorothy Arzner film that stars Maureen O'Hara. I have a little question, and thought you would be my best bet at finding out the answer (since you seem to have seen everything!). The question is whether Ralph Bellamy woos Maureen but loses her to Louis Hayward in this film. Do you know?
I see I missed your birthday. Hope it was a happy one!
At 4:38pm on January 29, 2010, Abdullah aka Chuck said…
Have a great birthday!!

At 3:47pm on November 27, 2008, Rosie Sayer said…
Rita Hayworth in Gilda!
(Love that line.)
Thanks for stopping by--I hope you'll come by the Screwball Comedies page more often! I'll have a new trivia question up soon.
At 11:33pm on September 27, 2008, Bill said…
Very interesting, thanks for this.
You can go more directly to the site with this link
http://morethanyouneededtoknow.typepad.com/the_unsung_joe/page/2/
At 2:33pm on September 2, 2008, basilnelson said…
Thanks Bill. My videos are available to all movie enthusiasts and you are welcome. Yes, Carolyn of the Profane Angel is well known to me. We subscribe to each other's Youtube Channels and we are 'Friends' here at the Golden Age site.

I hope you continue to enjoy my little tributes. I have many projects in the pipeline and if there any names you would like to see in my Movie Legends series, just drop me a line.

I have already produced two new titles RICHARD ARLEN and NILS ASTHER for another Golden Age member (which have been released here but not yet on Youtube) so any new names are always welcome.
Regards BAZ
At 9:32am on August 3, 2008, Dave Miller said…
Hi Bill, thanks for joining my list of friends. Hope to chat more in the future.
Take care,
Dave
At 7:31pm on July 13, 2008, Bill said…
I have to say that I was a bit taken back by the scene you mentioned but I put it down to the fact it WAS pre-code. Quite obviously this would not be allowed post code nor would any court or enquiry board allow a witness to arrive in such obvious state of duress and testify. Well, that's the movies and it is an excellent example of pre code.
Yes, I have seen Hot Saturday and I enjoyed it although a bit implausible in my opinion. I thought it was fun to see Randolph Scott with Cary since they were good friends and shared a residence, but that is another story
Bill
At 3:40pm on July 3, 2008, Rosie Sayer said…
Bill,
I haven't commented on this before, but I love your blog posts on what you're watching. I appreciate that you flesh your blog posts out with background information rather than just giving a thumbs up or thumbs down. Your reviews are straightforward yet personal and really make me feel as if we could be discussing the film over a cup of coffee. Makes for nice reading! I also envy how many films you get to watch!
At 10:11am on June 23, 2008, Bill said…
Hard to read the line which is:
If I had been a ranch, they would have named me 'The Bar None' "
 
 
 

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