Since I generally prefer to watch comedies, I have a lot of pre-Code melodramas/potboilers/morality tales in my collection that I still haven't watched. These were all gifts from friends. I have a huge backlog now, and today I was realizing what a treasure-trove it is.
I have several boxed sets of movies with dozens of Pre-Code movies starring great actors such as Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, and on and on--all new to…Continue
I finally got thoroughly fed up with my provider and canceled not only my cable but also my land line. I now have only Internet.
The thing I was most concerned about was losing TCM. It's really the only channel I care about. But because of another account with a different provider, I am able to log into Watch TCM, which is live streaming of the channel over the Internet. This is the most amazing thing. Here I am in my quiet house, without TV or telemarketers calling all the time, and…Continue
These aren’t earth-breaking facts coming to light, but I got a small thrill out of discovering some little-known trivia.
We all know Frank Morgan and his most famous role as the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. We also all know that The Wizard of Oz was filmed in 1939. What you may not know:
1) In 1935, before MGM even had a script for The Wizard of Oz and had not begun casting, Frank Morgan was in a screwball comedy called The Good Fairy. In this film,…Continue
A few years back, I set myself a task of watching a long list of movies, some of which I wanted to watch but hadn't had the time to see, and some of which I felt I SHOULD watch, even though they weren't my cup of tea--westerns, war films, etc. I spent at least a year working on this task--not every night, because sometimes I just wanted to rewatch an old favorite and take a break from my dutiful viewing of unseen classics, but I kept at it steadily. I covered movies and genres I…Continue
When the first scenes began to unfold in lurid color on my screen, I was dubious, but that was nothing compared to the deep and troubling doubt that soon followed. A very young Jack Nicholson appeared, speaking lines that seemed stolen from the cheapest gothic romance. I believe his first two lines had a touch of an accent, something vaguely European to go with his Napoleonic soldier’s uniform, but the accent was gone by the third line. He was quickly engaged by a 1960s sex…Continue
It’s no secret that Woody Allen likes old movies, maybe even as much as we do. Many of his films pay tribute to the classics. Tonight I’ve been rewatching Manhattan Murder Mystery, and I think I’m enjoying it more than ever before because I’m getting more of Woody’s references to our beloved old…Continue
Previously, I had been spending all my movie…Continue
Three-Cornered Moon, starring Claudette Colbert, “is often cited as being the first genuine ‘screwball’ comedy that launched an entire genre of films in the 1930s” (according to the blurb on the box). I don’t know the source of this statement, but let’s consider it.
It’s impossible, of course, to identify any single film as a launching pad for the genre, at least, not with any consensus. Definitions of genres are always…Continue
A list of screwball comedy films with a short introduction.
Screwball Comedy Viewers’ Guide
The meaning of the term “screwball comedy” is somewhat elusive, its precise definition endlessly debated in film circles. The genre shares a number of characteristics with other types of film comedy, yet screwball comedy is somehow distinct. We know we love it, but what is it exactly?
As promised, here are the past trivia questions which have been posted on the Screwball Comedies page so far, and the correct answers:
1. “It’s about how love came to a girl in a small New England town. Outwardly, she seemed to belong to that narrow, benighted community, but in her heart she longed to be called ‘baby’. Out of the great big city, there came to this little hamlet the man who did call her ‘baby’…um, from there the story warms up.” Who said these lines, and in what…
Added by Rosie Sayer on May 6, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments
I always have an ongoing wish list of films that are either not available on VHS or DVD, or out of print and overpriced, or that I just haven't gotten around to buying. Since I no longer have a VCR, I'm now only interested in DVDs. My current wish list includes (but is not limited to):
* = fervently desired
(UPDATED FEBRUARY 18, 2015)
1.√ *Good Sam (got it! thanks, Walt!)
2. √*No Time for Comedy (Stewart & R. Russell) (thanks, Al!)
3. *Hired Wife
Well, folks, I've finally decided to post this list, knowing it will soon be out of date. But I will try to keep it updated. So without further ado, here is my Classic Film Collection in alphabetical order. DVD2 means Region 2 DVD; my other DVDs are Region 1.
If you see a copyright symbol, it means that the VHS has some sort of strange copy protection that doesn't allow me to transfer it to my DVD recorder. Many of my VHS tapes/DVD+Rs were recorded off the TV in Europe, so they're PAL…