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Started this discussion. Last reply by kareng Jul 30. 4 Replies

Hello, I just want to say to Kevin that I am extremely grateful that the site has now been reprieved for another year, thank you for your efforts.  And thank you to all the people that donated; you…Continue

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Stephen Butler replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Yes, it was so good, Karen, that when I formed a band in 1994, we named our first album The Greatest Show on Earth, which started a tradition in the band that all of our albums would be named after films, and they have been to this…"
Aug 6
Stephen Butler replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Hello Ladies & Gentlemen: My contribution to this particular thread is possibly one of the greatest carnival/circus films I have ever seen, and I'm amazed noone has mentioned it.  I came here with another film…"
Aug 6
Stephen Butler commented on Ktrek's blog post Bing Crosby co-star, Mary Carlisle has passed away at 104 - RIP
"I heard this dreadful news this morning, probably due to the time difference here in the UK (it's Friday morning here).  She made her final screen appearance the year before my 74-year-old stepfather was born.  Sad news;…"
Aug 3
kareng replied to Stephen Butler's discussion This Beautiful Corner of the Internet
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Jul 30
Ktrek replied to Stephen Butler's discussion This Beautiful Corner of the Internet
"Srephen, I appreciate your desire to keep GAOH going. The next year will tell whether the site will remain. I don't mind keeping it going as long as there is enough activity to justify its existence. We had gotten to the point where we…"
Jul 20
Rosie Sayer replied to Stephen Butler's discussion This Beautiful Corner of the Internet
"Miracles do occur! Thanks to Kevin for continuing our existence here! I have been busy with my son's arrival for his summer vacation (see What I've Been Watching), but I am back to posting. I have lured many people, including my son, into…"
Jul 20
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Stephen Butler's discussion This Beautiful Corner of the Internet
"Right on, Stephen. It's like an oasis in a desert, or a bright beacon in a dark sky... long may GAOH reign! Thank you Kevin for everything you do to keep this wonderful site going."
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This Beautiful Corner of the Internet

Hello, I just want to say to Kevin that I am extremely grateful that the site has now been reprieved for another year, thank you for your efforts.  And thank you to all the people that donated; you have all made my life that bit easier by continuing to be able to read this wonderful site.However, I have not contributed much over the past year, but I did write two or three papers on classic movies, and I want to continue to write these and post them here, as part of my pledge to do more to keep…See More
Jul 18
Stephen Butler commented on Ktrek's blog post We've had a good run!
"It would be good if Kevin could come back to this thread once more and let us know his final thoughts on the matter, whether his decision to quit is solely financial, or perhaps other reasons may prevent his wanting to continue, and if there is…"
Jul 17
Stephen Butler commented on Ktrek's blog post We've had a good run!
"Sometimes running a website, a forum, or a blog can feel like a millstone around one's neck, even belonging to one and contributing regularly can; so, if some have left because they feel relief at no longer having the responsibility to…"
Jul 17
Stephen Butler commented on Ktrek's blog post We've had a good run!
"I do think this site worth keeping...even though we look back cinematically, there's no reason not to look forward internet-ically...or whatever the appropriate adverb is.  So, few users now, but perhaps with some careful…"
Jul 17
Stephen Butler commented on Ktrek's blog post We've had a good run!
"Hello Kevin: I write from over here in the UK, where the weather is (for once) good and the interest in Hollywood's Golden Age is growing.  I do appreciate that you have not the finance to keep this site going, but for me in the UK this is…"
Jul 17
Stephen Butler commented on Ktrek's blog post We've had a good run!
"Kevin:  This is truly tragic news.  I realise I am not a regular attendee, and perhaps not licenced to comment, but the whole GAOH site, reading people's thoughts on films made before I was born gave me a huge sense of relief that…"
May 3
Stephen Butler replied to Jenni Donovan's discussion All time favourite golden age hollywood actors?
"Olivia de Havilland x"
May 3
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, 2017
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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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017

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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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