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THE ESTHER WILLIAMS BLOGATHON: Dangerous When Wet, 1953

Caftan Woman Posted by on Aug 7, 2020

Michaela at Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting a blogathon tribute to her adored Esther Williams. The Esther Williams Blogathon is running from August 7th to 9th. My contribution is this look at Dangerous When Wet, 1953. The 1953 MGM release Dangerous When Wet falls is a "little" movie in read more

CAFTAN WOMAN'S CHOICE: ONE FOR AUGUST ON TCM

Caftan Woman Posted by on Aug 1, 2020

Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison star as Joe and Ethel Huggett, the head of a family spun out of Holiday Camp, 1947, based on a story by Godfrey Winn with the screenplay by writer/producer Sidney Box (When the Bough Breaks) and his wife director/writer Muriel Box (Simon and Laura). Holiday Camp read more

ATHOS, ARAMIS, AND PORTHOS WALK INTO A BAR ...

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jul 27, 2020

Athos, Aramis, and Porthos walk into a bar --- the Coq d'Or. And are lost to the rest of the picture. There is no site in all Paris more popular for the settling of disputes than the tavern Coq d'Or on the Rue Pigalle. The three intrepid musketeers and BFFs played by Douglass Dumbrille, John "Du read more

THE BARBARA STANWYCK BLOGATHON: The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Sign of the Zodiac, 1961

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jul 17, 2020

Gabriela's site Pale Writer is hosting The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon on July 17-18. The blogathon event we need in these times! Join the party HERE. The anthology series The Barbara Stanwyck Show ran for one season on NBC in the 1960/1961 season. The Emmy won by Barbara Stan read more

REMAKE AVENUE: The Glass Key, 1935 and 1942

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jul 13, 2020

Warning: this look at The Glass Key is not a spoiler-free zone. Dashiell Hammett's novel The Glass Key was published in 1931 following its serialization in Black Mask. It is the story of political power, rampant gangsterism, love, and murder. Paul Madvig is the boss of a mid-western city. From read more

FAVOURITE MOVIES: Sapphire, 1959

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jul 6, 2020

The BAFTA award for Best British Film was given to Sapphire in 1960 out of a field including Look Back in Anger, Tiger Bay, Yesterday's Enemy, and Northwest Frontier. The thoughtful and engrossing murder mystery with a social conscious has an original screenplay by Janet Green (Cast a Dark Shadow) a read more

THE ROBERT DONAT BLOGATHON: The 39 Steps, 1935

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jul 3, 2020

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films is hosting The Robert Donat Blogathon on July 3 - 5. Click HERE to join in the admiration for the fondly remembered actor. Robert Donat was an actor of great commitment and versatility. Over 25 years, Donat appeared in 20 movies, winning an Oscar for Goodbye, Mr. read more

CAFTAN WOMAN'S CHOICE: ONE FOR JULY ON TCM

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jun 29, 2020

Leo Rosten's 1961 novel Captain Newman, M.D. remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for 24 straight weeks. The film adaptation by Richard Breen (A Foreign Affair) and Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron (The Jackpot) was Oscar-nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from An read more

REMAKE AVENUE: Five Star Final, 1931 and Two Against the World, 1936

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jun 22, 2020

Mythologized, demonized, revered, and lampooned, the gentlemen of the press make for good copy. From real-life crusader Nellie Bly who became as famous as her exposes to the fictional Charles Foster Kane who thought it would be fun to run a newspaper, audiences are as fascinated with the purveyors o read more

THE BASIL RATHBONE BLOGATHON: Tower of London, 1939

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jun 13, 2020

Pale Writer is hosting The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon on June 13th and 14th. Click HERE to read about the actor's exciting life and career. Thank you, Gabriela. Richard III plays a dangerous game of thrones in Tower of London, 1939 from Universal Studios. The historical epic wa read more

DISASTER BLOG-A-THON: The Hurricane, 1937

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jun 10, 2020

The Midnite Drive-In and Dubsism are hosting (cue: thunder and lightning) the DISASTER BLOG-A-THON!  Start your journey HERE, if you dare. Manakoora is a South Sea Island under the dubious protection of France. Governor Paul DeLaage played by Raymond Massey comes from a long line of burea read more

THE THIRD ANNUAL BROADWAY BOUND BLOGATHON: Blue Denim, 1958 and 1959

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jun 5, 2020

Rebecca Deniston is back with The Third Broadway Bound Blogathon which runs on June 5 - 7 at her site Taking Up Room. Chester Morris, June Walker, Burt Brinkerhoff Blue Denim, described as a comedy in three acts and four scenes by James Leo Herlihy (Midnight Cowboy) and William Noble was read more

CAFTAN WOMAN'S CHOICE: ONE FOR JUNE ON TCM

Caftan Woman Posted by on Jun 1, 2020

John P. Marquand's serialized novel Gone Tomorrow was published in McCall's magazine 1940/1941 and released as a film by MGM under the name H.M. Pulham, Esq. in December of 1941. Marquand was the creator of Mr. Moto and the Pulitzer Prize winner in 1938 for The Late George Apley. King read more

FAVOURITE MOVIES: All Night Long, 1962

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 27, 2020

Do you like Shakespeare? Do you like jazz? Have you seen Basil Dearden's 1962 film All Night Long? If not, you are in for a unique and memorable treat in this riff on Othello. Marti Stevens, Richard Attenborough, Paul Harris We are invited to Rod Hamilton's place, one of his places, for a read more

THE CMBA SPRING BLOGATHON: Classics for Comfort

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 21, 2020

These days are trying and many of us are looking for comfort. Movie magic soothes the soul. With this obligation, we're asking that you generate a "TOP 5" list of comfort movie recommendations to enjoy as the CMBA presents the CLASSICS FOR COMFORT Blogathon running from May 19-22.  Co read more

NATIONAL CLASSIC MOVIE DAY: 6 from the '60s

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 16, 2020

  National Classic Movie Day is here again. Founded by Classic Film and TV Cafe and supported by an annual blogathon, this year's topic is 6 FROM THE '60s. "Per its title, the goal is for each participant to list his or her six favourite films from the 1960s and explain why they deserve read more

THE GREAT ZIEGFELD BLOGATHON: Flo, Irving, and the Follies

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 14, 2020

Zoe at Hollywood Genes is hosting The Great Ziegfeld Blogathon on May 15 - 17. Follies star Fanny Brice Legendary impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (1867-1932) was brought up with an appreciation of culture from his Belgium and German immigrant parents. Flo's American roots gave him the energet read more

FAVOURITE MOVIES: It Always Rains on Sunday, 1947

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 8, 2020

Arthur La Bern's 1945 debut novel It Always Rains on Sunday shone a realistic spotlight on the East London the journalist knew so well from his upbringing. The 1947 film from Ealing Studios written and directed by Robert Hamer (Kind Hearts and Coronets) and Angus MacPhail (The Captive Heart) would p read more

BING'S BIRTHDAY MOVIE: Mississippi, 1935

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 3, 2020

The basis for this 1935 Paramount release was the 1923 play Magnolia by Booth Tarkington. The comedy set in the Antebellum South tells the tale of a man who does not believe in the code of honour which includes dueling. The play ran for only 40 performances and featured two performers who are favour read more

THE LOVE GOES ON BLOGATHON: Chances Are, 1989

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 1, 2020

The Love Goes On Blogathon is hosted by Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlogII on May 1 to 3. All of the movies presented speak to that eternal emotion that survives even death. Click HERE to enjoy the contributions. al Sally (Mimi Kennedy), an after-life bureaucrat, makes an on-the-spot diagnosis of re read more
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