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Happy Birthday to Classic Film’s Cupid, Charles Coburn

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 19, 2017

Today you need to embrace your love, ask out that crush, comfort your lovelorn friend, or play matchmaker yourself. Why? Because it’s Charles Coburn’s birthday. You know: the warm uncle/grandfather/parent type who plays the part of wing man, aiding couples in love. A Coburn character is read more

Why I Was Happy to See So Many Teen Boys at Wonder Woman

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 12, 2017

When I was a kid, boys fantasized about Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, half-naked and chained to Jabba the Hutt. While I might flinch at the fact that the slave scene was the peak of adolescent fantasy, I was always happy that my male peers were lusting after a woman who was tough, a warrior, a he read more

What’s in a Name?: Together Again (1944)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 17, 2017

I have a sophisticated theory about why the Irene Dunne vehicle Together Again (1944) is never on any best-of, favorites, or romantic comedy lists despite the many joys of viewing it: the title sucks. And when I say it sucks, I mean it’s the WORST TITLE I CAN IMAGINE. It’s so forgettabl read more

Five Favorite Classic Movie Stars

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 16, 2017

To celebrate National Classic Movie Day, I’m joining Rick’s Five Stars blogathon by sharing some of my favorite classic movie stars. And though I can’t quite say they’re my favorites ALL of the time (of course, that shifts), they are always on my list. Since my favorite char read more

Stella Dallas’s Everyday Villain: The Husband

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 29, 2017

When most people think of villains, they’re envisioning cloven hoofs and murderous intents. Stephen Dallas (John Boles), the husband of self-sacrificial mother, Stella Dallas (1937), would be unlikely to appear on any list of classic villains. Some might even consider him a nice guy—if they weren’t read more

“When I’m Bad, I’m Better”: the Infinitely Quotable Mae West

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 9, 2017

When the Flapper Dame announced the 2nd annual Classic Quotes Blogathon, naturally I thought of Mae West, she of the long list of enduring one-liners from film. It’s difficult to pick the most iconic of West’s lines, so I won’t try. But certainly, one of the most beloved is this: read more

Jack Lemmon & Restraint

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 31, 2017

Of course I’ve been dying to see The Fortune Cookie (1966). Who wouldn’t want to view the first pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the two whose seamless chemistry led to almost 30 years of hilarious cinematic repartee? Matthau won his only (!) Oscar for the role of Willie Gingr read more

Airplane!: The Joy of Recognizing Classic Movie References

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 11, 2017

**Spoilers about George Gipp ahead** The other day I was watching Airplane! with some friends. For the first time, I caught that the film includes a hilarious spoof of Knute Rockne’s “Win One for the Gipper” speech, that speech leaders of underdogs everywhere like to imitate. Popu read more

Sexy Con Man: John Garfield

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 5, 2017

Even my classic-movie-hating sister, who is seldom willing to admit ANYTHING positive about my beloved black and whites, had to admit, there’s just something about John Garfield. Some sensuality, magnetism that escalates him far beyond his seemingly average looks. I mean, if the guy were stan read more

Kimmel & the Great Gaffe: Why Comedians MUST Host the Oscars

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 28, 2017

Here’s the typical Oscar hosting scenario: Year 1: A comedian hosts, performs well and with confidence, then is trashed in the press. Year 2: The Academy chooses an actor/actors for the hosting gig. The script fails; the actor (not being a writer) panics and keeps trying the script anyway/hide read more

Never Considered: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Repeated Oscar Snubs

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 18, 2017

I’m tired of the assumption that there must be buzz about a star before he/she can be considered “snubbed” by the Academy. Let’s look at the term, shall we? Oxford Dictionary: snub: ” rebuff, ignore, or spurn disdainfully.” “Ignore disdainfully” inclu read more

Loving Asta, the Canine Film Star

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 9, 2017

I’ve been dogsitting this week, which has me thinking about my favorite canine of classic film. I have to admit, I’m not an original at all: I love Skippy, of Asta fame. It doesn’t matter that I’m not a wire-haired terrier fan, or actually a terrier fan period. That dog runs read more

The Little Foxes (1941): the Melodrama for Our Political Moment

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 28, 2017

I found it eerie watching Regina (Bette Davis) plotting with her brothers in a story described by a contemporary reviewer as a “grim and malignant melodrama.” Certain themes kept surfacing that read like today’s headlines: mistreatment of minorities, disregard for others’ he read more

Gut Reactions to the Oscar Noms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 24, 2017

Oscar nominations are out, and as usual, my first reaction is outrage. But there are some good choices in the supporting category, so I’ll tone down some initial snark, and try to give credit where it’s due. So far, I’ve seen only four of the nominated films, so I’ll wait til read more

Interview on CMBA Site

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 15, 2017

One of my favorite bloggers interviewed me for the Classic Movie Blog Association‘s profile. Check it out here. Such an honor. I feel like this: For fantastic reading, view the author’s site, Silver Screenings. Her support, and that of other awesome veteran bloggers (such as Caftan Woma read more

Fred and Ginger Fans, Watch La La Land

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 12, 2017

Sometimes when I’m watching Gene Kelly, I’ve had to resist my urge to reach through the screen and push him into one of the puddles he’s leaping around.  I want to enjoy his joyful movements, his talent, but for me, the acting just kills it. His characters seem so smug, so sentimen read more

The Odd Stew of Designing Woman

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 16, 2016

It’ surprising the screenplay for Designing Woman (1957) won George Wells an Oscar, given its strange stew of marital conflict, mob threats, brain damage, fashion, and acrobatic fight moves. But there is a cleverness to it, and some insights about marriage one doesn’t usually get in a c read more

Goin’ to Town: Feel-Good Classic

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 10, 2016

How do you explain the joy of Mae West after a long hiatus? I’ve saved Goin’ to Town for a rough day, and it had the hoped-for effect. I may not get everything in my life right, but I have an instinct for good medicine: Mae had me grinning within seconds. Cleo (West) first appears in an read more

Defeat Future Trumps: Teach Humor

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 16, 2016

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” —Mark Twain When Trump clinched the nomination in Indiana, I felt betrayed not by my fellow citizens, but by my art. I teach humor, write humor, believe in humor. And I couldn’t deny it: Trump’s skill with a joke was exactly read more

The Lure of the Selfish Genius

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 19, 2016

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) presents that classic question: what are you willing to put up with, to be under the direction of a genius? Whiplash (2014) did the same just a couple years ago, conductor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) compelling his protégé drummer to dangerous extremes for his art. The read more
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