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Cool Hand Luke: Newman’s Double?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 21, 2014

This post is part of Silver Screenings‘ and The Rosebud Cinema’s 1967 in Film Blogathon. Check out the other entries on their sites! It’s not surprising, given the film’s condemnation of authority and celebration of rebellion, that Cool Hand Luke came out in 1967 in the midst of Vietnam read more

The 39 Steps (1935): The Charming Film You’ve Already Seen

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 19, 2014

Like most of us, I’m not fond of clichés, of dark and stormy nights and ladies in distress, of hearts described as broken, or stomachs gorged with butterflies. But when watching classic films, I sometimes find that what was then original has today become commonplace. The 39 Steps includes many of read more

The Moment I Fell for Thelma Ritter

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 12, 2014

I feel comfortable with those who are generous with sarcasm. My dad is a smartass, my sisters, my aunts, my best friend, my husband. Not surprisingly, most of my favorite female performers share this trait in their films, including flawless character actress Thelma Ritter. Ritter was nominated for read more

Versatile Blogger Award!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 9, 2014

Thank you, Kristina at Speakeasy, for honoring me with the Versatile Blogger Award nomination!! (What wonderful things happen when you’re out of town!:)) Check out Kristina’s blog—the post on the award alone proves just how funny and talented she is. Those nominated for the Versatile Blogger read more

The Delightful Raunchiness of Mae West

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 5, 2014

I knew from Complicated Women, TCM’s documentary on films before the production code, that early movies challenged men’s ownership of women’s bodies, minds, and souls. Many of these pre-code movies (1929-34) were so shockingly liberal in content that they make today’s look prudish by comparison read more

She Got It Wrong: How Jennifer Jason Leigh Almost Ruined The Hudsucker Proxy

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 28, 2014

As a fan of classic 30s and 40s films, I delight in the movies that pay tribute to them, and no directors have been more glowing in their homages than the Coen brothers, with their nods to predecessors Preston Sturges, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, and even Stuart Heisler. Their gloriously fun The Huds read more

Face It: We’d All Be Lousy Detectives

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 21, 2014

When I was a kid, I thought the word “amateur” meant talented. Nancy Drew was an “amateur detective,” and she outsmarted everyone around her, so what else could the word mean? Shows like Murder, She Wrote confirmed this impression: the everyday woman could outwit private detectives, criminals, read more

The Moment I Fell for Humphrey Bogart

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 14, 2014

I was contemplating that moment in a film when an actor wows me, when I realize I need to see all of his/her work and possibly start decorating my rooms in fan posters à la a kid with a Teen Beat subscription. And the first actor to come to mind was Humphrey Bogart. I was unmoved initially by Casabl read more

State of the Union: the Wish Fulfillment Edition

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 12, 2014

This post is part of The Great Katharine Hepburn blogathon. Be sure to check out the other entries! The political satire in 1948’s State of the Union feels disturbingly fresh. Replace a phrase or two, and presidential nominee Grant Matthews’ (Spencer Tracy’s) speeches on the “working man” read more

Veep & Together Again: Hollywood & Female Leadership

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 8, 2014

Sometimes the stars align, and you can convert hours of procrastination into productivity. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself about this week’s blog post, which is the result of a Veep marathon and viewing of two Irene Dunne films in a row. Call it a stretch or serendipity, but I keep observin read more

5 Reasons Why English Majors Will Love Ball of Fire

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 1, 2014

This entry is part of the Romantic Comedy blogathon cohosted by Backlots and Carole and Co. In trying to get friends to give old movies a chance, I often start with Ball of Fire, mainly because I know many English majors/graduate students, few of whom predict what delights are waiting for them in t read more

The Sadistic Spouse: Charles Boyer in Gaslight

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 23, 2014

This post is part of the Great Villain Blogathon cohosted by Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings. Check out other entries on one of their sites! When it comes to villains, Gregory Anton in Gaslight lacks the theatricality of The Joker or Lecter. He wants the presence of Harry Lime or read more

Nazis and Humor: The Shock of Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 17, 2014

Wrap your head around this fact: Two decades before Quentin Tarantino was born, Ernst Lubitsch directed a comedy about Nazis. Unlike Tarantino, whose own Nazi film was typically bloodthirsty, Lubitsch was best known for light fare, especially sophisticated sex farces so insightful and lacking in pr read more

Cary Grant & Wes Anderson: Climbing above Archie Leach

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 10, 2014

M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the impeccable, refined, and deeply sketchy hero of The Grand Budapest Hotel is the kind of character who made me fall for Wes Anderson films: men with a flair for self-creation so extreme that I can’t help rooting for them because my own imagination, by comparison, seems read more

How to Crash a Party, Claudette Colbert Style

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 3, 2014

Want to crash a party, but not sure how? Mimic Eve Peabody (Claudette Colbert) in Midnight. Enter with Attitude You don’t have an invite? So what. A pawn ticket will do. Who looks at a piece of paper when a woman is sufficiently glamorous? Draw Attention to Yourself You might think you’d be safer read more

Beating the March Madness Blues with Knute

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 26, 2014

Little Mercer defeating the Big Bad Duke. That stunning Laettner shot you prayed wouldn’t go in. Davidson paying for busloads of its students to attend the Elite Eight. If you were born near corn and have since transplanted to either coast, I don’t care how thin your grasp of the finer rules (a read more

Like Liz Lemon’s Sugarbaker Meltdown? See Bette Davis in All about Eve

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 20, 2014

I always love a comedic meltdown, and 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is brilliant at them. In one of my favorite episodes, The C Word (Season 1, Episode 14), Lemon tries to earn a reputation as a nice boss by spoiling her staff. Of course, her subordinates quickly exploit her kindness, resulti read more

Sherlock Holmes Meets Paris Hilton: The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 16, 2014

This post is part of Movies Silently’s Sleuthathon. Check out other entries on her site! Imagine pitching this story idea: a Paris Hilton type with a pack of tiny dogs solves a crime New York cops can’t. It sounds like a Beyond Balderdash card, doesn’t it? That couldn’t possibly be a real movie read more

The Death of the Marital Rom-Com: Where Have All the Toppers Gone?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 10, 2014

When is the last time you watched a rom-com about a married couple? Aside from the occasional indie and rare mainstream flick, Hollywood seems to have retired this subject matter, despite the success of TV shows such as Mad about You, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The King of Queens. Yet I came up wi read more

Three Hypocritical Oscar Moments

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 5, 2014

1. Ellen Insulting Her Wife’s Arrested Development Costar I don’t know about you, but if my wife had been flayed in the press for her plastic surgery, I would avoid digs like the one Ellen gave Liza Minnelli at Sunday’s Oscars. While Portia de Rossi didn’t seem offended, it’s hard to believe read more
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