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Doris Day and the Reaction Shot

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 13, 2019

Today a man I know well surprised me, and I could tell I had one of those hilariously odd expressions on my face in response. When I heard a couple hours later that Doris Day had died, it seemed to me that I’d inadvertently paid tribute to that marvelous, strong, very funny woman. There will never read more

The Femme Fatale Who Wasn’t: In a Lonely Place

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 16, 2019

spoilers ahead. I was wowed by Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place. The film, it seemed to me, was ahead of its time in its powerful portrayal of domestic abuse. On the surface, the film explores whether the hero, Dix (Humphrey Bogart), murdered an innocent woman. His girlfriend, Laurel (Gloria G read more

The Director of Kingpin Just Won Best Pic

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 25, 2019

Let’s review: Best film Oscar for the director of Kingpin and Dumb and Dumber? 1Best film Oscar for the director of Do the Right Thing: 01990: Do the Right Thing: No Oscar; Driving Miss Daisy: Oscar.2019: We have two strong films up for best picture by black directors about what it means to be read more

ILL, How Do I Love Thee?: A Classic Movie Fan’s Tribute

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 23, 2019

For years I’ve been grumbling, waiting for streaming access to classics I hear about from other blogs: Letter from an Unknown Woman, The Great Lie, A Foreign Affair. Without a Netflix DVD cache or TCM, the classic movie fan is left with few options, and my brief affair with the Warner Archive read more

Give the Oscar to Glenn Close Already!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 18, 2019

So it’s time again, time to clench my teeth, hoping you don’t screw up, Academy. Don’t blow it, like you did with Thelma Ritter. Don’t blow it, like you did with Barbara Stanwyck. Don’t blow it, like you did with Cary FRICKIN Grant, the only classic movie star so many n read more

The Long Goodbye Film: It’s All about the Cat

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 20, 2019

**spoilers*** I was afraid to watch The Long Goodbye. It’s a favorite book, so much so that I starting drinking gimlets for a couple years, even though I hate gin*. It was an odd affectation. Even I knew drinking a grandpa concoction wouldn’t impress anyone, and would only mystify barten read more

New Year’s Aspirations, Inspired by Classic Stars

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 8, 2019

This year, I want to dance with even half the joy of Rita Hayworth… act a hundredth as boldly as Mae West on her weakest day… enjoy foolishness as much as William Powell… and live with the intensity of Barbara Stanwyck. What a fabulous year it will be if I do. read more

Men Who Love Too Much in Classic Film

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 18, 2018

Continuing our theme on characters who love too much, Grace Collins of True Stories of Tinseltown and I turned our attention from women to men, especially Edward G. Robinson’s sad sap Chris in Scarlet Street, Claude Rains’s hoodwinked Alexander in Notorious and bad con artist Johnny of S read more

Mae West as the Outlaw: My Little Chickadee

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 17, 2018

When asked what outlaw I wanted to feature for the Classic Movie Blog Association’s Outlaws blogathon, I immediately thought of Mae West’s character in My LIttle Chickadee. I know Mae West’s siren ways and bumpy pairing with W.C. Fields are more frequently associated with the film read more

Comic Relief: A Simple Favor & Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 29, 2018

Need comic respite? I’m happy to report that two new dramedies featuring strong women are even better than you’ve heard. Can You Ever Forgive Me?, starring national treasure Melissa McCarthy, is based on the memoir of real-life writer Lee Israel, who became a con artist to pay the vet bi read more

Women Who Love Too Much in Film

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 9, 2018

I had another fun talk with Grace Collins of True Stories of Tinseltown! We chatted about women who love too much–from Tierney’s character in Leave Her to Heaven to Irene Dunne’s in Back Street (1932 version). Grace is a wonderful host and we had so much to say, especially about th read more

Two Critics Pan Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 6, 2018

Friends and fellow film buffs: Brian Wilkins and Mike Gutierrez have written wonderful guest posts here at Cary Grant Won’t Eat You—Brian, on fighting in Sword and Sandals films, and Mike, on his ideal casting for Hitchcock remakes. Today they’re joining the second annual Alfred Hitchco read more

My Podcast Talk on True Stories Of Tinseltown

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 5, 2018

It was a riot talking with Grace Collins of True Stories of Tinseltown about Stella Dallas, William Powell, The Blue Gardenia, and Brief Encounter. We had fun comparing loves and gripes about classic films, particularly our united dislike for the husband in Stella Dallas and the supposedly romantic read more

In Love with Nick Charles

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 10, 2018

When asked to pick a swoon-worthy character for the Reel Infatuation blogathon, I assumed Nick Charles would already be taken. But this year, my fellow bloggers, you were too slow on the uptake. He’s all mine. How do I love thee, Nick? Let me count the ways. You are…. Sigh. Who could be read more

Dancing Lady: A Film that Subsists on Chemistry Alone

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 27, 2018

Let’s consider the reasons Joan Crawford is a terrible choice to star in Dancing Lady (1933), one of those films about an aspiring hoofer, Janie, who is willing to do anything but trade sexual favors to get on the stage, and who is so talented she actually makes it. 1. So talented at dancing? read more

Advice to a Fritz Lang Heroine, after Too Much Crime TV

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Apr 13, 2018

Oh honey. The reporters are telling you the police are closing in. Every black and white outfit has you jumping. You’re burning your dress in an incinerator in the backyard. Let’s refresh why. The date is 1953. You, our heroine of The Blue Gardenia, are played by Anne Baxter. The actress read more

Happy Accidents: an Underrated Rom-Com

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 11, 2018

Few rom-coms actually manage to be both romantic AND funny. For some movies, the romance wins, but the laughs are tepid; for others, you’re laughing so hard, but not feeling any chemistry. Happy Accidents (2000) is that rare film that manages both, maybe because, like most great romances, it’s not read more

2018 Best Pic Reaction

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Mar 5, 2018

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2018 Oscar Best Pics Ranked (of the Five I’ve Seen)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 25, 2018

It’s that time again, time to get irritable with the Academy and argue with their choices. This year I thought they did pretty well. Though I haven’t seen Dunkirk yet, I’m glad they’re finally giving Christopher Nolan credit; his ability to capture a place (real as well as fi read more

Girl 27: The Rape Case MGM Covered Up–and the Woman Who Fought Back

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jan 17, 2018

It’s hard to watch Girl 27 (2007). I first heard Patricia Douglas’s story on You Must Remember This podcast, then read the famous Vanity Fair article about it. That a movie extra was raped by an MGM salesperson, that the studio besmirched her reputation and hushed up the story–non read more
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