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Irene Dunne’s Birthday

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 20, 2015

Others may love Irene Dunne for her skill with pathos: I Remember Mama, Love Affair. Fair enough: the woman sure could summon convincing tears. But for me, Dunne admiration is all about the comedy. Not the frantically paced Theodora Goes Wild, but those sophisticated films that beautifully negotiat read more

A Classic Film for Media Critics: Ace in the Hole

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Dec 6, 2015

This fall, the media is a top-trending topic (surprising in a season when we’ve lost Jon Stewart’s acerbic touch): Ted Cruz won applause for attacking the media, Spotlight accolades for celebrating them. For the second year in a row, news-centered movies have garnered Oscar buzz; this y read more

Elle King Wrote Mae West’s Theme Song

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 14, 2015

When my husband told me he’d heard Mae West’s theme song on the radio, I asked for an explanation; instead, he played me Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s”: “Ex’s and the oh, oh, oh’s they haunt me Like ghosts they want me to make ’em all T read more

The Amazing Mind of Bombshell Hedy Lamarr

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 9, 2015

Many of you vaguely know her name from the Blazing Saddles spoof of it. (Remember Hedley, played by Harvey Korman?) Others may remember that she made a scandalous entry into film, or that she  simply had one of the loveliest faces ever to appear on screen. But today Google Doodle is celebrating the read more

An Unabashedly Romantic Pirate Tale: Frenchman’s Creek (1944)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 7, 2015

Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek was my favorite romance as a kid, and when I found a copy of it in a bookstore in my twenties, became enthralled with it all over again. Du Maurier excelled at atmospheric suspense, and what girl wouldn’t love a period drama featuring a heroin read more

Sister Celluloid’s & Movies Silently’s Blogathon

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 1, 2015

Hi everyone! I didn’t realize that Janet  of Sister Celluloid & Fritzi of Movies Silently already had a newbie blogathon in the works. So anyone interested in posting recs for classic movie newbies, please join two of my favorite bloggers here, and I’ll come up with a different idea read more

Announcing the Classic Movies for Newbies Blogathon

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Nov 1, 2015

A blogathon to convert friends to classic film: January 8th-9th, 2016 Many of you grew up loving classic movies. I didn’t. I knew few black-and-white films, and liked only a couple of them. As a kid, I was even an advocate for colorization. (I know.) It took an electrifying scene capitalizing read more

5 Classic Film Costume Ideas–& What They’ll Be Mistaken for

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 27, 2015

Inspired a fashion blogger’s posts on Halloween options, I started thinking about potential costumes from classic film. I have recs for those of you stuck for ideas. Sure, your peers who don’t know the classics will mistake the character you’re playing, but if the costume is sharp, read more

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957): Enthralling & Infuriating

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 23, 2015

The first half of The Spirit of St. Louis, Billy Wilder’s ode to Charles Lindbergh, is engrossing. It’s even that rarest of traits in a biopic: fairly accurate. The scenes of his airmail days capture the impossible bravery of America’s early pilots and the primitive conditions under which they read more

My Rita Hayworth Birthday Wish: Everybody Dance

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 17, 2015

“Whatever you write about me, don’t make it sad.” – Rita Hayworth In honor of the Love Goddess’s birthday, I won’t write about her tempestuous love life, her sad past/final years, or her scorching appearance onscreen. I’ll keep it simple: Rita Hayworth is one of the most read more

Mae West’s Dating Advice: the 3 Fs

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 11, 2015

When advising friends about men, Mae West’s characters, of course, never hold back. As Tira in I’m No Angel, West keeps her suggestions pithy: “Never let one man worry your mind. Find him, fool him, and forget him.” For more monthly Mae West favorites, click here. read more

Like The More the Merrier? (1943) Watch Singles (1992)

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 4, 2015

It’s curious what will relegate a film to “dated” status. Of the last 30 years of rom-coms, Singles (1992) would make my top five. Yet due to its grunge soundtrack and location in then-trendy Seattle, Cameron Crowe’s paean to dating has been forgotten. I wonder why The More t read more

Falling for Charles Coburn, Matchmaker Extraordinaire

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 27, 2015

Has there ever been a Cupid more charming than Charles Coburn? He smartens up the debonair Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche), ensuring he doesn’t lose his lovely wife, Martha (Gene Tierney) in Heaven Can Wait (1943). He pushes his widowed daughter-in-law (Irene Dunne) into frivolity and a new cha read more

The Sexy Men of the Highlands: The Three Stooges?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 20, 2015

Having spent Saturday at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, I’ve got bagpipe music still ringing in my ears, and tartan on the brain. I witnessed feats of strength that included FLIPPING an 130-pound log. Some star from Game of Thrones (aka the Mountain) even set a world record read more

The Moment I Fell for Claudette Colbert

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 13, 2015

Today I’m reflecting on that tiny woman with the deep, sexy voice who managed to develop fully realized characters even in the smallest of roles. And in her greatest ones, set the bar so high for future comediennes that few have managed to approach, much less equal, her performances since. Li read more

Mae West Schools the Teacher

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Sep 6, 2015

A prim school teacher & Mae West. Almost a century later, this coupling seems inspired. But in 1932, nobody knew that. West was a vaudevillian, not a movie star. Her role as Maudie, an ex of the lead, Joe Anton (George Raft), was a minor part in her first film, Night after Night. She didn’ read more

Female’s Heroine: 1933’s Amy (of Trainwreck), Samantha Jones, or Don Draper?

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 27, 2015

Given its plot synopsis, I expected Female to be shocking: a promiscuous executive casually sleeps with men until she finds the right guy. But I didn’t expect to gasp at its daring. A few of the heroine’s typical comments: Falling in love: “To me, a woman in love is a pathetic spe read more

They Live by Night: The Romeo & Juliet of Noir

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 9, 2015

When I see a movie described as Bonnie and Clyde-like, I’m expecting an adrenaline-junkie couple, exciting escapes, violence. Imagine then my surprise to find They Live by Night is a surprisingly sweet tale of young newlyweds who long to–wait for it–go out to dinner together. It&# read more

Pretending to Be Contagious: 2 Comic Scenes

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Aug 2, 2015

In one of my favorite scenes from The Thin Man series, Nick Charles pretends his wife is contagious for laughs. It made me think of outbreaks, and how they’ve been used to panic audiences—or amuse them. Somehow funny scenes so often result from mocking our greatest fears. So on the lovely read more

Mae West Quote of the Month: No Evidence

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 23, 2015

Lady Lou (Mae West) is the heroine of She Done Him Wrong (1933), the hilarious Oscar-nominated, pre-Code movie based on West’s play, Diamond Lil. The film opens in a Bowery bar in the Gay Nineties. Many of the customers are discussing Lou’s attractions, thanks to a new nude portrait of read more
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