Oscar Losers – And the Nominees are…

Oscar Losers – And the nominees are…
Actors that Never Won

February 28th, 2016: a day that will live in infamy. After years of struggle and loss – a lifetime of being denied what seemed to be his over and over again – Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an academy award.

Leo screams memeAnd the internet lost one its most beloved memes

Yes, when Leo finally walked away with that Oscar gold, it seemed as if good finally triumphed evil. From his debut in television commercials in the early 1990s to his first nominated performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, to Titanic and beyond, Leo’s Best Actor award for his performance in The Revenant  was the culmination of a  lifetime of hard work was rightly rewarded. You can basically think of it as a modern fairy tale. Life, however, isn’t always a fairy tale and sometimes those who deserve recognition simply do not win. Sure, Leo may have finally gotten his time in that glorious golden spotlight, but for every Leo, there’s plenty of others in the business – wonderfully talented people – who left Hollywood without a competitive Oscar to call their own. Although, to be fair, some did manage to snag a Lifetime Achievement Award before  their time was up.

So, let’s hear it for all of the deserving losers out there. All of those actors and actresses who put their all into their work and yet somehow the Academy left them hanging. That said, here’s to some of our beloved losers…

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Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury The Manchurian CandidateLansbury in The Manchurian Candidate (1962, director John Frankenheimer)

Nominations:

Best Supporting Actress: 1945, Gaslight

Best Supporting Actress: 1946, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Best Supporting Actress: 1962, The Manchurian Candidate

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Richard Burton

Ricahrd burton whos afradi of V WBurton with Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966, director Mike Nichols)

Nominations:

Best Supporting Actor: 1953, My Cousin Rachel

Best Actor: 1954, The Robe

Best Actor: 1965, Becket

Best Actor: 1966, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Best Actor: 1967, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Best Actor: 1970, Anne of the Thousand Days

Best Actor, 1978, Eqqus

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 Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift A Place in The SunMonty in A Place in the Sun (1951, director George Stevens)

Nominations:

Best Actor: 1949, The Search

Best Actor: 1952, A Place in the Sun

Best Actor: 1954, From Here to Eternity

Best Supporting Actor: 1962, Judgment at Nuremburg

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 Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr The King and IKerr in The King and I (1956, director Walter Lang)

Nominations:

Best Actress, 1950, Edward, My Son

Best Actress: 1954, From Here to Eternity

Best Actress: 1957, The King and I

Best Actress: 1958, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Best Actress:  1959, Separate Tables

Best Actress: 1961, The Sundowners

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 Peter O’ Toole 

Peter O'Toole Lion in WinterO’Toole In The Lion in Winter (1969, director Anthony Harvey)

Nominations:

Best Actor: 1964, Lawrence of Arabia

Best Actor: 1965, Becket

Best Actor: 1969, The Lion in Winter

Best Actor: 1970, Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Best Actor: 1973, The Ruling Class

Best Actor: 1981, The Stunt Man

Best Actor: 1983,  My Favorite Year

Best Actor: 2007, Venus

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 Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum The Story og G.I JoeMitchum in  The Story of G.I Joe (1945, director William A. Wellman)

Nomination:

Best Supporting Actor: 1946, The Story of G.I Joe

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 Thelma Ritter

Themla Ritter All About EveRitter In All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

Nominations:

Best Supporting Actress: 1951, All About Eve

Best Supporting Actress: 1952, The Mating Season

Best Supporting Actress: 1953, With a Song in My Heart

Best Supporting Actress: 1954, Pickup on South Street

Best Supporting Actress: 1960, Pillow Talk

Best Supporting Actress: 1963, Birdman of Alcatraz

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Cary Grant

Cary Grant None but the Lonely HeartGrant With Ethel Barrymore in None But the Lonely Heart (1944, director Clifford Odets)

Nominations:

Best Actor: 1942, Penny Serenade

Best Actor: 1945, None but the Lonely Heart

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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire Towering InfernoAstaire with Jennifer Jones in Towering Inferno (1974, director Irving Allen)

Nomination:

Best Supporting Actor: 1975, Towering Inferno

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Myrna Loy 

Myrna LoyLoy in the studio. Because she was never nominated

Never even nominated. Not even for The Best Years of Our Lives. SMH.

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: All About Eve” (Giveaway runs February 3-18)

 

Win Tickets to see “All About Eve” on the Big Screen!
in Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday, March 5 & Wednesday, March 8!

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”

CMH is thrilled to announce the 3rd of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: All About Eve” – the timeless classic starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders — the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, February 18 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, February 19, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

All About Eve TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

About the film: Backstage backstabbing and treachery has never been as deliciously fun or as intensely dramatic as it is in All About Eve – which is tied only with Titanic for the most Academy Award® nominations for a single film. With a record-breaking four nominations in female acting categories (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter as Best Actress and Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter as Best Supporting Actress), it remains one of the most riveting dramas ever made.

All About Eve, Bette Davis, Ann Baxter, George Sanders

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, February 18 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:

What do you love most about “All About Eve”? And, if you haven’t seen it, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:

Just entered to win tickets to see “All About Eve” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Kino Lorber DVD and Blu-Ray Oscar Tribute Giveaway (via Twitter February)

We’re Celebrating Oscar Month with Kino Lorber!
DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway, Winner’s Choice of 17 Classic Titles

In celebration of Oscar Season, we will be giving away a total of 10 Classic DVDs/Blu-Rays this month – a mix of Oscar Winners, Oscar Noms, and cinematic masterpieces that pre-date the Oscars — all courtesy of Kino Lorber!  And to make it even more interesting, each of our contest winners will be able to choose their prize from the list of 17 classics below.  Some tough choices, I know — they’re all incredible films — but hopefully that’ll be part of the fun… decisions, decisions, decisions!

That said, right now we’ll be giving away 8 prizes via this Twitter version of the contest (another blog post will follow later this week, in which we’ll be giving away 2 more prizes via our Facebook/Blog version of the contest). And, yes, you can enter both contests to stack the odds in your favor! And, for those of you who don’t have Twitter, there is an alternate way to enter below…

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this Twitter contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, February 25 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • February 4: Two Winners
  • February 11: Two Winners
  • February 18: Two Winners
  • February 25: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winners on Sunday February 5 at 10PM EST.

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away TWO MORE prizes via Facebook/Blog as well!

Kino Lorber Oscar Winning Titles 5

Here are the titles up for grabs:

  • SEPARATE TABLES (1958) directed by Delbert Mann, and starring Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven and Burt Lancaster (Blu-Ray or DVD)Winner of 2 Academy Awards for Best Actor (Niven) and Best Supporting Actress (Wendy Hiller). Nominated for 5 more Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Kerr) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terrence Rattigan and John Gay).
  • MARTY (1955) directed by Delbert Mann, and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair (Blu-Ray or DVD)Winner of 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director (Delbert Mann, Separate Tables), Actor (Borgnine) and Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky, Network).
  • ELMER GANTRY (1960) directed by Richard Brooks, and starring Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons and Shirley Jones (Blu-Ray or DVD);  Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Actor (Lancaster), Supporting Actress (Jones) and Adapted Screenplay (Brooks).
  • WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957) directed by Billy Wilder, and starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton (Blu-Ray or DVD);  Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Laughton) and Supporting Actress (Elsa Lanchester).
  • JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961) directed by Stanley Kramer, and starring Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy and Marlene Dietrich (only DVD is available); Winner of Two Academy Awards including Actor in a Leading Role (Maximilian Schell) and nominated for eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
  • COMING HOME (1978) directed by Hal Ashby, and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and  Bruce Dern (Blu-Ray or DVD); Won three Academy Awards for Best Actress (Jane Fonda), Actor (Jon Voight) and Original Screenplay, and earned eight Academy Award nominations.
  • LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963) directed by Ralph Nelson, and starring Sidney Poitier (only DVD is available)Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and winner of the Best Actor Oscar (Sidney Poitier, In the Heat of the Night).
  • BAD GIRL (1931) directed by Frank Borzage, and starring James Dunn, Sally Eilers and Minna Gombell (only Blu-Ray is available)Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture and Winner of Two Academy Awards for Best Director (Borzage) and Best Writing and Adaption (Edwin J. Burke). Based on the Novel by Viña Delmar (The Awful Truth) and play by Brian Marlow (Supernatural).
  • DAVID & BATHSHEBA (1951) directed by Henry King, and starring Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward (only Blu-Ray is available)Nominated for five Oscars including Best Screenplay by Philip Dunne (The Robe) and Best Cinematography by four-time Academy Award winner Leon Shamroy (Planet of the Apes).
  • YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW (1963) directed by Vittorio De Sica, and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (Blu-Ray or DVD)Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 1964 Academy Awards.
  • SUNFLOWER (1970) directed by Vittorio De Sica, and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (only Blu-Ray is available)An Oscar nominee for Best Score (Henry Mancini), Sunflower is a grandly emotional melodrama featuring a stunning performance from Sophia Loren.
  • MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (1964) directed by Vittorio De Sica, and starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (only Blu-Ray is available); One of the most famous, and funniest, Italian comedies of all time, Marriage Italian Style received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress for Sophia Loren.
  • NOSFERATU (1922) directed by F. W. Marnau, and starring Max Schreck (Blu-Ray or DVD); This film pre-dates the Academy Awards, but it is widely regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema, and that’s good enough for us!
  • METROPOLIS (1927) directed by Fritz Land, and starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Froelich, Alfred Abel  and Brigitte Helm (Blu-ray or DVD); This film pre-dates the Oscars, but it is one of the most celebrated movies in cinema history, and is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre.
  • CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) directed by Robert Wiene, and starring Freidrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt (Blu-ray or DVD); This film pre-dates the Oscars, but it is considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema.
  • DESTINY (1921) directed by Fritz Lang, and starring Lil Dagover, Bernhard Goetzke and Walter Janssen (Blu-Ray or DVD); This film pre-dates the Oscars, but it widely regarded for its rich special effects and its Expressionistic frame story.
  • DR. MABUSE THE GAMBLER (1922) directed by Fritz Lang, and starring Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Aud Egede Nissen (Blu-Ray and DVD); This film pre-dates the Oscars, but is regarded as a truly legendary silent film that had a major impact on the development of the crime thriller.
betsy-blair-ernest-borgnine-marty-1955Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair in Marty

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, Febrary 25 at 10PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the “Kino Lorber Oscar Celebration” #DVDGiveaway courtesy of @KinoLorber and @ClassicMovieHub

THE QUESTION:
Which of the above films would you like to win and why? 

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

metropolis

Metropolis

Also — Just for CMH Fans!!! Use our exclusive Kino Lorber Coupon Code CMHW17 for 15% off Studio Classics titles on the Kino Lorber website, The Offer is valid through February 28, 2017, so that gives you plenty of time to peruse and use :)

Kino Lorber Academy Award Winning Classics and Coupon Code

You can visit Kino Lorber on their website, on Twitter at @KinoLorber or on Facebook.

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

For complete rules, click here.

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

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Film Noir Review: The Bribe (1949)

“I never knew a crooked road could look so straight.”

In his book Dark City, Eddie Muller discusses the 1949 film Thieves’ Highway. He calls it a case of “Steinbeck noir,” in reference to the bleak spin put on fruit markets and the Southern California of the author’s youth. Suddenly, the agriculture business was an opportune place for greed and murder.

In a similar vein, I present The Bribe. Released by MGM eight months prior, the film sets sights on another iconic author for inspiration: Ernest Hemingway. In swapping out the SoCal experience for a Central American detour, the film channels the cultural clash and hard drinking of his most celebrated work. On paper, it posed a thrilling opportunity to see what could be done in the confines of a “Hemingway noir.”

The Bribe, 1949 film theatrical posterThe film’s adventurous poster.

Sadly, The Bribe has little more than this gimmick going for it. A stormy opener introduces Federal Agent Rigby (Robert Taylor) and the film’s noir credentials — he paces, puffs a cigarette, and nervously looks out the window. Those familiar with the genre know the predicament is severe, and on cue, a series of flashbacks make with the explaining: Rigby is in the town of Carlota to bust up an airline racket ran by ex-pilot Tug Hintten (John Hodiak) and his wife Elizabeth (Ava Gardner). Whilst there, the added variables of crime boss Carwood (Vincent Price) and Rigby’s affair with Elizabeth greatly exacerbate the mission. Oh, and so does J.J. Bealer (Charles Laughton), a local who delights in playing both sides.

Director Robert Z. Leonard is given a Murderer’s Row of performers to play with here, but for the most part, they get underutilized. Hodiak and Gardner are an odd pairing that try to overlook their differences– one defeated by life, the other still trying to play an angle. They’re posed at the target early on, but as the film progresses, and Carwood comes into the mix, motivations become unnecessarily confusing. I’ve watched it three times now, and I’m still caught aback by how Hodiak’s Tug switches alliances every other scene. As Elizabeth, Gardner offers a slightly stronger turn. Playing someone who goes out of her way to prove herself a good girl, she actually makes Rigby seem like the predatory one when they’re together. This is excluding a slinky song-and-dance that would make even Kitty Collins (The Killers) blush.

Vincent Price, Charles Laughton in The Bribe (1949)Carwood and Bealer up to no good.

Then there’s Vincent Price; acting in broad, colorful strokes. His entire performance plays like an audition for the comedic His Kind of Woman (1951), but even in lesser form, there’s admitted fun to be had here. He relishes his evil deeds while everyone around him seems overwrought and uncertain– I half expected him to twirl his mustache when he and Bealer are scheming. It’s no coincidence that he’s the instigator behind the film’s stronger moments — namely, the scuffle on the fishing boat. Tired of playing nice with Rigby, Carwood causes a freak “accident” to kill the agent that winds up killing one of the crew instead. The sequence thrills in evoking the machismo of Hemingway’s work, while adding some much needed spark to Taylor’s performance.

Robert Taylor is the biggest roadblock this film faces. He looks terrific in his tropical white suits, but that can only suffice for so long before his stiffness starts to take its toll. Scenes with Price, Laughton, or even Hodiak should be punchy and competitive in their presentation. Instead, Taylor plays it as a minimalist– a decision that doesn’t really work in the exaggerated world of film noir. Even when he’s dropped into deadly situations (i.e. drugged, held at gunpoint), I don’t feel as though I’m seeing a guy on the ropes. Picture Zachary Scott or John Payne in the part, and my bone to pick will become apparent.

Ava Gardner, John Hodiak and Robert Taylor in The Bribe 1949Tug and Elizabeth discover Rigby’s undercover plan.

It doesn’t help that the plot gets especially convoluted in the third act; as the double-crosses made between the five main characters gets too confusing to keep track of, and momentum takes a nosedive. Screenwriter Marguerite Roberts might’ve fared better if she simplified Frederick Nebel’s novel instead of cramming its complexity into a cramped 98 minutes.

All deals converge in the (literally) explosive finale. Rigby gets his head straight after being drugged, and convinces Bealer to frame Carwood for the police. The imaginative chase that follows (with uncredited direction by Vincente Minnelli) combines live fireworks with stunts that still remain impressive by today’s standards. As can be inferred, however, it’s too little too late to salvage things, and Rigby’s return to Elizabeth feels clumsily included. Laughton, the film’s untapped secret weapon, is forced to rattle off a final line of silliness.

Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner in The Bribe 1949“When I’m kissing someone goodbye, I like to know in advance.”

The Bribe was a flop in 1949, and I’m sorry to report that in the decades since, little about the film has improved. Despite a mouth-watering cast and some enticing scenery, there’s simply too many missed opportunities to excel. It is a piece better suited as moments in a compilation than it is overall viewing. For those wanting the “Hemingway noir” aesthetic, I suggest taking in the fireworks finale and moving on to Rope of Sand (1949) and Macao (1952). C

TRIVIA: Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner took to their onscreen romance, and briefly dated after the film was released.

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–Danilo Castro for Classic Movie Hub

Danilo Castro is a film noir enthusiast and Contributing Writer for Classic Movie Hub. You can read more of Danilo’s articles and reviews at the Film Noir Archive, or you can follow Danilo on Twitter @DaniloSCastro.

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Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon – Lombard and Gable Pictorial

In Celebration of the Lovely Carole Lombard, a Behind-the-Scenes Pictorial of ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’…

As many of us classic movie fans know, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable met in 1932 while co-starring in No Man of Her Own.  At that time, Lombard was married to William Powell, and there were no sparks flying on the set between her and Gable. The pair however met again at a party in 1935, at which time Lombard was divorced from Powell, and Gable was separated from his wife – and a romance blossomed. After a lengthly and expensive divorce, Gable was free to marry soulmate, Lombard, and the couple wed on March 29, 1939. The couple bought a 20-acre ranch in Encino, California, where they enjoyed the ‘simple life’ together, far different than their Hollywood Socialite lives… They nicknamed each other ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’ and remained happily married until Lombard’s tragic death on January 16, 1942 at age 33.

So in honor of their very special relationship, let’s celebrate the ‘simple life’ with Lombard and Gable via this pictorial…

carole lombard and husband clark gable

Two Legends in Love

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carole lombard and clark gable with siamese catsRelaxing with their Siamese kittens

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lombard and gable eating watermelon

Clearly two watermelon fans!

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clark gable and carol lombard sitting on truck

Sitting on the tailgate of their Dodge truck at their Ranch, 1940

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gable lombard 1st wedding anniversary

Celebrating their first anniversary with a cake in Gable’s dressing room

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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard

At home, enjoying some culinary delights :)

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gable and lombard chickens

‘Ma and Pa’ on the ranch

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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940Got milk? Lombard and Gable at home, 1940

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Carole Lombard and husband Clark Gable at their Encino Ranch. early 1940s.

At the ranch, early 1940s

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gable and lombard at the ranch

On the ranch, earning their keep

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clark gable and carol lombard with horsesEnjoying the outdoors together… Does it get any better than this?

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gable and lombard in gardenLove this shot…

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And, in death, they are also close together, side-by-side in the at The Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Forest Lawn Cemetery the Great Mausoleum; photo (c) 2015 Classic Movie Hub

Two Legends, side by side

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A Big Thank You to In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Movies for hosting this wonderful event! There are so many more wonderful Classic Bloggers participating in this Blogathon so please be sure to check out the other entries.

—Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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Classic Movie Coincidence: Ethel Merman, Katy Jurado and Ernest Borgnine

If we have enough good times together, I’m gonna get down on my knees. I’m gonna beg that girl to marry me. -Ernest Borgnine as Marty

Well, here’s something a little different than our usual Classic Movie Coincidences…

Both Ethel Merman and Katy Jurado share a birthday today, January 16 (born in 1908 and 1924 respectively). Both of them were also married to Ernest Borgnine.

katy jurado ernest borgnine married

Katy Jurado was married to Borgnine from December 31, 1959 to June 3, 1963. It was the 2nd marriage for both of them.

Borgnine and I met by accident when we collide in a dark room when leaving a restaurant. He chased me for two years… Our courtship was one of the best periods of my life. We were married soon after, but his jealousy and insecurities turned the marriage in hell.” (Katy Jurado: Proudly Mexican Hollywood Star”)

Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine at Their Wedding

Ethel Merman was Borgnine’s 3rd wife (and he was Merman’s 4th husband). They were married on June 27, 1964, but the marriage was dissolved after 32 days, and the couple were divorced on November 18, 1964.

“Biggest mistake of my life. I thought I was marrying Rosemary Clooney.” -Ernest Borgnine

In Merman’s 1978 biography, she devoted a chapter of her autobiography to the marriage; the chapter consisted of one blank page…

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: An Affair to Remember” (giveaway runs Jan 13-28)

Win Tickets to see “An Affair to Remember” on the Big Screen!
in Select Cinemas Nationwide 
Sunday Feb 12 & Wednesday Feb 15!

“It was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there…”

Yay! The Contest is over and the winners are:
Cynthia G, Breezy, Samantha E, Cheryl M, Erin W, Shelia, Jacqueline and Ruth… Check back on Friday 2/3 because we’ll be announcing our next Ticket Giveaway then…

CMH is thrilled to announce the 2nd of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this yearcourtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: An Affair to Remember” – the timeless classic starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr — the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, January 28 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, January 29, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

An Affair to Remember TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

About the film: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as the two lovers who meet by chance on a trans-Atlantic voyage and fall in love despite their existing relationships. When they agree to meet six months later atop the Empire State Building, they cannot foresee the tragic circumstances that will test the limits of their devotion.

An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, January 28 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:
What do you love about “An Affair to Remember”? And, if you haven’t seen it, why would you like to go see it on the Big Screen? 

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win tickets to see “An Affair to Remember” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen 

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Classic Movies New Year’s Resolution: DVD Contest Giveaway!

Happy New Year to All!
Let’s Kick Things Off with A Classic Movie New Year’s Resolution Contest!

Well, we’re getting started a little late this month with our next contest, but it’s been quite busy here at CMH! I’m happy to say that we had well over 2oo entries for our Singin’ in the Rain Fathom Events Ticket Giveaway — which kept me very busy here, to say the least!!!

That said, however, we’re going to kick off another January contest, a tad late perhaps, but we’ll make up for lost time, I promise!

As is fitting for January, I thought it’d be fun to focus on some fun (and some serious) New Year’s resolutions… so let’s start with a dozen right now…

Christmas in Connecticut: Flip Flop the Flapjacks“Watch now. I show you how to flip-flop the flop-flips.” – S.Z. Sakall in Christmas in Connecticut

If only it were that easy!

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Vitameatavegamin Girl, I Love Lucy

“Hello friends. I’m your Vitameatavegamin Girl. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop-out at parties?” – Lucy  :)

I hear you Lucy!

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Arsenic and Old Lace wine

“For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoon full of arsenic, then add half a teaspoon full of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide.” – Jean Adair in Arsenic and Old Lace

Good reason to quit, no? Or at least cut down :)
(sorry, I stole that comment from a fan on twitter, but it made me chuckle)

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Buck Up Smile though your heart is breaking, Charlie Chaplin Modern Times“Buck up – never say die. We’ll get along.” – Charlie Chapin in Modern Times

And then, heartbreakingly beautiful music comes in as A Factory Worker (Chaplin) and A Gamin (Paulette Goddard) walk away into the dusk… And I shed an enormous tear…

Yes, I want to smile more this year :)

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The Munsters, spend more time with family“Oh, Marilyn… the circles under your eyes. How lovely you look today.” -Yvonne De Carlo in The Munsters

Okay, so my family doesn’t look like this, but we have lots of fun together and accept each other for who we are :)

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The Marx Brothers Cabin SceneHonestly, I’m not sure which film this is from, but it beat out the ‘excruciatingly painful’ image of Sir Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man which makes me cringe just thinking about it!

Yes, I must must MUST go to the dentist this year…and not looking forward to it, to say the least!

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The Honeymooners on roller skates“And I’m gonna learn all the expressions, too, like ‘Bo-do-dee-oh-do’, ’23 skidoo’, and ‘I’ll kiss you later, I’m eating a potato’…” -Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners

Yes, I want to recapture the fun I had as a youth… nothing wrong with that, right :)

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Bugs Bunny What's Opera Doc“Oh Bwoon Hilda, you’re so wovely.” – Elmer Fudd

Actually, I love fine music (and not-so-fine music too), but I want to see and hear more of it this year…

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White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date. No time to say ‘Hello, Goodbye. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” – The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland

Nothing wrong with being on time, right, except it might shock all of my friends :)

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Road Movies Hope and Crosby“He’s gonna sing, folks. Now’s the time to go out and get the popcorn.” -Bob Hope in Road to Bali

Love, love, LOVE to travel… so need to start putting on my thinking cap, where to go, where to go…

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To Sir, With Love Starring Sidney Poitier © Columbia Tri - Star“But how do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume?” – Lulu (singing To Sir, with Love)

I count myself extremely lucky because I had a mentor for many years who changed my life in more ways than I can count… I learned so much from her… and now, as an Adjunct Professor, I will continue to try to be a good role model and mentor to my own students, and hopefully I will make a difference here and there…

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The House on Haunted Hills skeleton

“If I were gonna haunt somebody, this would certainly be the house I’d do it in.” – Richard Long in The House on Haunted Hill

Okay, a little dramatic I know, but you get the idea :)

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Now — at long last — the contest:

We will be giving away a total of EIGHT Classic DVDs this month, winners’ choice of one DVD from the titles listed below!

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, February 4 at 8 PM EST. The sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • January 14: Two Winners
  • January 21: Two Winners
  • January 28: Two Winners
  • February 4: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 8PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday January 15 at 8PM EST.

Here are the titles up for grabs:

  • Singin’ in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston
  • An American in Paris: starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell
  • Sabrina: starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden
  • Penny Serenade: starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood: starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland

Continental US and Canada resident entries only. 

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday,February 4 at 8PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the CMH New Year’s Resolution Classic Movie #DVDGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub

THE QUESTION:
New Year’s Resolution: Name three classic movies that you’ve never seen before — that you pledge to watch this year.

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

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A Very Merry Christmas… Fond Memories and Musings Pictorial

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Holiday Season to All!

Classic Movie and TV Christmas moments…

Grinch gif“And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!”

May our hearts grow three times bigger today :)

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Miracle on 34th Street Christmas is just a state of mind

“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind…”
-Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street

Indeed.

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Gary Cooper in Meet John Doe

“Why can’t that spirit, that warm Christmas spirit, last all year long?”
-Gary Cooper as Long John Willoughby in Meet John Doe

Ditto.

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george_bailey_its_a_wonderful_life_merry_christmas“Merry Christmas you wonderful old Building & Loan!”
-James Stewart as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

When we realize we’re more blessed than we thought :)

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A Charlie Brown Christmas tree

“This little green one here seems to need a home.”
-Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas

When our hearts are open.

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Mary Pickford Christmas stockings at fireplace

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…”  
Mary Pickford gets ready for Santa…

Remember the anticipation!

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Marx Brothers Christmas Eve

I remember staying up late on Christmas Eve as a kid watching Marx Brothers movie marathons and wondering why Santa Claus always came AFTER I fell asleep!

Thanks to my father who introduced me to the Marx Brothers when I was just knee high :)

Can’t go without thanking my Mom too, who introduced me to so many of the classics as well! Fond, fond memories…

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Glenn Ford Santa Claus Christmas Mr Soft Touch

Ever wonder how Santa can deliver all those gifts in only one night :) 

As a kid, it never even crossed my mind!

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Star Trek ugly Christmas SweatersGuess you’re never too cool for a Christmas Fashion Faux Pas :)

I had to post this one because while I was shopping this year, I saw someone carrying a ‘huge penguin with a tie’ sweater to the cash register and couldn’t help but think ‘I’m glad that’s not for me’!

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 The Munsters ChristmasGetting in the gift-giving spirit…

Yes, even ‘march-to-the-beat-of-a different-drummer’ families like The Munsters celebrate Christmas.

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Christmas with gumby and pokey

Remember as a kid, staying outside til’ your legs were so numb they felt like rubber :) 

I still enjoy the clean crisp cold weather, but must admit, there’s nothing like walking into a cozy house and enjoying a hot cup of some deliciously warm libation…

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John Wayne with family on ChristmasJohn Wayne and his kids on Christmas

Remember running down into the living room to see what Santa left you??? PS: yes, I am guilty as a kid for trying to peak through the wrapping paper before my family came down the stairs :)

Biggest surprises: a sleigh leaning behind our front door, that I didn’t see until after I had opened all of my other Christmas presents — and the camera I got as a kid after my parents kept telling me for months that I didn’t need a camera (oh sneaky sneaky parents)

Biggest well quite frankly ‘not-so-fun of a surprise’: the pink luggage that my grandparents gave me, when my other cousin (who incidentally is a boy) got legos! Ohhhh those coveted legos!!! But, not to worry, I wound up playing with his legos every time I came to visit — so I got the best of both worlds!

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Leave it to Beaver Christmas

The Cleavers enjoying quality Christmas time together.

Always happy to enjoy quality family time on Christmas, although we play a ‘mean’ game of Italian cards after dinner :)

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Bogie and Bacall on ChristmasBogie and Bacall celebrating Christmas

Hope you enjoy your day with Family and Friends!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Singin’ in the Rain” (giveaway runs Dec 23-Jan 7)

Win Tickets to see “Singin’ in the Rain” on the Big Screen!
in Select Cinemas Nationwide
Sunday Jan 15 & Wednesday Jan 18!

Yay! The Contest is over and the winners are:
Jeremy Seghers, T Pribe, Ryan, Randall, Shelia, Elaine Denton, Marilyn Legnini, Denise Noble… Check back on Friday 1/13 because we’ll be announcing our next Ticket Giveaway then…

CMH is thrilled to announce that we are continuing our wonderful partnership with Fathom Events for 2017! That said, we’re kicking off the New Year right, with the 1st of our 14 movie ticket giveaways for the year, courtesy of Fathom Events…

“Tah, Tey, Tye, Tow, Tyo.” Yes, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Singin’ in the Rain” – the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

Singing in the Rain, TCM Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. (check theater listings hereplease note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, January 7 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, January 8, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

Gene Kelly, Singin in the Rain

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, January 7 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:
Why would you like to go see “Singin’ in the Rain” on the Big Screen? 

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win tickets to see “Singin’ in the Rain” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen 

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas...@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

And here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure :)

About the film: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era–paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time–and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice.

IMPORTANT NOTE for all prizing: This is a special two-day-only event at select theaters nationwide on Sunday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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