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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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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