Friday, September 15, 2017

ANNOUNCING The Eve Arden Blogathon!


Eve Arden is the best friend everyone wants. With her quick wit and sarcastic wise-cracking humor, she always has something to say. I've recently watched several films of Arden's, whether she's a supporting player or one of the main characters, and decided to hold a little blogathon in her honor.

The two-day event will take place on Nov. 11 and 12 (the anniversary of her death). If you want to participate, leave a comment below with your choice and a link to your blog and grab a banner to display. Eve Arden has a lengthy filmography covering both movies and television and even radio so I'm allowing only two posts on the same topic. Feel free to write about something other than her onscreen work if you wish, as those sorts of posts are always fun.

As you can see below, I've chosen to write about Arden's Miss Brooks character, focusing mainly on the film. If you want to write a more in depth post about the radio or television series or a specific episode that is perfectly fine.


ROSTER:

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: Arden's "Miss Brook's" character from radio to television to the film

The Story Enthusiast: The Voice of the Turtle (1947)

Caftan Woman: The Doughgirls (1944)

Hamlette's Soliloquy: No, No Nanette (1940)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: Mildred Pierce (1945)

Realweedgiemidget Reviews: Grease (1978)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Movies I Watched in August


Well August was certainly a busy month for me movie wise! There were so many great movies airing for TCM's Summer Under the Stars. I was most excited for the days devoted to Eleanor Parker and Dennis Morgan. I also was able to get even more acquainted with Greer Garson and watch my first real Esther Williams swimming movie (I'd only seen The Hoodlum Saint and Easy to Wed) on Ricardo Montalban day. What days were you the most excited for/watched the most movies on? Did one of the features stars become a new favorite?

Not listed below as I didn't watch the entire movie but I also watched the first 30 or so minutes of the (definitely!) French film La Ronde (1950) for the segment with Simone Simon.
  1. Today We Live (1933) - Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Robert Young
  2. The Unguarded Hour (1936) - Franchot Tone & Loretta Young, Roland Young, Lewis Stone
  3. The Sisters (1938) - Bette Davis & Errol Flynn
  4. The Mad Miss Manton (1938) - Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda
  5. Remember? (1939) - Robert Taylor & Greer Garson, Lew Ayres, Billie Burke
  6. Wings for the Eagle (1942) - Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan, Jack Carson
  7. What a Woman! (1943) - Rosalind Russell & Brian Aherne
  8. The Desert Song (1943) - Dennis Morgan
  9. *The Very Thought of You (1944) - Dennis Morgan & Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark & Faye Emerson
  10. Shine on Harvest Moon (1944) - Dennis Morgan & Ann Sheridan, Jack Carson
  11. Cover Girl (1944) - Rita Hayworth & Gene Kelly, Eve Arden
  12. The Locket (1946) - Larraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum
  13. The Late George Apley (1947) - Ronald Colman
  14. On an Island with You (1948) - Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante
  15. Three Husbands (1950) - Eve Arden
  16. The Law and the Lady (1951) - Greer Garson, Fernando Lamas, Marjorie Main
  17. Niagara (1953) - Marilyn Monroe & Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters
  18. Jeopardy (1953) - Barbara Stanwyck & Ralph Meeker
  19. Her Twelve Men (1954) - Greer Garson & Robert Ryan, Tim Considine
  20. Valley of the Kings (1954) - Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker
  21. Many Rivers to Cross (1955) - Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker
  22. *Lilies of the Field (1963) - Sidney Poitier
  23. Shenandoah (1965) - James Stewart, Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne, Katharine Ross, Glenn Corbett
  24. Do Not Disturb (1965) - Doris Day & Rod Taylor
  25. The Liquidator (1966) - Rod Taylor & Jill St. John
  26. The Undefeated (1969) - John Wayne, Rock Hudson
  27. Mrs. Brown (1997) - Judi Dench, Billy Connolly
  28. Allied (2016) - Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
  29. Moana (2016) - Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Least Favorite: Today We Live should have been called "Today We Die." Also, what was up with Joan holding a roach?!? Gross!!! Many Rivers to Cross was somewhat painful to watch because Taylor and Parker are putting on backwoods accents... (I loved the Victor McLaglen and James Arness storylines though so worth a watch). Three Husbands wasn't very good either, despite a story and screenplay by Vera Caspery, you know, the one who wrote the novel Laura?

Favorite Movie of the Month: Niagara was all kinds of amazing. Valley of the Kings was pretty exciting too, even with the clich├ęs.