Sharing a Love of Animals with Classic Movie Stars

Quincy WrigleyIt’s so hard for me to believe that it’s been one month already since I had to say goodbye to my beautiful baby girl Wrigley, the gray and peach cat in the picture, and on the same day also found out my baby boy Quincy, the handsome orange and white cat, has incurable cancer.  To say the last few months have been tough for me is an understatement to say the least.

Spending quality time with Wrigley as she neared the end of her life and subsequently grieving her loss and Quincy’s diagnosis are big reasons why I haven’t posted on my blog in over two months (yikes!). Throughout August and September, Wrigley spent many hours sitting on my lap as I watched lots of fun summer themed movies and also indulged in my new found love of Paul Newman and his films. I’m so thankful I had that time with her.

For some reason for the first few weeks after she was gone though, I just had absolutely no interest in watching old movies. I admit I spent a lot of time numbing myself in front of the tv watching The Voice, episodes of The Office on DVD, and the ultimate therapy for me . . . football! But thankfully I am starting to feel like myself again and my desire to watch old movies and get back into blogging is finally coming back. I hope to start watching more movies and get back to posting here regularly soon. Continue reading →

Frankly My Dear: Rianna’s Classic Movie Survey

I’m not usually one to hate Mondays like so many people seem to do, but somehow I got up on the wrong side of the bed today, and I just haven’t been able to right myself. It’s just been one of those days! :-( So tonight I wanted to do something fun and light-hearted and thankfully Rianna from the blog Frankly My Dear had just the thing for me, her classic movie survey. Thanks Rianna! :-)

I love doing surveys, because they give me a chance to reflect back on all the movies I’ve watched and enjoyed over the years, and they require me to do a little bit of research, which I love to do! So here are my answers:

1. Favorite Classic Disney?

Pinocchio (1940) – Even though I do love the movie, this choice actually has as much to do with my lifelong love of Jiminy Cricket as it does the story itself. :-) I can’t explain it, I’ve just loved him since I was a little girl. I also love the song from the movie, “When You Wish Upon a Star” which won the Academy Award for best song in 1940. One of my most prized possessions from childhood was a Pinocchio watch that had a tiny little Jiminy Cricket in the corner that moved back and forth as the seconds ticked by. I really miss that watch and wish I still had it! Continue reading →

Hooray for Hollywood! A Song from Hollywood Hotel

While listening to a movie related podcast the other day, I heard the popular tune “Hooray for Hollywood” and I have not been able to get it out of my head since! I didn’t know much about the song, but because I was pretty sure it held a significant place in the history of Hollywood, I felt like I should know more about it. I’ve heard the melody many times but realized that I didn’t even know any of the lyrics to the song other than the words of the title, so I thought I’d do a little research on its history.

The song “Hooray for Hollywood” was composed in the late 1930’s by Richard Whiting, who is also known for the standards “Ain’t We Got Fun” and “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” the latter made famous by Shirley Temple in the movie Bright Eyes (1934). It was first featured in the movie Hollywood Hotel (1937) starring Dick Powell, Rosemary & Lola Lane, and Ted Healy. It was sung by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford, who were accompanied by Benny Goodman and his orchestra. Continue reading →

Saturday State Post: Classic Movie Actors from Ohio

Last week was very special for fans of Doris Day as her first album of original studio material in over 17 years, “My Heart” was released in the UK. In honor of that momentous occasion, this week’s Saturday State Post features actors and actresses from Doris’ home state of Ohio.

A few of the actors and actresses from the state of Ohio are:

Clark Gable

Born: February 1, 1901 in Cadiz,OH

Died: November 16, 1960 (age 59)

Married five times including once to actress Carole Lombard

Known for the Movies: Red Dust, Dancing Lady, The Call of the Wild, It Happened One Night, Mutiny on the Bounty, San Francisco, Gone With the Wind, The Misfits

My Favorite Clark Gable Movie: It Happened One Night Continue reading →

Audrey Hepburn or Doris Day? Which Classic Actress Am I?

When I first joined Facebook a few years ago, I was big into taking their quizzes like “What Brady Bunch character are you?” or “What decade fits your personality the best?” I have long since stopped doing those quizzes, but when I was struggling to think of a classic movie topic to write about for my blog, I came across a link for a “Which Classic Hollywood actress are you?” quiz and decided to take it hoping for some inspiration. Now I know these quizzes are just for fun and are not necessarily very accurate, but I still thought it would be interesting to see how close it came to choosing the actress I am most like.

There were two versions of the quiz with the same questions, but one had a few more answer choices that were better suited to me, so I took both and got two different results: Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day. So which one am I most like? Continue reading →