The Madeleine Carroll Blogathon: Madeleine’s Most Frequent Movie Collaborations

Madeleine Carroll Blogathon

This post is part of the Madeleine Carroll Blogathon and Birthday Bash being hosted by Dorian at Tales of the Easily Distracted and Ruth from Silver Screenings.

I was originally going to review Honeymoon in Bali (1939) for this post but decided to go a different route instead. I did watch the movie and even though I found it to be pleasant with enjoyable performances by Madeleine Carroll and Fred MacMurray, the movie didn’t really inspire me to write a review.

I guess you could say the Washington Post summed up my thoughts when in a review on October 5, 1939 they exclaimed, “‘Honeymoon in Bali’ Is Delightfully Easy To Take!” I also realized that another blogger was writing about the movie for this blogathon so to learn more about the movie I will instead direct you to the post by Joey at Wolffian Classics Movie Digest.

Honeymoon in Bali (1939)

In becoming more familiar with the movies of Madeleine Carroll, I discovered that not only did she make four other movies with Fred MacMurray, there were also a few other people in the movie industry that she worked with multiple times. So I thought I would explore a few of those collaborations in more detail. Continue reading →

Accepting My Liebster Award: And First of All I’d Like to Thank . . .

“You are the same today you’ll be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

liebsterI just recently discovered that quote, and I have to say that I can really identify with it. I love to read and there are so many books that have made a big impact in my life. Also, in the past two years since I’ve started blogging, I’ve met some really cool new people online, and that too has enriched my life.

One of the coolest bloggers, heck one of the coolest people period, that I have met in the past two years has been Karen, author of the blog Shadows and Satin and editor of an awesome newsletter called The Dark Pages. She writes mostly about film noir and pre-code films, and not only is she very passionate and knowledgeable about the topics she writes about, she also has a great sense of humor that makes her blog really stand out. Please be sure to visit her site before you read any further!

Always one of my most generous supporters, Karen recently presented me with a Liebster Award (thank you Karen!), which came with some fun requirements. As a recipient of the award, I am supposed to list 11 random facts about me and answer the 11 questions given to me; nominate 11 other blogs; and present the recipients with 11 new questions. Continue reading →

Saturday State Post: Classic Movie Actors from Illinois

In this week’s Saturday State Post, I will be highlighting actors from my neighbor to the south, the state of Illinois, simply because there are so many great names to choose from.

And . . . I kind of like it that most of them were born in my favorite city in the whole world, Chicago, and one is from a city with the same name as one of my cats, Quincy. :-)

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

Beulah Bondi

Born: May 3, 1888 in Chicago, IL

Died: January 11, 1981 (age 92)

Never Married

Known for the Movies: The Gorgeous Hussy, Of Human Hearts, Make Way for Tomorrow, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Penny Serenade, It’s a Wonderful Life

My Favorite Beulah Bondi Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life Continue reading →

Happy Father’s Day: My Favorite Movie and Television Dads

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads reading this!

Last year on Mother’s Day, I did a post listing my favorite movie and television moms, so this year I thought I would do the same with dads.

As with the moms on my list, I tried to chose dads that had some of the same special qualities as my late father who was the best dad anyone could ever ask for!

Instead of pictures this time, I’ve included links to some relevant YouTube videos for a few of these wonderful dads!

 

My Favorite Movie and Television Dads (in no particular order):

  • Judge James K. Hardy from the Andy Hardy series of movies – played by Lewis Stone – Judge Hardy was a bit like my own dad in that he was stern when he needed to be but was really a softy at heart. One of my fondest memories I have of my dad is when he used to ground us and then 20 minutes later un-ground us and apologize for yelling at us. :-)
  • George Bailey from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – played by Jimmy Stewart – Of course I had to include my favorite actor on this list. :-) Even through his fear and despair, you can see the love George Bailey has for his children in this touching scene from the movie. Continue reading →

Double Indemnity: My First Classic Movie on the Big Screen

As silly as it may sound now, when I first became a classic movie fan many years ago, I had a dream of one day owning a theater that showed nothing but old movies. Not understanding at the time what a difficult if not impossible undertaking that would be, I actually thought that dream would come true.

In the excitement of planning the kind of movies I’d show at my theater, I started to keep a list of all the movies that I watched and put them in either a “show in theater” or “don’t show in theater” column based on whether or not I liked them or thought they would draw a crowd. Although I know now that I’ll never be using it, I still keep that list today to remind myself of those early days when I thought anything was possible. :-) Continue reading →