CMBA Blogathon: Film Passion 101: The Philadelphia Story

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This post is part of the Film Passion 101 Blogathon, hosted by the Classic Movie Blog Association. Be sure to head over there and read all the other great posts!

I have a bad habit of saying I don’t like things when I haven’t even given them a try. I’m sure that habit has caused me to miss out on some great things in life, and I really should learn to break it. Well, except maybe when it comes to beets it would have been wiser to stick to the stubborn “I don’t like them even though I’ve never tried them” declaration that I made for so long. Beets really are gross! :-)

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On a serious note, that habit did almost cause me to miss out on something that I now love dearly and that has had a profound impact on my life, watching classic or “old” movies. For the longest time I insisted that I didn’t like old black and white movies when I had never even tried watching one. I just knew they would be boring, outdated, and corny and I wouldn’t like them. There wasn’t much anyone was going to say or do to get me to watch them. Or so I thought!

Unlike many of the other participants in this blogathon, I wasn’t exposed to old movies very much when I was growing up. My dad watched things like Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy (thanks for the reminder, Ruth!), and maybe a western here and there, and I have vague memories of my mom watching Gone With the Wind at some point, but that’s about it. Of course I did watch The Wizard of Oz quite a few times as a kid, but I honestly thought at the time that it was a current movie, not an old classic. Continue reading →

A Birthday Tribute to My Favorite Actor, Jimmy Stewart

 
Today marks the 104th anniversary of the birth of my favorite actor, Jimmy Stewart. I am such a big fan of his that I made him the subject of the very first blog post I ever wrote when I reviewed the movie Born to Dance (1936).

In honor of his birthday, I thought I would tell the story of how I became such a big fan of his and how he helped contribute to my love of old movies. I’ll also share some information on how you can help support a wonderful organization that is helping to keep his memory alive.

The first old movie that I ever watched and the one that was instrumental in turning me into a fan of old movies was The Philadelphia Story (1940) starring Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. While I can’t say Jimmy was the main reason I loved that movie; it was mostly Katharine Hepburn (and her clothes!) that stole the show for me, his wonderful performance did endear him to me. Continue reading →

George Cukor: Not Just a “Woman’s Director”

When I thought of writing about my favorite old movie director, the first thing I thought to do was decide between Frank Capra and Alfred Hitchcock.  I love so many of the movies they’ve directed that they are usually the first names that come to mind when thinking about my favorites.  But after deciding to take a look at a few other popular directors, I realized that George Cukor could also be considered a serious candidate. When looking at the list of films directed by George Cukor, I was reminded that he had directed many of my favorites including Holiday, Gaslight, and the film that originally helped me discover my love of old movies, The Philadelphia Story.

George Cukor with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Philadelphia Story

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