speedracer5

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    Errol Flynn's girlfriend in a parallel universe,back in time
  • Birthday 06/22/1984

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    Any and everything Classic Hollywood; reliving my nostalgic Nick-at-Nite days by watching a combination of Hulu, Amazon Prime, You Tube and my DVDs; my favorite TV show of all time--I LOVE LUCY; cooking; baking; trying new beers, wines and cocktails; antique stores; writing my blog; playing with Buddy--my yellow-sided Green Cheek Conure; traveling; sleeping; procrastinating; anything and everything that I like.

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"It's not an old movie, if you haven't seen it." -Lauren Bacall

I love old movies and new movies, I just love movies.  However, old movies, aka Golden Age of Hollywood, aka "The Studio System," are my favorites.  Films of this era just have that "je ne sais quoi" that other eras are lacking.  Stars were real stars.  Back then, you had to have "it" to make it.  It wasn't enough to be related to someone in the business, or to be a popular figure elsewhere.  If a studio took a chance on you and you bombed, then that's about it.  While not every star of this era is equal in talent, or attractiveness, they do have that special quality that makes them fun to watch.  Stars have charisma and presence.  They're unique.  So many of today's stars are so interchangeable, it's hard to stand out. 

The Golden Age films are in their own class.  They don't rely on CGI for special effects.  Models, trick photography, camera angles, etc. have to be created and utilized to achieve the desired effect.  Composers are hired to create beautiful music scores to accompany the on-screen action.  Designers are hired to design beautiful costumes.  Set Decorators are hired to design and create beautiful locations against which the on-screen action will unfold.  Sure, the rear projection can look cheesy, especially when you can tell that the stars aren't driving, but it's also part of a movie's charm.  

Only time will tell us which of today's films will last.  It is only now where we're discovering which 1980s and 1990s films have endured. Will Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings endure? How about Twilight? How about all the films featuring timely societal issues? Will any of them still be relevant in 50 years? There was so much innovation during the first half of the 20th century in cinema, which partially accounts for the Golden Era's lasting influence and status.  Barring some spectacular contribution or innovation, I find it hard to believe that any of today's stars will endure in the same manner that people like Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn have. 

My favorite list of actors, actresses, directors and films continues to evolve and will never be finalized.  As I watch more and more films, the more I discover.  I'm forever in an endless wormhole of discovery and awe.  

Here is the current list of favorites.  These are actors whose mere appearance in a film compels me to DVR it.  These entries are not rated, except for my beloved Errol and Lucy. 
 

ACTORS

1. Errol Flynn

2. Gene Kelly

3. Humphrey Bogart

4. John Garfield

5. William Holden

6. Cary Grant

7. Robert Mitchum

8. William Powell

9. Claude Rains

10. Vincent Price

Honorable Mention: Desi Arnaz, Fred Astaire, Donald O'Connor, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Charles Coburn, Fred MacMurray, Zachary Scott, Peter Lorre, Burt Lancaster, Sydney Greenstreet, Dana Andrews, Joel McCrea, Gregory Peck, James Cagney, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, and James Stewart. 

ACTRESSES

1. Lucille Ball

2. Bette Davis

3. Audrey Hepburn

4. Rita Hayworth

5. Ginger Rogers

6. Eleanor Parker

7. Eleanor Powell

8. Judy Garland

9. Barbara Stanwyck

10. Jean Arthur

Honorable Mention: Debbie Reynolds, Ida Lupino, Eve Arden, Katharine Hepburn, Ann Blyth, Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor, Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Joan Blondell, Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Bennett, Ingrid Bergman, Claudette Colbert, Marjorie Main, Kim Novak, Doris Day, Grace Kelly, Hattie McDaniel, Rosalind Russell, and Gene Tierney.

DIRECTORS

1. Alfred Hitchcock

2. Orson Welles

3. John Huston

4. Billy Wilder

5. Vincente Minnelli

6. Douglas Sirk

7. Ernst Lubitsch

8. Fritz Lang

9. Preston Sturges

10. Howard Hawks

Honorable Mention: Charles Chaplin, Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, Michael Curtiz, Nicholas Ray, George Cukor, Delmer Daves, William Wyler

FAVORITE FILMS

1. The Long, Long Trailer

2. Casablanca

3. Gentleman Jim

4. Meet Me in St. Louis

5. The Major and the Minor

6. Gilda

7. Gidget

8. Where the Boys Are

9. Picnic

10. All About Eve

Honorable MentionCinderella (1950), Only Angels Have Wings, The More the Merrier, Never Say Goodbye (1946), Rear Window, The Enchanted Cottage, The Parent Trap (1961), Smokey and the Bandit, An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Easter Parade, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Stage Door, Leave Her to Heaven, Valley of the Dolls, Nightmare Alley, The Awful Truth, Cat People, The Palm Beach Story, Sabrina (1954), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Viva Las Vegas, Sunset Blvd, Uncertain Glory... 

This list could literally go on forever.

FAVORITE GENRES & SUB GENRES

1. Musicals

2. Comedy

3. Melodrama

4. Teen Beach Movies

5. Ladies in Prison

6. Romance (true Romance, not necessarily "Rom-Com")

7. Teen Movies (mostly from the 60s-90s). 

8. Drama (especially the "Weepies")

9. Film Noir

10. B-list Science Fiction

Honorable Mention: Classic Horror, or campy Horror a la Vincent Price, Screwball, pre-code, biopics, sports movies (especially boxing), and Psychological thrillers.

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