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About rosebette

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    Vintage movies, especially precodes and films of 30s and 40s, literature, music (classical, show tunes and soundtracks, literature -- college English instructor), public TV and radio, yoga and fitness

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  1. Worth a viewing just to hear Claude order dinner at a fancy restaurant before Paul's performance. Talk about psychological abuse! What a master!
  2. I wasn't the only one who thought Amanda Seyfried sounded like Lesley Ann Warren in Victor/Victoria?
  3. I watched Cain and Mabel and Page Miss Glory last night, and I must admit that I was underwhelmed by Marion Davies. I couldn't believe how little chemistry there was between Gable and Davies in Cain and Mabel. I don't think I've ever watched a move with two strong leads that was less pleasant (although Gable in gym or boxing togs is worth a look). The "musical" numbers just seemed to be set pieces to show Davies off in a variety of white costumes surrounded by castoffs from Busby Berkeley movies (including recycled Harry Warren tunes); all the "dancing" was in long shot and clearly doubled
  4. I have to agree with those who say that Miriam Hopkins is a bit of a "ham" in later roles. I find her delightful in precodes, but now that I think of it, those roles are often "look at me," exhibitionist roles - Ivy in Dr. Jekyll, or Gilda whose sexy vivacity can attract two men at once in Design for Living, or the very showy role in The Story of Temple Drake. Her overplaying offsets Kay Francis' languid dark beauty in Trouble in Paradise. I think she has great chemistry with Joel McCrea, and I can't quite understand why those two work so well together. I think they're great together in B
  5. I love Ruth in Warner precodes like Frisco Jenny and Lilly Turner. She had great chemistry with George Brent, to whom she was married for a while. Of course, he was married to a lot of people, as you know!
  6. This is one of the most underrated screwball comedies, with Jean Arthur at her most delightful. The automat scene is one of my favorites.
  7. This movie was worth watching just for the clothes, especially Diana Rigg's ensembles. The bathing costume with matching turban and robe was my favorite. She really was a knockout.
  8. I watched the Miriam Hopkins/Bette Davis double feature last night - The Old Maid (1939) and Old Acquaintance (1943) - and after watching them both, realized while Hopkins career waned in the 1940s. I enjoyed her in the pre-codes last week. She was really delightful in The Smiling Lieutenant and Design for Living, and quite sexy in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. However, in both of the pictures with Davis, she appears to be mugging and overacting, especially Old Acquaintance. Her character in the latter is so obnoxious that one wonders why the Davis character, Kit, would ever maintain a long-term
  9. I was weathering side effects from the COVID vaccine on Tuesday and ended up watching The Bandwagon and It's Always Fair Weather back to back. As I watched the scenes in The Bandwagon about the production and premiere of a flop, I thought about whether Mel Brooks was doing a bit of back-handed homage in The Producers. When you watch the shell-shocked audience's expression as they leave the premiere in The Bandwagon, I was reminded of the reaction shots of the audience to "Springtime for Hitler." On another Mel Brooks note, the finale of It's Always Fair Weather during the live TV productio
  10. Well you certainly are a worthy imitator of Pauline! The middle finger occurs at approximately 1:05 minutes. Here's the Youtube of the film: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-norton-ext_onb&hsimp=yhs-ext_onb&hspart=norton&p=parachute+jumpers+1933+youtube+film#id=2&vid=dc17705fbfab4ea646a4e4387384ae7a&action=click See, everyone is now going to watch that movie you trashed!
  11. This review had the opposite of its intended effect on me. My hubby (who can't resist anything with old-timey planes) and I decided to watch this one and found that despite its chaotic plot, it was a source of many pre-code delights, from the opening shot of the Latin dancer's rotating derriere, to the fast-paced dialogue, the chemistry between Doug Fairbanks and Frank McHugh, a cute ingenue Bette Davis, and many interesting and occasionally suspenseful plot elements --the parachute jump into the path of an oncoming train, Doug taking a job as a chauffer with benefits for Claire Dodd, some ai
  12. And if he isn't the galdarnist purtiest cowboy I'd ever laid eyes on!
  13. I actually prefer him in the officer's uniform. The aerial stuff is good, but I think the interplay between the actors on the ground is what makes the film. I feel as if the actors are actually listening to each other and reacting, not just reciting lines. It gives the acting a more "modern" flavor.
  14. I watched Sweet Adversity Friday night and was powerfully moved and impressed by the intelligent, articulate, and socially conscious Marsha Hunt - a woman who made a second career out of activism on behalf of the UN, World Hunger, and world peace, despite being blacklisted. The lady is still with us, I believe, at 103. Yesterday, I wept through Meet John Doe. I had not seen this film in many years, and I think until yesterday, had never seen a decent print of it. Apparently, there was only an awful public domain version in circulation for many years; I remember the convention scene be
  15. One of my favorite war films (and I'm not a war film buff either). Brilliant ensemble casting, probably Flynn and Rathbone's best work. Also some beautiful work by Donald Crisp. The chemistry between Flynn and Niven is powerful and touching. This movie manages to convey both the heroics and the futility of war. I ended up tearing up a couple of times during this viewing.
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