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Everything posted by EugeniaH

  1. I just finished watching Brute Force on dvd, via classicflix.com. Before I started this post I did a quick scroll through this thread, not expecting that someone else (Speedy) reviewed the same movie so recently. So apologies to Speedy in advance - my review is just a coincidence. I have mixed feelings about this film. It's well made and the acting is good, but the storylines are trite. Obviously there's gonna be a plot for a prison break, and of course there's a prison guard who's abusive and power-mad. You watch this and think to yourself, you've seen one you've seen them all. To tho
  2. Haha, yeah! Me too! Then again, thanks to today's world, you can bury yourself in classic movies and shows all day and night. No more waiting for that one time a year to see The Wizard of Oz. Want to relive the 1950s? Go to the Internet and surf some websites. Sometimes I think the world can't get any worse, but there's never been so many ways to escape it, either.
  3. Yes, but for me it was pop culture changes, too. One example - TV went from shows like The Odd Couple to Silver Spoons.
  4. During the eighties I was nostalgic for the 70s - and I was still a kid in the eighties... hated that time.
  5. I love this film and yet I never looked at it this way. Thanks for your insightful post! On another note, two apartments I wish were "mine" are Katharine Hepburn's in Desk Set (there's lots of mismatched furniture but there's an overall warmth and 'elegance' that pulls it together for me), and Ray Milland's/Grace Kelly's in Dial M for Murder.
  6. I'd be Mary 32nd Avenue West. That wouldn't have even worked in vaudeville!
  7. What a coincidence that I came across this thread. Tonight I watched "Blondie Johnson", with Joan Blondell, and while I liked the story just fine, I got so caught up in the early 1930s stage sets that I'm now watching other films in the same time period just to see the decor. Would love to have such a vintage place. All eras have their good and bad sides, and I can't say I've lived through so many decades, but sometimes when I watch these old films I wish real life was so sanitized and wrapped in the proverbial bow, lol... (Being careful to clarify, though, I'm not saying that I think
  8. I love Claude Rains' laugh, too. So fiendish and sinister. He really gives the sense that he's getting a huge kick out of sending everybody scrambling.
  9. This photo reminds me of an interesting story: when Barbara Stanwyck saw a screening of "Sunset Boulevard", she was so moved by Gloria Swanson's performance that she walked up to her and kissed the hem of her skirt. Thank you for digging up these fantastic photos, Jake, some of which I've never seen before... I like a lot of your other ones, of course, but I'm glad you seem to be a big Stanwyck fan. I saw "The Thomas Crown Affair" for the first time a couple of months back - Steve McQueen was pretty slick in it.
  10. I have this box set. It's great. For anyone that's a Laurel and Hardy fan, it's a worthy investment. Unfortunately, their silent shorts aren't included, but you have all (or most) of their sound shorts here, some with commentary, some that were done in foreign languages, plus some full-length films.
  11. While I agree that the team had a lot more success and comic brilliance with their shorts, I'd like to put in a vote for their feature, "Pardon Us". My own love for Laurel and Hardy started with this movie (though I had seen their shorts, it was long before). The jokes are good and there is enough of a plot to flesh out the material without boring the viewer. There's also the added treat of Oliver Hardy singing - he had a nice voice.
  12. May not quite be what you're looking for, but here is my favorite "drag" scene - Stan Laurel in "Another Fine Mess" (this is the funniest scene of the entire short):
  13. Yes, l remember Robert Matzen writing about that... I think Gable was as much a 'conquest' for Lombard as the other way around, although they fell in love with one another. But I probably wouldn't be surprised if, had she lived, later in life Lombard wouldn't have been more disillusioned or fed up with his antics. She seemed like a confident, intelligent woman who could take care of herself if push came to shove.
  14. You're right, Tom. Thanks for jogging my memory! Still, seeing photos of Lombard and planes (I've seen others) makes me sad. In Nothing Sacred she's shown flying in one.
  15. This photo is interesting and sadly unsettling... Gable and Lombard are standing in front of a plane and I believe it may have been taken while Lombard was on the bond tour? Lombard would die in a plane crash on this tour in January, 1942.
  16. "Hawaii Five-O" is a blur of episodes to me, but I definitely remember that one scene! Very emotional, with terrific acting.
  17. What a great recap - thank you! It looks and sounds like heaven for classic film fans. I wish they would do something like this in Seattle. Every once in a while a theater here and there will have a "noir film fest" or a "classic comedy film fest", so I shouldn't complain, but it's just the movies, and "catch as catch can" at that. Tiki, just curious - do you know what year they started the CapitolFest?
  18. Lately I've been enjoying myself plowing through a hugely engrossing book on the entertainment industry - "Powehouse CAA: The Story of the Creative Artists Agency." Though it's not about studio era stars (except for the briefest of references to Katharine Hepburn), it's a fascinating look at the inner workings of a big-time talent agency, all based on interviews with the company founders, actors, agents, directors, etc. The time span runs from the 70s to the present. So in a way this would fall under the category of "biography". The founders of CAA left the William Morris Agency, who r
  19. I would love to see this again. I love Frank Borzage's earlier work: "Street Angel", "Lucky Star", "7th Heaven"... my favorite by him is "Lazybones". It's a sweet, moving story that never (imo) becomes overly soppy or sentimental.
  20. How about Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy"? Or the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls", and "Sticky Fingers" with the zipper you could move?
  21. George Brent could be nominated as Best Actor in Thunderbutt.
  22. Wow... I looked closely at this new sculpture, and then clicked on that link to compare it to a photo of the old one. It makes the first statue look even more hideous than ever!
  23. But not as ugly as he is on the inside.
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