Sunday, August 21, 2011

This Week On N and C F.

TCM, is continuing "Summer Under The Stars" this week with:

Joan Crawford- August 22nd. After an absence of nearly two years from the screen, Crawford staged a comeback by starring in Mildred Pierce (1945), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1955, she became involved with the Pepsi-Cola Company through her marriage to company Chairman Alfred Steele. After his death in 1959, Crawford was elected to fill his vacancy on the board of directors but was forcibly retired in 1973. She continued acting in film and television regularly through the 1960s.

Conrad Veidt- August 23rd. Was a German actor best remembered for his roles in films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and Casablanca (1942). After a successful career in German silent film, where he was one of the best paid stars of Ufa, he left Germany in 1933 with his new Jewish wife and settled in the United Kingdom, where he participated in a number of films before continuing to the United States around 1941.

Joan Blondell- August 24th. Establishing herself as a sexy wisecracking blond, she was a Pre-code staple of Warner Brothers and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold-diggers. Blondell continued acting for the rest of her life, often in small character roles or supporting television roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Blue Veil (1951).

Burt Lancaster- August 25th. Lancaster was nominated four times for Academy Awards and won once — for his work in Elmer Gantry in 1960. He also won a Golden Globe for that performance and BAFTA Awards for The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Atlantic City (1980). His production company, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, was the most successful and innovative star-driven independent production company in Hollywood of the 1950s, making movies such as Marty (1955), Trapeze (1956), and Sweet Smell of Success (1957).

Peter Lawford- August 26th. He was a member of the "Rat Pack", and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy, perhaps more noted in later years for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting. In his earlier professional years (late 1930s through the 1950s) he had a strong presence in popular culture and starred in many films.

Linda Darnell- August 27th. Darnell was a model as a child, and progressed to theater and film acting as an adolescent. At the encouragement of her mother, she made her first film in 1939, and appeared in supporting roles in big budget films for 20th Century Fox throughout the 1940s. She rose to fame with co-starring roles opposite Tyrone Power in adventure films and established a main character career after her role in Forever Amber (1947). Furthermore, she won critical acclaim for her work in Unfaithfully Yours (1948) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949).

Carole Lombard- August 28th. "Queen of the 1930s screwball comedies, she personified the anxiety of a nervous age. Graham Greene praised the "heartbreaking and nostalgic melodies" of her faster-than-thought delivery. Platinum blond, with a heart-shaped face, delicate , impish features and a figure made to be swathed in silver lame, she wriggled expressively through such classics of hysteria as Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey."

"Article of the Week" From Backlots Movie Review: The Women. Lara, posts about all your favorite films, and some you might be less familiar with.

Cary Grant and Betsy Drake

The Cary Grant: Cherry Delight Smoothie.
1 apple, quartered and cored
1 pear, quartered and cored
20oz. cherries, stoned

together. POUR into a glass over ICE. Enjoy. :)

Graphic created by Craig.
Blame Mame Blog.
Noir and Chick Flicks, was honored with 2 "Irresistibly Sweet Blog Awards". One from Patty and the other from Caftan Woman, for Saddles and Spurs: The Great Western Page. Thank you very much.

I do have a honorable mention This blog will always be special to me. This is the blog that helped me get started with having my own, Classic Movie Blog. Rick, is always there to help me with any blogging problems that pop up, including misspellings. :) I dunno... if Rick is into receiving awards, so.. I will just offer him a piece of Strawberry Short Cake, as thank you for always being there for all of us bloggers..

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  1. I turned my cable off a few years ago because we didnt watch it much, but I do miss TCM terribly. Especially Summer Under The Stars. I have recorded some of my favorite movies during those daily highlights.

  2. Craig, If it were not for TCM, I also would not have cable. "Summer Under The Stars" is my favorite time of year on TCM. I hope that you are enjoying my tribute.

  3. Dawn, thank you for the kind words! Your thoughtfulness (and the tasty virtual strawberry shortcake) means more than I can say. I am so glad that you started your amazing blog. I love the new look, too!


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