Saturday, December 3, 2011

This week on N and CF.

The Holidays are here and who better to celebrate them with than TCM's star of the month William Powell, who will be featured every Thursday in the month of December. Powell's best known role was that of Nick Charles in six Thin Man films, beginning with The Thin Man(1934). The role was a perfect opportunity for Powell to showcase his sophisticated charm and his witty sense of humor. Which he received his first Academy Award nomination for. Please click picture on side bar to read past reviews.

Video: William Powell Christmas morning.

ON TCM Dec.1st. Kisses For My President(1964). Kisses for My President(1964) A comedy directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Fred MacMurray and Polly Bergen. Leslie McCloud, makes history when she is elected the first female President of the United States. However, her husband Thad McCloud is less enthusiastic.

ON TCM Dec. 1st. Lawyer Man (1933). Drama based on the novel by Max Trell and the film stars William Powell and Joan Blondell.

Happy Birthday: Agnes Moorehead !(December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974) She performed in more than seventy films beginning with Citizen Kane and on dozens of television shows during a career that spanned more than thirty years, Moorehead is most widely known to modern audiences for her role as the witch Endora in the series Bewitched. Click picture on side bar to read past movie reviews.

For the first time On TCM Dec. 2 nd. Don't Trust Your Husband(1948). (aka "An Innocent Affair" and "Under Suspicion"). Is Fred MacMurray and Madeleine Carroll in their fifth and final film together.

ON TCM Dec. 3rd. 5 films starring Rhonda Fleming. She acted in more than 40 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and became known as one of the most beautiful and glamorous actresses of her day. She was nicknamed the "Queen of Technicolor" because her fair complexion and flaming red hair photographed exceptionally well in Technicolor. Click picture on side bar to read past reviews.

Out of the Past(1947). A private eye becomes the dupe of a homicidal moll.Dir: Jacques Tourneur Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas .

For the first time on TCM: Instant Love(1964). A romance quickly turns into a marriage, but then runs into problems as the lovers face a combination of boredom and jealousy. Dir: Paul Sylbert Cast: Rossano Brazzi, Carlos Alberto and Peter Bashka.

While The City Sleeps(1956). Reporters compete to catch a serial killer. Dir: Fritz Lang Cast: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming and George Sanders .

Alias Jesse James(1959). An insurance agent lands in hot water when people mistake him for the infamous western outlaw. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod Cast: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming and Wendell Corey.

Gun Glory(1957). A reformed gunslinger is rejected by everyone until he's needed to fight off outlaws. Dir: Roy Rowland Cast: Stewart Granger, Rhonda Fleming and Chill Wills.

ON TCM Dec. 4th The Bishop's Wife(1947). Romantic/comedy starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven in a story about an angel who helps a bishop with his problems. It was released by RKO. The film was adapted by Leonardo Bercovici and Robert E. Sherwood from the 1928 novel of the same name by Robert Nathan, and was directed by Henry Koster.

ON TCM Dec. 5th A Christmas Carol(1938). A wonderful film adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel.

Happy Birthday: Kirk Douglas! (December 9, 1916) is a stage and film actor, film producer and author. His popular films include Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Spartacus (1960), and Lonely Are the Brave (1962). Click picture on side bar to read past reviews.

Happy Birthday: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. ! (December 9, 1909 – May 7, 2000) was a actor and a highly decorated naval officer of World War II. Click picture on side bar to read past reviews.

ON TCM Dec. 9th. Fashions of 1934 is a (1934) Pre-Code musical comedy film directed by William Dieterle with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. The screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert and Carl Erickson was based on the story The Fashion Plate by Harry Collins and Warren Duff. The film stars William Powell, Bette Davis, Hugh Herbert and Frank McHugh, and has songs by Sammy Fain (music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics)

Gene Tierney Smoothie:
12 oz. Cantaloupe melon, peeled,
deseeded and cut into chunks
8oz. strawberries, hulled
1 tsp. vanilla extract
 ice cubes to serve

and blend until SMOOTH. pour into a
glass over ICE.

Article of the week is from :Classic Movies Digest. .  Rupbert says: With the film Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) you have one of the most charming, enduring and elegant classic musicals ever put to film. Developed by the MGM musical powerhouse of producer Arthur Freed and director Vincent Minnelli, it showcased the fragile songbird Judy Garland at the height of her fame and talent and became a box office bonanza for the mega studio in the winter of 1944-45. Please head over to Rupbets blog and check out his wonderful post.

Merry Christmas from Margaret Lindsay.


  1. I always love these posts... keeps me updated on things I may or may have missed... I am looking forward to Fashions of 1934. Bette Davis + William Powell = Yes Please!

  2. Craig Wingard, Thank you.. I'm also looking forward to seeing Fashions of 1934, for the first time.

  3. I very much enjoy these salted peanuts.

  4. Anonymous, Thank you and thank you for stopping by.

  5. Thanks for the shout-out regarding my piece on "Meet Me in St. Louis" Dawn! Glad others enjoyed it.

  6. I really enjoyed the Rhonda Fleming-fest yesterday, especially my all-time favorite noir, OUT OF THE PAST, and WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS which I'd never seen before (what a cast, and Fritz Lang, too boot). That INSTANT MARRIAGE was an odd one, though.

    What a great month on TCM - Robert O is back and Wm. Powell is star of the month - so many reasons to be thankful and celebrate.

    Thanks for another great update,'re my online "Now Playing" guide to TCM.

  7. Rupert, I always enjoy your blog. Yours is the very first blog that I followed.


  8. Eve, I had planned a date with Rhonda Fleming, but something came up and I missed them all. I really wanted to see the film, That INSTANT MARRIAGE, for the first time. I'm sure it will be on again soon.

    There are so many "new to me" William Powell movies, that I'm really looking forward to watching them this month on TCM. Also, everything is back to normal with Robert's return ...

    Your welcome.. I hope to catch all your favs.


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