Friday, June 15, 2012

What N and CF will be watching this coming week.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEANETTE MACDONALD !! Please click picture on side bar to learn more. (June 18, 1903 – January 14, 1965) was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier : Love Me Tonight and The Merry Widow(video below).


Also, Naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, and Maytime. During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love Parade, One Hour with You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco), and recorded three gold records. She later performed in opera, concerts, radio and television.

ON TCM JUNE 19TH: MADE IN PARIS(1966). A romantic comedy film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Louis Jourdan, Ann-Margaret, and Richard Crenna.


ON TCM JUNE 20TH A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE FOR ERROL FLYNN! Working throughout his career with a cross section of Hollywood's best fight arrangers, Flynn became noted for his fast-paced sword fights as seen in The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood. please click picture on side bar to learn more.


Street Scene(1931). A black-and-white drama film produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by King Vidor.  Street Scene takes place on a New York City street from one evening until the following afternoon. Except for one scene which takes place inside a taxi, Vidor shot the entire film on a single set showing half a city block of houses.

The movie stars Estelle Taylor, David Landau, Sylvia Sidney, William Collier, and Beulah Bondi (her screen debut). The music score is by Alfred Newman, his first complete film score. Newman composed the title theme, in the style of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The theme has been used in other movies: Cry of the City, Kiss of Death, I Wake Up Screaming, Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Dark Corner and as the overture to How to Marry a Millionaire.

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You're Only Young Once(1937), is the second Andy Hardy movie, with Lewis Stone replacing Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy, and Mickey Rooney performing as his son Andy. The story is about the Hardy family traveling to Catalina for a two week vacation, where Judge Hardy wants to catch a swordfish, Marian falls in love with a married lawyer/lifeguard, and Andy dates a "sophisticated" girl. They return home finding a note saying that they lost all their property to Hoyt Wells. How will they save their property?


Stand by Me(1986). The film is narrated by an author, Gordie Lachance (Dreyfuss). After reading a newspaper article about the death of his friend, Lachance, thinks back to a childhood memory when he and his friends find the body of a missing boy, over Labor Day weekend in September 1959.

Young Gordie (Wheaton) is a quiet, boy with a gift for making up and writing stories. He is rejected by his father, after the death of his football-star older brother, Denny (Cusack). Gordie spends his time with three of his friends: Chris Chambers (Phoenix) who comes from a family of criminals and alcoholics. Teddy Duchamp (Feldman), who was physically scarred after his abusive father held his ear to a stove. Vern Tessio (O'Connell), who is overweight and  is the butt of everyone's jokes. Vern, overhears his older brother Billy (Siemaszko) and his friend Charlie Hogan (Riley), talking about finding the body of Ray Brower, while dumping a stolen car.

Brower, was a boy whose disappearance was a big news in Castle Rock. Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern decide to go to see if they can find Ray's body before anyone else does . The boys first encounter Milo Pressman and his dog Chopper, when they stop to fill their canteens from a well in side his junkyard. They then walk along a train bridge and Vern and Gordie are nearly killed by a passing train.


At the end of the day, the boys set up camp and swap stories and share their fears. They continue on the next day by taking a short-cut through a swamp only to discover that it is infested with leeches. Later, they find the body and it reminds Gordie, that his father does not love him. It is long before the town bully "Ace" Merrill (Sutherland) and his gang, show up in their cars to take the body back to town, but Gordie threatens Ace with a handgun. Gordie, decides that no one will get the credit for finding the dead body and reports it to the authorities. The boys return to Castle Rock and say goodbye to each other.

This is a wonderful film about friendship.

Last Summer(1969), is a coming-of-age movie about teen sexuality. Director Frank Perry filmed at Fire Island locations: the stars of the film are Catherine Burns, Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison and Richard Thomas. Last Summer was given an R rating after edits to a scene depicting rape. The cut version is the one seen in the videotape release.

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Performing at a vaudeville show, Betty Boop immitates such real-life singers as Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier. For her impersonations she sings "I'm an Indian" and "How'd You Get So Beautiful". To resemble Maurice Chevalier she puts on a taxedo and a straw hat and copies his heavy french accent. The audience likes the performance and applauds with enthusiasm.


  1. What I am excited about this coming week is that TCM is showing 7 Ida Lupino films...a few of which I have never seen before. I love when I get to discover "new to me" movies of one of my favorites.

    Have a wonderful day, Dawn. Hope you're feeling completely well again.


  2. Hey Patti, whooowee.. I missed the, Ida Lupino films. I will check them out.

    Thank you. I'm doing very well.. Now, the bills are rolling in.. :(

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Stand By Me is such a great film!



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