HIGH BARBAREE ( 1947 )

 

AUG 2016 ~ SUMMER UNDER THE STARS ~ TCM

Hi Kiddies! It’s that time of year again. TCM’s annual SUMMER UNDER THE STARS event, where every August, TCM has one full day of programming to celebrate a different classic movie star. 31 Count ‘em 31! This year the likes of Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Humphrey Bogart, James Edwards, Spencer Tracy, Charles Boyer and many more will be featured. The blog Journeys in Classic Film, helmed by Kristen Lopez, will host the TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon ( or SUTS as we vets like to call it ) where bloggers write about the day’s star.

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KISS & TELL: “VERTIGO” and “OUT OF THE PAST”

Cute song, right? But listen…lets get serious about kissing, shall we? See, you have never been kissed until you’ve been kissed by a Spiderwoman … a black widow … a lethal lady. Its intensity is like no other. 0r if Cary Grant took you in his arms, or Ricardo Cortez roughly shook you up, down to your toes as Steve Cochran would. A kiss could be sweetly elegant like Ronald Colman or hot and steamy like being kissed by Jean Peters. You would be like a moth to the flame, going willingly. Happily. Fatally.

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. . . LOVES ME NOT.

Anthropologist Helen Fisher says: “People live for love. They kill for love, they die for love. They have songs, poems, novels, sculptors, paintings, myths and legends.”

IF YOU WANT A THING YOU CAN’T HAVE…DO YOU  REALLY  WANT IT?

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WRITTEN ON THE WIND ( 1957 )


HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN BACALL

LAUREN BACALL ( in DARK PASSAGE )

When Lauren Bacall looks at you, or gives you her side-eye glance, brothers and sisters…you  are  done! Her eyes are scorching laser beams, slicing through you like butter. Her gravelly voice can be commanding, withering or mesmerizingly sultry. When she died last August 12th, 2014, it was a shock to all in the classic film community. She seemed so indomitable. She could glare death into submission. What was I thinking.

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ETHEL BARRYMORE: “NIGHT SONG”

BARRYMORE. The name alone is regal. They were the most prestigious acting family America has ever produced. The Barrymore name harkens back to near the end of the 19th century, the Drew name goes back to the beginning of the 19th century and the Lane name goes back to 18th century Ireland…all in the same lineage.

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WEEK-END MARRIAGE ( 1932 )

WEEKEND ( XI )  WEEKEND ( XIII )

“If you just know the six sentences to say that
would make him propose, would you say them?”

This is the question Aline MacMahon proposes to Loretta Young to hook that special guy. A whole lot of cards are dealt from the bottom of the deck on both sides of the gender gap in WEEK-END MARRIAGE. These cards are strewn about like rose petals in Reno.

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WOMAN OF THE YEAR ( 1942 )

Three weeks ago I was at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival where of the eight movies I saw that weekend, six: (  The Sound of Music” “The Smiling Lieutenant” “My Man Godfrey” “Don’t Bet On Women” “Calamity Jane and Adam’s Rib ) dealt with the relationship between men and women ( how to get a man…how to keep a man ). Ye Olde Battle of the Sexes, as ye used to call it. So I’ll keep up that glorious subject for a just a little while longer. Since I end with “Adam’s Rib” guess I’ll pick up on where these two meet.

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