Category: Classic Movies

By The Light of the Silvery Moon

Nobody wants to serve up their pet turkey for Thanksgiving. Especially Wesley. So he doesn’t. But his family is expecting him to bring back a turkey from the butcher, fully thinking that he took the pet turkey in to be butchered.   “By The Light of The Silvery Moon”is a classic 1953 film that revolves around the Thanksgiving holiday. Doris Day plays Marjorie Winfield who teams up with Bill Sherman played by Gordon MacRae. The turkey part is when Marjorie’s young brother, Wesley is not willing to give up his pet turkey for the feast. Billy Gray plays Wesley...

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The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth is a classic 1937 movie starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. They team up in this comedy as husband and wife, about to get a divorce that neither of them really wants. Because the awful truth is that they still love each other. As they both begin dating prospective new mates, they interfere in each other’s plans to finalize the divorce and remarry. (‘cuz you know, they still love each other)The movie was nominated for best picture. This is a comedy, with a similar feel to the movie, My favorite Wife. In this clip, Irene Dunne is...

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Life with Father gets baptized

“I can’t take a cab to heaven!” exclaims Father when he finds out that his wife, Vinnie has called a cab to take the entire family to church where Father will finally be baptized. It’s a look into upper class New York in 1890 — Clarence Day wrote stories about his father, “Clare” which were published in the New Yorker magazine in 1935, and later compiled into a book called,  Life with Father. It became the longest running nonmuscial play on Broadway  from 1939 to 1947 and was made into a film with William Powell and Irene Dunn (two...

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Spanky’s soap sandwich swap

I love The Little Rascals. I liked them when I was young, I like them now. I like escape in my film, with humor.  I have enough drama in my life that I don’t need to watch more of it on the screen. The Little Rascals speaks of days gone by — days when life seemed simple and silly. Days when little boys and girls didn’t have to worry about gender issues.   In this episode, Spanky finds out that Alfalfa is on a picnic with Darla. This is a big no-no — Alfalfa is a member of the “He-man...

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More proof of the visual man

My humor for the day is a clip from this 1961 Doris Day movie, called “Lover Come Back.” It’s the VIP movie. Doris Day plays Miss Carol Templeton, an ad executive for a New York advertising agency. Rock Hudson is an ad exec for a competing Agency, where he wines and dines his clients, setting up wild parties with girls. Doris reports him to the Ad Council for unethical conduct, but Jerry Webster (Rock Hudson) manages to side step this by sending in one of his bombshell girls, Rebel Davis (Edie Adams), to represent him. Rebel woos the Ad Council...

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The Thin Man movies

If you haven’t seen these classic, the Thin Man movies from the 1930’s, you’re missing some of the great laughs in film. They star William Powell and Myrna Loy as a husband and wife detective team with their animated little dog, “Asta.” The comedy is classic and clean. And the rapport between husband and wife is uplifting. And fun. We should all have this much fun with our spouse, even though we can’t be detectives. Here is one clip after the team (Nick, Nora and Asta) return home after a bit of an absence. Asta, the dog is happy to...

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Topper Cary Grant movie

Topper is a feel-good movie with Cary Grant and Constance Bennet — a fun-loving couple that drive a little too fast, one last time and end up dead. But they aren’t really D&G (Dead and Gone) —  they’re still alive in the spirit form. Constance thinks she’s only suffered a run in her stocking, but then she realizes she’s suffered a little more. I love the whole after-life scenario, since I believe in life after death and the thin veil that separates us.  I’ve read that you’ll see all your good deeds — how you affected other people —...

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“The Talk of the Town” Cary Grant and Jean Arthur

I love the old films. And Cary Grant is one of my favorites — this film has a comedy, intertwined with romance, philosophy and a little thriller action. “The Talk of the Town” is a black & white, 1942 film that is rather surprising. It opens with a murder suspect, Cary Grant, escaping from prison. Initially I thought I wouldn’t like it. But of course, he’s not guilty. Nonetheless, he hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart, Jean Arthur. She has rented her home to law professor, Michael Lightcap, played by Ronald Coleman, who has no idea the fugitive...

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Doris Day and Cary Grant in “That Touch of Mink”

I grew up watching Doris Day movies. So, naturally, those movies bring back memories of days gone by — the fashions, the cars, the furnishings from the 60’s, and when it wasn’t socially acceptable to run off for a weekend with a man you weren’t married to.  I remember the cafeterias that had those little doors with the food in them. They were like large, wall-sized vending machines, but with people operating them from the other side.I was a young child then, and the idea of the little door with food behind it seemed magical. There’s a scene with this...

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Marilyn Monroe’s last film

Marilyn Monroe’s last film was called, “Somethings Got To Give” starring Marilyn Monroe as Ellen and Dean Martin as Nick. The script is basically the same as the film, Move Over Darling (Doris Day and James Garner) and the earlier film, My Favorite Wife (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne). The producing company, Fox, fired Marilyn Monroe, supposedly for not always showing up for filming (though her doctor said she was ill with sinusitis) and Dean Martin wouldn’t go on without her. The film was shelved. Unfortunately, Marilyn died shortly after this. In fact, this was her last film, unfinished. A...

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Bob Hope in “Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number”

 Bob Hope movies are full of the famous comedians talent. Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller were two of my favorite comedians when I was young. I was especially fond of the 1966 movie with Bob Hope, “Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number.” It’s a slap stick, screw-ball comedy, with Phyllis and Bob playing off each other. She’s the housekeeper, he’s the real estate agent with wife, Marjorie; enter the starlet blonde bombshell, Elke Sommer, who gets the wrong number, connecting with Bob Hope. He innocently tries to help her (she’s hiding out from her agent, tired of too...

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The Original Little Rascals

The Little Rascals is one of my favorite classics. It’s kids just being kids. The producer, Hal Roach, looked out his studio window, after auditioning some children for his new series and found something he liked better — kids, not trying to act, but kids in action, doing things when no adult is around — like picking up sticks and sparring. It was a glimpse of the first reality TV show. And Hal Roach brought it all together in his production of “The Little Rascals”. The series was syndicated by TV and pretty soon America got a taste of reality too. This...

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Doris Day and Clark Gable “Teacher’s Pet”

This is another of my favs from our classic movie collection. And, yes, all my kids have seen and enjoyed it. When I want a little break from the chaos of life, I want a movie that makes me laugh and feel good. I have enough real-life drama going on. Doris Day and Clark Gable pair-off in this comedy. She is a professor of English Journalism teaching the how-to’s of writing for a newspaper and Clark Gable is the newspaper man who learned his skill at the school of hard-knocks. When they meet, she does not know who he...

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