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25 Christmas Movies

I’ve got my favorite Christmas movies that we watch every year. But sometimes a I need a new one. Back in the day before video and DVD, we had to watch whatever the networks chose to run, and whenever they broadcast. When video players came on the market it was a better option — but you still had to set a timer to record the movie to watch later.  We get more choices now. Here’s a list to welcome the season: 1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed): 2.  Miracle on 34th Street (Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood,...

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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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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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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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“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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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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Doris Day and David Niven “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies”

I love this film, Doris does a great job playing a mom of four boys. I have four boys (and 1 daughter), so maybe that’s why I appreciate the humor. Doris holds her own when a femme fatale starts moving in on husband, David Niven. “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” is a 1960 comedy film starring Doris Day and David Niven. The story is about a New York theater critic, his wife and four boys who move to the country, leaving dear old dad to commute to the city. Doris Day’s real life husband, Marty Melcher, was one of...

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Doris Day and Rock Hudson movies

Doris Day stars with Rock Hudson in the 1960s romantic comedy, Send Me No Flowers. She loved working with Rock and they made a great team. This was their third and final film together. Tony Randall is the side-kick and the three of them have some fun with Rock Hudson’s character, who is a hypochondriac. My dad was a bit of a hypo too, so I recognize the symptoms. Rock plays George Kimball, who is always worried about his health, when one day he over-hears the doc say “oh it’s the ticker, how long has he got? Well, there’s...

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The Grass is Greener Movie

The Grass is Greener is a 1960 film starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum. It was originally a play, performed in London’s West End and then adapted for film. The story opens with the Earl and Countess of Rhyall in their stately English mansion. Financial troubles have forced them to collect fees for tours of the estate, which brings the unwanted guest, Robert Mitchum into their private quarters. He’s a very forward American, filthy rich, and set on pursuing the Countess. The fourth character is Deborah Kerr’s best friend, Hattie, who would be more than glad to...

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“Little Rascals” Buckwheat Billie Thomas — boy or girl?

Billie Thomas is best remembered as “Buckwheat” in the TV series, “The Little Rascals” and “Our Gang”. He was in the show from 1934 to its ending in 1944. But the real question is whether he was a boy or a girl. Born in Los Angeles, California, Thomas auditioned at the Hal Roach Studios at the age of three. He got a role and his first episode was called,   For Pete’s Sake! But he wasn’t playing the role of “Buckwheat” — that character was played by female child actress named Carlena (who happened to be Matthew “Stymie” Beard’s sister).  Another...

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“The Little Rascals” — Jackie Cooper

Jackie Cooper was one of the original “Little Rascals” who had a long career in Hollywood, and a long life  (compared to some of the other Rascals.)  You may wonder why I write about the Rascals. True, I love to watch them — these old films provide some good humor. It’s funny, but Jackie Cooper looked the same as an adult as when he was a kid. I guess he could cry on screen too — but that is a sad story. The director told him they were taking his dog to the pound and that the security guard...

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The Little Rascals — Spanky George MacFarland

Spanky First he was “Buddy”, then he was “Spanky”. Although George MacFarland started his child career as a model for Hostess’ Wonder Bread, he was best known as “Spanky” in the Hal Roach 1930’s productions of “The Little Rascals” and “Our Gang”. “Spanky” George MacFarland, was the kid in “The Little Rascals” who used the catch phrase, “okey-dokey”. He also had a little hand move where he would wave with his hand under his chin. He got many of his mannerisms while working with Laurel and Hardy — like his eye rolling, putting his hands on his hips in...

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Darla Hood of The Little Rascals

  Darla Hood was one of the Little Rascals who played the childhood love interest of Alfalfa. A couple of the other boys had their eyes on her as well (Butch and Waldo). She was in the series from 1935 to 1941. The films were originally called “Our Gang,” but later sold to MGM. When Hal Roach syndicated the films for TV, he had to change the name to “The Little Rascals.” Darla and Alfalfa often sang to each other — Alfalfa singing bubbles one time. Born an only child in Oklahoma, her parents got her into singing and dancing at...

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What happened to Alfalfa of the Little Rascals

You might remember Alfalfa as the kid who sang off-key in “The Little Rascals” and “Our Gang” TV series. His name was Carl Switzer, born in 1927. His older brother, Harold Switzer, was also in the original show. Born in Paris, Illinois, both boys had musical talent. One day, in 1934, while the family was on vacation touring Hollywood and the Hal Roach Studios, the kids performed an impromptu musical number in the studio cafe. Hal saw the act, liked it and signed them on. Harold was eight years old and Alfalfa was six. Alfalfa became famous for singing...

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