*To write about a film from 1932 *I chose Dancers in the Dark sight unseen because of the topic (dancers!) and Miriam Hopkins.
In the film, taxi dancer Gloria (Miriam Hopkins) and saxophone player Floyd (William Collier Jr.) are in love and want to get married. He is willing to forgive her past, which may be worse than he thinks, but he insists he doesn't need to know. Bandleader Duke (Jack Oakie) grew up with Floyd and sees him as a brother. He believes Floyd deserves better than the fallen Gloria. Duke arranges for Floyd to take a four-week out-of-town job, hoping his absence will cause Gloria to reveal her true colors. Side note: At one time, Duke was also in love with Gloria, and she had a crush on him.
April and May are busy months in my neck of the woods. While my tweeps are gathering at the annual TCM Film Festival, I am readying students for state testing and our end of the year drama production. May sees me furiously grading papers to meet deadlines and calling or meeting with parents about kiddos who may not make it to the next grade unless assignments get turned in. For the most part, I am on island far away from Tinseltown and its movies, but even the hardest worker is entitled to a brief respite. Here are a few of the movies I caught.
Post covers:Pigskin Parade (1936), For Me and My Gal (1942), Little Nellie Kelly (1940), Presenting Lily Mars (1943), Till the Clouds Roll By (1946), Gentlemen Marry Brunettes(1955), The Secret Garden (1949)
*The difficult part of this task was picking a character as opposed to an actor crush. (Sorry, Cary!)
My Reel Infatuation
Blame it on the political season, but my crush goes to a character who has strong convictions yet can listen to the other side of the story and--gasp!--change his course of action if it benefits the whole.
Brian Aherne's Dennis Riordan in Beloved Enemy (1936)
To write about a classic film that brings the audience into the courtroom.
People Will Talk (1951) is the first movie Joseph L. Mankiewicz took on following his AcademyAward-winning film,All About Eve (1950). The film is based on a 1934 German play written by Curt Goetz, which was later made into a German film, Frauenarzt Dr. Pratorius (1950). According to film critics, Mankiewicz maintained that People Will Talk was a response to an unpleasant medical experience although parallels have been made between Praetorius' hearing and the House Un-American Acts Committee (HUAC) hearings, which resulted in the blacklisting of hundreds of Hollywood artists.
Get your dancing shoes ready because the Gotta Dance! Blogathon has arrived!
Celebrate #NationalTapDanceDay and the great Bill Robinson and Fred Astaire with a post that celebrates dance in film. Everything is game: choreography, dancers, music, partnerships, style. The important ingredient is fun!
Sit back and let us razzle dazzle you with these copasetic posts:
Today, Robinson is best remembered for the four films he made with Shirley Temple. He has been both praised and criticized for his part in these movies. Praised for breaking race barriers when he andTemple became the first interracial dancing duo to grace the silver screen. Criticized for taking "Uncle Tom" roleswhere he portrayed servant, slave, butler, and overall protector of a little white girl.
Pick five classic films you would want to have with you if stranded on a deserted island.
my beloved film collection to only five was no easy task. Which movies
would I be content forever replaying in my head because I know every
line and move by heart? Which movies would I want the full film
experience? I needed some criteria.
This post is part of the Star-Studded Couple Blogathon hosted by Phyl over at Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. Click here to read more fabulous posts about star couples.
Marge and Gower Champion were a popular dance team during the 1940s and 1950s. The married couple co-starred in seven films, made numerous television appearances, had their own television series, The Marge and Gower Champion Show, and even wrote a book on how to dance.
This post is part of the Beyond the Cover: Books to Film Blogathon hosted by Now Voyaging and Speakeasy. For more fabulous entries, click here.
Until a few months ago,I avoided Booth Tarkington's novel, Alice Adams. Like its heroine, I preferred to be willfully ignorant of reality and believe in RKO's fairy tale film ending. The idea that there was an alternate universe in which Alice did not get her happily-ever-after bothered me.By not reading the novel, I denied its existence.
Easter eggs. The wink and nod between filmmaker and audience. The quick quip that slips past censors. The hidden gem...
...and I love finding them.
In honor of Easter, March's Viewing Journal will include a few eggs I caught along with my usual musings. Movies covered include Beloved Enemy (1936), Foreign Correspondent (1940), and Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). So grab another slice of pie and cup of coffee, kick back your feet, finish that chocolate bunny, and enjoy the reveal.
May is an important month in the world of dance. Two greats were born: Fred Astaire on May 10, 1899 and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25, 1878.In honor of these great dancers and National Tap Dance Day--which coincides with Robinson's birthday I will host my first ever blogathon:
Gotta Dance! May 25, 2016
Come join me in celebrating all things dance: the choreography, the dancers, the music, the partnerships.
*To get to know a star whose films you have not widely viewed (max three prior to blogathon) *View at least five of their films and report back
Who I picked and why
After consulting Constance Valis Hills' Tap Dancing America and checking to see if there were enough films available for viewing, I selectedGeorge Murphy for the Marathon Stars Blogathon. According to Hills, Murphy is one of the "Irish Princes" who brought the vaudevillian and popular stage tradition to the big screen.
What better month to celebrate the Irish actor than in March?
Margaret Perry is hosting a Flash Blogathon this weekend as part of her Cultural Heritage Management course. She asks classic movie lovers to document their classic film heritage and culture. To aid in the task, she has given us a list of items to share--kind of like a scavenger hunt.
If you would like to join in the fun or want to see what others have contributed, visit margaretperry.org for the full scoop.