Thursday, February 28, 2013

Myrna Loy and William Powell

I have been reading a book on one of my favorite actresses, Myrna Loy. And I came across a fun little fact: During the making of their long list of films together, Myrna Loy and William Powell became very good friends. As a matter of fact, Powell sent Loy, for her 35th birthday, a funeral wreath with the words "Be Brave, Dear" written on a ribbon. 


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Myrna Loy and Ginger Rogers

I have been reading a lot on Myrna Loy and Ginger Rogers lately. And I must say that the two of them are amazing women. Did you know that Myrna Loy was the first to complain about how in every movie, a black man/woman are always cast as maids or servants? She walked into her studio and said "why not put on a suit and tie and allow them to walk into an office?" I must say, that is amazing considering that most people never complained to the big boss back in the day. :)

I was impressed to read that for Ginger Rogers, she did not cave into social activity and drink, or smoke much for that matter. Even though that the parties always included a cloud of smoke and glasses of alcohol  she was not a fan of either, and always declined the drink and smoke. However, she did pick up smoking for two years (she wrote in her biography) which she was not proud of that, but does admit with pride that she quit.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Best Actor Oscars...

1932: Lionel Barrymore in A Free Soul

1935: Clark Gable in It Happened One Night

1939: Spencer Tracy in Boys Town

1941: James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story

1945: Bing Crosby in Going My Way

1946: Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend

1949: Laurence Olivier in Hamlet

1952: Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen

1953: Gary Cooper in High Noon

1958: David Niven in Seperate Tables

1962: Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Actress Oscars....

1930: Norma Shearer in The Divorcee

1933: Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory

1934: Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night

1935: Bette Davis in Dangerous

1938: Bette Davis in Jezebel

1939: Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind

1940: Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle

1941: Joan Fontaine in Suspicion

1942: Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver 

1944: Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight

1947: Loretta Young in The Farmer's Daughter

1951: Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire 

1953: Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday 

1954: Grace Kelly in The Country Girl

1962: Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker

1964: Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins

1966: Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1967: Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Movie Winners in the Oscars

It's Oscar Time!!!!

Let us check out some history, or some highlights of the early Oscar winners. 

Movie of the Year...








Friday, February 22, 2013

Trains, Trains, Trains!


Strangers on a Train:

Shadow of a Doubt:

The Thin Man:

North By Northwest:

Holiday Affair:

Have you ever noticed that a lot of old movies have trains in them? Take a count, and let me know what other movies you discover with trains in them!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Evelyn Prentice

Evelyn Prentice
Released Date: November 9, 1934
Director: William K. Howard
Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell, Isabel Jewell, Harvey Stephens, Edward Brophy, and Henry Wadsworth

     I was very shocked to learn that the very funny, also very young Rosalind Russell appears in this movie. This is her film debut, which showed the world a great actress. This also happens to be William Powell and Myrna Loy's third movie together, out of fourteen. Most of the movies that Powell and Loy do together are comedies, this movie shows us that the pair can also be serious, and as dramatic as this film is, it shows that the two have great range. Myrna Loy is still so cool in this picture, and of course, Powell is still so laid back, the chemistry is still there, but also emotion.

     Evelyn Prentice (Myrna Loy) is married to a well respected lawyer, John Prentice (William Powell). The two have a daughter together Dorothy Prentice (Cora Sue Collins), and are going through a rough patch. She feels neglected, due to her husband being away at work a lot. Evelyn Prentice becomes involved with a poet and playwright, but whom also has a very jealous girlfriend. But Evelyn does this after finding out that her husband has been taking out his beautiful client. But when Evelyn becomes possibly responsible for a murder, will that end the marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Prentice? Did Evelyn actually murder someone or was it all a misunderstanding? Find out by watching this movie, from TCM Spotlight entertainment. The film collection can be in your hands.



Was love in the air?

I know the Myrna Loy and William Powell movies show love in the air.

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