Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Man Who Came To Dinner

The Man Who Came To Dinner
Released Date: January 24, 1942
Director: William Keighley
Actors: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis, Jimmy Durante, Billie Burke, Reginald Gardiner, Elisabeth Fraser, Grant Mitchell, George Barbier, and Mary Wickes

     Bette Davis is an amazing actress, she always know what parts were made for her and how to do the part to perfection. She went and saw this play and wanted John Barrymore to play the man who came to dinner. But when Barrymore tested for the part, he wasn't able to remember lines and was not doing so well in health. One of my top ten favorite Bette Davis movies, and almost anything she is in is amazing, so finding ten to say are my favorites is pretty impressive ;) Also something else I found really funny is that the man who came to dinner is Sheridan Whiteside, and the actress Ann Sheridan is in this movie. :)

     Sheridan Whiteside (Monty Woolley) is a famous man, a radio star. He is on his way to have dinner with a family in Ohio. Now how they picked this particular family is beyond me, but I do know that the family is pretty popular too. Whiteside slips on the families steps outside the house and is suing the family for a lot of money. He is completely mean during his stay but soon warms up. He also tries very hard to keep relationships apart. He is fast witted and very entertaining. His secretary is Maggie Cutler (Bette Davis). Enjoy this fantastic film. It is set around Christmas time, which make for a very merry movie. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Saul Bass

Saul Bass: May 8, 1920 - April 25, 1996

And a special thank you to Google for acknowledging it!!! ;)

Young Mr. Lincoln

Young Mr. Lincoln
Released Date: June 9, 1939
Director: John Ford
Actors: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan, Eddie Collins, Pauline Moore, Richard Cromwell, Donald Meek, Judith Dickens, Eddie Quillan, Spencer Charters, and Ward Bond

     The President that still has so many fans, is and will always be Abraham Lincoln. There are movies out about the President Lincoln, but this is one I enjoyed about his time as a young man and his time as a Lawyer. Henry Fonda did one amazing job, and is such an amazing actor. Henry Fonda was a normal sized man, and to reach the height of the President, Fonda had to wear special shoes for this project. Fonda also turned down the part at first, and felt that he could not portray such a great man. But when John Ford personally asked him, and had him test with makeup, after viewing his footage, Fonda changed his mind. Did you know that in the movie, before it was cut out, there was a scene where Lincoln met his future assassin, John Wilkes Booth? But John Ford decided it would be best to cut that out, which is probably a better choice.

     Young Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) is in love with Ann Rutledge (Pauline Moore). Lincoln is unable to decide what he wants to do in life, but knows whatever it is, he will try his best to keep himself honest. He lived in a cabin in Kentucky and very much wanted to see the world, but how? He was in love, and most likely wanted to stay in Kentucky to be with his interest, but he also had a career path that he wanted to pursue, to be a lawyer. Ann believed in him, and wanted Abe to go forward in that path, she ended up dying before seeing him pursue his career but Abe kept her informed through prayer. Lincoln moves to Springfield, Illinois and becomes a lawyer. Although not very well known yet as a successful lawyer, he moves forward in taking up littler problems of Springfield. On the Fourth of July, Lincoln joins the town in a parade. There is a murder and the two men accused are being thrown into jail and the whole town wants them dead, hung! Lincoln decides to follow his heart, and defend two men that are just trying to make things right. I have seen many movies where court is involved and Henry Fonda does an amazing job at defending. Example, 12 Angry Men! And then this wonderful film. Find out what happens to the two, to the town, "criminals!" You'll enjoy every minute.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Elizabeth Taylor

I've been reading a book on Elizabeth Taylor, and I must say she is an amazing woman. She worked through pain, heart ache, death and even illness. I have grown to admire many women actresses of the golden age. Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, and Priscilla Lane. I will be writing more on my blog here, starting tomorrow with an amazing movie that I just recently saw. I have not been on in a long time due to back issues and also a lot of work. Sorry that I have been away from my laptop for a long time. Miss doing this!!!

What a beautiful woman....