Hollywood could not have picked a more perfect woman to play the Bishop’s Wife.
With Loretta Young, being heavily religious herself, we were quite certain no one but Cary Grant could possibly ever turn her head away from her duties as wife to another, after all they did play in Born to Be Bad together.
Luckily, in The Bishop’s Wife, Cary Grant is just there to help with no intention of wife-stealing. You’d have to watch this collection for that.
Trying to mix shopping and wrapping and cooking and Christmas cards all in on this first available December Saturday, remember to just breathe, and
“Put one foot in front of the other.”
Follow the lead of Fred Astaire( as narrator) and Mickey Rooney( as Santa) in Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and just have it playing in the background as you work on all that other stuff you need to do.
Ahhhh, Friday at last. Hope you’re ready to cozy up for our first Friday Date Night Flick, because Christmas in Connecticut has it all- love, laughter, mishaps, and fun, and it’s one of our absolute favorites. With professionally trained singer Dennis Morgan playing our heartsick sailor, and Barbara Stanwyck dropping Christmas ornaments all over the place as she weaves a web of lies, it’s a movie everyone will love.
Hopefully at one point in your life so far, you’ve gotten a chance to see the zany, fun and light Mickey’s Christmas Carol” Mickey’s Christmas Carol. If you haven’t, now’s the time to curl up with some much-needed post black Friday wrapping to watch this 30 minute flick. And if you’re eager for more, this film was also recorded on LP with additional songs to ring in each sing. It’s an excellent Holiday way to honor Walt Disney’s birthday today.
Born December 5, 1901
After leaving his failed animation company in Kentucky, Walt Disney made his way to California, determined to start again. Like all people Walt had his share of tries before he finally succeeded. Much like Thomas Edison, he went through some near misses before finally landing Mickey Mouse as Steamboat Willie. Of them we’d find Oswald-the long-eared mischievous bunny, a series of live action and animated Alice in Wonderland shorts (which were actually quite successful). Incidentally animators often had a few tried before finding something that worked. Another good example of this is Jim Davis who had played around with the idea of casting a few comical fleas as his main characters, before he finally landed on Garfield.
So in honor of the fact that we all sometimes glimpse triumph through the fog of failure, we are so grateful to Walt Disney for not giving up, and for knowing he had something to offer the world, even if he didn’t know what it was.
Who ever thought we’d see a film where Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin get wrapped up in a murder? We’ve written about Christmas Holiday before, but here we just revel in a mysterious Wednesday night flick. And if you’re looking for a double-feature- Deanna deals with murder in Lady on a Trainas well, where you get to see her sing a very sexy Silent Night. An excellent way to honor our very favorite songbird’s birthday- Happy Birthday Deanna (1921-2013)
America’s Sweetheart passed away in the spring of this year at the age of 91 and America barely blinked an eye. Her passing was only a whisper of a blip on the entertainment or news media radar. It isn’t even acknowledged in the Memoriam section on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences website. This bothers me.
I only discovered Deanna Durbin in January of 2012 let’s put it this way I have been watching, studying movies for over fifty years, thousands of movies…how could I have missed seeing at least one of her movies in all of this time? How could I have never heard her name? How come Rochellelynn (who hasn’t watched movies as long as I have) knew who she was and I didn’t?
Thanks to the plethora of information on the DeannaDurbinDevotees website I am now educated about Durbin and a member of the Devotee’s, and I am educated about the treatment she received by the last dying breath of the studio system the last three years of her Universal-International contract.
At the 11th Annual Academy Awards held on February 23, 1939 Deanna Durbin received a Juvenile Academy Award for her significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as a juvenile player, setting high standards of ability and achievement for the year 1938. Some of her films as well earned nominations in various categories by the Academy.
Deanna Durbin was also slapped a lot in her movies; once by Helen Parrish in Three Smart Girls Grow Up. Once by Gale Sondergaard in Christmas Holiday, and Elizabeth Patterson really gave her a smack across the chops in Lady on a Train.
I am hoping that on March 2nd 2014 the 86th Academy Awards show doesn’t slap her again by ignoring her in their yearly: In Memoriam tribute.
I am hoping that whoever reads this Post will visit the Website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and urge them to remember Deanna Durbin along with her fellow actors during the broadcast.
Happy Birthday Deanna!
Probably best loved for the drag act of “Sisters, Sisters” by two of our favorites- Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, the scene was also referenced in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, but with too many swear words for me to post here.
Kicking off our 25 Days of a Classic Hollywood Christmas, I wanted to start our fun with It Happened on Fifth Avenue. While I’ve talked before about the moral Hollywood code of this film, this whole season for us, is just going to be Fun and Light and Cheery, so keep an eye out on our Twitter Feed for funny quotes on all our chosen films through the holiday, and we’ll keep you smiling with fun pics and videos.
(script from the pawn broker and rich man scene in the vid)
“Six dollars for a perfectly tailor made outfit?”
“But your suit is all wool.”
“Well certainly its all wool
Wool is bad?”
“Look, when the moths are hearing I got here an all wool suit, one moth tells the other. They’re coming for a banquet.They’re bringing their friends! Pretty soon I got here a moth convention. A spray gun I gotta buy, incesticide I gotta buy, All night long I am staying and spraying. I’m not coming home. My wife is getting mad! She’s leaving for Reno. She’s getting a divorce. What am I getting? Custody of the moths. Alimony I am paying. Payments I am missing. To jail i’m going. My business is losing. I’m a bum. All because you are bringing in here an all wool suit.”