Gone with the Wind at 1:30pm was an obvious choice for us, mainly because we both love it- the grandeur, the color, the idea of an intermission.
Annstj: Day Four…I’m thinking I would be pretty exhausted by now but it would be a happy exhaustion. We would have started the day at 9:00 am with the absolute Classics of Hollywood The Adventures of Robin Hood at the Egyptian Theatre discussion with Craig Barron Visual Effects Artist and Ben Burtt Sound Designer. We like but would have missed, Sunday in New York, Easter Parade, Fiddler on the Roof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Quiet Man. Then our last movie of the Festival would have been The Wizard of Oz. Woo hoo then off to the Official Closing Night Party.It would have been four days of meeting bloggers like ourselves that love the classics and the newest movies, don’t care if a movie is in color or black and white and if you mention a name like Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia De Havilland, Leslie Howard, Hattie McDaniel, Ann Rutherford, Evelyn Keyes or Thomas Mitchell they know who you are talking about. People like host Robert Osborne that love our film heritage and want to keep it alive and preserved. People that want to hear from the likes of gutsy Kim Novak and Maureen O’Hara if not only to meet them but just to applaud them for their past performances and being who they are and show that they are still loved and remembered. It looks like we missed a great 2014 TCM Film Festival.
July 1, 1916 Olivia De Havilland is a Living Legend from Classic Hollywood of days gone by.
It was a time of Swashbucklers, Gangsters, and Romantic virile Leading Men. It was a time of the Movie Studio System of seven year exclusive contracts, contracts with options to loan out actors or actresses at the whim of the Moguls that ran the Studio System. It was a time of Good Girls, Bad Girls and those girls who fought the system for better acting parts. ‘On Suspension’ was a badge of honor worn by a few. Having that ‘On Suspension’ time tacked onto an expired contract drew the ire of Miss de Havilland, who in August of 1943 sued Warner Brothers. On December 8, 1944 she won her case and her lawsuit became a law. In 1946 Miss de Havilland was named Best Actress for her performance in the Paramount movie ‘To Each His Own’. In 1948 she was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in the 20th Century Fox film ‘Snake Pit’. And in 1949 she was named Best Actress for her performance in the Paramount movie ‘The Heiress’.
My favorite Olivia de Havilland piece of trivia though is that in the great year of movie making: 1939 she appeared in five movies, sometimes running from one studio or set to another for shooting a scene.