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I’ll Be Seeing You

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I’ll Be Seeing You…Leonard Maltin describes this movie as ‘schmaltz’ I have to disagree. I have a tendency to compare this movie with the Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray 1940 Christmas movie Remember the Night. The Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple movie made in 1944 is more thought-provoking. As in the opening scene Ginger’s character asks to buy gum or chocolate at the train station (if she hadn’t been in prison for three years she would have known you couldn’t just go out and buy those items, there was a war going on). Who knew that prisoners were let out for special furloughs over the Holiday season?

We see that there is just a little something off with Joseph Cotten’s character. He seems a little slow, hesitant, wants to buy a magazine for the train ride, and has difficulty deciding which magazine to buy pays for it then walks off with the wrong magazine. The magazine he accidently picks up features an article about the ‘Problem of the Neuro Psychiatric Soldier’ PTSD is what we call it now a days and Cotten is also on furlough from the hospital for the Holiday to see how he can handle his emotions in the civilian world.

Sixteen year old Shirley Temple plays a typical teenager of the time. Her cousin played by Ginger treats her as an adult while her parents, Spring Byington and Tom Tully still treat her like a clueless child which leads to some major faux pas on her part. When scolded by her father for wearing a dress with a low neckline to the New Year’s Eve dance she impudently tells him ‘It’s a morale booster’.

This movie isn’t your typical Ginger, Joseph, Shirley movie which is why I like it. It conveys the sentiments of the season, with the aunt and uncle opening their home to their niece and the soldier she meets on the train. And it ends just like I like a good movie to end… With a feeling of hope, a kiss and a catchy number one song that won’t stop playing in your head once you have heard it.

Mothers ~ Spring Byington

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Spring Byington made the mistake of playing a “heartwarming” Mrs. March in Little Women (1933) and was quickly typecast as Mother in a variety of films. Meet John Doe, Heaven Can Wait, and You Can’t Take It With You soon led to a career as everyone’s favorite mother-in-law in the TV show, December Bride. Her last film appearance at the age of 70 was Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, as the spirited mother of Doris Day, proving that like all mothers, Spring was in it for the long haul.

(Posted for Rochellelynn by annstj)

Hollywood Good Girl Irene Dunne

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Irene Dunne was truly a Hollywood Good Girl and best buddy to another Good Girl, Loretta Young. Irene met Francis Dennis Griffin a promising young Dentist at a dance in 1928, married him and stayed married to him until his death 37 years later. She was nominated for five Best Actress Awards (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild, The Awful Truth, Love Affair, I Remember Mama) unfortunately she is on the short list of never having received an Oscar after being nominated so many times. In 1944 she christened a newly built Liberty Ship the S.S. Carole Lombard. Irene retired from movies in the early 1950’s and then spent her time doing charitable works and public service. She was involved with the Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and was appointed as a special delegate to the United Nations in 1957. She received the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame as an outstanding member of the United States Catholic Laity, and was honored in 1985 by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for her acting and charitable works. Unfortunately the Academy never got around to awarding Irene even an Honorary Oscar before she passed in 1990. I’m sure she never obsessed about it though, she was one girl that has many stars in her crown.

Labor Day

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They all Kissed the Bride, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Talk of the Town
Fun, Classic Hollywood movies to watch pertaining to Labor;
Happy Labor Day everyone!

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