Friday, September 30, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
In 1938s Self Control Donald does his best to follow the simple, kindly advice of a radio psychologist, but all things that buzz and crawl and peck stand in the way of peace and contentment.
In 1940s Donald’s Vacation it is an inanimate object, a *&*^(*)!!* folding chair that obstinately refuses to work as advertised. We cannot cast stones at Donald for losing his temper. We’ve all run across those *&*&&*Q!j** easy-to-work items that refuse to work, easily or otherwise. Poor Donald!
We all love our families. Donald loves his family. However, sometimes little angels aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Sometimes kids like Huey, Dewey and Louis misbehave. Sometimes. Sometimes the psychology books and all the patience in the world gets you nowhere. Sometimes you have to yell!
In 1953 when the Disney studio ceased production on most of their cartoon shorts for economic reasons, Donald Duck continued.
Life, and the Disney animators and directors, gave Donald Duck a lot to cope with, but they also gave him friends that stick by him through thick and thin...
...and loved ones that make the journey worthwhile. Yes, we are Donald Duck. Donald Duck is us.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The premise of the CMBA’s Guilty Pleasure Movie Blogathon makes me feel guilty about my participation in said blogathon because I don’t think The Greatest Show on Earth is a bad movie. I don’t! Plus, I don’t feel guilty about watching and loving it. I don’t! Well, I used to…well, not always…not every time...
Unidentified player at left, Cornel Wilde, James Stewart
Betty Hutton, Charlton Heston, John Ridgely, Gloria Grahame
The real audiences caught coming and going are moments in time that are a joy to share. Those Hollywood folk who didn’t get to be clowns or barkers like Edmund O’Brien got to be spectators. It is especially fun to see Bing Crosby and Bob Hope as their Road picture comrade Dorothy Lamour does her stuff. William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy leads a parade. He first worked for DeMille in 1927's King of Kings. Among the spectators it is fun to spot or try to spot many favourite character actors including Kathleen Freeman, Mary Field, Dorothy Adams, Clarence “Ducky” Nash, Arthur Q. “Elmer Fudd” Bryan, Stanley Andrews and Peter Hansen. Pretty future leading lady (Comanche Station) Nancy Gates makes an impression. Yes, that is her. You’ve been right all these years.
This poster simply screams "melodrama". I love it!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
We enjoyed and were inspired by the endless show business stories such as Lloyd Bacon's 42nd Street and Robert Mulligan's The Rat Race. We glimpsed the business world in Jean Negulesco's The Best of Everything and Woman's World, as well as Billy Wilder's The Apartment and Fielder Cook's Patterns.
We reveled in NYC noir of Otto Preminger's Laura, Alexander Mckendrick's Sweet Smell of Success and Samuel Fuller's Pick Up on South Street.
Friday, September 2, 2011
For more suggestions on our favourite channel check out Laura's Miscellaneous Musings and The Great Entertainer's Media Archive for September alerts from those in the know.