Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

As we ring in the new year many people will attend parties and be merry. A quick way to get merry is to drink! Our favorite oldies are no exception. Bottoms up!

Kat getting cozy with a Polar in Sylvia Scarlett

Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins clink their glasses in 
An Old Acquaintance

Lucky Joan with her own bottle

Bogey and Ingrid are eye to eye on their favorite beverage

Betty Balfour living it up in Hitchcock's Champagne

Clarke Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and Jimmy Stewart share a laugh on New Years Eve

Curly learning his limits

Norma Shearer and Lionel Barrymore guzzle down in A Free Soul

The classic toast, Lionel and Sabrina

Cheers and Happy New Year from David Niven and The Affair!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bringing Up Baby 1938

When this film came out it bombed, but now over 70 years later this filmed is cherished by anyone who sees it. Starring my Hollywood boyfriend and oldie girl crush, this 1938 film is one of Howard Hawks' best.

Cary plays David, a zoologist who is about to marry a square with a bun. As they discuss the reasons why they will not be having children, Cary goes off to play golf with a lawyer for a lady who wants to donate a million dollars to the museum. 

As he plays golf, he spots goofball Susan. Before you know it, she has crashed his car thinking it is his car. She is so sorry. 

That night David runs into Susan again, and wants nothing to do with her. She eats olives and makes David trip. He wants her to leave him alone, Susan is in love. 

A cute scene takes place where Susan rips David's coat and then says, "You tore your coat." David accidentally rips Susan's dress next and the remainder of the scene is a laugh. 

David learns that Susan knows the lawyer that David so much wants to impress. They go to his house but throw rocks at him instead and ruins David's chances at the money. The next day David gets a call from Susan asking him if he wants to see her leopard she just got from her cousin. David thinks she is nuts and has no interest, but Susan tricks him into coming over. 

Kat really touches the leopard in this scene. The trainer was so impressed with Kat's calmness around the leopard. Cary on the other hand didn't want to be near it and had to use a split screen and doubles. 

David is scared when he sees "Baby" but Susan tells him that the leopard loves music!

 Susan decides to take Baby to her farm house and needs David's help. David wants to leave her and Baby because he is planning to get hitched that day! Susan suckers him in. As they drive, Susan runs into a chicken truck and Baby goes wild (pun intended). 

With feathers all over David and Baby's tummy full, they make it to the farmhouse. As David takes a shower so that he can meet his boring bride-to-be, Susan sends his clothes out so he will have to stick around. When he gets out all he has is her robe. Classic scene!

Soon he learns that the lady with the million dollars is Susan's aunt! She walks in to David in a ladies robe acting off his rocker. What a great first impression!

 Meanwhile, Susan's dog George has taken David's dinosaur bone and buried it. Susan and David must dig to find it.

As the movie goes on Baby escapes and the two go off to find him. After disrupting neighbors and singing songs to lure Baby, they are arrested for disturbing the peace.

Not to worry, silly Susan will talk her way out of it. She escapes and tries to find Baby.

 You might be wondering what happens to the fiancee...she finally catches up to David and can not believe his shenanigans! What kind of serious scientist can he really be?

We're through!

After a jailhouse fright and some heavy explaining, David is able to get back to work at the museum but without the million dollars. He has lost his bride and is afraid Susan is going to rally him into more trouble when she comes to visit him and let him know she found his dino bone!

Up the ladder she goes and David realizes he really loves all the excitement and that he is in love. She tells him she has acquired the million dollars and wants to donate it to the museum.  As they proclaim their happiness, Susan makes another boo boo.

Oh Susan! This slap stick is famous for the tumbles and talking over one another tactics. It is quick moving and terribly funny. You almost have to watch it more than once so you can catch all the excitement! 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Have A Holly, Jolly Christmas

Christmas is finally here! To kick off your festivities, let us indulge in some fabulous oldies...

Liz has a lot of cleaning to do...

Bette staying warm with her jewel toned gifts (what on earth is that yellow package to the left?)

Carole looking tinsel-y under the tree

Joan admiring her wreath.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quote Of The Day

Hollywood sold its stars on good looks and personality buildups. We weren’t really actresses in a true sense, we were just big names – the products of a good publicity department.

Ann Sothern

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Joan knows how to searve up a turkey real fancy (and pose ever so perfectly for the photo op!)

Happy Thanksging to all from The Affair!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I Spy...

As the husband and I were taking a drive yesterday to the beach, I spotted this oldie fan showing some flair. One of the best car stickers I've seen.

You gotta love it!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's Almost Here!

Once again the greatest holiday in the free speaking world is upon us, and by that I mean Halloween. With my busy teaching schedule lately I have had to put Halloween on the back burner. But it is never too late to start enjoying some Halloween haunting fun!

Clara with a creepy over sized pumpkin

Judy getting into the spirit with some light reading

Theda laying the spooky-ness on thick. Oh, I love this picture!

Veronica vamping up an old witch hat.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Key To The City 1950

For as much as I love the oldies, there are few that I come across that are up to speed with modern cinema as far as wit and smart ass remarks. We love the oldies because many of them are corny but fabulous.  Key To The City is one of those films that suprised me for being "hip".

Loretta Young plays Mayor Standish, with a city of 30,010 to look after and a tight stick up her ass. She heads into San Fran the a mayors convention and meets long shore man turned playboy mayor, Steve Fisk (Gable).

They imediatly hate each other but end up at a bar together where Lorette learns Steve is a bit of a ladies man and they watch one of his gal pals do her "atom dance". What a great scene! A fight breaks out and eventually they are taken in by the cops. A great part in the film is when Loretta tries to lighten the bar fight mood by jumping on the piano and playing a tune as bottles are thrown around her. 

Being that they are mayors and all, the cops let them go but not before the press gets to them and covers the papers with the news. Loretta is mortified but Steve has no worries. She is so mad at him that she ignores him all the way through next moring brunch. The next evening they end up in jail again after a costume party gone wrong. 

As you can probably guess, eventually they fall in love. But as soon as they decide to get hitched, they get into an argument and Loretta runs off. Steve chases after her but gets into a pickle when he can't locate her! He hires a band to meet her at the airport and then the train station, but still no Loretta.

Steve has to track her down while at the same time try to save his city from corruption. Lorette learns to lighten her mood a little and have some fun. 

 15 years prior, Clark knocked up Lorette where she had his secret love child. She tried to play off an adoption, but everyone knew because their daugther was a spitting image of Clark! But that story is a whole other blog post! Lorette wanted to turn down this film, but signed on after thinking that people would be suspicious if she said no. Talk about awkward. In any case, this film is very cute with endless smart remarks and witty comebacks. The husband was cracking up out loud, which is a real seal of approval! Go rent this one, it is a funny oldie!

The Atom dance...does she look like a bunch of atoms to you?