Monthly Archives: November 2017

Classic Comedic Actors

After a giant Thanksgiving feast and rooting for the home-team, there’s nothing like the classic sight-gags, clever dialogue, and situational comedy of old movies to shake down that full stomach with belly laughs.

This week, features four classic comedic actors doing what they do best, with the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers from 1930; Will Rogers’s unforgettable Life Begins at 40 from 1935; Danny Kaye’s insanely silly The Inspector General from 1949; and Bob Hope’s sarcastic asides in The Lemon Drop Kid from 1951.

So, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday and have a few laughs on us!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers is a black & white 1930 Pre-Code Marx Brothers comedy film, in which mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. The film stars the four brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx, with Lillian Roth and Margaret Dumont. It was directed by Victor Heerman and adapted from a successful 1928 Broadway musical of the same title by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, also starring the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont. As a Pre-Code film, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, subject matter often included sexual innuendo, miscegenation, profanity, illegal drug use, promiscuity, prostitution, infidelity, abortion, intense violence, and homosexuality – many of which can be observed in this bawdy production.

Life Begins at 40

Life Begins at 40 is a 1935 black & white George Marshall comedy starring Will Rogers, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Cromwell and Jane Darwell where a newsman bests a hard-nosed banker and clears a youth framed for bank robbery. This movie, along with other Will Rogers vehicles were generally set in small-town America, where residents all know each other, and picnics, hog-callings, and hayrides are the order of the day. The bucolic settings evoke nostalgia for an idealized time or place that never really existed. Kinda’ like the falsely sentimental olden days when America used to be great!

The Inspector General

The Inspector General is a 1949 Henry Koster musical comedy starring Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart and Barbara Bates. In this farce, a snake-oil salesman that is too honest for his own good gets fired and wanders into a strange town where he is mistaken for a diplomat and must keep up the charade of refinement through numerous attempts to assassinate him by the town’s people – until the real Inspector General arrives! Assuming a false identity always has its perils but one’s true colors always reveal themselves!

The Lemon Drop Kid

The Lemon Drop Kid is a 1951 black & white Rom/Com Musical directed by Sidney Lanfield starring Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell and Andrea King telling the Christmas Season story of the trials and tribulations of a racetrack tout (Bob Hope) who has a month to pay back his gambling debts to a gangster (Lloyd Nolan) lost on a bad tip. Hilarious fun as a con man cons a con man in the indelible style of Bob Hope – and of course there’s a dame!

Classic War Hero Movies

In today’s confusion about who is a War Hero and who is not, let’s go back to some classic Hollywood definitions of War Heroes and the movies that portrayed them. This week, features four such movies including 1989’s Casablanca Express with Glenn Ford, 1987’s Escape from Sobibor with Rutger Hauer, 1943’s Gung Ho! with Randolph Scott, and 1986’s The Last Days of Patton with George C. Scott.

Allow these historical and classic movies to again define the term “War Hero” in today’s context.

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

Casablanca Express

Casablanca Express is the 1989 Sergio Martino War Drama starring Glenn Ford, Jason Connery and Donald Pleasence telling the story of Sir Winston Churchill’s infamous train trip to Casablanca in 1942 during the height of WWII, to meet with FDR and Joseph Stalin when the German’s knew the details of his travel plans and were planning an assassination, and America’s effort to thwart the Germans.

Escape from Sobibor

Escape from Sobibor is the 1987 Jack Gold historical War Drama starring Rutger Hauer and Alan Arkin telling the story of the infamous 1943 escape of 600 men from the German Death Camp of Sobibor with the most successful uprising by Jewish prisoners during WWII.

Gung Ho!

Gung Ho! is the 1943 black & white Ray Enright War Drama starring Randolph Scott based on the real-life story of the Makin Island raid led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson’s 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. The film uses stock footage of the time with Chet Huntley narrating the events leading up to the raid.

The Last Days of Patton

The Last Days of Patton is the 1986 Delbert Mann War-Hero sequel to the 1970 blockbuster Patton which stars George C. Scott and Eva Marie Saint as General George S. Patton and his wife during the last days of his life, where Patton was writing the official history of WWII, and despite monumental efforts by President Harry S. Truman to have him not die on German soil, the General dies of an embolism on December 21st, 1945.

The Holidays Can Be Murder!

Yes, the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day can be murder on one’s nerves. So this week on, we help you break out of the seasonal doldrums and release your dark fantasies with this week’s four murderous feature films including 1945’s And Then There Were None with Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston; 1995’s Death In Small Doses with Richard Thomas and Tess Harper; 1930’s Alfred Hitchcock Murder! with Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring; and 1956’s Alfred Hitchcock The Man Who Knew Too Much with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None is the 1945 Agatha Christie book-turned-murder-mystery-movie directed by René Clair and starring Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston where eight people, all total strangers to each other, are invited to a small isolated island off the coast of England for the weekend, and one-by-one, each day, a guest is found dead. It is up to the remaining survivors to figure out who is murdering the captive guests one-by-one, before all are lost!

Death in Small Doses

Death in Small Doses is a 1995 drama directed by Sondra Locke and starring Richard Thomas, Tess Harper, Shawn Elliott, Glynnis O’Connor, Gary Frank, Matthew Posey and Ann Hearn. It tells the story of a wife who mysteriously falls ill and dies and its later revealed that she died by arsenic poisoning. As the police investigation heats up, the woman’s husband becomes the prime suspect. A terrible family secret eventually breaks the case and reveals the true killer. Isn’t Thanksgiving the time when most family secrets are revealed?


Murder! is the 1930 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery/thriller starring Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring and tells the story of a murdered actress and the many people in the traveling troupe with motive, opportunity and cause. A juror in the trial who believes another actress innocent, must vet the entire troupe to find the true killer! Classic, complicated Hitchcock in the early days!

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much is the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Doris Day where a family traveling in Morocco,witnesses an assassination, setting their lives and safety in drastic and unsavory danger as their son is abducted by the assassins and they struggle to get him back – without the help of the police.

Autumn + Guy + Gal = Romance

Ahhh – the Fall Season is for falling in love.

The crisp air; the glorious colors; and the anticipation of snuggling up with a special someone in front of a cozy fire during the long cold winter ahead.

This week, features four Classic Romances about falling in love with movies including Allen Dwan’s 1947 Calendar Girl with William Marshall and Jane Frazee; Charles Vidor’s 1944 Cover Girl with Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth; Gregory La Cava’s 1936 My Man Godfrey with William Powell and Carole Lombard; and John Cromwell’s 1934 Of Human Bondage with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.

Yes, love is streaming free this week on!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


Calendar Girl

Calendar Girl is the 1947 black & white Allan Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, William Marshall, Kenny Baker and Gail Patrick telling the story of two friends coming to NYC at the turn of the century (the 1900s) to seek their destinies, but are sidetracked by romance and the pursuit of true love, while still holding on to their secrets.

Cover Girl

Cover Girl is the 1944 Charles Vidor romantic comedy starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth telling the story of an ambitious stage performer who must choose between riches and romance when presented with alternative opportunities from her grandmother’s old flame.

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey is the 1936 black & white Gregory La Cava romance comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard telling the story of sibling-rivalry, interclass struggles and the power of love staged during the great depression – this is a rags to riches story in more ways than one!

Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage is the 1934 black & white John Cromwell drama/romance starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard along with Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale and Reginald Sheffield based on the 1915 novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. This film tells the story of an English medical student who abandons his artistic aspirations when he falls for a callous and manipulative waitress. Despite her abuse he becomes completely obsessed with her as she storms in and out of his life. Whenever he seems ready to move on, she bursts back into his life in a seemingly inescapably cruel and vicious cycle. We all have people like this in our families – are they attending your holiday dinner?