FLASH BLOGATHON: #CurateMyLife Classic Film Style

I’m delighted to participate in Margaret Perry‘s social media campaign/experiment to connect the public to a sense of heritage through sharing curated images.

DVD collection


VHS collection

Don’t exactly have a VHS collection.  I think I own two. : )

Favourite DVD


Favorite DVD cover:


Favourite VHS

Classic Disney silliness.  I love it!


Classic film related wall art


My favorite poster:

(Sooo intense!)


Classic film related household product (i.e. mug, dishtowel, picture frame, etc.)

A friend gave me this beautiful picture of my two favorite stars.


Classic film movie ticket



Picture of you and friends/family enjoying a classic movie experience

Girls Night.  I think we watched Calamity Jane. : )


Picture of fan art

I love Judy!


Classic movie related souvenir

Bookmarks from some of the film series we’ve shown at the library during the past year and a half.


Object that once belonged to a classic film star

Paul Becker, the mayor of Jacksonville Oregon , knows Ginger Rogers is my favorite actress so what do you think he gave me? A framed photo of Ginger Rogers and William Powell that actually belonged to her! She had it sitting on her fireplace mantle for years. He was good friends with Ginger. My first piece of classic movie memorabilia! Woohoo!


Picture of yourself with a classic film star

Don’t have one of these yet.  I’m really hoping to come back from the 2016 TCM Film Festival with at least one! : )

Selfie from TCM Film Festival

Coming soon…


Selfie with Robert Osborne (of which I will be INSANELY jealous)

This would be an absolute dream!

Classic film book collection

I used to have a huge stack but gave them away for the sake of space.  Sadly, home can only fit so many collections. : )  This is a library book I’m currently enjoying.


Favourite movie star biography/autobiography


Misc. – anything missing from this list that you feel is part of your classic film curated life. Be creative!

Favorite movie soundtracks on CD:

Grew up on these.  Could probably sing almost all of the songs to any passing stranger.  Restrain yourself Mary.


Favorite classic movie related vinyl record:

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Favorite movie star photo:

My best gal!


-completed 13 categories-

(Hopefully all of them next year)

Found this post idea at Once Upon A Screen.  Curate My Life

It’s been very fun!  Thanks for reading.



To Be or Not To Be (From The Lips of Those Who Knew)


Screenwriter Samson Raphaelson turned down the project because as he later explained “I didn’t have it in me to make gags about the Nazis in 1941.”


Benny agreed to allow Carole Lombard top billing after she pointed out that “You already have all the lines.”


Writing in The New York Times March 29, 1942, writer-producer-director Ernst Lubitsch explained that he “was tired of the two established, recognized recipes: drama with comedy relief and comedy with dramatic relief. I had made up my mind to make a picture with no attempt to relieve anybody of anything at any time.”


In a 1973 interview Jack Benny said, “It was always impossible for comedians like me or Bob Hope to get a good director for a movie.  That’s why we made lousy movies – and here was Ernst Lubitsch for God’s sake… Who cares what the script is?”


Benny always thought of Lubitsch as “the greatest comedy director that ever lived.”


Ernst Lubitsch once said to Jack Benny, “You think you are a comedian. You are not even a clown. You are fooling the public for 30 years. You are fooling even yourself. A clown – he is a performer what is doing funny things. A comedian – he is a performer what is saying funny things. But you, Jack, you are an actor, you are an actor playing the part of a comedian and this you are doing very well. But do not worry, I keep your secret to myself.”


New York Times critic Bosley Crowther stated that it’s “hard to imagine how any one can take, without batting an eye, a shattering air raid upon Warsaw right after a sequence of farce or the spectacle of Mr. Benny playing a comedy scene with a Gestapo corpse. Mr. Lubitsch had an odd sense of humor—and a tangled script—when he made this film.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer agreed, writing that the film is “a callous, tasteless effort to find fun in the bombing of Warsaw.”


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My Favorite Lines

“Heil myself!”

“I saw him on the stage when I was in Warsaw once before the war… What he did to Shakespeare we are doing now to Poland.”

“They call me Concentration Camp Ehrhardt.”



  • What’s your favorite line from To Be or Not To Be?