TCM Film Festival 2017

TCM Film Festival 2017- My second go round.  Can it possibly be better than the first?  2016 will be tough to beat but I must say the film lineup this year is excellent even if no Doris Day or Barbara Streisand personal appearances.  Somehow I had blindly hoped… Sigh.


I’ll be starting off my Festival watching a special tribute to the one and only, irreplaceable Robert Osborne.  I had dreamed of someday getting a hug from this darling man but alas it is not to be.

How I remember him… a sweetheart of a man.


(A super hard pick here.  I really want to see Sidney Potier interviewed before In the Heat of the Night, an intense film I really like.  However, I’ve seen it several times and I’ve never seen Jezebel.  Also, going to Heat would rule out Harold and Maude afterwards.  Oh the agony!)


Harold and Maude

(Recommended as a must see by my girlfriend.  This should be a treat.)



Rafter Romance

(Ginger Rogers is my favorite female movie star and this is a film of hers I’ve never seen.  So so excited!!)


One Hour With You

(Can one ever go wrong with Ernst Lubitsch?)


The Princess Bride

(This is one of the two films I’ve picked that I’ve actually seen before… but its been years.  Should be a good light intro to the two super intense films to follow.)


Vigil in the Night

(Carole Lombard plays a dedicated nurse in a poor country hospital who blames herself for the fatal mistake of her sister who is also a nurse.  She falls in love with a handsome doctor and then an epidemic breaks out.  Gosh)


Cat People

(Hardest pick of the weekend by far!  I mean I have to choose between Laura, Those Redheads From Seattle in 3D, Twentieth Century, and Cat People.   I mean that’s not even fair.  I won’t bore you with all the back and forth behind this agonizing decision but as of today Cat People is the pick.  -Subject to change at any moment-)



The China Syndrome

(After reading up on this one I’m looking forward to starting off my morning with a heart pounding catastrophe.  Gulp.  And what an incredible cast!)


David and Lisa

(I had never heard of this film before last week.  May be a lovely discovery.)


Underworld Story

(Gotta get a least one good film noir in or I will be a disgrace.)


Theodora Goes Wild

(Irene Dunne is a gem.  One of my favorite comedians ever!)

Irene Dunne, I LOVE YOU!

Unfaithfully Yours

(Can I pass up a well thought of Preston Sturges that I’ve never seen before? hmmm…But Rex Harrison is not my fav.  Sorry.  Please don’t throw anything.  At this point I’m still resisting the call of Planet of the Apes but I am feeling some pull from Charlton.)



Bonnie and Clyde

(Cock of the Air and Lured are so tempting by I’m going with this all time great plus a chance to sleep in a bit.)

Bonnie & Clyde We Rob Banks

Postcards From the Edge


What’s Up Doc

(This should be really fun.  Looking forward to seeing all the crazy early 70s clothes.)

Barbara, I love you!

TBA option or Speedy

(Must see a Harold Lloyd someday in the not too distant future and this could be the one.  Truly, I’m woefully underexposed to silent film.)


16 Classic films- 14 new to me!!

I’m sure I’ll get some last minute inspirations and probably a nap demand from my body a time or two but this is where she stands.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear if you feel any of these picks are awesome or awful.


Click here to read a newbies great picks.

Click here to read the awesome picks post from Once Upon a Screen.

Last years pre-festival post.







Tough Broads or… She Doesn’t Need a Man

Feeling frustrated by the progress women have made in the United States?  Politics got you down?

  • Amazingly, in 2017, 104 women hold seats in Congress, making up just 19.4% of the 535 members.
  • According to the AAUW in 2015 women in America were paid 80 cents for every 1 dollar that men earned.  The pay gap is significantly worse for women of color.

vintage housewife

American women have truly come a long way but we still have real ground to cover.

As a huge classic movie fan I look back 70 or 80 years and see so many beautifully strong leading ladies who fought for quality roles and broke the purely domestic molds.  They portrayed intelligent and independence women, virtues not highly prized for women of the 30’s and 40’s.  Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland, and Greta Garbo…Women, I suggest we take a page from these fabulous sisters.


First Roz.  Rosalind Russell’s dynamite role as Hildy in His Girl Friday is ahead of its time.  She stands toe to toe with cocky Cary Grant and gives as good as she gets.  She’s an independent, competent, and confident career woman who loves what she does.  I want to have a little more ‘Hildy’ in me.


And then there’s The Women.  Just take one look at this cast.  Need I say more?

No men were needed in the casting of THIS film.



Next, we have Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind. Not exactly THE ideal role model (the man eating, the lying) it’s true but definitely a tenacious woman with a will of iron and survival instincts like no other.


And then we have Joan Crawford in… just about every role she plays.  In Mildred Pierce she provides for her family single handed.  She is a survivor.  She is FIERCENESS personified.


In the little seen gem, Reunion in France, Joan Crawford transforms herself from a self absorbed clueless wealthy snob into courageous French patriot. By the end she totally schools the Nazis, making them tumble in her wake like playthings.


Hey, honestly while I’d love to be pals with Roz, Joan (in any role) scares the living bejeebers out of me.  Of all the gals listed here she’s the woman I’d be most afraid to cross and most certain would beat the living daylights out of me if I wronged her.

And if you haven’t checked it out yet Feud: Bette and Joan on FX is a television event no classic movie lover should miss.  Review  Hot stuff!

Next, we have Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve, a force to be reckoned with.


Bette Davis was a brave woman who stood up to the studio system, suing Warner Bros to be let out of her oppressive contract so she could pursue better roles.  She didn’t win her lawsuit but she was the foremother of a revolt that led to the eventual dismantling of the system in which stars were little more than property of the studio moguls.  Read More. 

Later, Olivia de Havilland boldly took on the studio system and won. More.


…And anything Kate is in… well, you know she’ll be self-sufficient, strong, and intelligent like Kate truly was.   Check out Woman of the Year, The African Queen, Little Women, Stage Door, and Holiday.

And Garbo, my love…

Well, take a look at Queen Christina and you’ll be inspired by a woman of courage, leadership, and strength.

Garbo: “We need new wine in the old bottles!”   Amen!


Often still working within stereotypical gender roles these actresses crafted characters of integrity, bravery, and persistence.

A woman’s place is in the home?  I think not.

Click here to read another blogger’s excellent review of Crawford’s stellar performance in Reunion in France.

Election Cure: Stop the Madness, Start the Screwball

Is this Presidential election leaving you feeling a bit screwy?  Have you developed uncontrollable nail biting, teeth grinding, or trembling?   Well, have I got the thing for you!  Immediately acquire a few of the delightful screwball* films listed below and laugh away your political anxiety.  Mix with tea and cookies, sandwiches and pickles, strawberries and chocolate, or wine and cheese.  Repeat as necessary.

*”Screwball comedies were characterized by social satire, comedic relief through zany, fast-paced and unusual events, sight gags, sarcasm, screwy plot twists or identity reversals, and precisely-timed, fast-paced verbal dueling and witty sarcastic dialogue – blending the wacky with the sophisticated.(screwball)


The Awful Truth (1937 / 91 min. / Not Rated) A couple (Cary Grant & Irene Dunne) in the middle of divorce proceedings but still in love try everything in the book to undermine each other’s attempts at romance.


Bringing Up Baby (1938 / 102 min. / NR) While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist (Cary Grant) is pursued by a kooky heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and Baby, her pet leopard.


Holiday (1938 / 95 min. / NR) When a young man (Cary Grant) falls in love with a rich girl, her upper crust family expects him to settle down as a bank executive. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is supported only by his fiancée’s eccentric sister (Katharine Hepburn) and brother.


I Love You Again (1940 / 99 min. / NR) Boring businessman Larry Wilson (William Powell) recovering from amnesia discovers he’s really a con man…and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife (Myrna Loy).


Love Crazy (1941 / 99 min. / NR) A series of misunderstandings lead a happily married couple (William Powell & Myrna Loy) to quarrel and separate. The husband does everything in the book, including posing as his own sister and pretending to be insane, in order to win her back.


Ah, just what the doctor ordered.



Cary Grant, William Powell, Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne… all masters of that classic American film genre, the screwball comedy.


Click here to read another blogger’s review of the fabulous Jean Arthur screwball The More the Merrier.  One of my all time faves.

Click here to read about what makes a screwball divorce suit à la The Awful Truth.