6 Film Joys at TCM FEST 2017

The TCM Film Festival 2017 is a wrap.  By the end of the weekend after seeing 15 films I admit to being a bit blurry eyed.  But what delightful films they were!  The following are my six favorites (all first time watches).

6. Postcards from the Edge


Meryl is amazing.  So many touching lines.  So real.

5. David and Lisa


Intense, troubling, and hopeful.

4. Rafter Romance


Ginger is adorable as always and the script is clever and being pre-code, just a little naughty.

3. Bonnie and Clyde


A nearly perfect picture.

2. The China Syndrome


It’s a great film that can make you SO very angry as this one made me.

1. Harold and Maude


A delight.

Life is absurd.

Live with abandon.



But Why?


Here are 16 classic movie stars that baffle me.  What was their appeal?  I just can’t see it.  Why were they famous?  What movies of theirs should I watch to understand?  If you have any insight into one or more of these golden age actors please enlighten me.  I want to understand, I really do.


W.C. Fields, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamarr, Laurence Olivier, Loretta Young, Melvyn Douglas, Vivien Leigh, Paul Muni, Jeff Chandler, Van Heflin, Janet Leigh, Randolph Scott, Mae West, Joan Fontaine, Jeanne Crain, and Lana Turner.  Yes, these puzzle me.

Thanks for your help!


Mary takes on Bette’s Classic Movie Survey

  1. Favorite Actor?  Fred Astaire563d7d7cb07ed__fred-astaire-12
  2. Actress? Ginger Rogers- my best gal740full-ginger-rogers
  3. Judy Holliday: love her or hate her?  Love her of course!  Never heard of anyone hating her!?  Who hates her?  This I have to know.   Just think It Should Happen to You & Solid Gold Cadillac.
  4. Steve McQueen, Errol Flynn and Laurence Olivier. Who out of the names listed do you think would be most likely to don a sword and shield and confront a dragon? Flynn
  5. From dragon slaying to sheer madness (not that much of a leap), which crazy movie do you like best: Sunset Boulevard or Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? Sunset- Gloria gives me goosebumps. “Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.”Sunset-Boulevard-1950-Wallpapers-2
  6. What do you think is the best movie book ever made? Anne of Green GablesAnnewp2-anne-of-green-gables-3351624-1024-768
  7. Who do you think is the most attractive male movie star? Young Gary Cooper.  Hubba-hubbae730591bd5febf03b2b34280ea9a9399
  8. Female movie star? Too many to choose from.  Ginger Rogers or Olivia DeHavilland.oliviadeh
  9. If you had to be a maid/butler (?) to someone, who would it be? Irene Dunne (She’s so sweet and fun)
  10. Who do you think Cary Grant worked best with? hmmm… Irene Dunne or Myrna Loy. (He was darn good with Roz Russell too)the-awful-truth-irene-dunne-cary-grant-1937
  11. Do you like black and white movies more than color movies? I like them both equally.  That’s like choosing between your twin babies.
  12. 1930s films or 1960s films? 30’s for sure!  The Awful Truth anyone?
  13. Who would you rather be: a Margo Channing or an Ilsa Lund? Margo- uck!  Ilsa- A love affair with Bogie?  Yes!humphrey bogart & ingrid bergman - casablanca 1943
  14. Is there ever a film you have seen that you thought would be funnier if meerkats played the leads?  What?!  He-he.  Haven’t given that one much thought.  ummmm… She Wouldn’t Say Yes- a horrendous Ros Russell “comedy”.  I rather have my teeth drilled than watch it again.  Meerkats would have definitely livened up the proceedings.
  15. What is your favorite “Oh my goodness” phrase from a movie?  Literally?  Shirley Temple in Poor Little Rich Girl (One of her very best films in my opinion)
  16. Favorite “Yee Haw” classic movie phrase? I don’t know…Something in Oklahoma??
  17. You and your family have to agree on a movie for a night in. What will it always be? How to Marry a Millionaire!  Well everyone except my brother who loathes it. ; )download
  18. Doris Day: Dramatic or Frothy? Frothy- Romance on the High SeasDoris-Day-Promo5
  19. What male team did you think did a great job in a movie, but never made another one together? Cary Grant and Ronald Colman in the Talk of the Town.  Could never decide which fella I liked better.
  20. You have been asked by your friend to chose your favorite movie title. What is it? The African Queen hands down.
  21. This is just out of curiosity… have you at some point experienced rivalry on a I-have-seen-that-and-you-haven’t level?  Oh, indeed!  My over-competitiveness comes out rather often.  You HAVEN’T seen… (You poor neglected creature!)
  22. Most romantic film you have ever seen… African Queen perhaps.  I mean he drags the boat through the marsh and gets covered in leaches.  I ask you, does it get any more romantic than that?  africanqueen
  23. What was the film that really got you into old films? The Adventures of Robin Hood.  My 11 year old tomboy self never tired of that rollicking good adventure yarn. The-Adventures-of-Robin-Hood-classic-movies-1220518_1024_768 Click here to read the Bette’s original Classic Movie Survey.