Thursday, January 1, 2015

News and Booze

     Happy New Year's to all my fabulous readers!  The last few weeks have been a bit rough, so needless to say I haven't had to will to write on the blog.  In addition to losing my Grandpa Joe, I just lost my step-Grandpa Tom.  While I have not seen him much in the past few years, he has always been kind to me and I am grateful I knew him.  A sailor in WWII, he was so proud of his service.  He even had the quintessential anchor tattoo.  Popeye personified.  He loved singing in the church choir.  His loud baritone could fill a room.  Grandpa Tom was always kind to my sister and I.  He and his wife Harriet never never made my sister nor I feel less than grandchildren even though we technically aren't blood grandchildren.  I wish I had a picture of him, but I've looked everywhere and can't find one.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Groovy Gramps

More photos of Grandpa Joe looking fabulous.

Grandpa and his sister Joan on the left.

On the right is Grandpa and one of his navy buddies.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blues and Burnt Bottoms

So, the past few days have been quite rough.  I lost my Grandpa Joe this week.  Since I was raised by a single mom, my grandparents we important care givers.  Between on and off cry-fests, I've been trying to go about my every day business.  So today when looking for some 5 o'clock beverage, I decided to have some Glog.  I'm not sure how many of you celebrate Swedish Christmas traditions, but since my mother-in-law is from Sweden, we do.  Glog is this fantastic mulled wine you drink hot.  Heating some up today, I went into a crying spell about Grandpa and forgot the Glog on the stove.  Naturally, this resulted in a heavily burnt pot and a kitchen full of smoke.  It's really fun airing a house out when it's 30 degrees out.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Doris Dudley has a Party

Doris Dudley and June Havoc

Doris Dudley's Halloween Party in 1940 looks like a wonderfully fun time.  Doris Dudley (7 July 1917 - 14 August 1985) was a socialite turned Broadway, then screen, actress.  The daughter of drama critic for the New York Evening World and WOR Radio Bide Dudley, Doris is known more for antics than acting.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cecil's City

     Hollywood gets a lot of well-deserved criticism for destroying it's heritage.  I understand their need for "new and better", but I feel the best they have is mostly in the past.  So imagine my delight when I read about a recently unearthed Hollywood treasure.  It's no secret I love Cecil B. DeMille, for his films and radio work.  One of his great accomplishments is the film The Ten Commandments (1923).  From the silent version (not the Charlton Heston epic), scientists have unearthed a giant sphinx.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Warner Archive Wednesday - The Swan Swag

You may bid on the lovely dress Grace Kelly wore in The Swan from Profiles in History.  I would love to be able to own a bit of film history like this - but alas, when one can't afford food and heat, Grace Kelly dresses surely aren't in my budget.  Starting at an astounding $20,000 opening bid (I assume it's the Grace Kelly factor), there is no way I can see this treasure.  As you may remember, I reviewed The Swan a few months ago.  While I found the film quite frustrating, the costumes were glorious.  So if you have a nest egg to spare, the bidding is at 11:00 am October 18, 2014.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Links of the Week - Makeup and Madness

Empire has an amazing post with the photographs and stories of iconic movie makeup.  The stories corresponding these amazing photographs are almost impossible to believe.  It makes me have much more respect for the pioneers of the field - especially the amazing Jack Pierce.  He created so many of the iconic movie monsters such as the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.  I couldn't take my eyes off these photographs.  They were amazing!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fashion Friday - Dracula

Not many people think about the fashion involved in horror films.  I personally think the fashion is an integral part of these gems.  They set the mood for the wonderful scenes in the film.  Who doesn't look at the suave Bela Lugosi and think Dracula?  There is conflicting information about who created the iconic look, but Bela Lugosi is largely credited with popularizing the tuxedo and cape look.  While actor Raymond Huntley apparently was the first to use this look in the 1924 London stage adaptation, not many people know it [1].

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fashion Friday - Lucky Lucy

Elois Jenssen black and pink gown costume sketch for Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy (Desilu, 1951-1957)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Creepy Short - Time Out for Trouble (1961)

Shorts are one of my favorite types of film.  They can provide a great musical or dance number, be funny like a Joe McDoakes short, or teach us things.  But in the guise of teaching us, sometimes films can be just darn creepy.  This is a perfect example of an informative film gone horribly creepy.  The premise of the film is to teach us how to be calm and not hurt ourselves through the carelessness that comes from anger or distraction.  While actually having a good lesson and good tips to alleviate these problems, all I could think about was that our clocks are possessed and secretly are plotting our death.


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