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Flashback Friday: “The Letter”

As many of my readers know, I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s back!!

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I have always been a fan of Bette Davis, but while hubby was away (one of the times he was in Iraq), I was up very late and The Letter came on.  The opening scene is Bette firing her gun over and over as a man tumbles down the steps.

TheLetter - BetteDavis - Opening Scene

From that moment on, I was enthralled!!  I couldn’t take my eyes off the tv.  

TheLetter Movie Poster

But first, a little about the movie.  The film is in the film-noir, drama, mystery, and crime genres.  The Letter stars Bette Davis (Leslie Crosbie) and Herbert Marshall (Robert Crosbie), along with James Stephenson (Howard Joyce – her lawyer and husband’s friend) and Freida Inescort (Dorthy Joyce).  There’s also several other minor players in this movie.  Some of them are quite shady and eerie!!

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Gale Sondergaard (Mrs. Hammond)

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Victor Sen Yung (Ong Chi Seng)








This movie was directed by William Wyler and released by Warner Bros. in 1940.  It was nominated for 7 Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards in including Bette Davis for Best Actress in Leading Role, Max Steiner for Best Music Original Score, and William Wyler for Best Director.  Other nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Stephenson), Best Cinematography Black-and-White (Tony Gaudio), and Best Film Editing (Warren Low).  The Letter didn’t win any Oscars, but it did win 2 awards at the 1940 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Letter from IMDb….

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

And here’s one from TCM….

A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.

One of the most interesting parts of this film is that in the beginning, Leslie (Bette Davis) begins making lace (crocheting).  She’s seen working on it throughout the movie.  The representation of the lace is much like the crime that she committed.  It’s a web of lies and deceit.  It continues to grow.  By the end of the movie, it’s this beautiful lace shawl that Leslie wears to a secret meeting.  It is one of the best figurative objects in film as far as I’m concerned!!

TheLetter - Crochet Lace


TheLetter - BetteDavis - Crochet Lace

TheLetter - BetteDavis - Lace

I highly recommend that you watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and it never gets old….or boring.  The Letter has stood the test of time and is definitely a classic that’s not to be missed!!

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Little Man – Big Presence


RIP Joseph Yule, Jr (23 September 1920 – 6 April 2014)!! Better known as the boy-next-door, Mickey Rooney. At just 5’3”, he leaves behind a legend in classic Hollywood that can never be matched. Mickey was paired with Judy Garland 10 times and starred in 14 Andy Hardy movies, along with a career of more than 200 films. He was married 8 times and had 9 children.
Godspeed Mickey!!
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RIP Million Dollar Mermaid

Esther Williams

Esther Jane Williams was born 8 August 1921 and was a competitive swimmer who won 3 U.S. National championships by the age 16 and had a record-breaking time in the freestyle. She signed a contract with MGM in 1941. Esther achieved pin-up status because the number of swimsuit photos that she appeared in. She was married 4 times and had 3 children (with her 2nd husband). Esther died in her sleep on 6 June 2013 at the age of 91.

RIP Esther Williams!! Another one of the classics is gone….there will never be another million dollar mermaid.

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Flashback Friday: Singin’ in the Rain

Today for Flashback Friday, I’m going back to a movie that TCM celebrated yesterday for it’s 60th anniversary, Singin’ in the Rain.  This movie was shown again on the big screen in select theaters across the US.  It was originally released 27 March 1952 in NY and 9 April 1952 in LA.  At the time, it wasn’t considered to be that good of a movie.
Singin' in the Rain movie poster
Singin’ in the Rain had an all-star cast with Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood), Donald O’Connor (Cosmo Brown), and Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Selden).  It also featured Jean Hagen (Lina Lamont) and Cyd Charisse.  The film was directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelley and it was produced by Arthur Freed.    The premise (from IMDb) is “a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. “  This leads to lots of laughs….and plenty of dancing!!
Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and Gene Kelly dance
Gene Kelly by far has one of the best scenes in the movie.  That would be the singing/dancing scene in the rain.  The fact that it’s filmed in Technicolor helps to add to many of the parts of the movie, including this one.  As only Don Lockwood could sing and dance it…..


I’m singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin’
I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I’ve a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin’,
Singin’ in the rain

Dancin’ in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I’m happy again!
I’m singin’ and dancin’ in the rain!

I’m dancin’ and singin’ in the rain…

Gene Kelly in the famous dance scene in the rain
Donald O’Connor has some great lines in this film too!!  He’s also an amazing dance talent himself.  Cosmo Brown can “make ’em laugh” with lines like, “Short people have long faces, and long people have short faces. Big people have little humor, and little people have no humor at all. ” He also delivered some zingers to Lina.
Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly
Debbie Reynolds is spectacular through the whole movie.  She’s cute and perky.  Most of all, she’s right on cue with both men in the dance scenes.  She’s a true pro and has such natural talent.  I think this part was made for her!!

Umbrella dance scene
To me, this is one of the greatest musicals of all time.  The elements of comedy keep it fun and entertaining.  The amount of pure talent is just amazing throughout the entire film.  Despite all this, I’ve also read that this is on-point enough to be a documentary to the changing times when Hollywood first went to talkies.  This is a must-see movie whether your an avid classic movie fan, a musical lover, or even just someone who occasionally appreciates the oldies.  This is a feel-good movie that will make you want to get up and sing and dance yourself!!  Don’t be surprised if the next time it rains, you grab your umbrella and so splash around some puddles!!

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R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine died today of renal failure in Los Angeles, CA. He was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on 24 January 1917. Ernest won an Oscar in 1955 for his role in the movie Marty and was on tv in shows like McHale’s Navy (1962-66) and Airwolf. Borgnine served in the US Navy and was discharged in 1941, but re-enlisted when the US entered WWI and served until 1945. His military decorations included the American Campaign Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. Ernest’s movie career included films like Bad Day at Black Rock, The Dirty Dozen, Ice Station Zebra, From Here to Eternity, and The Wild Bunch. He was also a character actor on many tv shows from The Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, ER, Touched by an Angel, and many others.

I’m truly going to miss Ernie. It was comforting to know that he was around and still entertaining us. He attended TCM events and his presence was felt whether you saw him or not. R.I.P. Ernie…..thank you for your contribution to part of my childhood and memories…..Godspeed!!

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The Avengers

**  WARNING:  May contain spoilers!!  **

Miss K and I went to go see The Avengers on opening day.  It was a totally awesome kick @ss movie!!  We just couldn’t wait to go see it and I have to say, it didn’t let us down.  So far, I’ve liked all the movies that they’ve made from the Marvel Comics heroes.  They had a great start with Iron Man and just kept on with that trend.

I couldn’t believe how many people were there in the middle of the day.  The theater had it showing on 2 screens….1 regular and 1 in 3D.  Since kiddo wears glasses, it just wasn’t practical to view it in 3D.  I asked people as they came out how it was, and they all loved it.  I just built up my excitement!!  Some were going right next door to watch it in 3D after regular viewing.  How fun is that!?!?

It’s pretty action packed from the start.  My favorite scene has to be early when they go to get Captain America.  I’m such a fan of sweat….er….sweat pants!!  Had me wishing I was a punching bag when he just picked one up and tossed it over his shoulder!!  HAHA  Yep, Chris Evans is a hunk!!  Robert Downey Jr isn’t a let down as Iron Man once again.  Love his part in this movie.  Samuel L Jackson is one cool cucumber!!

This was basically my intro to Hawkeye.  Loved him and his use of the bow and arrow!!  He’s pretty amazing, although he was on the bad guys team for a little while.  Jeremy Renner was perfect in that part.  I’m not even going to mention Scarlett Johansson because, well, I’m not into girls in tight rubber suits.  HAHA  But of course, Black Widow is an important part of the team.  Truly enjoyed Mark Ruffalo as Hulk.  Perfect geek and awesome wrecking machine!!  I love the push he gives one of the superheroes and how his growl wakes up Iron Man.  Pretty funny parts of the movie.  By far though, I think the guard at the building that Hulk crash lands into has some of the best and funniest lines in the flick!! That scene had the whole audience laughing.

Finally, we come around to my favorite…..Thor!!  I swooned over hammer time through the whole movie.  Loved Chris Hemsworth in the Thor movie and he was awesome in this one.  I think he by far had the best entrance into The Avengers movie of all the characters!!  I was most sad to see Agent Coulson die.  EEEEKK  I can’t help but to think that technology is going to keep him alive somehow though.  He’s one of the real heroes of the movie!!

One of the most exciting and worrisome things that happened during the movie was that our film burned just as the battle scene was getting started!!  Yes, it burned!!  We’re watching and all of a sudden it stops and gets bright, then you can see the film burning on the screen.  People were taking out their cell phones and taking photos of it, but of course, my phone was dead!!  They came in and told us 2 minutes to fix it, then the manager came in and said another 5 minutes.  Either time, they didn’t think much would have to be cut out to splice it together.  I think total, they had to cut out 2-3 frames and when it re-started, we really couldn’t tell.  The film rolled on!!

I just can’t say enough about this movie.  It was fun, exciting, action packed, and just a good movie!!  I’m thrilled that kiddo and I were one two of the 25.6 million tickets sold.  I can’t believe that it had a record-breaking opening weekend.  That’s just amazing that it passed up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2!!  We saw it when it opened on Friday at one of 4,349 theaters and to sales of $80.5 million and closed the weekend at $200.3 million at the box office.  Here’s a few other stats on the The Avengers opening weekend….

60% of the audience was male, 50% of the audience was under 25, 52% of movie viewers saw The Avengers in 3D, and 80% of the weekend’s box office haul came from The Avengers.  $100 million was spent on global marketing, $220 million is the reported amount Disney and Marvel spent to produce The Avengers, and $641.8 million is the total worldwide gross so far (it was released 1 week prior in most international markets).

All I can say is that if you love superheroes and love action…..go see this movie!!  It’s a great movie and it’s just fun.  I’ve never wanted to see a movie AGAIN as much as I want to see this one.  Miss K and I were talking about the movie the other day and hubby says “you two are STILL talking about that movie!?!?” and we’re both like “YES!!”.  We had such a good time and there’s just nothing like seeing the good guys save the world!!

So quit reading this and go get your tickets!!  HAHA  Have you seen The Avengers or do you plan to??  Have you seen any of the other Marvel Comics superhero flicks??  What do you think of them if you have and what’s your fave??

For kiddo and me…..

It’s bring on the sequels!!

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