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Monday, October 31, 2011

Say hello to the English Rose..Deborah Kerr

November has arrived and with it comes the classic goddess of the month, Deborah Kerr.  All month long I will be posting about Deborah, her films, the reasons she is one of my favorite actresses and so much more. Here is the list of films I will be critiquing on that starred Ms. Kerr that I have seen.


REAR WINDOW vs THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH in the 50's era of favorite Hitchcock Film Tournament

After having the top seeds in the 30's and 40's era advance to the final four of the favorite Hitchcock film tournament, the 50's era will not have it's top seed present. Vertigo was ousted by 5th seed The Man Who Knew Too Much 10-8 in a surprise upset. In the other match, 2nd seed Rear Window easily handled Dial M For Murder 12-3. That sets the stage for Rear Window to take on The Man Who Knew Too Much and the winner earns a trip to the final four. The match begins immediately and runs thru Wednesday 8 pm EST.


2 REAR WINDOW (1954)
Grace Kelly and James Stewart


Doris Day

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Classic Horror Films: Day 30 (THE RAVEN - 1963)

This, my friends, will be the last of my short classic horror film posts for Monty’s Horror Film Fest. So for that post I chose one of my favourite films ever – with two of my all-time favourite actors: Vincent Price and Peter Lorre – and the film that I want to tell you about today also contains one of my favourite animals – actually it’s called after that animal – and also is reminiscenting the famous poem of one of my favourite authors - Edgar Allan Poe:

The Raven (1963)

Magician Dr. Craven (Vincent Price) is mourning about the loss of his wife Lenore (Hazel Court) when not so very talented but poisoned-tongued magician Dr. Bedlo (Peter Lorre) appears, who was changed into a raven.

With Dr. Bedlo’s not so bright son Rexford (Jack Nicholson) and Dr. Craven's daughter Estelle (Olive Sturgess) they go on a trip to mean magician Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff) who had done that magical change – and who apparently is in the company of not-as-dead-as-thought Lenore.. Soon there is a magic duel going on between Dr. Scarabus and Dr. Craven..

Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff were - as you hopefully might know - not only geniuses when it came to horror films but also when it comes to comedy. This film just is fun to watch and I imagine the actors had a great time performing.

For lovers of beautiful women we have the gorgeous Hazel Court and Olive Sturgess.

I love the little horror film gimmicks like a tarantula and other “creepy” animals appearing.. And Jack Nicholson's change from easy minded to possessed and back again is really worth a look.

This film was one of my favourites when I was a child - and I still adore it.

Well.. thank you all for reading my posts and commenting on them in this festival.

I hope you all have a wonderful spooky Halloween!



This it is – and nothing more..

… ...

Quoth, the Raven ‘Nevermore..'

Top Ten Stars For The Week Ending Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Sorry, I know I haven't posted a top ten list ranking my top stars of the week, here on All Good Things. But here is the latest one for this past week just ending yesterday.
Teresa Wright win Oscar
1. TERESA WRIGHT - One of my all time favorites had a birthday last week and she was all over my blog with a birthday tribute and other assorted pics associated with my Fall Series. She also makes her first appearance on this list.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
2. ERROL FLYNN - The Swashbuckler himself makes a first appearance on this list as well thanks to his match play event with fellow swashbuckler Tyrone Power.
Ingrid Pitt
3. INGRID PITT - One of Hammer Films top actresses of the 60's and 70's, I just did a tribute to her for her part in Hammer history.
Irene Dunne in Theodora Goes Wild
4. IRENE DUNNE - Dunnie continues to be ranked as well as she should since she is the classic movie goddess of the month.
Rita Hayworth
5. RITA HAYWORTH - I think the term goddess was coined specifically for Rita.
Anita Ekberg
6. ANITA EKBERG - Just saw her wonderful film Screaming Mimi which I posted about for my classic horror movie series. And I also posted a pic about her for my fall series.
Catherine Deneuve
7. CATHERINE DENEUVE - Another birthday tribute and another lovely woman.
Tyrone Power
8. TYRONE POWER - Can Ty take down Errol in the match play event? Probably not but I'm sure my female readers have enjoyed it.
Constance Bennett
9. CONSTANCE BENNETT - A birthday tribute to the blonde Bennett girl. And one of screwball comedies best actesses.
Joan Fontaine
10. JOAN FONTAINE - Also had a recent birthday and I did a tribute for that and a piece on The Women over on Screwball Cinema.

So that wraps up this week's top ten list and hopefully I will do this each and every week.

THE FALL SERIES: Ruth Hussey (and a Happy Birthday as well)

Is Ruth gorgeous or what? Happy Birthday Ruth!
Looks like I will be watching The Philadelphia Story and The Uninvited
in her honor today....

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Classic Horror Films: Day 29 (ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN - 1958)

More science-fiction than horror and more guilty pleasure than good but this film will give you a few chills and scares. Allison Hayes is game as Nancy Archer, the wife of a no good husband who stumbles across a crashed alien spaceship. Exposed to radiation she becomes ill and quickly starts growing in height to massive levels. And now wants vengeance on her cheating husband and the woman he is carrying on with (Yvette Vickers). Pretty bad special effects and a laughable premise but Hayes goes for broke with her go for it all performance. And let me tell there is nothing scarier than a 50 foot woman pulverizing houses trying to kill you. Good shameless fun.

The Women of Hammer Films: Ingrid Pitt

The beautiful Ingrid...

One of Hammer films most legendary actresses was Ingrid Pitt. She made three films with the studio: The Vampire Lovers, Countess Dracula, and Beyond the Rave. Pitt was born Ingoushka Petrov on November 21, 1937 in Warsaw Poland. She endured the concentration camp during world war two. Her harsh ordeal is widely known as she endured torture and rape. She came through it and made her way to Berlin. There she met an American soldier and married him. On to California and Europe to try her hand at acting.
Her film debut was a minor role in a very big film, Doctor Zhivago. She would land a much bigger part in 1968's Where Eagles Dare alongside Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.  But it was with her first Hammer film that put her on the map so to speak. As Carmilla in 1970's The Vampire Lovers which cast her as a vampiress feeding on young girls in 19th century Austria. Pitt made an immediate impact, so much that a follow-up film was made the very next year. In Countess Dracula, her character was based on the legend of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. And once again Pitt was unbelievable in the role. I've seen both of these films and they are some of my favorite horror films of all time. I have not seen Beyond The Rave. Pitt would continue on in horror films through-out the 70's including The House That Dripped Blood and The Wicker Man (another fave of mine). 
A scene from The Wicker Man with Ingrid in a spot of trouble...

During the 80's she turned to TV work on such as Unity, Doctor Who, Smiley's People, etc. Theater work would come later in the form of plays Dial M For Murder and Woman Of Straw. Fan conventions popped up during this time and she become a frequent guest. She was married three times and has one daughter Steffanie Pitt, also an actress. Ingrid stood only 5'4" and passed away in 2010 at the age of 73.

Hitchcock Film Tournament Update

In the 40's bracket, top seed Rebecca had to stage a last minute rally to defeat third seed Shadow of a Doubt 11-9 and move on to the final four. In the 50's bracket, we have our two semi-final matches set. Top seed Vertigo had little trouble with 8th seed I Confess 11-2. Second seed Rear Window shut out The Trouble With Harry 11-0. The Man Who Knew Too Much upset To Catch a Thief 8-6. And then Dial M For murder pulled  off an upset of third seed Strangers on A Train 9-4. So below are the semi-final matches set to begin today and run thru Monday 8 pm EST. Good news for Grace Kelly fans is that she still has two films in the tournament. Bad news is they play each other this round. I'm still miffed To Catch a Thief got knocked out. I have a photo from that film that I use as wallpaper on my computer screen at work. Oh well, at least Rear Window is still in the mix. Oh and I just realized Jimmy Stewart has to battle himself as Vertigo meets The Man Who Knew too Much. And actually he has three films left in the mix when you count Rear Window. So it's a safe bet to say he will have a film go on to the final four. Just a hunch.


1 VERTIGO (1958)


Doris Day



2 REAR WINDOW (1954)
Grace Kelly and James Stewart


Anthony Dawson and Grace Kelly

Friday, October 28, 2011

Classic Horror Films: Day 28 (BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE - 1958)

You are looking for a film you could watch with persons who are not so easy with (classic) horror films?

I think I have one for you:
Blood of the Vampire (1958)

Late 19th century: Mad scientist Dr. Callistratus (Donald Wolfit) is reanimated after is death (the town's folk has made sure he's death by driving a stake into his heart..) with a "donor heart" - but because his blood is now infected he starts to explore blood transfusion - with the "help" of some defenseless inmates of a prison hospital - and the new inmate Dr. John Pierre (Vincent Ball) - who is not that helpless - and not at all embracing these experiments..

This film is quite cute. The female lead is Barbara Shelley, who some will know as "the First Leading Lady of British Horror" - and believe me: she looks gorgeous.

Die-hard Horror fans will be disappointed because the "vampire" is no real vampire and that spookiest things are some doberman pinschers and the "Igor"-like assistant of Dr. Callistratus Carl (Victor Maddern) - with a very obvious make-up.. well.. I won't recommend this film for little children because there are definitively some deaths - but it is really a cute film.

The story line is nice and if you have problems with falling asleep after watching this film - honestly: I think you should visit a doctor then - because that won't be caused by this film.


Terry Moore getting into the festive mood of Halloween

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Teresa Wright (1918 - 2005)

Happy Birthday to Teresa Wright, one of my favorite actresses. Best known for playing nice, young women and always seemed to look on the bright side of things, no matter what. Her films include Shadow Of A Doubt, The Pride of the Yankees, The Best Years of Our Lives, Mrs. Miniver and The Little Foxes. Teresa passed away at the age of 86 of a heart attack. TCM is airing several of her movies today in honor of her birthday including The Little Foxes (on right now as I post this), Casanova Brown and Enchantment. Try to watch at least one of her films today. I plan to watch Mrs. Miniver when I get home today from work. Happy Birthday Teresa!



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Classic Horror Films: Day 26 (DEAD OF NIGHT - 1945)

Do you like spooky films with several episodes which start rather nice and light and have kind of a surreal finale? Films without gore and such?

Well - in that case one of my alltime favourite films might be just your cup of tea:

Dead of Night (1945)

A man stays for a weekend in a house he never was before - and mets six persons he didn't meet before - though he knows them all: He dreamt of them in his returning nightmares.. And he is sure that something horrible will happen - though he can't remember what. When he tells his companions about his dreams they start to tell him some supernatural stories, too..

This is just a wonderful film - with a great cast: e.g. the magnificent Googie Withers. And the episodes are quite entertaining - and reaching from a wide range: there is kind of a ..uhm.. "gentlemen's joke"-episode about a haunted wedding night - and who ever saw this film will never forget the haunting performance of Michael Redgrave (yes, I have a soft spot for him..) as a ventriloquist driven mad by his dummy..

Please, make sure to get the "full" version: I have heard that for the US market back then two episodes were cut out..

Pawsome Pet Pictures: Rita Hayworth

The incomparable Rita and her little cocker spaniel...

50's era of favorite Hitchcock film tournament begins

Widely regarded as Hitchcock's best decade comes the 50's round of the favorite Hitchcock film tournament. As I stated earlier I had to put North By Northwest into the 60's era as I just short a few films for the last decade. But that was the only way to have the even amount of films for this tournament. So here are the matches represented the 50's which begin today and runs through Friday 7 pm EST.

1 VERTIGO (1958)


8 I CONFESS (1953)
Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter


Grace Kelly and Cary Grant


Doris Day


2 REAR WINDOW (1954)
Grace Kelly and James Stewart


The Trouble With Harry


Strangers on a Train


Anthony Dawson and Grace Kelly

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's Rebecca vs Shadow Of A Doubt in the 40's era of favorite Hitchcock film tournament

Top seed Rebecca rolled over Suspicion 19-7 and third seed Shadow of a Doubt edged out 2nd seed Notorious 14-11 to advance to the 40's era final match of the favorite Alfred Hitchcock tournament. The winner of this match will become the second film to advance to the final four and join 30's era champion, The Lady Vanishes. The match begins immediately and will run through Friday 7 pm EST.


1 REBECCA (1940)




GRETA...need I say anymore? Didn't think so..

Classic Horror Films: Day 25 (DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! - 1965)

Stefanie Powers is Pat, a young woman who recently lost her fiance and goes to meet her fiance's mother, Mrs. Trefoile (played by the great Tallulah Bankhead). Once Pat is there she realizes Mrs. Trefoile blames her for her son's death and plans to exact revenge with psychological torture. A wicked and campy thriller with Bankhead giving one of her last great performances. It will remind you of Bette Davis and her latter day horror film roles of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. Bankhead goes all out and doesn't hold anything back. In fact she is so over the top and good, she kind of drowns out Powers who in any other film would be good. But here she has to take a back seat to Ms. Bankhead. One of the better thrillers from the 60's. Oh and check out Donald Sutherland in an early role.

No trailer but a good scene showing Mrs. Trefoile doing her thing....

Monday, October 24, 2011

Classic Stars Match Play # 5 - Errol Flynn vs Tyrone Power (for the ladies..)

For the next match in my series of classic stars competing against each other comes two dashing swashbucklers...Mr. Errol Flynn and Mr. Tyrone Power. Ladies, control yourself. This match will start tonight and run through the whole week giving everyone time to think about who they love the most out of these two men. Their films, their talent and I'm sure looks will play a part in some of the decision making.
So let's find out the stats on these two guys shall we?

Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Name: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Birth Date: June 20, 1909 (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Height: 6' 2"
Academy Awards: none, not even a single nomination, which is a travesty.
Monties: 2 nominations, 1 win: Best Actor - The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939) - so far
My favorite Errol movie: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Match Play Record: 2-1 (beat Paul Muni and Charles Chaplin in the 30's era of the Favorite
Classic actor Tournament before losing to William Powell)


Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power
Name: Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr.
Date of Birth: May 5, 1914 (Cincinnati,Ohio)
Height: 5' 11 1/2"
Academy Awards: none, same as Flynn, not a single nomination
Monties: none so far but it's still early
My favorite Tyrone film: The Mark Of Zorro (1940)
Match Play Record: 0-1 (lost to Gary Cooper in the 40's era of the favorite
classic actor tournament)


Lovely Deborah

So as the scares and chills of October begin to wind down, we look ahead to see what's coming in November. The theme of the month will be great film dramas. Focusing on family and other kinds of issues. Such films like Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Best Years of our Lives, Imitation of Life, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, The Chalk Garden, Sunset Boulevard and others. The classic movie goddess will be the English Rose, Deborah Kerr. So look for reviews, pics and anything I fancy about the lovely Deborah. And my friend Sophie from Waitin' on a Sunny Day may drop by to do a guest post. Speaking of friends, that loveable Desiree is my guest of the month and she will be answering questions all month long. The favorite Hitchcock film tournament will wrap up in November and I can't wait to see what film takes the top prize. I'm hoping for The Lady Vanishes but I think it will be Rear Window. And I continue with my classic stars match play events with several more interesting matches including a marquee matchup between James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. So please drop by next month to spend a little time with me and some stars.


What a beautiful picture...

Classic Horror Films: Day 24 (SCREAMING MIMI - 1958)

Part psychological thriller, part film noir and part slasher film comes this vastly underrated gem from 1958 starring Anita Ekberg as a young woman named Virginia who was attacked by an knife wielding psychopath. She is saved by her step-brother but is severely traumatized by the event. She is treated by a psychiatrist and time passes when she returns to work as an exotic dancer at a club run by Joann (played by the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee). Everything is ok until Virginia is attacked again and a reporter named Sweeney (played by Philip Carey) gets involved with Virigina's past history. This is one wild movie with Ekberg give an understated but effective performance. Her dance routines are not everyday routines as she appears to be dealing with her issues through dancing. A great dane named Devil is her loyal protector. Once an attack is made on her life again, the police do everything they can to find the killer before it's too late. Good stuff.


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