Monday, August 6, 2012

Hello? Anyone?

It's time to blow the dust off of this blog and come back to the world. Agreed? Good. :)

With myself (Audrey) and Erika and Caroline to contribute, I think we can get some good stuff back on here, since classics are still our lives.

But to start off, my good friend Bailey tagged this blog in the Leibster Blog Award Chain. So I'm going to continue it here!

  The rules: 
  1. The tag-ee must tell eleven things about themself
  2. The tag-ee must then answer the eleven questions given to them from by tagger
  3. The tag-ee tags eleven more blogs (we'll see how this turns out for me...)
  4. And then the tag-ee assigns their eleven blogs eleven new questions

11 Things About Audrey from The New Andrew Sisters

1. I've been a classics fan since I was a young girl, thanks to my mother and grandmother.
2. In addition to loving classics, I'm a huge film fan in general. Action movies are a thrill for me. Especially when they have attractive men. :)
3. I'm a complete Harry Potter NERD. I'm part of the HP generation and will forever be proud of it. I treasure my Pottermore account probably just as much as my Film-Classics one. :)
4. Music is my life. From listening, to playing to singing, I can't really function with out it.
5. I'm addicted to Pinterest.
6. I'm also addicted to Blistex chapstick.
7. TV Shows are a weakness; Psych, Monk, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Drop Dead Diva..etc....
8. I love love love Jazz music. Classic Jazz music. Armstrong, Fitzgerald, Holiday, etc.
9. I spend a majority of my time on IMDB learning every celebrities bios, upcoming projects, and trivia. And yes, yes I do believe most of it.
10. I'm a complete history buff. Majoring in it actually. So I love telling people random facts I know, even if they don't really care about it.
11. My idols are Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Myrna Loy. Beautiful women who appreciated beautiful things and didn't let fame get to them.
    11 Questions (from Bailey)

    1. What was your first classic? Oooo...That's a hard one. It was so long ago. But as a kid I remember watching a lot of Doris Day movies and Gene Autry cowboy films. So that's probably it. :)
    2. Favorite classic TV show? Also tough, but I think in the end I would have to say I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Dean Martin Show.
    3. If you could spend a day with any one classic star, who would it be? Oh my gosh. Hardest question yet. If I HAD to choose I would probably say 1) Deanna Durbin or 2)Audrey Hepburn. Then Cary Grant :) But I could seriously keep going....
    4. Least favorite classic actor? Not a huge Spencer Tracy fan, but I don't hate him. Just don't fawn at his feet.
    5. Least favorite classic actress? I'm not a huge Viven Leigh fan. But I loved Gone With the Wind.
    6. Musical remakes from the '50s: yes or no? Yes. In most cases. Mostly because I saw a lot of those before I saw the originals. Like In the Good Ole Summertime, I loved that movie.
    7. Hayes Code: yes or no?  Why? Yes. Why should the film industry have the power to promote low morals or standards for little kids who don't understand yet.
    8. Silent or Talkies? I love both, but if I had to choose, it would be Talkies.
    9. What do you think of movies like The Artist? I LOVED IT. I think it's about time that the world remembered what made entertainment popular.
    10. What role did your favorite actor deserve an Oscar for? Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life or Rear Window.
    11. What role did your favorite actress deserve an Oscar for? Myrna Loy in Evenlyn Prentice. Seriously, she was incredible. So was Bill Powell.

    Tag.  You're it.
    Question time!

    1. Favorite Classics film couple? 
    2. Color or Black/White films?
    3. Favorite comedian?
    4. Least favorite singer of the 1930s and 1940s?
    5. In your opinion, what's the funniest I Love Lucy episode?
    6. Most prominent film of the classic/muscial film era? 
    7. Best Hitchcock film?
    8. What actress of today would fit best back in the classics era? why?
    9. Favorite musical?
    10. Most annoying character in a movie?
    11. Is Humphrey Bogart deserving of the greatest Actor of all time?

    Good luck everyone!

    Expect lots more posting to come!!

    Love, the Girls!

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Hollywood's Greatest Couple

    William Powell and Myrna Loy

    William Powell

    Dubbed the "Greatest Hollywood Couple".

    When you do 14 films together, it's kind of inevitable, don't you think?

    A couple who had such dynamite chemistry and absolute wit that the public just kept wanting more.
    Myrna Loy
    Powell, with his charm, talent, easy-going-ness, and amazing ability to make anyone laugh complemented the beautiful, witty, and equally entertaining Loy better then anyone else could.

    Their first film, Manhattan Melodrama, was the first to portray their amazing chemistry. It started a 13 year era of film making together. From The Great Ziegfeld to Love Crazy to their famed Thin Man series, these two never failed to entertain.


    They both put their prints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame together. But the unique thing they did (or you could just call it a joke..haha) was to show up wearing extremely over sized shoes! ----------------Click---->

    Powell's nickname for Loy was "Minnie."

    “I highly recommend worrying. It’s much more effective than dieting.” --William Powell

    "Life, is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming."--Myrna Loy

    Loy's profile was the most requested in the 1930's by women to their plastic surgeons. 

    In 1938, Powell was diagnosed with cancer of the rectum. Rather than undergo a colostomy, he agreed to an experimental treatment where platinum needles containing radium pellets were inserted into Powell's body, where they remained for six months, by which time his cancer had gone into remission. It was many years before he publicly revealed he had had cancer. At the time of his illness and recovery, his agent explained his absence to the press first by saying he was recuperating from an eye injury, and later that he had undergone a routine abdominal operation.

     Myrna Loy Hobbies: Sculpturing and dancing.

     In 1937, Myrna had a narrow escape when her horse bolted during the filming of The Rains Came (1939) with Tyrone Power; she was nearly killed.

    Myrna was a favorite of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Jimmy Stewart.

    Outspoken against Adolf Hitler in the War, Myrna appeared on his blacklist.

    These two are truly one of mine and Erika's favorites.

     We hope you will take the time to watch a few of their films! If you're interested is the place for you to go! They have almost all of the Thin Man series as well as many of the others!

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    It really was....An Affair to Remember

    Content sigh......

    This is Cary Grant at his ultimate best. Along with the beautiful and talented Deborah Kerr

    That in itself should entice you to watch this wonderful movie.

    We find Nickie Ferrante (Grant), an eligible bachelor that the rest of the world watches as he finally decides to settle down with a very rich woman. But on the boat trip back from Europe to New York, he meets Terry Mckay (Kerr)--who incidentally is ALSO engaged---and without knowing what's happened to them, they fall in love. They have some precious moments together that will make you cry, laugh, or smile contentedly. Grant never ceases to be his charming and smooth self. The story follows the hardships and trials they have to go through in order to be together. It is a story that will give you ever range of emotion, and leave you feeling good inside.

    My (Audrey) favorite time to watch this movie is Valentine's Day. Ever since I was young, my family would watch it. It's just a wonderful movie that can please those of us who are still searching for our significant other. I introduced Erika to this movie last Valentine's Day, and let's just say she was converted. :) It's one that both husband AND wife can enjoy. Good humor, tender moments, just enough romance, and heart jerking moments.

    I give my FULL petition to you to watch this movie. It isn't known as one of the best romance movies of all time for no reason. :)

    P.S. I'm not going to give a full summary, because I can't find one that won't give away things that you shouldn't know before you watch it. So...just go watch the movie.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    For the Love of Mary

    Another Deanna Durbin classic. If you are looking for a great chick flick, look no further. For The Love of Mary is pack full with Romance.

    There's not only one attractive man. There's three. I guarantee you will quickly pick a favorite and cheer him on throughout the whole movie. When I watched this movie with Audge and Whit for the first time we were all cheering for the charismatic David Paxton. You will fall in love with the movie. I guarantee.

    It's not only all romance. As the storyline becomes more and more complicated it also becomes more comedic. It also has many great musical scenes including Deanna's stunning performing of Largo Al Factotum from The Barber of Seville.

    So now that you know a little bit about it here's an official synopsis.....
    Durbin plays a switchboard operator at the White House, whose hiccuping spells throw several incoming special-interest callers into a tizzy. The President himself cures Durbin of her hiccups, thereby becoming entangled with the girl's various romances. She, in turn, finds herself neck-deep in numerous political intrigues

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Oh....The Thrill of Romance!

    There's nothing like finding a handsome man who sweeps you off your feet.

    UNLESS, there's TWO of them. ;)

    In this charming film, The Thrill of Romance, swimming beauty Esther Williams plays Cynthia Glen, and finds herself swept up by a rich, handsome businessman. Within 10 minutes of the movie, she's married!! But once he is called away from their HONEYMOON on oh so urgent business, Cynthia is left alone..........on her honeymoon! Who does that!! So, she is forced to find some sort of companionship. She meets a funny opera singer (who is actually a real life opera celebrity) and a charming young man, Major Thomas Milvane (Van Johnson). Tommy is immediately taken with her, but realizes he can't just sweep her off her feet immediately. So the rest of the film shows how their friendship develops and soon turns to love, and how Cynthia has to realized that love and choose IT over her wealthy husband. 

    This is easily one of our favorite movies. Van Johnson can just take your heart and melt it in his hands and boyish smile. The comedy and romance fit hand in hand in this movie. AND YOU WILL WANT MORE AND MORE!! 

    I have always loved Esther Williams. In my opinion, I think she is one of the most beautiful stars from that time.

     And here is your REAL synopsis:
    Cynthia is swept off her feet and marries a rich and very successful business executive, but business affairs make him abandon her during their honeymoon. Cynthia is sad and while he's away, meets the charming war hero, Maj. Milvaine, who is on leave. Sparks fly. Will she choose wealth over love?


    Friday, June 10, 2011

    It could have happened to anyone but.....IT HAPPENED TO JANE

    Okay. I absolutely love this movie. It Happened to Jane stars Doris Day and Jack Lemmon. I am telling you people, it doesn't get much better than that. Thanks to my Grandma Bunker I was introduced to this spectacular movie.
    It has everything a chick flick needs.....

    It's funny.
    It's adorable.

    I guarantee you will fall in love with it. I did.

    I'll admit, after borrowing this movie from my grandma I watched it three times in one week. Audrey, Becca, and watched it while camping out to see Jimmer and Jackson rock the Marriott. It made camping bearable. There are many fond memories connected to this movie.

    Okay so for all those who are wondering what makes this movie so wonderful, here's a short synopsis of the movie.....

    Widowed Jane Osgood (Doris Day) is trying to support her family of two young children by starting a lobster mail order business. Things for her business start off badly when a shipment perishes due to the operation of
    the Eastern & Portland Railroad, newly acquired by penny-pinching Harry Foster Malone (Ernie Kovacs). When the E&P fails to compensate Jane adequately for their error, Jane gets into a David versus Goliath battle with the powerful Malone, who she deems the meanest man in the world. Both Jane and Malone will do whatever they can to beat the other. Meanwhile after Jane's story reaches national attention, New York based reporter Larry Hall, is placed in Cape Anne to cover the story, and falls for Jane. This move does not sit well with George Denham (Jack Lemmon), who is Jane's childhood friend, lawyer and wannabe suitor

    If you need a good laugh, or a great chick flick this movie will not disappoint. It is terrific. And I would definitely say that it is a must see movie.

    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    I think..I think....There's Something in the Wind....

    Okay friends, new movie.

    Deanna Durbin. Need I say more?

    The beautiful singing sensation hits us AGAIN with a classic, comedy, romance. And it's a winner.

    In Something in the Wind, Deanna plays the part of a talented young radio host, Mary Collins, and suddenly gets tied into a crazy ordeal with a rich family (due to her aging aunt who has taken care of her). She uses her charm, talent, and never-ending wit to get the man, the job, and EVERYTHING ELSE.

    Plus, her outfits are UNREAL in this movie. Check it OUT.

    This is the beloved MAN TRAP.

    There is also GREAT music in this movie. Songs like, Something in the Wind, Gotta Keep Your Baby Lookin Right, I Love a Mystery, The Turntable Song, Happy Go Lucky and Free.
    They are absolutely astounding. Her voice is so versatile.

    Our (Erika and I) favorite quotes:

    "Just give me a minute, I gotta get out of this man trap."

    "That's only a sample of the work done on this machine."

    "Wait, what about Clarissa? She's a great girl ya know." "If you help me, I'll give her to you for a wedding present, okay Charlie?" (They are both drunk)

    "Donald, are you trying to make love to me?" "No!...Well..."

    "And well Mary, you're very attractive." "I wouldn't know. Personally, I've never appealed to myself in that way."

    "Hello...Donsy Wonsy."

    As you can see, this is a great movie already. I suggest you watch the FULL movie on youtube. :)

    Here is the trailer, to entice you more.