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 film-classics.com 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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The name's Steele....Remington Steele

Before Pierce Brosnan was James Bond he was Remington Steele. Enough Said. You must watch this show.

How can you resist a man that dresses to the T, has an accent, stops the bad guys, KNOWS old movies like the back of his hand, and is one of the most charming, good-looking men of all history? Wo. I don't think you can. No one can do it like Remington.

Not to mention Laura Holt. The woman who can run in heels like there's no tomorrow. The woman who can remember everything to the last detail. And also has captured the heart of her mysterious boss. Lucky woman.

Let's just say Erika and Audrey have been hit. By the "Steele" blue eyes of a mysterious man.

Ann Marie is....THAT GIRL!

Okay. That Girl. My favorite t.v. show of all time.

That Girl is a t.v. series from the late 1960s. I was first introduced to That Girl when I was fifteen. My Grandma Bunker gave all my girl cousins the first season for Christmas. From the very first pilot episode my mom and I loved it. We had to limit how much we could watch in one day, so that we would not watch all of season one in one day. Immediately after watching the first couple of episodes in season one we ordered season two. We eventually bought all five seasons. It is absolutely my favorite show. I would definitely recommend it.

So just so you know what this show is all about I will now give you some basic information about the series.......
That Girl stars Marlo Thomas as Ann Marie. Ann Marie has recently left her home in Brewster, New York and traveled to the big city where she struggles to become an actress. Shortly after arriving in New York city she meets Newsview Magazine writer Donald Hollinger, played by Ted Bessel, who becomes her steady boyfriend throughout the series. With her boyfriend and overprotective father close by That Girl follows the funny, sticky situations that Ann Marie always seems to find herself in.

So there you have it folks. A quick little synopsis of That Girl. It's definitely worth seeing!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

If A Man Answers.....Hang Up!!!

Audrey here: (Erika needs to get on!)

Once again. The light has shone brightly down on me.

In need of a carefree, funny, witty, romantic, kinda cheesy movie? Yep. This is the one. If A Man Answers. And it's easily on my top favorites. I loved it so much on Youtube (the place I discover lots of old movies), that I bought it on ebay so I could watch it over and over again without waiting for it to LOAD!! Go figure.

This movie stars Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee, two of my favorite people. Technically, this isn't a 1940's movie....more like..1962.....haha. But..same difference right?


Chantel worries about her new marriage to photographer Eugene failing so she decides to take her mother's advice and manipulate him. First, her mother gives her a book that will solve all her problems about how to treat a husband - namely a book on how to train dogs. Then, her mother gives her a second trick, an imaginary boyfriend who used to come in handy during her own marriage to Chantel's father. However, if Chantel's mother made this man up, what is she going to do when Eugene brings him home for dinner one night? 

Life I said, I own it. So if anyone is interested, give me a ring.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

It's a Charade!....Or....is it??

Okay, okay.


Cary Grant.

Audrey Hepburn.

What could be better? Nothing. That's what.

This movie has the perfect blend of suspense, thrill, romance, humor, etc. etc. Me and Erika were literally clutching each other during the movie.


Here is a synopsis for you:

Regina Lambert returns to Paris from a ski holiday in Switzerland to find that her husband has been murdered. She is later told by CIA agent Hamilton Bartholemew that Charles Lambert was one of five men who stole $250,000 in gold from the U.S. government during World War II, and the government wants it back. The money was not found among his possessions, and Regina can shed no light on its whereabouts. Later that day she is visited by Peter Joshua, whom she had met briefly while on holiday. When her husband's former partners in crime, who were double-crossed by Charles, start calling her looking for the money, Peter offers to help find it. Thus begins an elaborate charade in which nothing is what it seems to be.

It's a beautiful movie. If anyone is interested in it, I own it. Lending is acceptable.

Monday, May 9, 2011

It all started with "It Started With Eve"

The movie that started it all. 

And the WOMAN that started it all. 

The lovely Miss Durbin
We would like to now introduce it. I, Audrey, will turn the time over to Erika. "Ahem....Erika.."

I must admit. I was very hesitant to watch this movie at first. It was introduced to me by my kinda molly mormon sister-in-law Becca. So naturally when she said she knew a great movie entitled "It Started with Eve" my first instinct was "Oh no! I am not watching a movie about Adam and Eve." However I quickly found out that this was definitely not a mormon movie. To make a long story short it is now my absolute favorite movie of all time. It was the spark in my passion for Deanna Durbin movies and eventually all other old movies. I would also say it was one of the main sparks for my Bestie friendship with Audge. I'll let her tell that story though. Back to you Audge.

Thanks Erika. 

Okay. So the first time that I watched this movie with Erika, it was, well........due to.........A.D.D.? Yeah. Erika, I and our friend Whitney Robinson were all attempting to study for our AP Calculus test....and...Erika mentioned that she had seen this really funny old movie, and that we should watch it...instead of doing homework. So......we gladly agreed. Piled on top of her bed, we watched the black and white movie on her little silver TV in her room. 
And let's just say.......our friendship was never the same again. That moment in time changed us. And from that point on, we were in love with Deanna Durbin.......and little old, crouched over man (see picture). Oh, and Robert Cummings....(who, is a link on the side, take a look). What a man. What a MOVIE. 

We would also like to say that we can quote the ENTIRE movie. And that's not a joke. 

So, because you are all probably wondering what great movie these girls are talking about, we would like to formally describe the movie to you. Or...at least copy and paste into here.  Here ya go. 

A young man asks a hat check girl to pose as his fiancée in order to make his dying father's last moments happy. However, the old man's health takes a turn for the better and now his son doesn't know how to break the news that he's engaged to someone else, especially since his father is so taken with the impostor.
 And THAT, is how it all started. 

Be prepared for much more to come. :)

Friday, May 6, 2011


Well, here we have it folks. I've made a blog fully dedicated to old things--movies, actors, music. 

The owners of this blog are myself and Erika Bunker.

This is one of our passions. PASSIONS. 

We decided it was time to let the world know our love for the classics. We live for this stuff. We live for those romantic old movies. We live for the funny lines that somehow people miss. We LIVE FOR THIS.

We wish constantly that we had been born back then. We would do ANYTHING. 
But alas, we can only enjoy what we have left. And we do a pretty good job too. ;)

So we hope that you can enjoy some of this greatness with us.