When I was 10 and up ... I watched "re-run movies" on a Saturday afternoons laying on my mom's bed. This is probably why I know films and stars from the 1930's and 1940's so well. I watched a lot of movies.
Bela Lugosi and all things Dracula (1931), "The Bride of Frankenstein" and all Frankenstein movies (1935). To make the perfect afternoon of movie-watching ... The Thin Man with William Powell and Myrna Loy, never missed one then or now. Oh, the draped evening dresses cut on the bias, cocktail hour ... I love that time captured in those movies. Of course, Charlie Chan ... the detective hero of my youth. I own the entire collection. "Bringing Up Baby", "The Philadelphia Story", "His Girl Friday" ... Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell ... fast paced slap-stick in good clothes. Gene Tierney in "Laura", "Leave Her To Heaven", "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". Classics! I have mentioned a few of my favorites here ...
So the point of this post is ... imagine my surprise when we were watching CBS Sunday Morning's segment about Doris Day and the kids said "who's that?" My response: Hello? Rock Hudson? "Pillow Talk"? "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"? "Midnight Lace"? "Calamity Jane"? They look at me with a blank stare. They have been neglected. What have I done? I realize the selection of TV movie viewing if vast compared to my afternoon entertainment. What with 100's of channels, HBO, Showtime, On Demand. And then, stations don't really show vintage films anymore. (I hope they haven't lost them). TMC still shows classics. But now are the oldies considered films from the 70's and 80's? And right after that conversation they were off the movies to see Bruno. That is a heavy disappointment to bear as a mother. ;)
And let's don't even talk about the kids missing out on cartoons. Merry Melodies "Fresh Hare" and lots of fun films found on the Internet Movie Archive. I was really looking for the old cartoons filled with singing, dancing flowers that used to grab my imagination and never let go. Remember "Hollywood Picnic" - Color Rhapsody cartoon features some of the best Hollywood personalities of the 1930's in great caricatures including Shirley Temple, John Barrymore, Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, Ned Sparks, W. C. Fields, Edward Arnold, Edna Mae Oliver, Martha Raye, Joe E. Brown and many more. John K. has a fun animation blog. This incredible list of classic cartoons. Found this "Skeleton Dance" by Disney, Iwerks "Balloon Land", "Ants in the Plants". This doesn't mean I don't love cartoons of the day.
"Our Mr. Sun" was made the year I was born. Combining animation and live action, Our Mr. Sun uses a scientist-writer team to present information about the sun and its importance to humankind. The animation! Eddie Albert? A must see.
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