Monday, April 25, 2016

Fast and Loose 1939

From guest blogger Debbie:

Fast and Loose is the second in a three film series from MGM that was patterned after the successful Thin Man series.   It concerns another married couple, Joel and Garda Sloan.  This time the couple are rare book dealers.  Joel Sloan sometimes does detective work for insurance companies when rare books are stolen.  Thus is the premise for their adventures.

This film was preceded by “Fast Company”1938 and was followed in 1939 by the third in the series “Fast and Furious”.  “Fast Company” starred Melvyn Douglas and Florence Rice.  “Fast and Furious” starred Franchot Tone and Ann Southern.  Why MGM kept changing the primary cast is anyone’s guess.   Of the three, “Fast and Loose” has always been my favorite.  Most of the reason for my preference is its stars, Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell.  Russell has always been my favorite leading lady for Montgomery and this is their second time playing a married couple.  They play so well off each other.  They aren’t Powell and Loy, but a good second choice.

The three film set is available from Warner Archives.  The plots of all three are entertaining and the humor is engaging.   A must see for any Robert Montgomery fan and the other two films are well worth the time.








Thursday, April 14, 2016

Another DVD Release!!

Warner Archive does it again .... this time it's Blondie of the Follies (1932).  All these releases all of a sudden.  Has a Bob fan taken over Warner??   Blondie is a fun watch.  Looking forward to seeing Bob and Marion, in all her Follies regalia, in the scene on the stairway with the Broadway lights in the background.  Just gorgeous...Bob and the scene!!

Thanks to Robert for bringing this to our attention.  (I am still stuck in a motel waiting even longer for my insurance company to get their act together, so for the most part I'm out of touch with the rest of the world!) 

Could this all mean others are to follow?  Hide-Out?  Unfinished Business?  Letty Lynton?  C'mon, WB!!  Do continue to make our day!



Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The First 100 Years

In honor of one of my fav Bob movies coming to DVD, The First 100 Years, which only took 78 years to get to this point.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Four More Bob Movies Coming to DVD!!!

Warner Archive (wbshop.com) is including four Bob movies in their new releases for April: The First 100 Years (1938), Yellow Jack (1938), Haunted Honeymoon (1940), and Piccadilly Jim (1936).










Piccadilly Jim is my fave of the four ... Bob and Madge Evans with a great supporting cast including Frank Morgan, Eric Blore, Billie Burke and Robert Benchley ... what's not to like.  Keep an eye open for uncredited roles by Dennis Morgan, Dennis O'Keefe and Bess Flowers, the Queen of Hollywood Extras!

I really do appreciate Warner Archive releasing four more of Bob's movies, but ... someone really should figure out how to release Letty Lynton (1932) while there are still Bob and Joan Crawford fans around to appreciate it!!  And one could add Unfinished Business (1941) to the list as well!  (Dream a Little Dream ...)

(Life has been a bit of a bitch of late, our house got flooded out due to a failed plumbing housing.  My hard drive with its collection of all things Bob is currently in a rental "Pod" located in the driveway while we're in a motel room waiting for our insurance company to issue the much awaited check before repairs can begin!  Meanwhile, a special thanks to Debbie for stepping up, once again, with her excellent postings.)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why Do Men Age So Well?

A guest post from blog contributor Debbie...

In our youth oriented culture being young is everything. I’m not saying I agree with this, but nowadays it seems especially true in Hollywood and especially true for women. Older actresses have a very hard time finding decent parts, but older actors…….not so much. Men seem to be able to stay leading men well past their 40s and 50s.

This actually was quite true in the early days of Hollywood as well. There were so many men that actually hit their stride as leading men in their late thirties, early forties. Humphrey Bogart, William Powell, Walter Pigeon, Ronald Colman to name a few. Even Fred Astaire, a dancer, continued as leading man material well into his fifties. Clark Gable went to war at 41 and continued his leading man career after the war was over. And then there are the gorgeous Cary Grant and Paul Newman who at 60 could have still played leading men (by 60 Grant had retired, but Newman did after 60.)
 
I hate that saying “Women get old, men get distinguished,“ but I guess in Hollywood at least, it’s true.