Mr. Skeffington

Today I talk about my favorite actress all time whom is Bette Davis for The Third Annual Bette Davis Blogathon.  https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest

picmonkey_image-12I pay tribute to her today by reviewing Mr. Skeffington today for my friend’s Crystal Kalyana Pacey’s The Third Annual Bette Davis Blogathon today. I am so happy to review another classic movie starring this great legend today for her birthday today. Happy birthday to this wonderful legend of the screen. 

I hope you also check out the work of my friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey’s called IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD as i would also suggest you also read other posts form The Third Annual Bette Davis Blogathon today.

Bette Davis remains my favorite actress all time as my top favorite actress all time. A wonderful actress that was one of the finest actresses to grace the screen, she was one that gave me such wonderful memories of her wonderful image on the screen of a powerful woman. She stood out from other actresses because of her audacity, it was how studios owned the stars, she defied Warner brothers, she was lifting the veil for women in film for their behavior and traits as she did what was right for the character as she was able melt into characters greatly, she was a short woman but always stood out among every-one in the room, she truly is my favorite actress all time I always admired highly Bette Davis. She is always my favorite to watch anytime. She remains one of the best actresses I ever watched on screen as far I am concerned she remains timeless to my eyes. I am happy to begin my review now to honor this legend whom is my favorite actress all time. Let’s begin to honor this legend.

Mr. Skeffington reviewMr. Skeffington is one of the great Hollywood melodramas has both Bette Davis and Claude Rains starring in one of her darkest melodramas. Bette Davis has the showy role in this epic story of a troubled relationship, but it’s Claude Rains as her Jewish husband who jerks the tears in this movie.

Mr. Skeffington is a rewarding Bette Davis vehicle. Bette Davis’s performance is decidedly affected as she plays this Fanny as a young girl, but the pure talent and visual power of this actress makes one believe that she is truly the beauty that she is supposed to be as one would notice how her movements and responsiveness reinforce the sense of someone almost 15 years younger than herself then she transforms from young to old in such a marvelous change of her role to the older fanny as many did not like the makeup of her i find it to be very fine as we see such a marvelous role unfold on the screen by Bette Davis as i would place this performance in Bette Davis’ top tier, along with “Now, Voyager”, “The Little Foxes”, and “All About Eve.

Claude Rains plays the title character with restraint, integrity, and great love for Fanny, but the sense of pathos that he communicates really helps to give the movie a lot of power to his performance that really does stand out as a remarkable performance on the screen. The other acting performances are uniformly excellent performances that all stand out on the screen. Franz Waxman’s score is simply marvelous in my eyes. This is easily Vincent Sherman’s best work as a director as he crafts out a marvelous classic that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I would love to express my great joy today that I got to talk about Bette Davis my favorite actress today by reviewing another classic gem that she starred upon the screen. I would love to thank everyone i hope you return next time for another magical review soon.

the sea wolf

the sea wolf

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Today I review the Michael Curtiz/Robert Rossen adaptation of Jack London’s famous novel the sea wolf which I frankly just watched recently as I brought it recently which is the Warner brothers archive Blu-ray release of this movie which is a remastered version with lost scenes we have not seen as this wonderful movie really speaks about Nazi fascism in a way that stands out. I would also love to wish Ida Lupino a happy 100 years old.

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So now to review this classic movie

the sea wolf review

The sea wolf  takes one  of the most famous jack London novels of same name in a way that really shines upon your viewing of it on the screen. The  sea wolf is loosely based upon the book.  Edward G. Robinson does one of his finest hours  of acting as the cruel captain of the ghost a ship which no one wants to sail upon. Edward G. Robinson puts his own brand of cruelty on the role of a freighter captain who tyrannizes his crew and some unexpected passengers in such a marvelous acting performance.

Ida Lupino and John Garfield and Alexander Knox all  play in a crew of a ship that is basically a ship that feels like its form hell in some regards as they all give out such marvelous acting and performances that all stand out as you watch them on screen.

This Michael Curtiz/Robert Rossen adaptation of Jack London well known novel  was mostly shot on one location as it has lots of atmospheric shots, tons of memorable conflicting personalities(Edward G. Robinson, Alexander Knox, John Garfield, Barry Fitzgerald, Gene Lockhart, an underserved Ida Lupino) It really shines with this new Blu-ray release.  It is Rousing old-school sea adventure yarn functioning as an allegory for the burgeoning Nazi dictatorship in Europe in 1941. It is a truly marvelous classic you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Today i reviewed the sea wolf which is a rousing old school yarn that i feel has such marvelous acting that makes it such a marvelous movie that may be one of the finest movies i ever seen as this true classic is something i enjoyed to talk about today as always until next time for another movie review.

The Shop Around the Corner

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So today I talk about the The Shop Around the Corner which is directed by Ernst Lubitsch whom is such a wonderful director with many wonderful classics i adore to watch often. Lubitsch’s charming masterpiece, so often imitated and re-adapted since it appeared in 1940 as its so charming and enduring to watch on screen as today i talk about why i adore this classic so much.

The Shop Around the Corner review

Ernst Lubitsch’s charming masterpiece is often imitated and re-adapted since it appeared in 1940 on the screens as it is one of those rare films that is simply perfect form beginning to end.. Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart worked in several films together over their film history on the screen as both of them give out their finest performances ever on the screen. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play off each other well as they are a perfect pair to watch on the screen. Frank Morgan is truly wonderful in his performance as the owner of the shop as he gives out his finest performance ever on the screen.

The Shop Around the Corner is a charming comedy gem in Ernst Lubitsch had another quiet triumph added to his credit with this lovely film as this charming little shop could be set anywhere in the world. The shop is a life microcosm with its little quiet joys and its bitter disappointments it feels very close to frank Capra in its charms you see unfold on the screen.  It is one of the sweetest and most charming of comedies all time. Everything works out perfectly in this perfect film which was often remade but never matched to same level as this marvelous classic gem.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about The Shop Around the Corner which frankly is one amazing classic gem that I simply adored to talk about today. See you next time for another classic review soon.

His girl Friday

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So today I talk about his girl Friday which is a remake of the front page. His girl Friday is directed by Howard hawks is a truly fun comedy gem. My girl Friday is simply an amazing classic movie  that i adore to watch again and again. It is now time to review this classic movie.

His girl Friday review

His girl Friday is a classic comedy classic that is directed by Howard hawks. His girl Friday is one of my favorite movies all time to watch again and again. . Cary Grant plays a wonderful performance in his girl Friday. Rosalind Russell gives out an amazing performance in his girl Friday. Cart Grant and Rosalind Russell who make a great team together on the screen. Howard hawks compositions are layered with fore and background action and depth to each of its scenes. His girl Friday is about its dialogue more than its visuals elements on the screen. It comes so fast and sharp on the screen. This is a comedy classic that you will simply adore watching unfold as it’s just so much fun to watch it unfold on the screen.

. My Girl Friday successfully combines screwball romantic comedy with biting satire that truly makes it the true comedy classic that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about His girl Friday today which frankly is one amazing classic gem that I simply adored to talk about today. See you next time for another classic review soon.

 

happy 76th anniversary to dumbo

happy 76th anniversary to dumbo

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Dumbo is a favourite flim among Pixar’s brain trust as it features all the hallmarks that would characterize the studio’s own flims it has great characters  and a story full of warmth and a lot of heart. This movie turns 76 years old today as it has not only inspired countless pixar flims over the years.  Dumbo was the flim was the little flim that did big things much like dumbo  the movie’s hero as the studios past efforts of Pinocchio and Fantasia were flops upon their release as this movie was made a b-picture on cheaper budget it became a huge hit as their frist hit animated movie snice snow white.  Its a simple story of the ugly duckling retold in a new way.

Dumbo is an elephant with freakishly large ears discovers that the thing that makes him different is also the thing that makes him truly special as he can fly via them and use of a feather he holds on him. It is revealed in ending the feather is a gag as he can fly without it as his ears gave him power to fly. Dumbo is one of the studio’s greatest character creations he never utters a word or speaks in any form but you can’t help but fall in love this little guy. His relationship with his mother is beautifully captured from their playful moments during bath-time to their heartbreaking and fleeting reunion it’s all so moving and heartfelt as it does somewhat really feel so emotionally moving. In a matter of minutes you understand their love for each other their unwavering love for each other. You are fully invested in Dumbo’s own personal journey. His odd couple relationship with Timothy Mouse is equally moving whilst every cameo and he is unforgettable.

Dumbo is the shortest feature films Disney produced it arguably possesses more memorable moments than any of their other movies form this period of disney movie. from the stork delivering newborn babies which we see baby mine song playing as you feel for dumbo and its mother as both suffer so much on screen to dumbo flying in wonder on screen we see so many moments in one movie. Dumbo has some of best songs of the period compared to the cloyingly sweet music of the other Disney films made in the 1940s the songs all possess an infectious and poppy lightness such as When I See an Elephant Fly, Elephants on Parade and Song of the Roustabouts are all numbers that will be bouncing around your head for days afterwards.

 

Dumbo’s animation is less technically polished than the films it succeeded as it has a lightness and freedom looking more cartoony. This film is bold and bright with simple but striking watercolor backgrounds and a strong cartoon aesthetic that really draws you into its world. Dumbo has so much emotion, warmth and nuance are conveyed in the tiniest little details, particularly Dumbo as its charm can melt any heart. The animation is playful and experimental form it’s from the map view of the United States to the pink elephants there is always something always something exciting or touching in every frame of this flim to stand out for you to watch on the screen. It is films like Dumbo that made me fall in love with animation in the first place as this classic is a classic animated gem you will adore to see anytime.

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Keeper of the Flame

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I review this classic movie starring Spencer Tracy today for my friends crystal kalyana’s  BLOGATHON today.   I would advise you to check out others form THE SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON  today which is hosted by a dear friend today on her blog.  I review this classic movie now for my blog.

Keeper of the Flame review

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Keeper of the Flame is the second film starring the duo of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn on the screen. The first movie starring them both was woman of the year which was one amazing comedy classic. I would say many overlook keeper of the flame. Keeper of the Flame is a proto-film noir mixed gothic melodramas that foreshadowed the political paranoia genre to come on screens in years to come. Spencer Tracy’s reporter character gathers with other members of the press in a small rural inn, there to report on a vaguely described “American hero’s” funeral that has many dark seeds in this classic tale unfolds on the screen.

Kate Hepburn and Spencer Tracy make this thriller with their wonderful acting together on the screen. . The wonderful acting of Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn really makes this movie stand out among their movies. The supporting cast all give out wonderful performances.

This is the quintessential Spencer Tracy role for the screen. This movie is one of the best Spencer Tracy roles he ever did for the screen. George Cukor directs this classic that mixes noir elements with proto elements of political paranoia to craft a true masterpiece that you should see today.

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ball of fire

I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also I review many noir classics and talk about Hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many films of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies. It is time to talk about one of my favorite movies all time now.

Ball of fire review

Howard Hawks Ball of Fire is an urban update of the Snow-White fairy-tale with an urban twist. Ball of fire was written by Billy Wilder with Howard hawks directing this movie. It remains one of the finest screwball comedies ever put to the screen.

Ball of fire remains one of my favorite screwball comedies all time. This movie has such wonderful acting by Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. The ever wonderful Barbara Stanwyck really leads the show as Sugarpuss O’Shea who hides with them for her gangster boyfriend whom she becomes best friends to them in the end. She plays the role in a very wonderful way that really charms you to watch on the screen. Barbara Stanwyck is warming up in this movie for her acting skills are truly growing as it goes along to its ending. . Gary Cooper gives us one amazing performance for the screen.

The groups of professors are all very good supporting actors as Oskar Homolka and Henry Travers and S.Z. Sakall and Tully Marshall and Leonid Kinskey and Richard Haydn and Aubrey Mather whom I would say all give out such wonderful performances on the screen. I would say Henry Travers is among cast of the stand out character actors as he played the angel its Wonderful Life as he plays such an amazing role for this movie. I would say each of these professors are played by very wonderful character actors that each give out wonderful performances. Allen Jenkins is a garbage man seeking knowledge for pecuniary gain as he gives a very good acting   performance. The movie has very wonderful acting by everyone in its cast of talents.

Dana Andrews plays against type as a gangster in one very good performance for this amazing actor of the screen as he as the gangster boyfriend of Sugarpuss O’Shea for this movie. Mary Field as Miss Totten, the daughter of the wealthy inventor who created the foundation really gives a good performance in her role. The whole of supporting cast of many great acting legends all give such wonderful performances.

Ball of Fire is one amazing classic that you should see today.

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