How cute! From the description in the TCM Now Playing Guide, I was fairly certain that I was going to enjoy this movie. From the moment the opening credits rolled and the film began to play, I knew I had been right and that it was right up my alley!
This is, of course, one of those simple and silly movies, but I found it to be quite adorable. Filled to the brim with pretty faces and giggle-inspiring sight gags, this little number was certainly worth my time. The top billed stars in this picture are Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, along with leading ladies Thelma Todd and Dorothy Lee. Ruth Etting is also featured.
Apparently, Wheeler and Woolsey were a popular comedy duo in the 1930s, though not as well known to us today as other classic comedy acts. Mr. Woolsey so closely resembles George Burns that it confused me and I had to double check the film info just to make sure he wasn’t in it! I’m glad that I ignored the fact that this picture only got two stars, because I would have otherwise missed out on seeing their act. Seeing my first Wheeler and Woolsey comedy sure was a treat and I’d recommended this film to anyone who appreciates this genre!
For me, Cary Grant is THE classic leading man. No one else even comes close! Of course, he is more than just a pretty face. He is the epitome of charm, whether it be for his grace or occasional lack thereof.
Cary Grant is often so rude to his women, yet we forgive him for it every time. Somehow it’s just part of his charm. Suavely bossy and always right, we ladies never fail to fall for it and give him a free pass. With her brassy, strong will and take-charge attitude, Ann Sheridan can’t help but clash with him in this film. Predictably, they end up marrying, but it wouldn’t be a romantic comedy without those staple elements. It’s enjoyable and sweet, funny and charming, even if it is all too expected.
PS: This movie will make you hate the military and Cary Grant makes an ugly woman!
Okay, so how do I put this? I’m sick of minerals. For a while now, I’ve longed to return to traditional liquid makeup, but haven’t been able to find one I really like. Well, it appears that a compromise of sorts has been reached. Liquid foundation meets newer technology in Revlon’s Photoready Airbrush. Revlon has been around since the early 1930’s, and was a department store brand once upon a time. Their quality is still great, in my opinion, although they are now a drugstore brand (yes, I’m one of those makeup snobs). Combine history with quality and affordability, and you see why Revlon is THE ONLY drugstore brand of cosmetics I’ll endorse.
Revlon Photoready Airbrush is a foamy mousse, so it leaves a bubbly sensation on the skin before blending (which is super easy, by the way). I found it a little difficult to control at first, but figuring out just the right amount to use will be easier after a little experimentation. It both covers and blends really well, and its finish is gorgeous. If you look carefully, there are tiny sparkles in it, but I believe these are for light diffraction. Overall, I think it looks just as good, if not better than any mineral powder foundation I’ve used. It certainly covers better, that’s for sure!
It’s affordable, easy to blend, covers well and just plain looks good. The bottom line: you want to try this for yourself!
To get straight to the point, I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It’s a great performance from both leads: the always charming Clark Gable and the ever beautiful Hedy Lamarr. Gable is his usual self, with his trouble-making, huge ego and well-hidden lion’s heart. I got rather a nice and welcome surprise from Lamarr, though.
Hedy Lamarr is usually the unapproachable and sometimes cold beauty, like a marble statue of the perfect woman. In this film, however, I found her to be utterly adorable. Straight laced and stiff on the outside, she overflows with emotion and idealism on the inside. She hasn’t much trouble in warming up around Gable, either. By the way, how many times has he had to play a reporter, anyway?
Overall, the story was good. It had a solid plot, with plenty of fun, suspence and just the right amount of romance. It’s the newest addition to my list of favorites.
There’s just one more thing I’d like to note. For all the times he’s referred to as stupid, I think Vanya is the smartest one in the movie!
Today’s movie review looks at Harlow (1965 - starring Carroll Baker), a bio-pic on THE Blonde Bombshell, Jean Harlow.
I couldn’t find a good trailer, so here’s a clip from the beginning.
I had first seen this movie many years ago, while I was still in high school, before I had even gotten the chance to watch any of her actual films. In fact, it wasn’t until a few short years ago that I finally did (my first Jean Harlow movie was Bombshell), and she quickly became one of my favorites of all time! Anyway, I just noticed last night/this morning that it was available on Netflix and decided to finally watch her bio pic again. That’s where my first review for this blog comes in.
Now, I can’t speak for this film’s accuracy, so this review is based solely on my watching experience of it. The story was good, but there’s one drawback which I feel is indicative of early attempts at period piece films. This movie was filmed in the mid-sixties, and it looks like it. The costumes and cars throw a nod to the 1930s, but they’re terribly inconsistent. Meanwhile, Jean’s hair and makeup more closely resemble typical 60s fashion than the period in which the story is supposed to be set. Even the soundtrack doesn’t fit. Overall, it gives a cheaply thrown together impression. Maybe it was; I don’t know. That doesn’t mean I didn’t at least enjoy it, though. Fact or fiction, substance or fluff, accurate or not, it was still an entertaining watch.
And so I watched to the end, where the whole thing wrapped up with a maudlin death scene, after which I spritzed on some of my signature Mitsouko and went to bed.
Hello, my name is April. I reside in Texas with my husband and a handful of pets. I practically live on TCM, but I frequently visit the world of Mad Men, and I don't feel properly made up unless I'm wearing red lipstick and a classic perfume! BTW: I was wearing red lipstick before it became popular again.
This is my exploration of days gone by: of classic movies and classic style. Welcome, dear guests, to my world of makeup, perfume and film!