” here’s lookin’ at you kid “
courtesy: best of the past. blogspot.com
i just discovered something.
i can’t seem to make these pictures any bigger like i used to.
and after the last few horrible weeks . . .
wordpress and i have a love/hate relationship.
i’m afraid to mess with anything now. i just feel lucky i can get them
on here at all ! ! ! LOL.
i also discovered something!
if you just click on the picture it enlarges it.
then of course you’ll have to click on your back arrow to get back to
but on some of these ~ it’s worth it.
they are such glorious pictures!
i have a dearest friend. she is the ‘child of the dust bowl’
from one of my past posts . . . ‘the good ones . . . celia’
a fascinating amazing life back then. worth reading the post if you haven’t.
but . . . the reason i mention her in this post . . .
is . . . she literally hates black and white movies! won’t watch them.
with the exception of one . . .
which she says is totally corny but she loves it anyway . . .
” westward the women “
LOL. we laugh about her not liking black and white films.
and i just cannot imagine NOT liking them!!!
she is modern and up to date in every way.
her interests and her life belie her age. and i marvel at her.
but on this one thing ~ we totally disagree!!!
pics courtesy: cinema fanatic
it might have been corny but it had a very gorgeous major star
mr robert taylor.
i’m thinkin’ i’d probably go west with him too. LOL.
feast your eyes on some of these wonderful stories.
all told in glamorous
black and white . . .
the days of elegance on the screen.
in ‘a roman holiday’ with gregory peck.
another favorite man of mine.
I cannot imagine his powerful performance in ‘to kill a mockingbird’ in color.
the drama and power and beautiful thoughts and his final speech.
courtesy: best-of the past
yes. bette davis. a tiny tour de force.
i think she only stood 5 feet 1 inch. but you’d never know it!
talk about spunk! in real life too!
not necessarily a favorite actress of mine.
but something strange. once you start watching a film she’s in . . .
you just become mesmerized. at least i do!
she grabs you and won’t let go.
the ones i like best are ‘now voyager’ and ‘dark victory.’
her early work was her best.
and . . . . then . . .
here’s the man.
hahahaha. just seeing if you’re paying attention.
no. he’s not in total black and white here.
but dear heaven. what a gorgeous man!
when asked one time by an interviewer what it was like
to be ‘cary grant’ . . . .
he replied . . .
” i don’t know. i’d like to be cary grant. “
how delightful a wit is that?
in his 80’s. still a gentleman. still beautiful.
okay. back to black and white.
are you bored yet? i’m not!
fred and ginger in ‘top hat’
elegance in motion.
gorgeous in any man’s language.
sorry. i don’t know why i can’t make any of them bigger.
i’m just glad they’re here at all!
this technical stuff is so tiresome.
and as i post this next picture . . .
i can literally hear the enchanting theme in my head . . .
the set of her apartment was a visual feast!
as was the entire mystery movie.
oh lordy. it’s one of my bestest mostest all time favorites.
for the song alone and the whole musical score
played throughout this movie . . . if for nothing else!
only it’s a fantastic movie.
starring the beautiful gene tierney. oops. i already said that.
and another solidly great actor . . . dana andrews.
i think he was under appreciated in his time.
he was also in another great black and white film . . .
‘the best years of our lives.’
also another favorite black and white she’s in . . .
‘the ghost and mrs muir” with rex harrison as the sea captain ghost!
~ ~ ~
and . . . here they are.
the most glamorous loving married couple ever!
mryna loy and william powell
mr and mrs ‘the thin man’
rather . . .
nick and nora charles.
the most urbane and witty and delightful sleuths in the business!
i forgot asta.
the little person in the middle! stole EVERY show!
who can forget ‘rebecca’ ?
a dark and lovely performance
made all the more poignant in black and white.
sir laurence and fontaine.
and then . . . off to the philadelphia main line . . .
where lots of money and rich heiresses live.
and make you laugh . . .
hepburn and grant
this one of course is the ‘philadelphia story’
it had another favorite man of mine in it . . .
of course hepburn and grant
teamed together also in ‘bringing up baby’
” baby ” was a real live leopard!
i’m sure you remember all these old bean!
and if you’re a young peanut reader and you haven’t seen any of
these beautiful old classic movies . . .
well! i hope you get you a big bowl of popcorn and find you some!
you won’t regret it. you’ll be hooked!
and . . .
if by chance you’ve been wise enough in your young years to discover them
and value them
then KUDOS to you! for having such GOOD TASTE ! ! !
then . . . there is ‘ sabrina ‘
a delightful romantic comedy with a tiny touch of drama.
little miss audrey. who can do no wrong.
the first and original ‘sabrina.’
the remake of this was okay ~ in color ~ with harrison ford.
but nothing can top the very first one
for sheer style and beauty and humor and elegance.
bogart. holden. hepburn.
it’s time for me to dance away.
there is not time nor space to list all the ones i love.
and i’m sure i missed most of your own favorites . . .
the list goes on and on and wonderfully on!
but before i go. i have just one thing to say.
and i know this will age me but i frankly don’t care.
i love our color movies now. i just like movies period.
and some of the most beautiful are in stunning color.
but the black and white era
could teach the NOW hollywood a thing or two . . .
for instance . . .
WIT and intelligent dialogue will never ever be out of style
SEXY doesn’t necessarily mean bare breasts and bare bottoms
LOVE can be portrayed without seeing naked bodies grunting and writhing about
DRAMA can be achieved without blowing things up and splattering blood everywhere
QUALITY is never about devaluing the human spirit . . . whatever its circumstance
BEAUTY is a simple elegant thing that only requires a good story told well.
and lastly . . . that
VIOLENCE. EXTREME VIOLENCE is still being fed to young minds of countless generations.
and we are gradually . . . or maybe not so gradually now . . .
reaping the impacts those images have created in countless numbers of these minds . . .
when fed that violence as a steady diet for years and years on end.
the golden age of hollywood is missed by some of us.
they knew how to tell a good story. and they did.
and thank god we have film preservation people to keep them.
they might not have been able to pull off an IRON MAN 3 that i just saw.
~ and oddly enough actually rather enjoyed by the way! ~
only if because terrible evil was vanquished in the end. (how refreshing!)
the visual effects were really the star of the movie.
you just keep thinking . . . HOW is that done!
by computers of course.
still. not normally my kind of movie. at all. it was true action fantasy.
but then it’s based on a marvel comics ‘super hero.’
and yes. three hours of blowing stuff up. whew!
i walked out weak in the knees. i think i helped vanquish the foe
right along with iron man. LOL.
but i digress.
when you find yourself in need of entertainment . . .
of quality. and hope. and humor that is not smutty.
and beauty that is truly beauty
and dialogue that actually makes you THINK . . .
then get thyself
an old classic black and white film!
there is mystery there.
and your life will take on some of the
lovely shades of grey perhaps.
because as we all know . . .
not everything can be
black and white.
courtesy of: favime
til soon old bean!