Thursday, July 1, 2010

Movie Stars Dressed by Jean Louis

GR&DF thank you so much for the kind comments on the sampler finish in yesterdays post. It was a really fun piece to stitch up. Last night I stitched a very little bit on the Squirrel sampler - so no snaperoo of that.

Yesterday evening the flickers on TCM where really great - two of them I had seen before and the third was totally new to me. The them for the evening were films that Jean Louis did all the costuming or a t least got the credit for costuming - winning the 1957 Oscar for costuming "The Solid Gold Cadillac."

First shown was a really cute film - "The Solid Gold Cadillac" - 1956 - starring Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas and Fred Clark. A typically Judy film - where she plays a small stockholder of 10 shares in a super large corporation. She takes a great interest at the stockholders meetings causing many problems. A totally fun and entertaining movie - as are all her movies - showing the little guy doing the right thing in the face of the powerful "trying to get away with something." Highly recommend seeing this one or any Judy Holliday film - here are three that she is most well know for - "Born Yesterday," "Bells are Ringing" or "It Should Happen to You."

The second film was a real favorite of mine - "Bell Book Candle" - 1958 - starring Kim Novak, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon and Hermione Gingold. This film brought back together Kim Novak and James Stewart right after completing "Vertigo". This is a great piece of work where Kim plays a modern day witch who falls for her neighbor and despises his fiance. A lightweight comedy with glorious cinematography, a super color palate and an exceptional cast - one of my all time favorite Kim Novak roles!!

Kim Novak with Pyewacket her familiar in "Bell Book and Candle"

The third film of the evening was "Tonight and every Night" - 1945 - starring Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman and Janet Blair. The story revolves around a theatre in London the never once closed or missed a performance during WWII - even while heavy bombing was going on during the Blitz. There is also a love story the moves along nicely between some great musical numbers. This was a film that I had never seen and was happy to finally get the chance. Here is the trailer that shows what a fun film this is...

All three films are worth a look.

There you go sports fans. I will be away from the Blog until next Tuesday - but may stop in over the weekend - you just can never tell!! Have a wonderful 4th of July.

Take care,


Jules said...

James Stewart is one of my faves! Bell, Book and Candle is not one that I have seen all the way through, YET! I watched the last bit of it last night. Maybe next time I go to my mom's I will have to pop it in the DVD.

I agree though, those are some really good movies!

Annette said...

I was watching Bell, Book and Candle last night with you :) That's one of the few movies I will *always* turn on when I see it on the schedule! Even though I also have it on DVD LOL

Sharon said...

I was watching TCM at the same time as you, all those movies are fantastic. I am a TCM junkie and so is my son, who is in the theatre industry, he is on tour right now, he is a wig and makeup designer. Whenever anything good is on especially with great clothes from great designers we are right there glued to the tv.

valerie said...

Edgar, have a wonderful holiday weekend! :)

DonnaTN said...

I love Judy Holliday movies. They are always fun. She was great in Adams Rib with Tracy & Hepburn. Kim Novak is always so cool and elegant. Have a wonderful long 4th of July weekend!

Vicky said...

Here in Australia we get TCM on pay tv and last weekend I watched:
Father of The Bride &
Fathers Little Dividend
Great movies!!

Melissa said...

Bell Book and Candle is one of my all time favorites!