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Quintessential TCM

 The Essentials on TCM this Saturday, July 21, is a must-see.

To Have and Have Not is quintessentially classic.

There is nothing quite like watching Humphrey Bogart fall in love with his wife, Lauren Bacall. She is absolutely disarming, holding nothing back from seducing Bogart on-screen. They literally fall in love on-screen. This is legendary Hollywood at it’s best.

Betty Joan Perske had been a model and was invited to do a screen test for this film in 1944. Betty would soon become Lauren Bacall.

“I just saw your screen test,” Bogart said to Bacall. “I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together.”

And so it began.

 This film is more than just a movie.

This is Sexy Cool 101.

 Keep it on your DVR, add a little rum cocktail and you are set for a vintage sublime date night.

“Vieux”Martinque Cocktail
In a small glass
1/4 simple syrup
3/4 aged rum
small piece of lime squeezed

photos via Saveur.com, IMDB.com

 To my daughters (who have heard it all before), friends of my daughters and young women everywhere, at any mall, please take note:

Watch Bacall and learn the art of the saunter.  You can’t do that in flip-flops, ladies.

You can be crazy loud to get attention or you can be smoldering. Guess what wins every time?

Bacall was 19 years old when she filmed this. NINETEEN. Young women today know so much more at 19. How did we get so far from this?

Call me old-fashioned? Thank you. I’ll take it.


8:00 PM


A skipper-for-hire’s romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance.
Dir: Howard Hawks Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall
BW-100 mins, TV-G, CC

“…Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.”                 -Slim                

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TCM, Classic Continuity

Spring has truly sprung on Martha’s Vineyard. One of the things I love most about New England is the changing of four actual seasons. When I arrived 3 weeks ago, it was still cold and the leaves and flowers were still waiting for their cue, holed up in their tight buds. With a beautiful Memorial weekend, the island joined in on a resounding, “TA DAA”!

When I am here, there is always something to do to keep up this 135 year old house. It is a job I relish. This summer, I have plans to re-finish furniture, convert the shed into a Pilates studio and maybe, just maybe, build a small deck. It’s a hammer and nails and measuring tape, wood planks, right? I’m sure there is a YouTube for that.

When I retire for the evening, watching old familiar movies is comforting. Especially since my dear husband is in Texas right now.  There are some movies I can watch over and over again. Currently, however, I am all about ‘The Avengers”. I saw it again this weekend with my kids, my second time, my daughter’s third. We are hooked. (I want Tony Stark to be real and in my life.) There is something about the familiarity of knowing the lines and what’s coming next that I find reassuring. It is like all is right in the world for 120 minutes. To be honest, we watched Star Wars on Friday night for the, hmmm, 237th time? (It WAS the 35th anniversary!) And, I could still watch again. Continuity can be extremely comforting.

Today, it’s back to work around the Red Door cottage. It is garden day. There are flowers to prune and arrange. And, after a weekend with the kids here, I’m sure a trip to the market is in order, as well. Before I head out, here are my TCM picks for this week. There won’t be as many in the coming weeks since it’s summertime and I hope you are out enjoying it. But, it is nice to have a couple of sure things waiting on the DVR after a long day outside, at the beach or wherever you summer days take you. Enjoy!



Thursday May 31

10:00 PM

BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)   The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s. Dir: Arthur Penn Cast:  Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard. … Read the rest


TCM Tuesday 5/22

It is a cool, dark, rainy day in New England, perfect for old movies. This is why I always check the TCM schedule and set my DVR for upcoming classic films. On evenings like tonight, I don’t have to lament that, even with 500 channels, there is nothing on TV!  My DVR is usually at capacity with masterpiece movies. To me, it is like having a well-stocked pantry, in case of a storm. Here are my pics for this week’s classic films.


Tuesday May 22

2:00 AM   GILDA (1946) A gambler discovers an old flame in South America, but she’s married to his new boss.  Dir:  Charles Vidor  Cast: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready. BW-110 mins, TV-PG, CC

Ladies, take note: THIS is a siren performance. Hayworth performing “Put the Blame on Mame” shows how sexy can be sexier without getting graphic. This is the movie that the prisoners cheer in “The Shawshank Redemption” as Hayworth does her famous hair flip. The sexual tension between Ford and Hayworth doesn’t just simmer, it boils over. This is classic, sexy 40’s noir and Hayworth is the definition of “femme fatale.” Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered why the government’s nuclear testing bomb was named “Gilda”…well, you’ll see.


Wednesday May 23

6:30 AM   SAN FRANCISCO (1936) A beautiful singer and a battling priest try to reform a Barbary Coast saloon owner in the days before the big earthquake.  Dir: W. S. Van Dyke Cast: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy. BW-115 min TV-G, CC

This would be the Memorial Weekend blockbuster of its time. Star actors, lavish drama, great storyline, amazing special effects for 1936; definitely the blueprint for all of those 70’s disaster films. See if you can spot MacDonald’s opera gown that would later become Glinda’s costume in ‘The Wizard of Oz.” MacDonald and Gable are amazing in their roles, as they did not care for each other off-screen and never spoke to each other off camera.


8:30 AM   ALL THIS, AND HEAVEN TOO (1940) A French nobleman falls in love with his children’s governess. Dir: Anatole Litvak  Cast: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn. BW-143 mins, TV-PG, CC

Not the conniving, chain-smoking Davis, but a sweet, warm and innocent Davis. Barbara O’Neil earned an Oscar nomination for the crazy jealous wife in this tragic story based on a true 1840 French scandal. Most of the budget
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TCM Tuesday & Babs is 70


Tuesday, it is all about Barbra Streisand in honor of her 70th birthday. 70! She is still like “buttah”. Six of her films kick-off my Turner Classic Tuesday’s week of classics. Happy Birthday, Barbra!


CST schedule

Tuesday April 24/Wednesday April 25

7:00 PM

A fiery liberal fights to make her marriage to a successful writer work.
Dir: Sydney Pollack Cast: Barbra Streisand , Robert Redford , Bradford Dillman .
C-118 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

Hubble. The opening credits are probably my favorite of all time, even with that 70’s disco font.  And that last scene, her gloved hand, combing through his hair.  You just want a different ending every freaking time! One of my favorite movies ever.

9:15 PM

Comedienne Fanny Brice fights to prove that she can be the greatest star and find romance even though she isn’t pretty.
Dir: William Wyler Cast: Barbra Streisand , Omar Sharif , Kay Medford .
C-157 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Streisand’s film debut. She won an Academy Award  for her performance, but had to share it with Katherine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter); the only tie in Oscar history.

12:00 AM

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister’s psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.
Dir: Barbra Streisand Cast: Nick Nolte , Barbra Streisand , Blythe Danner .
C-132 mins, TV-MA, CC

Streisand’s real life son, Jason Gould, plays her son in the film. Don Johnson was the original actor slated to play the lead; of course, he was dating Streisand during pre-production. Their relationship had ended by the time she made the film.

2:30 AM

When a bookworm gets a prostitute evicted, she moves into his apartment.
Dir: Herbert Ross Cast: Barbra Streisand , George Segal , Robert Klein .
C-97 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

Streisand wanted Sydney Poitier (who wouldn’t!) to play the male lead, but the studios balked, claiming audiences were not ready for an interracial couple in a major comedy. That would’ve been amazing!

4:15 AM

Musical biography of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous marriage to showman Billy Rose.
Dir: Herbert Ross Cast: Barbra Streisand , James Caan , Omar Sharif .
C-138 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Filmed under duress, maybe? Producer Read the rest

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Turner Classic Tuesday

Today is Turner Classic Tuesday. Set your DVR’s and treat yourself to the greatest classic movies ever made.

And, no, Robert Osborne is not my boss, nor do I have any affiliation with Turner Classic Movies.  Just an affinity for the classics.

Here are some of Lola’s picks for this week. You can view the entire schedule at TCM.com.  




17 Tuesday

2:45PM LADY L (1965) A beautiful laundress rises through European society. Dir: Peter Ustinov Cast: Sophia Loren , Paul Newman , David Niven . C-109 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Sophia Loren and Paul Newman…need I say more.

18 Wednesday

10:00 AM PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, THE (1942) Baseball legend Lou Gehrig faces a crippling disease at the height of his success. Dir: Sam Wood Cast: Gary Cooper , Teresa Wright , Babe Ruth BW-128 mins, TV-PG, CC,

Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Sports” in June 2008.                                                                                                                      

19 Thursday

3:15 PM WASP WOMAN, THE (1959) A cosmetics executive’s search for eternal beauty turn her into a monster. Dir: Roger Corman Cast: Susan Cabot , Fred Eisley , Barboura Morris . BW-61 mins, TV-PG

The Tagline: Horror Of The Winged Menace ! I love 50’s horror.

4:30 PM ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE (1969) A man’s tattoos tell frightening tales of the future. Dir: Jack Smight Cast: Rod Steiger , Claire Bloom , Robert Drivas . C-103 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

Written by Ray Bradbury who agreed to the movie if Rod Steiger was cast. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this film has the record for longest time applying make-up each day, at 20 hours. 

20 Friday

3:00 PM DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, THE (1959) A young girl comes of age while hiding from the Nazis. Dir: George Stevens Cast: Millie Perkins , Joseph Schildkraut , Shelley Winters . BW-180 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

Audrey Hepburn turned down the role because she felt it too painful because of her own war experiences. Also, at 30, she felt she was too old to play a teenager convincingly and do the film the justice it deserved.  Spoiler alert: well, yeah…you know.

21 Saturday

6:00 AM PETRIFIED FOREST, THE (1936) An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage. Dir: Archie L. Mayo Cast: Leslie Howard , Bette Davis , Genevieve Tobin … Read the rest