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Humphrey Bogart and William Holden as the Larrabee Brothers

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Ever since I fell in love with Billy Wilder's 1954 romance Sabrina over a decade ago, I have found myself defending its most controversial element: Humphrey Bogart. With his craggy face and dour demeanor, the 54-year-old Bogart seems like the only misstep in a film that is otherwise pitch-perfect. But I think it is precisely because of his bizarre casting that the love story between Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina Fairchild and Bogie's Linus Larrabee blooms before us in such a sweet way. Let me explain. It has been said that Cary Grant was Wilder's first choice for the role of Linus, the responsible older brother of Sabrina's eternal crush, David (William Holden). While I will always mourn the loss of a Grant-Wilder collaboration, I have to wonder if he would've been right here. With his gorgeous, well, everything and knack for radiating warmth and geniality, it would've been difficult to buy Cary as an austere businessman who hasn't been interested in romanc

Day 3 of the Fifth Golden Boy Blogathon is here!

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  It's the final day of the Fifth Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration! I'll be your host for this grand finale, so participants, please comment below with your entry and I'll get it posted as soon as I can. Check out Day 1's entries on Emily's blog, The Flapper Dame , and Day 2's entries on Virginie's, The Wonderful World of Cinema . Critica Retro |  The Turning Point  (1952) The Flapper Dame |  The 7th Dawn  (1964) Love Letters to Old Hollywood |  Sabrina  (1954) Diary of a Movie Maniac |  The Blue Knight  (1973) The Wonderful World of Cinema |  William Holden and Billy Wilder's friendship Thank you to all of our participants! And happy birthday, Bill!

The Sixth Annual Doris Day Blogathon is here!

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  Who else is excited for this three-day Doris Day lovefest?! I still miss this woman every single day since her passing in 2019, but I have loved honoring her these past six years and I'm especially happy we can all celebrate her centennial this year! Unfortunately, I just haven't been able to find the time, creativity, or brain power to write my own post this year due to work (*cue sobbing*), but I'll try my best to read everyone else's posts in a timely manner. Participants, please leave me a comment below once you are ready to submit your entry and I'll post them as soon as I can. And if you're running a bit late, no worries -- I'll still accept it! Realweegiemidget Reviews |  Send Me No Flowers  (1964) The Stop Button |  Young Man with a Horn  (1950) Taking Up Room |  The Glass Bottom Boat  (1966) Filmland Follies |  It's a Great Feeling  (1949) Hamlette's Soliloquy  |  Calamity Jane  (1953) Box Office Poisons |  That Touch of Mink  (1962) Dubsi

Goodbye, Paddy

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  I'm in shock. Patricia, also known as Caftan Woman and Paddy Lee, has passed away. For the last seven years, Paddy became one of my favorite things about blogging. Sweet, kind, and incredibly supportive, the comments she would leave me gave me so much joy and encouragement. She loved movies right to her very core. There was never a film I could talk about that Paddy didn't know, and even if she didn't like one I wrote about, she could still find something positive to say about it and my writing. Although I never met Paddy in real life, the news of her death is devastating. Who she was as a person -- smart, caring, optimistic, ebullient, funny -- shone through her words so brilliantly, I felt as if she were an old friend. Every time I published a post, I wondered what delightful thing Paddy would comment. Whether she was sharing a lovely anecdote about her children (whom she clearly adored), mentioning that she saw a specific movie star perform in a stage production (whi

Announcing the Fifth Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration!

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  After a bit of a hiatus, Virginie from The Wonderful World of Cinema, Emily from The Flapper Dame, and I will be hosting the Fifth Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration! For three days in April, we will be celebrating one of Hollywood's most indelible (and, let's face it, gorgeous) talents. The rules are as follows: 1) You can write about anything relating to Mr. Holden, so long as it's respectful: his films, his relationships, his work in wildlife preservation... 2) However, we will only allow a maximum of two people per topic . 3) We also ask that you limit yourself to a maximum of two entries . 4) When you join, please give us the name of your blog, the URL, and your topic(s). You can comment here, on Virginie's blog , or on Emily's . 5) We will each host a day: Emily will do the 15th, Virginie will do the 16th, and I'll do the 17th. Please try to submit your entry to the right blog. 6) New material only, please! 7) And finally, grab one of the

Announcing the Sixth Annual Doris Day Blogathon!

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  Well, long time, no see! Life has made it hard to keep up with my blog, but I'm going to try my best to stick with my annual blogathons, including my Doris Day one. This year is particularly special because it's going to be Doris's centenary ! The rules are the same as they have been: you can write about anything relating to Doris -- her films, her music, her personal life, her work with animals, her role as a style icon, the list goes on! I also won't limit how many posts you want to do. Because there is so, so much you can write about, I'd prefer no duplicates . Sorry, all, it's first come, first serve. You can post on any of the three days of the blogathon, or you can post early. I only ask that you be sure to send me your link and I'll try to post it as soon as possible. Now grab a banner, spread the word, and I'll see you in April! List of Participants: The Stop Button | Young Man with a Horn (1950) Box Office Poisons | That Touch of Mink (196

The Highs and (Very Low) Lows of 1948's On an Island with You

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Out of all of Esther Williams's films, On an Island with You is the one that frustrates me the most. There are so many aspects to love -- Cyd Charisse and Ricardo Montalbán's sensational dancing, Esther being Esther, and the arresting color photography, to name a few -- but it all comes to a screeching halt with its very problematic love story and very irritating romantic lead.  The plot concerns the behind-the-scenes drama of a big Hollywood musical, which stars Rosalind "Ros" Reynolds (Esther), her fiancĂ© Rick (Ricardo), and another actress named Yvonne (Cyd). Working as a consultant on the production is Larry Kingslee (Peter Lawford), a Navy lieutenant who fell in love with Ros during WWII when she visited his base with her USO show. The only problem? She doesn't remember him at all because they only had one passing interaction. When one of the film's scenes requires Larry to fly a plane with Ros in it, he decides to make her realize that he is the right m