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The Unlikely Romance of Sugarpuss O'Shea and Bertram Potts

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The idea of "opposites attract" is nothing new for a romantic comedy. Two completely different people meet. They somehow keep running into one another. Eventually, after spending some time together, they realize they aren't so dissimilar. Slowly they begin to mirror each other -- a shared phrase here, a slight gesture there -- until their feelings can no longer be denied. It's a story we've seen time and time again, one which we will likely still be seeing for years to come. It takes a really special romantic comedy to take such a stale concept and turn it into something with genuine heart and laughter (and maybe a few tears).

Ball of Fire is such a romantic comedy.

 Nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea (Barbara Stanwyck) and Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) do not belong together at first glance. They would point that out to you themselves. Upon meeting, there are no butterflies in the stomach, no lilting string music in the air, no fluttering heartbeats. …

Announcing the Fourth Annual Van Johnson Blogathon!

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It's time to announce the return of one of my favorite events: my Van Johnson blogathon! MGM's Golden Boy, America's Sweetheart, and the bobbysoxers' dream man, Van is one of classic Hollywood's most underrated talents, which makes me all too glad to host this annual three-day tribute to him.
The rules are simple: talk about Van. You can discuss his films, his TV appearances, his stage work, or his personal life -- just remember to be kind! I also ask that there are no duplicates. I would love for this to be a diverse celebration of Van because he more than deserves it.
To join, please leave me a comment, select a banner below, and I'll see you in August!
List of Participants: Love Letters to Old Hollywood | Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | State of the Union (1949)
Caftan Woman | 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
Champagne for Lunch | Easy to Wed (1946) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Realweegiemidget Reviews | Van&…

Announcing the Esther Williams Blogathon!

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First of all, if you subscribe to my blog (thank you!) or check in regularly, you might have noticed that this post was accidentally published yesterday before I had finished it and I didn't realize it until a full day had gone by. *face palm* Obviously my brain is still a bit scattered, even though -- drum roll, please -- I'm finally finished with my master's! I can't tell you how relieved and relaxed I've felt the past few weeks. It just further confirms for me that grad school is not something I'll be doing again, although I am really proud of one result from it: my thesis on Esther Williams.
As many of you are aware, Esther is very dear to me, and writing about her in such an extensive way was a dream, albeit a very stressful, anxiety-ridden dream. Despite that, it made me appreciate Esther even more and so I've decided to do something a few people have encouraged me to do in the past: host a blogathon dedicated to Hollywood's favorite mermaid!
Bec…

Sunshine Blogger Award 2020

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Once again, I have been graciously nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, this time by one of my favorite bloggers, Brittaney! If you haven't visited her lovely site The Story Enthusiast before, do yourself a favor and check it out!
The rules of the award are as follows: - Answer the 11 questions posed by the blog that nominated you. - Nominate 11 other blogs. - Ask 11 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
As I've said before, I truly have no luck when it comes to nominating other blogs, but I'm happy to answer Brittaney's questions! I also still came up with 11 of my own questions, which I've answered in lieu of my nominees answering.

What British or international film would you recommend to a friend who has never seen one?
It depends on the friend, but I'd say The Red Shoes or The Third Man. Oh, or Amélie if I don't think they'd be receptive to a classic film.
Which classic film director do you prefer and what is your favorite of their films?
H…

Six Favorites from the '60s

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Happy National Classic Movie Day! To celebrate the classic film community's favorite day, I'm taking part in the Six from the '60s Blogathon, hosted by the Classic Film and TV Cafe. You can check out what choices other bloggers made here.

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The Apartment (1960)
How can a film be so full of heartache and yet also be so life-affirming? Billy Wilder's dramedy is a mesmerizing blend of sadness, hilarity, and romance. It looks gorgeous. The script by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond is beyond fantastic. Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray are all incredible, and that final scene always makes my heart melt. It's just a perfect film.

You can read my full review here.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
Oddly enough, although I definitely saw this film as a kid, I didn't fall in love with it until I revisited it about five years ago and thought, "Oh my god. Was this film always this cool?" The animation takes my breath away, with …

A Compilation of Doris Day Favorites

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As per usual, my plans for a post have been derailed by grad school. God, I cannot wait to be done with school in May. In the meantime, I'm slowly losing my mind and I have practically no free time, which is why I had to change my topic for my Doris Day blogathon. I knew I couldn't commit to doing any kind of review or really anything that required a lot of brain power, so I'm taking the easy way out: I've put together a random collection of my Doris Day favorites. It's not a remarkable piece by any stretch of the imagination, but I am just so exhausted from life right now and I couldn't let Doris's birthday go by without honoring her in some small way.
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Five Favorite Songs

"Pillow Talk"
As soon as I heard this title tune play over the opening credits of Doris's 1959 classic, I knew I would love the film. It is so catchy and bouncy and fun. Every time I hear it, I find myself singing along and doing a little dance…