I cannot believe that close to a month has passed since I last posted to my site. That is highly uncharacteristic for me. Summer seemed to fly by this year, and was filled with numerous bouts of out-of-town company, in addition to several unexpected events. If you are like me, then the pets that you have become part of the family. You don’t view them solely as animals, but rather as an extensive of your household. My house is never quiet as I have two Airedale Terriers and one Cavachon (though she thinks that she is a big dog). Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, my eldest Airedale, Maggie, became very ill. It was told to us that the vet suspected her kidneys had begun to shut down and that there was little more they could do for us at our local vet. That was an incredibly painful day for us as we tried to mentally prepare ourselves for the loss of our ten-year old dog. Towards the end of the day, our vet decided to try one last thing which required referring Maggie to a Vet Hospital that had around-the-clock care. They took fabulous care of her, as she spent several days in their ICU. With each passing day at the facility, she regained small signs of her old spunky attitude. For the first time that we discovered she was ill, we saw a small light at the end of the tunnel. After countless tests and hours of worry, the emergency vet believed that they had an answer to what had caused the ominous kidney values.
When people hear that I love classic movies, they ask me what my favorite film of all time is. For anyone who is a classic cinema lover, you know that it is not a simple question. A person’s mind begins to reel as they recount which movies have left a lasting impression on them. One then must mull over which genre they must pick from in addition to a specific era. Movies that existed from a pre-code era are drastically different that films created in the 1940s. Even when I have it limited to a specific genre, I always end up having a top three or five. It is impossible for me to pick one quintessential BEST film. One pattern I have come across is that lesser known films can be the greatest gems. Everyone has heard of the film Some Like it Hot, but few have heard of We’re No Angels (1955) and It All Came True (two incredibly well-done comedies). Therefore, I am going to talk about some of my personal favorite classic comedies of all time.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my personal top ten actresses of all time. Now, I think it is only right to dedicate this post to the actors. Many of these men, could captivate the audience with a slight smile, twinkle in their eye, or at the mere sound of their deep voices. The actors that I am going to be introducing to you are from a variety of genres, but are all part of the so-called “studio era.” Much of the information will be coming from my own knowledge base, and the rest will be supplemented by a terrific book “The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era.” There are two other books with a similar title: one focusing on women and the other about on-screen couples. Here is to the men of the big screen!
An article by Photoplay magazine in 1938, altered the course of life for many of the Hollywood elite. During the ’30s, it was considered a scandal to be living with your partner while remaining unmarried. Many of the actors from this time period, however, paid no mind to this traditional value. When this article was published, many of the noted stars obtained a quick marriage. This included Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck and several otherwise. Due to the morals clause that was instituted in many of their contracts, if the situation was not ‘rendered,’ their contract could be voided, therefore resulting in being dropped from their home studio. The public wanted their idols to be above reproach and in possession of a high moral code. This living arrangement demonstrated to the population that they did not have these qualities.
With each passing year, the creation of new and vivid slang terms evolves. Now, there are even entire dictionaries that can be purchased on this subject. However, the prolific use of slang words is not something new. In the December 1931 issue of “Screen Play” there is an intriguing article written by Rosalind Shepard that explores this very topic, entitled “Slanguage of the Stars.” Personally, I find the prospect of hearing some of the most glamorous figures of their time using this form of language rather entertaining.