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Hollywood Movie Memories » Comedy


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Road To Rio

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The Bob Hope Collection (The Lemon Drop Kid / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / My Favorite Brunette / The Seven Little Foys)
Tagline – A Fiesta of Fun!

Starring – Bing Crosby (Scat Sweeney), Bob Hope (Hot Lips Barton), Dorothy Lamour (Lucia Maria de Andrade), Gale Sondergaard (Catherine Vail).

Released – December, 1947

Directed By – Norman McLeod

Produced By – Paramount Pictures, Bing Crosby Productions, Hope Enterprises

Distributed By – Paramount Pictures

Description – A fiesta of fun!

NOTABLE: Road to Rio received an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.

Road to Rio was the fifth in the seven film series of “Road” movies for Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and, at 100 minutes, the longest.

The Andrews Sister guest-appearance in the film was the only time that they appeared with Bing Crosby in a motion picture. It was also the last on-screen singing performance for the sisters.



Life With Father

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Life With Father – 1947 Color (Digitally Remastered Version)

Tagline – Here for all!! All the happiness of the play that ran longer, with the laughs that were louder, than any known before!

Starring – William Powell (Clarence Day, Sr.), Irene Dunne (Vinnie Day), Elizabeth Taylor (Mary Skinner), Edmund Gwenn (Rev. Dr. Lloyd), ZaSu Pitts (Cousin Cora Cartwright).

Released – September, 1947

Directed By – Michael Curtiz

Produced By  – Warner Brothers

Distributed By – Warner Brothers

NOTABLE:  Life with Father received four Oscar nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Powell), Best Cinematography, Color, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, and Best Music Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.

The film was based on the stage play that ran for 3,224 performances and held the record for the longest non-musical run on Broadway. The play still stands as the sixteenth longest running Broadway production in history.

Silent screen legend Mary Pickford, after a thirteen year absense, was to have made her big screen comeback in the role of Vinnie, but Irene Dunne was given the role due to her current box-office appeal.



Song of the Thin Man

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Song of the Thin Man

Tagline – WILLIAM POWELL and MYRNA LOY and me too. We’re all together again in a NEW MGM mystery comedy! [me too refers to their (Nick & Noras’) dog in the film]

Starring – William Powell (Nick Charles), Myrna Loy (Nora Charles), Keenan Wynn (Clarence ‘Clinker’ Krause), Dean Stockwell (Nick Charles, Jr.),

Released – September, 1947

Directed By – Edward Buzzell

Produced By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Distributed By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

NOTABLE: Song of the Thin Man was the sixth and final installment, of the very popular Thin Man series of films, and the thirteenth of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy.

This motion picture was only the second in the series not directed by W. S. Van Dyke, who had died in 1943. Also, the script was one of two not written by the husband and wife team of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, who had worked with crime author Dashiell Hammett on the creation and development of the Nick and Nora Charles characters.


The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer

Tagline – Rollicking Romantics!

Starring – Cary Grant (Richard Nugent), Myrna Loy (Judge Margaret Turner), Shirley Temple (Susan Turner), Rudy Vallee (Tommy Chamberlain).

Released – September, 1947

Directed By – Irving Reis

Produced By – RKO Radio Pictures, Vanguard Films

Distributed By – RKO Radio Pictures

NOTABLE: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

At the time of filming, character sisters Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple’s ages were 22 years apart.

“The Screen Guild Theater” broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 10, 1948 with Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple reprising their film roles.


Miracle on 34th Street

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Miracle on 34th Street

Tagline – Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic!

Starring – Maureen O’Hara (Doris Walker), John Payne (Fred Gailey), Edmund Gwenn (Kris Kringle), Gene Lockhart (Judge Henry X. Harper), Natalie Wood (Susan Walker), Porter Hall (Granville Sawyer).

Released – May, 1947

Directed By – George Seaton

Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

NOTABLE: Miracle on 34th Street won Oscar’s for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Edmund Gwenn), Best Writing, Original Story, and Best Writing, Screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Picture.

In 2005, Miracle on 34th Street was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Although a film about Christmas, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck wanted it to be released in May believing that more people went to the movies during the spring and summer.

Actress Natalie Wood was eight years old while playing the role of Susan Walker and was convinced that Edmund Gwenn was the real Santa Claus.

This motion picture was the film debut, for what would be a long and wonderful film career, for actress Thelma Ritter.

In 2006, the American Film Institute ranked this picture #9 on their list of The Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. In 2008, the institute ranked the film #5 on their list of The Ten Greatest Films in the Fantasy Genre.

Kris Kringle’s untranslated dialogue with the young Dutch girl was his asking her what she wanted for Christmas and her reply that she wanted nothing as she had been given everything by being adopted by her new mother.

Newspaper columnist Hedda Hopper reported that, when the film opened, Macy’s would close half a day so that their employee’s could all see the first showing.

With film censorship being such a problem, this film was only given a “B” rating by the Legion of Decency because they thought Maureen O’Hara’s part as a divorced mother was somewhat objectionable.