Friday, July 29, 2011

Off to Africa!


Well, I'm FINALLY going back to Sierra Leone again (it's been much too long)! I'll only be gone for two weeks (leaving tomorrow). I'm super-excited! I'd like to write more, but I have MUCH TOO MUCH left to do tonight (and I, of course, did wait until the last minute to do everything).



I'll be back in a couple weeks (with the 3rd Annual Hitchcock Birthday Bash! Get your guest posts ready! ;-D)

-Millie, WHO STILL NEEDS TO FIND HER BELOVED TRAVEL PILLOW!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quotables: Phoebe Dorin


"Michael had a 185 IQ and was a college graduate. He was one of the most brilliant people you'd ever meet in your life. Very incongruous, that little body and this vast, brilliant mind. He would read three books a day. He wanted to be a doctor, and people would carry on about wanting him to be an opera singer --people who had heard him sing in college and everywhere. Michael was like this little genius. This strange little genius, but this genius!"

-Phoebe Dorin on Michael Dunn

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Photo of the Day!


David Janssen is a brooding astronaut. Does anyone know why?

I'm serious.

I NEED TO KNOW WHAT THIS IS FROM.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Photo of the Day!


"1963: While on location in Bay City, Texas, Lee Remick and Steve McQueen visit the local five-and-dime store. When Steve got off the 'horse' he said, 'I never could trust a horse.'"

{Photo/text credit: Mattybing1025}

Monday, July 18, 2011

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

So, I've started rewatching Deanna Durbin's entire filmography.

It was awesome, because the films I don't have on DVD (all but FIVE...sheesh) were on YouTube.

BUT, NOW. I just went to watch One Hundred Men and a Girl and discovered that two weeks ago that the channel was forced -- because of copyright violation -- to delete it, along with Mad About Music, The Amazing Mrs. Holliday, Christmas Holiday, and Up In Central Park!

This is rather horrible. I have no access to any of those films!

If you know where I can find them online, please let me know!

Thanks.

-Millie

Sunday, July 17, 2011

THE Eyebrow-Raisers...TOGETHER.


I was just watching The Saint on RTV. It was an episode I had never seen before. There was a slightly minor character of a secretary (minor, because she doesn't quite make it through the entire episode. ;-D). It was all cool. AND THEN I REALIZED. It was Eunice Gayson.

Eunice Gayson is basically the queen of eyebrow-raising. And here she was, with the king of eyebrow-raising. I basically could not handle the awesomeness.

Most people probably remember Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench, the woman who prompted James Bond to utter his first "Bond, James Bond" on screen (in Dr. No). She also showed up in From Russia With Love and she SHOULD have come back again and again -- 'cause she's stinkin' cool!

^LOOK AT HER EYEBROW.

Anyway. This post serves no purpose (I really need to start get back to writing purposeful posts here). 

But, really. For the brief moments that Simon Templar and Eunice Gayson were raising their eyebrows together, it was like watching Fred + Ginger dance or Frankie + Annette fake surf against a screen -- PURE AWESOME.

Yeah, I don't even know what I'm saying anymore.

I was GOING to post the video of Eunice as Sylvia, but EVERY SINGLE VIDEO HAS EMBEDDING DISABLED. Even the Italian dubbed version (Connery dubbed in Italian is more than slightly hilarious) disabled embedding. SHEESH. Well, if you want to see the scene, follow this link.

-Millie

And apparently, she was in a color Saint episode which I somehow have never watched (HOW?!). I need to go watch it now.

Every Sunday (1936)


To start this series, we have Deanna's very first film: a ten and a half minute short, also starring Judy Garland.

For this movie, Deanna is credited with her real name -- Edna Mae Durbin.


Although it is not especially interesting, Every Sunday is rather legendary. It was the screen-test for Deanna and Judy -- and Judy won...or she didn't...or there was a tie. The explanations for why Judy stayed with MGM and Deanna did not VARY GREATLY (to say the least).

Anyway, the short itself is rather adorable and both girls are utterly awesome. The highlight is the "Opera vs. Jazz" performance. BRILLIANCE.

And although Judy was seriously cool, Deanna totally won this one for me. haha

You can watch the entire short on YouTube:


Next up: Three Smart Girls

-Millie

Sorry for the shortness of the post. It was a short movie. ;-D

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood



Perfect, utterly perfect.

I want to be a screaming fangirl at a '60s Animals' concert. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Twenty-Five Minutes of The Stanwyck Being Awesome and Wearing Pants and Taking Down ALL the Bad Guys!


My dear friend, Emm (also a co-blogger at  Stupendously Amazingly Cool World of Old TV), sent me a link to this episode of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater on Twitter this morning -- and I IMMEDIATELY had to go watch it!

IT WAS BRILLIANT. The Stanwyck is so perfect -- sometimes I can't even HANDLE IT!

In this episode, titled "Trail to Nowhere," she plays a female out for the killer of her husband. But, really, the plot is unimportant. What is important is that The Stanwyck single-handedly takes down every single bad guy. LITERALLY. She gets in fist-fights, gun-fights, mud-fights -- and she always wins.

Oh, and did I also mention that her co-star is DAVID JANSSEN + HIS "TWITCHY, LITTLE SMIRK." I CAN'T EVEN.

I was unprepared for this much coolness. I do believe it is the first time Dick Powell was involved in the creation of something awesome in his entire life. ;-D

^I need a bigger copy of this photo. It's The Stanwyck and Dr. Richard Kimble relaxing on the set together! :-O

Anyway, the episode was quite brilliant. And I can't imagine any other '50s actress realistically playing such a kick-awesome female. And of course, she was 51 when it was made. She looks like she was 30. I mean, they had 27 year-old David Janssen in love with her -- and it didn't seem odd at all. The Stanwyck doesn't ever fit into any genre or category, either as an actress or person. That's why she was such a stupendously amazingly cool genius.

Millie just loves The Stanwyck.


Watch "Trail to Nowhere":


-Millie

{Image credits: The David Janssen Archive}

Photo of the Day!


LOOK AT ALL THIS AWESOME COOLNESS! I love Cary + Grace!

{Gif was created by tracylord on Tumblr}

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lovely Lady of the Week: Patti McGee


My family is a bit of boarding family. My younger brothers long-board. My 19 year-old brother is a super-amazing skateboarder who has toured around the country many times since he was 15 (he has visited almost every single state doing demos with his team). My 22 year-old brother is also an excellent skater. He has his own board company, used to own a skate shop, and now works for Zumiez.

I do not board, as I have no balance at all. I'm always afraid that when I'm driving I'll get stopped by the Police and made to walk a straight line and they'll think I'm drunk -- EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT. It's quite the problem. ;-D

Anyway, this long introductory section was merely to say that I have been saturated in skating since I was quite young -- and that Patti McGee is seriously awesome.

Patti McGee was the first pro female skater, the first to win the national female championships, and the first female inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. She's just cool.



I would say that she was basically just Gidget as a skateboarder, but Patti was a brilliant surfer YEARS before she even started skating. aka SHE IS A NEW AND IMPROVED GIDGET. (I'm just gonna stop here before I talk about her scary skiing skills. Suffice to say, she is an accomplished athelete -- at everything. I mean, she is probably the world champion pogo-stick jumper. ;-D)










Check out Patti doing a few tricks on TV in 1965:


Also, Patti being waaay too cool in a commercial for The Southern New England Telephone Company:


And now, the top image again (because I love it so much) from its original source: Patti as the first female cover of Skateboarder Magazine.



This is just a little bit of the awesome, talented, genius, and utterly adorable Patti McGee. And at the age of nearly 66, she still loves to skateboard. I LOVE HER.

-Millie

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Quotables: Marcello Mastroianni


"The day when everyone is very, very elegant…I will start to go around dressed like a tramp."

-Marcello Mastroanni speaking to GQ in 1964

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Ocean in view! O! The Joy!"

I'm off camping today to my beautiful Pacific Coast!

Ugh. It's so perfect. My heart is just happy there. haha

 {James and I in 2009. THIS WAS THE ONLY PHOTO OF ME + LONG BEACH SAVED ON MY COMPUTER. -_-}

No, but seriously. It's basically the coolest place on the entire Earth.



I'll see you on Friday...

-Millie


{The top and bottom photos were not taken by me.}

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence!


Every Fourth of July, besides drinking lots of pink lemonade and buying WAAAAY too many fireworks (personally, I only go for the smoke bombs -- it's my brothers who buy all the scary explosives ;-D), it is absolutely necessary to watch Fred Astaire dancing with firecrackers (embedding was disabled. SHEESH).

What are your favorite Fourth of July traditions?

-Millie, who is NOT going to get any of her limbs blown off this year...

Quotables: Dr. Goldfoot and The Bikini Machine

Dr. Goldfoot, I love you. Vincent Price, I LOVE YOU.

{I'm also so gonna do an actual post on this movie's brilliance some day. ;-D}

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Photo of the Day!


Audrey Hepburn and William Wyler.

P.S. I absolutely adored my Lost Weekend blog header, but I also thought it would be fun to have a summery one. However, have no fear, The Magnificent Mr. Milland shall return! ;-D

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968): Allow me to introduce you to The Face of Pure Evil


The title of this movie a clear give-away to the horribly-made, low-budgeted awesomeness that it is.

AIP at their most classic. ;-D

I watched The Mini-Skirt Mob for Sherry Jackson, because she's one of my favorite TV actresses. And she was quite cool in this...even if she did get the pitiful character. The poor thing kept getting beaten up, gagged and tied, almost blown up with Molotov cocktails, forced to trek through the scorching desert on foot, AND basically run over with a motorcycle. The person responsible for this madness? The Face of Pure Evil.


{At this exact moment she is sitting on a motorcycle -- about to run over a poor, defenseless Sherry.}

Diane McBain is one of the great blondes of '60s television (and I do not hand out that title lightly), but herewith she will be known simply as The Face of Pure Evil. It's not that I didn't know that Diane had experience playing characters that lived off of their complete evilness (I have watched '60s TV), it's just that her playing a gleefully revengeful leader of a biker-gang is so bloody scary. I quite assuredly will have nightmares of her snake eating a mouse speech.

I was also rather amused because I had seen this Sherry vs. Diane battle play out before -- in an episode of Wild Wild West. In "The Night of the Vicious Valentine" there is also a good vs. evil showdown (three guesses who is good and who is evil). Of course, in WWW Sherry had James West and Artemus Gordon on her side (aka she easily defeats evil). In The Mini-Skirt Mob, she only had Ross Hagen (whoever that is) and he has the creepiest raspy voice ever, so I was pretty sure he was supposed to be a serial killer (until I finally realized he was supposed to be THE good guy).

Oh my! I certainly abused the parentheses in the preceding paragraph!



Anyway. I can't remember exactly what I wanted to say about this movie (I watched it like 5am this morning), but it was certainly interesting. It even had the Bad Seed all grown-up and being noble at the last minute. Of course, being noble at the last minute in AIP movies only means that your soul is saved -- you're still condemned to some sort of retributive (usually dramatic) death. So, if you want to survive an AIP movie, BE NOBLE ALWAYS (which usually just means, DON'T KILL PEOPLE).

That ending though. I was confused for a bit. According to the particular formula for this particular film (there is an art and science to Mind-Smushing Entertainment), I knew that Diane McBain was gonna have to die a gruesome, horrible death. And then Sherry RUSHED to save her from falling off a cliff. I mean, REALLY?!

Of course, then Sherry realized what she did and slowly released her fingers one-by-one and let Diane plumment to her death below!

Oh, um, SPOILER ALERT! ;-D



I mean, girl! I know that the formula told you that Diane needed to die. And I KNOW she knocked you unconscious a few times, and had you tied and gagged, and almost blew you up, and shot at you, and chased you around on her motorcycle, and almost killed your husband like 18 times. And, I know that this all took place on your honeymoon. But still, your face when you let her fall down the mountain -- that was harsh. ;-D

{Start at 6:50}


Well, in conclusion, this movie is crazy. And unless you're crazy -- don't watch it.

Just kidding you. You totally need to go watch it.

And, as luck would have it, it's available for free viewing on Hulu! haha

-Millie

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