#ReelInfatuation Blogathon: Part II-White Christmas (1954) Overview…with Lots of Pics

This is Part II of my contribution to the  #ReelInfatuation Blogathon, which I’m co-hosting with Ruth of Silver Screenings. You can find Part I here.

The focus of this whole thing is, of course, Dean Jagger as General Waverly. I took care of that in Part I. Part II is just an overview of the film itself, which is so well-known as to be part of our cultural fabric. Part III will cover the amazing fashions featured in the film.

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are two entertainers serving in the Army in WWII. They’re not very good soldiers, but they are worth their weight in songs. Continue reading

#ReelInfatuation Blogathon: I’ll Follow the Old Man-Meditations on Dean Jagger as General Waverly in White Christmas

Disclaimer: This essay is about the character Major General Thomas F. Waverly as played by actor Dean Jagger. For an overview of the full plot of White Christmas, please read the follow-up post.

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I just fell through the looking-glass and somersaulted my way into the cinematic world of Pine Tree, Vermont. It is December 1954, and you can call me Mae in Wonderland.

There’s fresh snow on the ground, it’s very Vermonty, and I’m better dressed than I was two hours ago.

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CAPA Summer Movie Series: 25 Classics on the Big Screen

The CAPA Summer Movie Series is one of the (many, many) reasons I am thrilled to be living in my hometown again. It’s the oldest still-running classic film series in the US.

Of this year’s line-up, I’m particularly excited to see the gorgeously photographed silent classic “Sunrise” (1927) blossom on a big screen. Bonus: Clark Wilson will be on hand at the Ohio Theatre to play the Mighty Morton organ.

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Janet Gaynor, May 1931

Janet Gaynor, May 1931

I’ll definitely dedicate another post or two to the series. Until then…

Dorothy Lamour Blogathon: Day 1

We’re in the midst of a great blogathon!

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Dorothy is dressed & ready for her Big Party. Image: Fine Art AmericaDorothy Lamour is ready for her Big Party. Image: Fine Art America

Hooray! We’re off to a great start with our “Dot” Blogathon! Today’s posts show Dorothy’s versatility as an actress, a singer, and a trend-setting fashion icon.

Bloggers: If you post later tonight, we will include your post in tomorrow evening’s recap.

Enjoy today’s contributions!

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Love Letters to Old Hollywood explains why Don Ameche wants Dorothy to be Slightly French (1949).

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Mike’s Take on Movies asks if Dan Duryea is railroading Dorothy in Manhandled (1949).

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Christina Wehner looks at Dorothy’s incredible talent as a (torch) singer.

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LA Explorer laments Dorothy’s lack of screen time in They Got Me Covered (1943).

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The Motion Pictures celebrates Dorothy’s parody of the femme fatale in My Favorite Brunette (1947).

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Old Hollywood Films explores Dorothy’s role as a sarong-wearing fashion icon.

Check back tomorrow for more Dorothy love! For the full list of participants, click on the…

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[The Great Villain Blogathon] Blanche Fury: Illicit Love is a Killing Thing

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Where Everything is Beautiful and Everyone Dies:

Granger and Hobson

Granger and Hobson

 The titular Blanche Fury and her lover Philip Thorn are outstandingly beautiful people. Their clothes are elegant and perfectly cut. The vast estate on which they live is richly appointed. It is full of expensive furniture and many servants. They are passionate, and very much in love with each other.

Unfortunately for them…

their lives are playing out in a Gothic genre film set in the Victorian era.

Too bad, beautiful people.

It was nice knowing you.
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Announcing the Great Villain Blogathon 2015!

We’ll be covering the murderous duo of Valerie Hobson and Stewart Granger in ‘Blanche Fury.’

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The first Great Villain Blogathon in 2014 was such a fun and huge event that, in the tradition of the greatest movie villains, we threatened promised to return and wreak havoc again with another event celebrating cinema’s biggest cretins.

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We cordially invite you to participate in the Great Villain Blogathon 2015. Pick a movie villain to write about and join us in this dissection of the dastardly and depraved, this survey of the stinking and spiteful, this audit of hateful and heinous characters.

Your hosts are Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin and Kristina of Speakeasy, and The Great Villain Blogathon happens APRIL 13 – 17, 2015.

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You may write on any Big Bad from any era, country and genre, whether they were dictators, outlaws, criminals, politicians, mistresses, monsters, slashers, gangsters, mama’s boys, hammy and backstabbing actresses, artificial intelligence, aliens, wicked stepmothers, or any…

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