By the way I wanted to recognize Alfred Hitchcock because he was born this day back in 1899! In the month of October I will be focusing completely on his films. As you might know already he is probably my favorite director and he has some great films so I am going to highlight some of those. Hope you enjoy!
Today marks the birthday of the iconic Barbara Stanwyck. She often played strong women in her films but she had the ability to play comedic as well as dramatic roles very effectively in such diverse films as The Lady Eve (1941) and Double Indemnity (1944). Later in her career she would go on to star in her own TV show The Big Valley (1965-69).
A few of her films I may try and see in the future include: Baby Face (1933), Stella Dallas (1937), Golden Boy (1939), Remember the Night (1940), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), The Furies (1950), and Executive Suite (1954).
Wow what a day! Born on this date are three very different greats in Ms. Marilyn Monroe, Morgan Freeman, and last but not least Andy Griffith. That is quite an impressive trio if I do say so myself. That is all.
|Monroe in Some Like it Hot|
|Everyone’s favorite Mayberry|
|Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption|
Happy Birthday to the great Bob Hope, one of the most iconic entertainers that the world has ever known. He was known in radio, as a host at the Oscars, in USO tours, on television, in movies, and even as a golfer. He starred in the popular Road Series with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour and he had numerous memorable guest appearances. Two of my favorite roles have to be his performances in The Road to Morocco (1942) and Son of Paleface (1952). Thanks for the memories Bob!
Marion Morrison, better known as John
Today would have been the birthday of the great American director Frank Capra who was known for his inspirational stories. Some of his most famous films include It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and of course It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Two of his lesser known films that are also enjoyable include Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Meet John Doe (1941). His films may always seem optimistic but I think that is why I appreciate his work so much. Ultimately, Capra films lift your spirits and that is a wonderful thing!
Today I want to give a nod to Katharine Hepburn who was one of the great leading ladies of Hollywood. She was born on this day back in 1907 and her career spanned from the 1930s into the 80s. She had many memorable roles in films such as Bringing up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, and On Golden Pond. Over the years Hepburn also had many great collaborations with another legend, Spencer Tracy. Her recognizable voice and her roles as strong characters make her a mainstay of film. Out of her work, two of my favorites would probably be the African Queen (1951) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).