CMBA Spring Blogathon…

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Well, well, well…..it feels good to be back!

If you all recall, back in early 2020 I took a brief hiatus from writing here on AGAM to focus on other writing gigs I had at the time. But, due to my love of classic films (plus my bone to pick with Comcast for putting TCM with sports for some reason,) I’ve decided to brush off my boots and continue sharing my love and knowledge of classic films with you all!

What better way to kick start my return to writing than with another wonderful CMBA blogathon.

Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the immediate shutdown of the large swaths of the country, many people are stuck inside their homes for extended periods of time.

A lot people will use TV and movies as a way to escape their woes, sort of like comfort food.

source: Woman’s Day

In fact, at least in my head, there are certain classic films that you can equate to comfort food as well.

So, for this blogathon I’ll be counting down my top five favorite ‘Classics for Comfort,’ in no particular order.


Number 5: High Society 1956

source: MGM

Ahhh, yes. What better way to comfort your soul then with a quintessential MGM movie musical.

High Society has always been one of my favorite films. It holds a special place in my heart because it was the last movie Grace Kelly filmed before she left Hollywood and moved to Monaco to take on a new role of mother and princess.

I also really enjoyed the smooth jazz sounds of Louis Armstrong and his band that permeated throughout the film. Another great thing about this movie are the performances from the leads: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and last but never least Frank Sinatra.

The chemistry between the three was splendid and provided an abundance of laughs as the movie progressed.

I never get tired of this film, and it is absolutely the perfect way to spend an afternoon.


Number 4: Sunday In New York 1963

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Sunday in New York is a cute movie. It stars a fairly young Jane Fonda and a very handsome Rod Taylor in what is essentially the battle of the sexes.

Fonda plays a young professional who broke up with her boyfriend after he pressured her to go all the way before she was ready. To keep it short, she runs into Rod Taylor’s character on a bus and by the end of the movie’s many, many, many twists and turns they end up falling in love.

One, we need to look at this withtin the context of the 1960s.

This era, wasn’t the best for women to say the least so it’s very possible that making light of a topic such a pressuring a woman to have relations before she’s ready wouldn’t sit well with a lot of people.

Quite frankly, even I did some soul searching before putting this film on the list because I wasn’t quite sure if it was appropriate. But, I came to the conclusion you have to view it through the lenses of history and take it for what it is: a romantic comedy with 1960s ideals and a trends that wouldn’t be right now in 2020.

That being said, the film does give us gorgeous shots of New York City in the 1960s and I might say Rod Taylor is very funny in the movie as well.

So all in all, I really enjoy the film and it’s, ironically, become one of my go-to’s on Sunday evenings – it’s fitting, haha.


Number 3: Ocean’s 11 1960

source: Warner Bros

Glitz! Glamour! Vegas!

1960s Oceans’s 11 is one of my favorite films of all time. I mean, what more can you ask for? Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and the rest of the Rat Pack planning a major heist under the sparkling lights of Las Vegas.

The movie looks beautiful. The way director Lewis Milestone shot the film immediately immerses you into a time where Vegas was the number one entertainment spot in the country.

Couple that with the soundtrack the movie provides us with, including my favorite sung by Dean Martin, and Ocean’s 11 will leave you feeling with a great sense of nostlagia.


Number 2: Funny Face 1957

source: Paramount Pictures

“Bonjour, Paris!”

Funny Face made me want to travel to Paris, become an author, and find love while I’m there. It’s not just a movie musical, it’s an experience. From the music, to the dancing, the plot, the wonderful array of color schemes that we see in the film, it’s an absolute treat to watch.

Audrey Hepburn’s on screen chemistry with Fred Astaire is one for the history books. The way they went from strangers, to friends, to lovers all under the lights, sounds and smells of the City of Love, is enough to make anyone swoon.


Number 1: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954

source: MGM

Last but not least, we have Seven Brides for Seven Brothers from 1954.

Where do I begin?

This is the first classic film I bought on DVD, if that tells you anything; I have a serious affinity for this movie. MGM movie musicals are basically chicken soup for the soul: the plot isn’t complicated, you know what’s going to happen and the songs are out of this world.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is no different.

Starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell, the film tells the story of the Pontipee brothers in 1850s Oregon territory looking for, well, wives.

Stanley Donen, masterfully crafted this in a way where watching it is not only easy on the eyes, but you’re in awe of how the way the scenes were filmed.

Take this scene for example:

The choreography is extraordinarily difficult! The actors pulled it off seamlessly, but without the eye catching direction of Donen it wouldn’t have looked the same.

I really do love this film, I have it on DVD so whenever I’m feeling down or stressed I pop it into my DVD player and let my mind relax a bit.


All of these films hold a special place in my heart and they truly do make me feel warm when I’m going through a particularly rough time.

For all of you stuck inside due to COVID-19, I hope that my list could cheer you up a bit! I really mean it! ❤

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Classic Film Reviews: Funny Face 1957

source: Paramount Pictures

Paris has always been a city I’ve dying to visit for a long time; the art, the culture and the food would all make a trip to the French capitol worth while.

In 1957’s Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, Hepburn’s character Jo Stockton goes through a similar love affair with Paris as well.

Being plucked out of obscurity by fashion magazine editor Maggie Prescott, played by Kay Francis, in order to usher in a new era of “intelligent and beautiful,” Jo goes on a whirlwind makeover that see her go from mousy librarian, to high fashion cover model.

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While undergoing her transformation she meets and slowly but surely falls in love with photographer Dick Avery, played by Fred Astaire.

Initially she treats him like any other woman would a man who made unwanted advances, but when Dick subverts her expectations she gradually lets her heart get carried away.

Luckily for Jo, Dick appeases her every whim and desire, even going as far as going to underground clubs to discuss the inner workings of the human psyche with philosophers.

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Slowly but surely, Dick and Jo start to fall in love, and this coincides with Jo’s professional modeling career taking off.

Hell, there’s even a huge musical number celebrating their love for Paris in “Bonjour Paris!”

But, as always in typical Hollywood fashion….something goes a’muck. Jo and Dick get into an argument over something pretty trivial ( another man, what else is new) which causes the budding new relationship to strain.

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As Jo and Dick continue to fight, Dick makes plans to leave the country due to Jo’s extracurricular escapades. Eventually Jo makes a complete 180 but not until Dick takes a taxi to the airport.

At his terminal, he runs into the man that Jo was with and he learns that Jo attacked him refused his advances and that’s when the light bulb goes of in Dick’s head.

Dick makes his way back to the year end fashion show where Jo is supposed to be wearing her statement piece. But according to Maggie, it’s revealed that Jo ran back to the place where they shared their first romantic moment: a church where Dick first photographed her in a wedding dress.

They inevitably make up while serenading each other with “S’Wonderful” thus erasing any bad blood between them.

source: Paramount Pictures

Funny Face is absolutely an incredible movie. It’s visuals, acting and on location shooting makes for a wickedly entertaining ride.

Stanley Donen most definitely had the magic touch when it came to movie making. The film is every pre convieved notion you had about Paris and more.

The Bohemian intellectuals, the fashion, the art, and the food, all the while you fall in love with the person of your dreams.

What’s not to like?

If you get a chance be sure to give this flick another spin, you’ll probably catch some things you missed the first time!

*****Author’s note*****

I apologize for being MIA for a month and a half. School has been quite stressful and my job at the school’s newspaper has given me extra ‘food’ on my plate.

Since my time is starting to free up, I’ll be able to post a lot more regularly. This means more intriguting behind the scenes stores I can bring you all!

Thanks again!

  • Alex

Summer Under The Stars Blogathon…

Ava and Lena were surprisingly very good friends.

In Hollywood, it isn’t uncommon to find friendships that pleasantly surprise you.

One of these close duos happen to be the unlikely paring of Ava Gardner and Lena Horne.

Much has been heard about these two, and we all know about that infamous “battle” for a coveted role in Showboat. But, if you were to go behind the scenes and take a deep dive into these two women, you’ll see that they were quite possible the closest pair of friends you’d ever meet.

Showboat 1951

As part of the Summer Under the Stars lineup, TCM has dedicated two separate days for both Lena Horne and Ava Gardner. Airing on the 6th and 8th respectively, Gardner and Horne have much more in common that most people would be led to believe.

After movie shoots, Ava and Lena would go to each other’s apartments, drink, laugh, and tell stories of sleazy co-stars that tried to hit on them.

Ava would tell Lena how difficult it was up-holding the status of being a sex symbol and Lena would open up about the struggles of being a light skin black actress in a notoriously prejudiced Hollywood.

There were even times where Lena, being the brilliant singer that she was, would help Ava sing her way through her own recordings in order to help her prepare for the role of Julie LaVerne in Showboat.

Ava Gardner, Stevie Wonder and Lena Horne

Both of these women have incredible bodies of work and I urge you all to check out at least a couple of their films. They both persevered and fought through the crazy system that was the Hollywood golden age.

It’s only fitting that they were best friends.

The Blistering on-screen Romance of Clark Gable and Joan Crawford

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If you know anything about classic Hollywood, then you know that on set romances are as common as chain smoking.

People made up, broke up and repeated the process all over again.

In the case of Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, they did all of things – and then some.

Perhaps the most infamous couple is Hollywood history (besides Brad and Angelina) Joan and Clark had a long history of lust filled glances, late night phone conversations, and on set dalliances.

It first started all the way back in 1931 with Dance, Fools, Dance. Crawford‘s star was quickly rising in Hollywood and Gable was struggling to find his footing on the silver screen. It wasn’t until Crawford specifically chose Gable to star alongside her that his career really started to kick into gear.

it was like an electric current went through my body…my knees buckled…if he hadn’t held me by the shoulders, I’d have dropped.”

Crawford on meeting Gable for the first time

The production of this movie went pretty swiftly, and after filming ended, Crawford wanted to work with Gable again.

The next project they worked on was 1931’s Laughing Sinners. It wasn’t a memorable film, but Gable and Crawford continued to get to know one another. I will say that it is an enjoyable film and I hope I get to watch it again someday.

For all the flirtatious looks they had on set with this movie, it doesn’t compare to the blazing fire that they sent into overdrive on their next movie, Possessed.

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This is where Hollywood lore was made.

By this point, Gable‘s star was rising and he was a hot commodity. Crawford was a bonafide star, at this point she was dubbed the ‘Queen of Hollywood.’

So, what happens when you combine a handsome young actor with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars?

Well…, let’s just say that many things were exchanged between the two, in more ways than one.

Here’s a quote from Crawford on how she felt about Gable during this time:

“In the picture, we were madly in love. When the scenes ended, the emotion didn’t–we were each playing characters very close to our own.”

Joan Crawford, from Clark Gable by Chrystopher J. Spicer

While filming Possessed their affair become public knowledge, and naturally the MGM studio higher ups weren’t too pleased with this. Gable and Joan‘s affair nearly turned Hollywood on its head

It got to the point where Louis B Mayer requested that the two stop their romance. Of course, they didn’t comply and Mayer then threatened to destroy their careers.

Eventually they did separate after enough pressing from studio heads, but they didn’t quit seeing each other.

According to some sources, they continued to fool around even while they were married to other people.

Not my cup of tea, but I digress.

In the end, the couple never stopped loving each other, and it shows when Joan talked about him after Gable‘s death.

“Lovemaking never felt with anyone like what it did with Clark.”

Joan Crawford, from Joan Crawford: The Essential Biography by Lawrence J. Quirk & William Schoell

If that isn’t love, then I don’t know what it.

10 Questions With Grace Kelly

source: The Hollywood Reporter

As you may know, Grace Kelly left Hollywood to marry Prince Rainier the third of Monaco. This decision was met with elation by many, but, there are also people who wonder: “what would’ve happen if Grace never left Hollywood?”

This popped into my head recently due to an assignment I had during my mass communications class at university.

We had to pick any person in history and ‘ask them’ ten questions that would provoke a breaking news headline.

Here are my 10:

  1. What was it like on your wedding day?
  2. Were you nervous marrying into a royal family?
  3. Do you still keep in contact with any of your ex co-stars?
  4. If so, who is the one you spoke with most recently?
  5. Do you ever want to get back into acting?
  6. Do you think about how your life may be different had you continued acting?
  7. What would you do if Alfred Hitchcock gave you the opportunity to come out of retirement?
  8. Would you accept his offer?
  9. What if one of your three children wanted to go into acting?
  10. How do feel about the shift in social attitudes since your twenties?

As you can tell, these are questions that I’m sure every classic film fan would love to hear the answers to.

I often wonder what it would’ve been like had Grace returned to the silver screen. But alas, all we have are pipe dreams and daydreams to keep us satiated.

I’ll leave with with this: a letter correspondence between Hitchcock and Grace when the former offered the role as ‘Marnie’ in the movie title of the same name.

Grace’s letter to Hitchcock
Hitch’s rather…curt response

CMBA Spring Blogathon…

When talking about the quintessential classic Hollywood femme fatale, I’d be remiss not to mention what is arguably the most recognizable character of the genre.

Released in 1946 and directed by Charles Vidor, Gilda is with out a doubt, considered one of the best film noirs of all time.

With its shiny glamour shots and acting that would rival even the most dedicated method actors, Gilda will always have a place among the film noir greats. What makes this movie so memorable, is the dress wearing, hair flipping charm of Rita Hayworth‘s title character, Gilda.

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Sultry, sexy, and dangerous are just a couple words to describe Rita in this role. A shy woman in real life, according to Rita herself, her performance as Gilda is one of the greatest of all time (don’t fight me on this, haha.)

In the film, Gilda is quite cunning, she has most men wrapped around her finger, there’s also a level of manipulation on her part as well. Her leading man in the film, played excellently by Glenn Ford, has this love hate relationship with her.

As the movie continues, we see that Johnny and Gilda had a history together and there are times where we see it get pretty volatile. Gilda openly flirts with men to get Johnny riled up, but on the inside she always loved him.

But, even at the end of the film, Johnny grows power hungry and uses his new found wealth and influence to hurt Gilda for everything she’s put him through.

source: Columbia Pictures

Fortunately at the end, the pair reconcile, but Gilda essentially drives Johnny to go crazy – emotionally, physically and mentally. That’s the great thing about this movie. Not only does it look stunning, it also has some of the best acting of Hayworth’s career.

Gilda knew what she was doing, maybe to a fault, and perhaps that hurt her in the end.

If that isn’t a femme fatale, then I don’t know what is.

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The Third Doris Day blogathon…

Doris always had a lovely singing voice…

Legendary actress Doris Day just recently celebrated her 97th birthday.

It’s an achievement for anybody to reach old age, it’s especially impressive when they’re 97 years young. To celebrate this, I’m going to discuss another side of Doris that, arguably, doesn’t get talked about enough.


As we all know, Ms. Day started out as a singer, eventually transitioning into acting later in her life. If you read up on the early days of Doris, it’s very apparent that her voice was quite the show stopper.

Doris began singing at an early age.

While recovering from an auto accident at a young age, Day began to sing with the radio, listening and humming along to the likes of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller. Doris quickly discovered her hidden talent and eventually it grew into something more.

Doris‘ mother, Alma, put her in singing lessons where her talent proceeded to grow. Day‘s first true singing gig was with band leader Barney Rapp, then she moved on to work with the likes of Jimmy James, Bob Crosby, and Les Brown.

When working with Brown, Day managed to score her first hit with “Sentimental Journey,” and from that point on, her singing career took off.

FILE – In this Jan. 28, 1989 file photo, actress and animal rights activist Doris Day poses for photos after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award she was presented with at the annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif. Day is celebrating a landmark birthday with an auction to benefit her favorite cause: animals. A spokesman for Day said Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the nonprofit Doris Day Animal Foundation will mark her 90th birthday in April with a bash in Carmel, Calif. (AP Photo, file)

During the 1940s, Day would go on to have six other top ten hits on the Billboard chart with songs like, “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time,” “Tain’t Me,” and “The Whole World is Singing My Song.”

Day always had a lovely singing voice, and its no wonder that even today her songs resonate well with listeners. From the classic like “Que Sera Sera” and “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” to her acting career, Ms. Day has always been a quintessential classic Hollywood figure.

I only hope that her next birthdays are as wonderful as this one was.

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My Obsession with…Linda Darnell

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source: Life Magazine

I was recently listening to a You Must Remember This episode on Linda Darnell and I felt compelled to write something about it.

Linda Darnell was, perhaps, one of the most underrated actresses of her time. With her acting ability often downplayed, she managed to prove her doubters wrong, staring in films like Unfaithfully Yours, Anna and the King of Siam, and most famously, A Letter to Three Wives.

Unfortunately, her career would be plagued with personal conflicts, bad management, and poorly time marriages, eventually culminating with her tragic death on April 10 of 1965.

So, let’s take a trip back to the early 1950s and revisit the woefully overlooked career of, Linda Darnell.


Born Monetta Eloyse Darnell in Dallas, Texas on October, 16th 1923, ‘Linda’ as she would later be called by her Hollywood cohorts, she was pushed into show business at a young age.

Being thrust into the limelight by her mother, Pearl, Linda has more or less been groomed for stardom, becoming a model at 11 and a full-fledged actress at 13.

By 1937, Linda was scouted by a talent agent from 20th Century Fox. She and her family went to Hollywood to do some screen tests, but eventually, Mr. Zanuck caught wind of Darnell‘s actual age and sent her back to Texas.

Heartbroken yet determined, Linda honed her craft and continued acting locally, inevitably returning to Hollywood with a new attitude.

She appeared in several smaller films before landing her big break with 1940’s Brigham Young, co-starring alongside her frequent leading man, Tyrone Power. In the summer of that same year, Darnell worked on The Mark of Zorro where, once again, she worked with Power.

The film managed to be successful and further plunged Darnell into the spotlight. But, unfortunately after that ‘Zorro‘, the studio system didn’t allow her to go after the roles she craved, so, she was relegated to B films that typecasted her.

Luckily, she would bounce back with the wonderful Blood and Sand also starring alongside Power. According to Darnell herself, however, her career would take a sharp downturn after this.

“People got tired of seeing the sweet young things I was playing and I landed at the bottom of the roller coaster. The change and realization were very subtle. I’d had the fame and money every girl dreams about—and the romance. I’d crammed thirty years into ten, and while it was exciting and I would do it over again, I still know I missed out on my girlhood, the fun, little things that now seem important.”


Davis, Ronald L., Hollywood Beauty: Linda Darnell and the American Dream.

Several years, and subpar movies later, Darnell’s career would stall because she refused Daryl Zanuck‘s advances. Pulling herself up by her chinstraps and not letting this get to her, she focused on the war effort, raising money, and performing regularly at the Hollywood Canteen.

After that, Zanuck often overlooked her for many film roles, and her star started declining. Instead, she was cast in roles that didn’t fit her and slowly resented show business.

For the rest of her career, she starred in B-movies, forgettable blockbuster and the occasional hit, like A Letter to Three Wives and Unfaithfully Yours.


The unfortunate thing about Linda Darnell is that she never really had the chance to let her career flourish. Between her rushed childhood and her underwhelming adult career, Darnell never got the chance to settle into her acting.

It’s tragic, really.

Darnell wasn’t only absolutely gorgeous and wickedly talented, she also was quite the lady. Raised with southern charms and a witty personality, Linda Darnell will, hopefully, be remembered alongside other Hollywood greats of the era.

Merry Christmas, from AGaM!

Christmas with Audrey sounds wondeful..

Hello all! This is Alex from Anybody Got a Match!

It’s been a very, very, very long year.

There have been ups, there have been downs, there have even been periods where I didn’t write on this blog for long stretches of time, and for that, I apologize. I have been extremely busy with school work, my new newspaper job, and life in general.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been attending to this blog like I would have liked to, I miss watching classic films and writing about them, and I hate to say it but, this year I was not able to do it as much as I liked.

Lucklily, this upcoming year, my schedule will clear up signifcantly and I have the opportunity to get to doing what I love – exploring the world of vintage films.

So, I’d like to thank everyone who read my work this year, and I hope you look forward to a big 2019.

Thank you all! I love you!

~ Alex

The Best of M-G-M: The Women (1939)

The Women 1939
source: MGM

In 2018, there has been a lot of hubbub surrounding the role of women in the world, especially the entertainment industry.

Films like Ocean’s 8, Girl’s Trip and many other female-centric movies have flooded the market over the past two years or so, but, the concept of women-focused movies isn’t new, however.

Back in 1939, the brilliant cinematic mind of George Cukor coupled with the manpower of Metro Goldwyn Mayer produced one of the greatest female-centered films of all time.


The Women, starring an all-star cast that included Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, and Norma Shearer is perhaps the most wildly entertaining film of 1939, and it still holds up 79 years later. It may have not passed the Bechdel Test, but the film is unique in that there isn’t a single man in sight.

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source: MGM

Norma Shearer plays Mary Haines, a rather homely woman with a heart of gold. She and her daughter “Little Mary,” live a nice life riding horses, loving life, and just general happiness shared between the two.

In comes Mary’s husband, Mr. Haines.

The cool thing about this film is, there isn’t a single man that’s present during the duration of the movie. This means that the object of Mary’s affections, and the main subject of the picture, does not show up at all throughout the film’s runtime. Due to this, we get 133 minutes of pure ‘unfiltered’ womanhood.

On to the movie’s (unseen) subject, Mr. Haines.


In typical classic Hollywood fashion, Mr. Haines appears to be cheating on Mary, much to the surprise of no one considering the fact that all of her friends and “close acquaintances” including Sylvia Fowler (played by Rosalind Russell,) knew about it before she did.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

The woman in Mr. Haines’ life isn’t his wife at all, it’s actually a 5’5 brunette by the name of Crystal Allen (played by Joan Crawford,) and when, eventually, Mary and Crystal meet, let’s say that….it doesn’t go over too well.

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source: MGM

The scene in question is quite a doozy.

Crystal and Mary finally meet at Crystal’s job in the dressing rooms, surrounded by their closest friends, and foes.

Mary ends up confronting Crystal at Sylvia’s insistence and what we have is possibly the wittiest scene in classic movie history.

The two tussle back and forth, spewing all the things that they’ve always wanted to say to each other: Crystal tells Mary to get a divorce and Mary tells Crystal that she’s a hussy (in 1939 terms.)

It really is quite an intense scene. When I initially viewed this I was shocked at the pettiness that stemmed from the two ladies. To be quite frank, I’m not sure why it surprised me, I was just startled at how well the scene was acted.

I suppose that’s why this film is so great. Not only is it unique for its time period, but it also gave the chance for women to flourish on the silver screen during a time where opportunities were few and far between. Knowing that it makes my enjoyment of the film 10 times greater.