I do remember Greer Garson and Ronald Coleman. Pretty sure I saw Random Harvest.
I kind of liked those feel good endings of the old movies. Some of today's movies are so raw and gritty they leave me very unsettled.
TCM is a great channel.
It is said often, but absolutely true---they don't make films like they used to. I was so disappointed in Lincoln...I digress. I too love AMC. May it always be available.
I had heard of Greer Garson, but all I could have told you was that she was an actress from the 1940s. I've heard of a number of her movies, but never seen any. I'm intrigued by your comments on her acting, and the stories told in these movies. Knowing as many of her films as you do, which movie would you recommend that would leave the viewer feeling good when it's all over? Also, I immediately recognized Henry Travers from "It's a Wonderful Life," where he played the part of Clarence the angel first class.
I sometimes think there would be a market for a cinema or two showing some of the old movies on the big screen again. Even with modern big televisions, its not the same thing.
And you are right about some of the movies with the feel good storyline and ending.
Funnily enough we were watching one yesterday on BBC2. A modern film but made with old school story telling. It was really fun to watch, even if some parts of the story were a little predictable. It added to the charm.
well now.. you didn't mention one "movie star" that I hadn't seen most of the very movies you mentioned! When I was young enough to still be in school our SEVEN television channels all showed movies at one time or another. From "the early show" to the "late, late show" and everything in between.. so all the Turner Classic movies were shown and I loved them all!
Wow! You're an encyclopedia!
What's prettier than the lobby of Radio City? Not much.
The best thing about Turner Classics is NO COMMERCIALS. That rotten AMC always cuts up their films with insipid ads.
I saw that Nora Ephron/Tom Hanks play last Friday night. I didn't want to like it. I wanted to find it too pedestrian and Upper West Side, like most of Ephron's work. But I had to admit to my bitter old self that it's pretty genius stuff. Written in the era when I first moved to NYC, it was a greeting card from my past. Hanks looked like he's been doing theater all along. Complete comfort on stage. Great casting, direction, pacing.
I love the old treasures and watch as many as I can
Greer Garson was so beautiful and so talented
It is really too bad that we don't live next door to you. Jim would gladly watch e very old movie with you and discuss it till midnight or later. He always has his TV turned to an old movie! LOL Plus, he can tune in at any point in the movie. I really need to start at the beginning - but not him!
Sounds great to have at home a TV Film that plays old classic films without commercial interruption!
Sure, I do remember Greer Garson but I did not remember well which films of her I watch... but I think it was Mrs. Miniver...
GREAT post, Naomi, with amazing stories and great old photos too.
I hope you have a pleasant day!
Lots of HUGS!
I have always loved Greer Garson for her performances and for her incredibly modulated voice.And she was almost unbearably beautiful. Yes, I would watch those movies forever. I don't have Turner on my cable tier. Too bad.
Radio City -- so gorgeous. I love the scene in Woody Allen's Radio Days when he goes there as a child. I toured it once. I'll never forget it!
I think you had mentioned her on my blog recently telling me she had an interesting face for portrait drawing. I may try her and of course, I need to watch more TCM.
I went to see "The Sunshine Boys" at Radio City Music Hall when I was visiting family one summer but not anything live, unfortunately. It was a beautiful place! I'm sure you have many stories to tell about your days in NYC and I'd love to hear them!
Hope you're having a good week, my friend. Hugs from Miami! ♥
I knew of Greer Garson while growing up in France. I could not tell you the titles of the film I saw as that was when I was 5 and 10 years old when we lived in the apartment in Paris. My father loved to go to the movies and there was a theatre walking distance. I would always go along with him even when my mother did not feel like coming with us – his favorite movies were the American ones. Some of these movies I remember barely, of course their names were translated into French and they were dubbed. One movie he especially liked, he made me go to see it with him 3 or 4 nights in a row. It was called “Les Plus belles années de notre vie” I guess you could translate it as The best years of our Life or something like that. I know we saw Greer Garson in films then too. Plus we lived where Metro Goldwin Mayer dubbed and repaired films in Paris and I could hear them from the courtyard where I played. I really enjoyed this your post.
I'd like to know more about how her career went. Did she continue to act into her elder years like Bette Davis did?
I have been in front of Radio City but sadly didn't go inside. I was a teenager, knew it was famous but didn't know it was a movie theater. I thought they just did live shows there.
I did see the original Hair musical in the old Boston Music Hall.
What a great tribute! Your point about feel-good films being needed is a good one. I didn't know you grew up in NY, whereabouts? I went to NYU.
I LOVED Greer Garson. She was so womanly.
Two lines I always remember: in Mrs Miniver she said dreamily:
"I had a rose named after me today."
"You've left the light on in the bathroom" said Walter Pidgeon also dreamily.
And in "Blossoms in the Dust" she declaimed passionately:
"Bad girls don't have babies!"
Didn't she marry her son in Mrs Miniver?
Thanks for the memory:)
how wonderful to drop by your place again, naomi - something i've been far too remiss in doing for a while - but life, as they say, does truly sometimes get in the way of things and so it has in my case - be that as it may, however, i do think of you often up there in the hills and hope that all is well in your world - of garson, could there be a more beautiful woman and talented actress! a legend for sure! of course, for me, the films of that era are among my favorites even today - and i am a huge TCM fan! and you're so right about her and the others of that time - they were/are the "real" movie stars still, in my opinion - thanks so much for another wonderful story! now, i'm off to browse the posts of yours that i've missed! ;)
What a great reminder of a gorgeous woman. I also remember her films with great fondness. She stood for something in the films she chose or that were chosen for her. I wish there was more of that today when it seems so many of the movies are about the worst of human nature.
My favorite Greer Garson movie was Mrs. Miniver.... She was such a lady and she was gentle and loving and showed so much compassion.... She was a great actress... I also love the TCM channel, good clean movies and anyone can watch.... There is too much violence, nudity and bad language in the movies of today... Long time no see, Naomi....
I know the first two movies very well! I'll have to look for Random Harvest! Thanks for the reminder! xoxox
Oh I remember her name but would not be able to identify her in a picture. How beautiful is she, just so lovely. I agree these stars of old had something special. I wonder who do you think of the younger crop of stars has this charisma. I do love Cate Blanchett, she is not traditionally beautiful but has charisma and is a lady.
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