One thing that crossed my mind last night as I watched one of these classic movies: You hear a lot of talk about the glamorous, leading ladies of the past. I've seen most of the famous ones. Hepburn? Great actress, but I didn't particularly like her (or Bogie) in African Queen. Bacall? I don't think she's all that. Lana Turner? So that's what all the hype is about... she exhudes sex appeal. Ava Gardner? Has there been a more beautiful and able leading lady??? I mean, WOW!
As for the men: Cary Grant just seems to play a type, whether he's doing a spy thriller like North by Northwest or a comedy like Arsenic and Old Lace, but he cuts quite a figure. Gregory Peck has some serious stage presence and gravitas. His performance as Jimmy Ringo in the The Gunfighter was fascinating. Humphrey Bogart was far more versatile than I expected. I think I've enjoyed him in every movie I've seen of his. Gene Kelly is simply a joy to watch.
Tivo is such a fantastic invention! My routine on most weeknights the last few months has been (1) come home and sing for an hour, (2) fix myself something to eat, (3) watch one or two classic movies, (4) read or surf the web until I fall asleep. It's so nice not to waste my time on ordinary t.v. anymore.