The perfect reaction gif for AQ Wednesday
"Vulcano", (It) 1950 movie starring Anna Magnani and Rossano Brazzi
This week for Marshall Monday: a blast from the past.
David Niven in Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Cary Grant, 1930s
A ‘Rock’ in the pool! - I mean ROCK Hudson!!! (c. 1953)
A few years back, part of the old Gary Cooper guest ranch went up for sale. It wasn’t very expensive and my husband and I actually seriously sat down and considered buying it. In the end, the distance of the property from Minnesota, ultimately decided the question and the money we might have used to buy it has long since been spent on making our house bigger and more comfortable (Zero leaks in the roof! No mushrooms growing anywhere!) But every time I think of the Gary Cooper guest ranch I just get all goose pimply because it was a thing. If you had enough money in the 1930s and 40s you could board a train for Helena, Montana and spend a week on a ranch owned by Gary Cooper. I suppose Gary Cooper wouldn’t be there all the time, but you would always hope he might drop in for a bit. And you could start every day with a big stack of his tender griddle cakes. YUM.
Finger of Guilt, aka The Intimate Stranger (1956)
Directed by post-HUAC Joseph Losey, who’d recently moved to the UK from Hollywood, the film is a scathing indictment of the studio system which rejected Losey for his political leanings. Losey would go on to make two of the greatest British films, ever, The Servant (1963) and The Go-Betweens (1971).