Monday, August 22, 2016

Must-See Movie: High Society

High Society (1956)
With a stellar cast and some catchy tunes, this is a no-brainer to see...but there are still some cons that go with the pros of how "must-see" this movie is.

Here's the story:  Jazz musician C.K. Dexter Haven (Bing Crosby) still holds a torch for his ex-wife, Rhode Island socialite Tracy Samantha Lord (Grace Kelly). He stays at a neighbor's house, bringing his full jazz band (including Louis Armstrong) to disrupt Tracy's upcoming nuptials to to a boring but wealthy man (John Lund).  But that's not the only conflict.  Reporter Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra) and photographer Liz Imbrie (Celeste Holm) from Spy Magazine, a fictional tabloid newspaper, are there to cover the wedding.  They are essentially blackmailing their way in, holding on to some embarrassing information about Tracy's father.  So to prevent the tabloid from getting the true story, Tracy begins an elaborate charade, pretending to be overly snobbish and frivolous, as well as introducing the tabloid to the wrong people.  To make matters even more confusing, Mike falls in love with Tracy, and she wakes up on the day of her wedding confused and unsure of what to do.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Classic Movie Quote of the Day

"You may have heard about me. If I'd been a ranch, they woulda named me the 'Bar Nothing.'"

-- Rita Hayworth
in her defining role as
the title character in Gilda

Monday, August 15, 2016

There's Nothing Like It!

There's nothing like two men in a locker room dressed only in their underwear discussing a "matter of inches."

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour

Wanna feel sky-high this evening?  Try this one...

Walk on the Moon
2 oz blackberry schnapps
1 oz vodka
3 oz cola
3 oz milk

Pour all in to a cocktail shaker and shake, pour over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Bottoms up!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


A little bit of trivia for you on this hump day...
While filming The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), the tension between Bette Davis and Errol Flynn was thick. Davis wanted Laurence Olivier to play Flynn's part, and so detested him the entire shoot.
During the film when Elizabeth (played by Davis) slaps Essex (Flynn) in front of the entire court, Davis intentionally smacked Flynn right across the face. The anger on Flynn's face is quite genuine, as is his visible imposition of self-control to avoid hitting Davis back.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Ginger Rogers and the Royal Desserts Cookbook

This our 1,000th post!!
I found this small recipe book at a garage sale, and fell in love with the horrible food photography and blatant whoring-out of Ginger Rogers.
If you ever wanted to feel the thrill of fame and stardom (like "a burst of applause"), Ginger Rogers has the recipe book for you.

The inside description really peaks your interest.  After all, I can't recall ever giving my dinner a happy ending!

I guess back in the day you could just put a string of words together in hyphens and suddenly invent phrases like "praise-getter."  

But enough of this frivolity.  Let's get to the "applause-worthy" recipes, and I'm sure more photos of Ginger, right?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour

With the creepy craze still in full effect, I thought I'd share with you the drink called The Zombie!

The Zombie was not invented as a link to any horror genre, but rather as early as the 1930's by Hollywood restaurateur Don the Beachcomber as a hangover cure.  Once the tiki craze hit in the 60's, the drink really took off, with it's tropical undertones of rum and pineapple juice. 

In a collins glass, pour:
1 oz. Dark Rum, 1 oz. Light Rum, 1 oz. Creme de Almond.
Add 1/2 oz. Triple Sec, 1 oz. Sweet & Sour, 1 oz. Pineapple Juice (some recipes also add papaya juice, passion fruit nectar, apricot juice, or other fruit juices.
Float 151 as a lid (by pouring it into a spoon and gently dipping it under the surface of the drink).
If you're feeling saucy, take a match to this cocktail: it'll light up nicely!
Garnish with cherry, pineapple, mint, or a tropical kabob like lemon or orange, pineapple, and cherries.
Enjoy...but don't drink too many, or you'll become the "Walking Dead"!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Must-See Movie: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell star in this musical rom/com of two showgirls who go on a cruise, just to be pursued by multiple admirers and a private detective.

Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe), the titular blonde in the film, is passionate about money (specifically diamonds), and knows that marrying a wealthy man will give her all she needs.  Lorelei is engaged to Gus, a nerdy millionaire.  She scoffs at her best friend Dorothy (Jane Russell), who prefers men who don't have money since they don't brag as much about all they possess.