It's cold, it's dark, it's winter, and I don't much want to talk to anybody. So blog posts may be a bit scarce for a while until this old bear gets over it or spring arrives, whichever happens first.
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ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)
Gregory Peck and Eddie Albert help a princess discover the magic of Rome and Audrey Hepburn win an Oscar in William Wyler's classic, ROMAN HOLIDAY.
Shot on location, featuring Hepburn's American debut and with all the attention to detail and flourishes that marked Wyler's greatest successes, this rollicking comedy and travelogue is a perfect selection for Oscar season and one of the sweetest romances of the 1950's.
|The birds are having a frozen dinner.|
|Back yard, about 4:30 p.m.|
|There was a big bunch of sparrows sitting in the wisteria bush by the curb, but they all flew off the moment before I snapped this pic.|
|The ex-roommate calls this sycamore a "planet tree." They're all snow planets today.|
Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier star in Alfred Hitchcock's first American production, David O' Selznick's version of Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA. An extremely faithful and glamorous adaptation of the bestselling suspense classic, REBECCA was shot in the grand tradition that had been set the previous year by Selznick's Oscar winning production of GONE WITH THE WIND. Eager to make a successful follow-up, Selznick imported British director Alfred Hitchcock and set him on his way to a brilliant career in America by giving him the only picture he ever directed that would win the Best Picture Oscar. Besides the two glamorous leads, the supporting cast includes George Sanders, Gladys Cooper, Nigel Bruce, the hilarious Florence Bates in her screen debut as Mrs. Van Hopper and the unforgettable Dame Judith Anderson as the evil housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. Thanks to Selznick, REBECCA is lavish, romantic filmmaking at its best, directed by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.
The great earthquake of 1906 provides the backdrop for a classic tale of adventure and romance starring Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald and Spencer Tracy in W.S. Van Dyke's SAN FRANCISCO. Written by Anita Loos, filmed with a cast of thousands , amazing special effects, a top flight supporting cast including Jack Holt and the wonderful Jessie Ralph and with all three stars at the height of their magnetism, SAN FRANCISCO offers the type of legendary Hollywood glamor that only MGM could provide. Happy New Year from everyone at STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies!