2012-07-07

sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
TCM must be rewarding me for my years of loyalty, because they have made Leslie Howard their Star of the Month for July. We've had one week already and I'm taping films like nobody's business. First off the DVR was Stand-In (1937), which I did not watch the night before the Fourth of July because I was too busy making barbecue sauce, deviled eggs, and the custard for the strawberry ice cream, but [livejournal.com profile] handful_ofdust promised me that I'd love it and she was right. It's a screwball of Hollywood in-jokes co-starring Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart, and an assortment of small-time character actors, and it's absolutely delightful.

I don't like parties. I don't know what to say to people. I just sit in corners and wish I might go home. )

So I feel that I am always saying that I don't understand why various movies I've discovered aren't out on DVD, but I really don't understand it in this case: it's not like the material is dated or any of the leads obscure. I didn't know the director from Archimedes, but he seems to have been a gag writer for Mack Sennett and later directed The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) and that should be enough to earn anyone immortality. There's a rather nice article about it in the November 1937 issue of Life magazine. (It is preceded by a full-page spread about the ways in which three hundred cats refused to take direction from Samuel Goldwyn, which anyone who has been in a room with a cat for more than five minutes could have told him.) Maybe Turner Classic Movies will just put out a box set of Leslie Howard someday.
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