Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Happy Birthday Mae West


It is August 17th which call Mae West Day.

She was born on August 17, 1893. She was a star on Broadway before she became a movie star at 40 years old. 

She is one of my favorite classic movie stars. She is what I have called her before: brassy and sassy. How could she not coming from Brooklyn?


If you go through Swan of Dreamers, I have written many posts about Mae. This is one birthday post I wrote two years ago with favorite quotes from her autobiography.



I love this picture from Catherine Was Great that she starred on Broadway. I wish that it had been filmed, I would have loved to see this.



I adore that Mae wrote all her films and plays! That is remarkable then and now. She said she wrote for women;she knew they were audience!


If you have never seen any of Mae's movies, I suggest She Done Him Wrong or I'm No Angel.


Happy Birthday, Mae. You are still much loved!!


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Struttin' on Sunshine

 

Happy July, my friends. It is wild out here: Roe v Wade overturned, uptick in mass shootings, killer heat and so many other things that are going on.

I believe we have to continue in our personal world to be beacons of hope, change and forward movement.

I found this sweet song on instagram and it made my heart sing; I am sharing it with all of you. Whatever you are going through, I hope this brings solace to your day.

This is Struttin' on Sunshine by Ruby Amanfu





Thursday, June 30, 2022

Death of a Gunfighter

Today is Lena Horne's Birthday. I got inspired to watch the movie Death of a Gunfighter (1969).


She plays Claire Quintana, who is in long relationship with Marshal Frank Patch (Richard Widmark).




Frank finally decides to marry Claire as the clock is ticking for him. The town Frank is sworn to protect is turning against him.


This is one of the few dramas that Lena got a chance to act in. She is good in this; alas, I wish she had gotten the chance to do more dramatic roles in her movie career.


I loved her wedding dress in the film, so I tried to take as many screenshots as I could.


    I adore how Frank looks at Claire in this shot; Lena and Richard had a nice chemistry in the film.


Here is a nice shot of Claire's wedding dress and hat from the back.



As they leave the courthouse happy, the realities of what is going on in the town hit the newlyweds.



I wish that there is a happy ending for Claire and Frank; It is worth watching for Lena Horne and Richard Widmark. Here is the trailer below. 


Happy Birthday, Lena.

Happy Birthday Mae West

It is August 17th which call Mae West Day. She was born on August 17, 1893. She was a star on Broadway before she became a movie star at 40 ...