October 16th, 2015

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More Classic Movies

Kitty and I continue our quest to watch award-winning movies from the past. Here are the latest two.

"Anchors Away" - It was nominated for Best Picture back in 1946, but didn't win. This is another one of those "Hollywood in its golden era" movies. You have a pretty thin plot of 2 sailors on shore leave falling for the same gal, but you have Gene Kelly dancing and Frank Sinatra singing, so who cares! There are lots of big musical numbers done in the soundstages of MGM. It also gets furry points for having the classic scene melding live-action and animation with Kelly doing a dance routine with Jerry Mouse. It was also interesting to see Dean Stockwell as a child actor. Of course he later went on to be in "Quantum Leap" and the new "Battlestar Gallactica."

"Gigi" - It won Best Picture in 1958. It must have been a very slow year for movies. Neither Kitty nor I found anything particularly spectacular about the film except for the costumes. It was a musical, but the numbers were pretty uninspiring. I even found it a little bit creepy to hear Maurice Chevalier singing "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" as he eyes little girls playing in the park. Maybe it should be Pedobear's theme song. *lol* I guess I'm just tired of period pieces about the rich in Europe and how their lives are so terrible because they are filled with drama about who is loving who. *swoons*