Marie Antoinette


Marie Antoinette with Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power.  I was dreading this one a bit, since most of my 1938 movies are less than 90 minutes and this one runs over 2 1/2 hours.  I have to say, though, that I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I broke up my viewing over several nights.  Tyrone Power didn't impress, but Norma Shearer was very good (and showed a few "silent movie" moments).  I really liked Robert Morley as Louis the XVI.  He starts off as a passive lump and only gradually creates a complex and likable character.  Both he and Norma Shearer were nominated for Oscars for this movie.

Bringing Up Baby


Bringing Up Baby with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, directed by Howard Hawks.  You can hardly talk about the screwball comedy genre without mentioning this one.  The host of TCM says that this was Katharine Hepburn's first comedy.  I've already had Holiday on my list which was another Hepburn/Grant pairing but it was released later in 1938.

David (Cary Grant) is a paleontologist trying to assemble a complete brontosaurus skeleton.  In the beginning of the movie he learns that the final bone, the intercostal clavicle, has been found and forwarded to him.  Then, while trying to petition a wealthy patron over a golf game to donate a million dollars to his museum, he runs afoul of Susan (Katharine Hepburn).  Misunderstandings flow around her like a sandstorm and whenever David gets close to her he gets buried in them.  After another chance meeting Susan decides that she is taken with David and uses the circumstance of being recently sent a leopard by her brother to trick David into accompanying her to Connecticut.  David has brought along his recently-received intercostal clavicle and Susan's Aunt's dog George (played by Asta from The Thin Man) steals it and buries it in an unknown location.  While waiting for George to reveal the location of the intercostal clavicle, Baby (that's the leopard) escapes.  Baby is a nice, tame leopard but there is a circus in town that has a mean, vicious leopard and Susan accidentally lets this one escape, too.  Everybody goes to jail but everyone ends up happy.  Except Alice, David's original fiancée.

The Adventures of Robin Hood


The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.  At last, a true color movie (The Drum, my other color movie, was very muted).  I can't imagine I can tell you too much about this one, except that if you haven't seen it in a while it holds up as good as the memory.  I would really love the opportunity to see this on the big screen sometime.  This is my third Errol Flynn movie, my second Olivia de Havilland movie, my second Basil Rathbone movie, and my second Patric Knowles movie.  My queue is still full.

Four's a Crowd


Four's a Crowd starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Rosalind Russell, and Patric Knowles.  This is a madcap, screwball comedy.  There is not really a consistent story arc, things just keep happening.  Rosalind Russell is a reporter, like in His Girl Friday.  There is a nice small part played by Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West, and an appearance by my pal Franklin Pangborn, not as a hotel clerk but as a valet.  Rosalind Russell is exhausting.

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