When I moved my site over I had planned to have new content as much as possible. This month escape from me but there was a reason. My Aunt Carmen passed away this month and it hit me hard. Earlier this year I even lost my grandfather but it was my Aunt who I was really close to. After my mother, she is one of the most influential women in my life. She was a kind yet stubborn woman and she spoiled me rotten. Carmen was also a deaf-mute but remained the biggest gossip I have ever known. If there was one thing she loved though it was old movies. This post is dedicated to her and three of her top movies.
1. McLintock! (1963)
McLintock! is a western-comedy staring John Wayne in a movie based loosely on The Taming of the Shrew. McLintock is a cattle baron who is looking forward to seeing his daughter return from college. To his surprise, his estranged wife shows up to get a divorce and claim custody of their daughter. Things are also heating up between the local Comanche tribe and some sleazy men trying to move them into another reservation.
2. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Singin’ in the Rain is one of those classic movies that doesn’t really need to be summarized. It is such a wonderful film so I’ll do my best. Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont (Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen, respectively) and are silent screen stars that must make the transition into talking films. Unfortunately, Lamont’s voice isn’t exactly movie-worthy. In fact, her voice is a piercing force of a nature. Lockwood ends up meeting and falling for a young aspiring actress, Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). Lockwood and his best friend Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) make a plan to dub over Lamont’s earsplitting voice with Selden’s.
3. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
The film follows the Smith family right before the 1904 World’s Fair. While the family consist of 1 grandparent, 2 parents, 5 children, and a maid; the story mostly follows Esther and her attempt to catch the attention of the boy next door. The two youngest daughters, Agnes and Tootie, are little adorable hoodlums. Things get a little chaotic when the father, Alonzo, gets a job offer in New York. If they move, that means leaving everything they know and love behind including the World’s Fair. The music alone from Meet Me in St. Louis is outstanding. Most notably is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” sung beautifully by Judy Garland.
There you have it, three of Carmen’s favorite classic movies.