The Irish in Us (1935)

Ma O’Hara (Mary Gordon) is the proud mother of three sons, equally proud of them all though one is less accomplished than the others. Mike (Frank McHugh) is a fireman, Pat (Pat O’Brien) is a policeman… and Danny (James Cagney) has big dreams of being a fight promoter, but hasn’t seen much success. Pat hopes to marry Lucille Jackson (Olivia de Havilland), the daughter of … Continue reading The Irish in Us (1935)

Raffles (1939)

Scotland Yard has been attempting to track a thief only known to the investigators as “The Amateur Cracksman.” The culprit is the last person they’d suspect: A. J. Raffles (David Niven), a well-known cricket player. Raffles is the portrait of elegance but is only able to maintain such a lifestyle through his thefts. Raffles tries to reform after falling for Gwen Manders (Olivia de Havilland), but … Continue reading Raffles (1939)

The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)

It’s Love I’m After, dir. Archie Mayo Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE It’s Love I’m After instantly became one of my favorite films when I watched it for the first time four years ago. The film tells the story of an actor (Leslie Howard) who is in love with his leading lady (Bette Davis), but at … Continue reading The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

There was a gold rush, and in its wake the birth of a lucrative agricultural venture: wheat farming. When a gold rush hits again years later, this time with the advantage of new technologies and mass-mining techniques, the wheat farmers see their lands flooded, their crops ruined. Colonel Ferris (Claude Rains) is a farmer who has made his wealth on northern California wheat. He’s very … Continue reading Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

Favorite things about… They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

Note: This month, the classic film community celebrates 100 years of Olivia de Havilland, who had this very special birthday on July 1. I made a post for her birthday, but thought it would also be fitting to dedicate this month’s “Favorite Things Friday” to one of her wonderful films! (I could have covered any one of her films, as I consider many of them … Continue reading Favorite things about… They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

Happy 100th Birthday, Olivia de Havilland!

Today is Olivia de Havilland’s 100th birthday! Olivia is probably best-known for playing Melanie “Mellie” Hamilton, Ashley Wilkes’ sweet wife-to-be and the eventual sister-in-law of Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind. I became a fan of her through that role, Gone with the Wind being one of the first classic films I watched. But Olivia is much more than just Mellie … Continue reading Happy 100th Birthday, Olivia de Havilland!

Second Looks: Errol and Olivia in ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ (1938)

King Richard (Ian Hunter) has left England to take part in the Crusades. The mission that would have made him a hero has instead turned him into a prisoner, when he is captured and held for ransom. Unfortunately for King Richard, his brother, Prince John (Claude Rains), is in no hurry to pay that ransom and get him freed. John and his sidekicks, Sir Guy … Continue reading Second Looks: Errol and Olivia in ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ (1938)

The daily life of Olivia de Havilland… according to fan mag gossip! (Photoplay, June 1944)

This post is a part of TMP’s “Historical Context” series, where I share excerpts from my collection of vintage magazines. For more posts in this series check out the archive! Photoplay’s June 1944 issue featured the lovely Olivia de Havilland on the cover, a portrait by Paul Hesse. Between the mag’s covers Olivia could be found in an article called “Scrapbook on Olivia de Havilland,” … Continue reading The daily life of Olivia de Havilland… according to fan mag gossip! (Photoplay, June 1944)

My Love Came Back (1940)

Amelia Cornell (Olivia de Havilland) is a talented violinist, studying at the Brissac Academy of Music in New York City with her friends, jack-of-all-musical-trades Dusty (Eddie Albert) and fellow violinist Joy (Jane Wyman). Amelia’s scholarship isn’t enough to allow her to continue her studies and financially support her mother, so she needs to make some extra money. But the dean, Dr. Kobbe (Grant Mitchell), won’t … Continue reading My Love Came Back (1940)

The Male Animal (1942)

Tommy Turner (Henry Fonda) is an English professor at Midwestern University. He and his wife Ellen (Olivia de Havilland) are preparing to host a cocktail party, with honored guests Frederick (Ivan Simpson) and Blanche Damon (Minna Phillips) — the Dean and his wife — among others. It’s homecoming week, and the school is also preparing for the big game against Michigan. Former team hero Joe … Continue reading The Male Animal (1942)