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

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 … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More 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 … More The Male Animal (1942)