Friday, December 01, 2023

November 2023 Top Ten List

 My favourite movies that I watched for the very first time in November 2023.

  1. ORDERS TO KILL  [1958]
  6. SKI TROOP ATTACK  [1960]
  8. WITNESS  [1985]
  10. THE SCARLET LETTER  [1934]

Thursday, November 30, 2023


 OK, SO HERE'S ANOTHER INSTALLMENT IN THAT "WHO'S THAT CELEBRITY IN THAT OLD CARTOON" SERIES.  Yes folks, my friend Cheeks once again has been cornfused by an old 1930's cartoon containing celebrity caricatures he's unfamiliar with so I'm here to set him (and you all) straight on who they are.  The cartoon is the 1939 Columbia Pictures "Color Rhapsody" MOTHER GOOSE IN SWINGTIME directed by Manny Gould who seems to have mostly specialised in Krazy Kat cartoons before this.

The cartoon opens when a little girl bounces into the room where her father is working at his desk demanding he read her a story.  We then go into a fantasy world where the little girl enters the land of Mother Goose.  The little girl is a caricature of  Fanny Brice's radio character Baby Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy; both voices here are spot on but the characters' physical appearance in the cartoon doesn't match the real actors' physiognomy; it's the voices that are immediately recognizable.

Fanny Brice & Hanley Stafford

The little girl then encounters Mother Goose who tells her to run along and play.  This is a perfect cariacature of Edna May Oliver who appeared in the 30's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, LITTLE WOMEN, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK and the Hildregard Withers series of mystery movies.  

Edna May Oliver

L.G. (I'm abbreviating "little girl" from here on out) then encounters a group playing ring around the rosie and singing "A Tisket, A Tasket".  Holy crap, there's a lot of them.  I hate you, Cheeks!  OK so first outside the ring we have a woman in purple prancing around who's about to sing "Little Boy Blue"; this is Martha Raye:  famed "big mouth" of Abbott & Costello's KEEP 'EM FLYING, Chaplin's MONSIEUR VERDOUS, FOUR JILLS & A JEEP, TV's THE BUGALOOS by Sid & Marty Kroft and those 80's Polygrip commercials.  

Martha Raye

In the first picture below facing the camera from L to R are George Raft, Edward G. Robinson, Claudette Colbert, James Cagney and I'm assuming Katharine Hepburn.  

In the second picture (below) from L to R is what looks to be famous cranky actor Ned Sparks (who we've seen in previous cartoon examinations of this kind). 

Ned Sparks

Greta Garbo, a fat guy I'm not sure of but, because he speaks a bit later with a rolling RRRRRRR accent it SOUNDS like Jack Pearl (a radio comedian who played Baron Munchausen), 

Jack Pearl

a little blonde who I guess could be Shirley Temple but I really have no idea and Hugh Herbert; another popular actor to be caricatured in these types of cartoons and who appeared in movies such as the 1941 THE BLACK CAT, HELLZAPOPPIN, GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935, DAMES and FOOTLIGHT PARADE.

Hugh Herbert

When Martha Raye starts singing "Little Boy Blue", we see the boy himself played by Cary Grant blowing his trumpet for a couple sheep.

Next we cut to Martha Raye accompanied by the 'piper' Benny Goodman on his clarinet; soon to be joined by Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum or Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

Old King Cole and his Fiddlers Three are next up:  W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers

Next we get a better look at Hugh Herbert playing his drum.

Martha Raye is next accompanied by silent film comedian Joe E. Brown on the trombone.  Not only was Brown in the phenomenal THE COMEDY OF TERRORS in a cameo as the cemetery caretaker who opens his big mouth and YELLLLLLLLLLLLS but also said the immortal final line in SOME LIKE IT HOT:  "Well . . . . nobody's perfect!"

Joe E. Brown

We next see a trio of guys who alternately play musical instruments that fade in and out:  Spencer Tracy on the clarinet, Bing Crosby on the bass drum and William Powell on the piano.

Spencer Tracy, Bing Crosby & William Powell

We next cut to an entire orchestra (geez!!!) where we find (from L to R):  George Raft on piano, John Barrymore on the bass, Jack Benny fittingly on the violin, Joe E. Brown on trombone, a bald guy with grey hair on saxophone whom I can't identify, James Cagney on trumpet, Clark Gable on clarinet and Hugh Herbert on drums!  In just a moment, famous conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra Leopold Stokowski will join the orchestra to conduct them.

Leopold Stokowski

Next we cut to Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire dancing . . . 

Fred & Ginger

then we see a grotesquely-cariacatured man dancing with an old lady.  No idea, sorry.

then we have a rotund Italian-accented man I can't identify asking another man "Why you no swing?  The other man is character actor Edward Everett Horton from TOP HAT, HOLIDAY and the voice of FRACTURED FAIRY TALES!

Edward Everett Horton

Next we see Greta Garbo dancing with Leopold Stokowski . . . 

We next see L.G. with "Georgie Porgie" played by Mickey Rooney.

Little Jack Horner (played by Ned Sparks) is next seen with Katharine Hepburn.

Katharine Hepburn

Next we have the excruciating singing duo of Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy.

Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy

and then a singing trio of women:  Kay Francis (the wavishing Kay Fwancis, that is), Joan Crawford and Claudette Colbert.

Kay Francis

Joan Crawford

Claudette Colbert

and then a singing trio of guys: I think (L to R) it's Tyrone Power, Edward G. Robinson and Robert Taylor.

Tyrone Power, Edward G. Robinson & Robert Taylor

And then the whole damn thing's over with!  I actually enjoyed this cartoon quite a lot; obviously because I'm very familiar with not only all the movie stars but also the radio stars of the time.  Yep, this was a good one.

My 100 Least Favourite Movies According to Flickchart

 AND I KINDA THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO SEE WHAT FLICKCHART SHOWS AS MY LEAST FAVOURITE MOVIES.  This is probably even LESS accurate than my 100 faves list I posted yesterday since it really depends on which movies each of these goes up against that determine how far down the list they go.  HOWEVER . . . there are some REAL stinkers on this list and I don't think I really have a problem with hating ANY of these movies.

That was the "Bottom 10" of my most hated movies according to Flickchart and yeah I'll pretty much go along with that list.  Below please find my "Bottom 101".  And no, I won't be posting a gallery (as I did on yesterday's Top 100) since these poopy films don't deserve it!

Wow, what a pile of poo!

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

My Top 100 Movies According to Flickchart

 OCCASIONALLY I LIKE TO LOOK AND SEE WHAT MY TOP FAVOURITE MOVIES ARE ACCORDING TO FLICKCHART.  Now, if you don't know what Flickchart is, what are you doing with your life? is a site that allows you to rank movies by pitting them against each other head-to-head.  Two films will pop up and you pick the one you like better.  After several years of doing this, I have amassed almost 9500 movies and ranked them all; giving me a so-called 100 top films list.  I say "so-called" because, unless every single movie I've seen comes up against every single OTHER movie I've seen (a chance that's probably close to infinity), it won't be 100% accurate.  However, here's what flickchart says are my top 100 movies as of today.

There's the top 10 up there and now here's the entire list of 100 movies.  Keep in mind, my ranking appears all the way over on the right hand side. . . .but they appear in order of 1-100.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with that list although, if'n I was to compile it solely myself, I'm sure it would differ.  And of course, such a list would probably change daily anyway.  But there you are.  And here -- have a gallery of the films because I'm so nice . . .