Our new doggie who has much to learn. Harley is a handful but just loveable. I had a lovely birthday with many phone calls and...I got gnomes! I love them and hubby surprised me with them..love them. So I'm getting right into the films I watched in May. I have nothing to add for TV because I am watching the same thing like before. Here's to the movies I saw in May.
1. ONE-EYED JACKS-1961
This came on TV so I watched it even though I am not enamoured with Brando. He, Karl Maldon and one other dude rob a bank but Maldon double crosses Brando takes the money and Brando ends up in a really bad prison. 5 yrs later, Brando escapes bent on revenge. He finds Maldon who is now married, a sheriff and has a beautiful step daughter. Brando is attracted to the young lass, of course and is not sure what to do. It's not a bad movie at all and I enjoyed it.
2 THE BIGAMIST-1953
I finally saw this film directed and co- starring Ida Lupino. A man, feeling left out by his wife, falls for and marries this young gal, Ida, all while having wife #1, Joan Fontaine, at home wanting to have a kid. He has one with Ida...ahh the tangled web he finds himself in. Edmund Gwenn finds out about the guy's double life. I love how Ida had fun with Edmund comparing him to Santa and, when Ida and Edmond O'Brian take a tour of Hollywood homes, they point out Edmund Gwenn's house. I thought that was so funny since Edmund was Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. This is a pretty good film and directed by a woman!
3. CLOAK AND DAGGER-1946
Gary Cooper plays a scientist hired by the OSS to get the scientist away from the Nazis. He gets help from the Italian resistance especially the lovely Lili Palmer, as they try to bring the older scientist to freedom. This feels very real and, not sure if the story is real, but the OSS is real(Christopher Lee was part of this secret service). I thought this was quite excellent.
4. KNIVES OUT-2019
This is a funny film even though it's about murder, back stabbing and a family you hope you are never related to. Christopher Plummer is the head of a household who all are beholden to the old man. You meet each one and learn why they are being cut off from daddy's purse strings. The only one who is true and blue is his health care nurse who can't tell a lie or she throws up. Trying to figure out who the killer is is Daniel Craig as a southern detective who reminds you of Sherlock Holmes. This is dark, but I love it.
This is a fun movie that stars Jimmy Stewart as the good brother who saves the bad brother, Dean Martin, from the noose along with his mangy band of thieves. They end up taking Raquel Welch hostage as they travel to Mexico right into bandit territory. Hot on their trail is the sheriff who has the hots for Raquel..that's a lot of hots. They must band together to fight the bandits. I saw this many years ago and loved it especially Jimmy Stewart. It's what I would call a quirky western.
6. IN HARM'S WAY - 1965
This was a good movie starting with Pearl Harbour and then going to the islands where the U. S. must fight and win all they can. It stars John Wayne who has a great friend in Kirk Douglas but both end up reprimanded until the Navy realizes they need Wayne. In this film, Wayne must find a way to win these islands and find time to woo Patricia Neal. There is a disturbing scene with Douglas and a younger nurse on a beach because Douglas is, allegedly, the actor who raped Natalie Wood when she was 18. It was known she was sexually assaulted but she never told anyone who the perpetrator was. Her sister, Lana, came out with this news recently. Back to the film, this is a bit long but I did enjoy it and found it realistic from the romance themes to the battles.