A celebration is in order as Once Upon a Screen turns six years old. It’s been an enjoying ride thus far with periods of frustration strewn in for good measure. I am at once both shocked at my stick-to-itiveness and happy I still enjoy sharing my thoughts on all things classic on this blog. It’s become an important respite from all the negativity that surrounds us.
Before I get to the celebration…
As I’ve done in the previous years I begin this anniversary celebration with a presentation of gifts appropriate for the occasion. Gifts suitable for a sixth anniversary are either iron (traditional) or wood (modern). I’m happy to accept these on my own behalf.
While I’ve maintained a steady flow of posts throughout this past year, I have to admit I’ve had moments of doubt as to whether this blog is worth maintaining. However, those thoughts are immediately followed by own assertion that I need to do this for purposes of sanity. Then wonderful things remind me that sometimes I may actually put stuff here that people enjoy.
- Recently the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) held its annual awards and I was honored with three, which is beyond belief. My Self-Plagiarism in Style: Hitchcock, Grant and North by Northwest (1956) won Best Film Review, A Government by Classic Movie Characters won Best Film Article and the 2016 What A Character! Blogathon won Best Blogging Event of the year. Thank you to the CMBA membership for the recognition.
- Visiting the Joel and Frances McCrea Ranch earlier this year and getting the opportunity to interview their grandson, Wyatt McCrea are highlights for a lifetime.
- I’ve come to enjoy the more creative posts I manage to come up with and Cary Grant’s Resume is one of my favorites. Then again, any significant amount of time I can spend with Archie is a treat.
- Attending the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival (TCMFF) is another highlight I’ve come to look forward to every year. While I’ve yet to recap the 2017 festival, a recap that is likely to come closer to the 2018 event, it was a fantastic experience. For that I have to ultimately thank this blog and my other social media accounts on which I cover the festival.
- More people are visiting Once Upon a Screen than ever before. Again – thanks!
- Last, but certainly not least is the new, semi-regular contributor to this blog. Susu brings a new perspective and approach to movies that is refreshing and welcome.
With Six You Get List Roll
(6 lists of sixes)
Six from 1966:
Six Actors with 6 Academy Award Nominations:
The Six Shooter
Here are six episodes of the old-time radio Western, “The Six Shooter” starring James Stewart as frontier drifter, Britt Ponset:
“”The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter.”
Episode: “The Coward”
Episode: “The Stampede”
Episode: “The Capture of Stacy Gault”
Episode: “Sheriff Billy”
Episode: “A Friend in Need”
The Sixth Film of Six Legendary Pairs:
Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster – Marvin J. Chomsky’s Victory At Entebbe (1976)
Myrna Loy and William Powell – W. S. Van Dyke’s After the Thin Man (1936)
Hepburn/Tracy – George Cukor’s Adam’s Rib (1949)
Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland – Michael Curtiz’s The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – Mark Sandrich’s Follow the Fleet (1936)
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau – Donald Petrie’s Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Memorable Movies with Six-Word Titles:
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Scarface: The Shame of the Nation (1932)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
You Can’t Take It with You (1938)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and (1934)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Love is a Many Splendored-Thing (1955)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
The Old Man and The Sea (1958)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Once again, thank you for visiting and happy anniversary to Once Upon a Screen! To ensure six blessings to it, you and yours here are six Cary Grants.