Classic Film Review -Soldier in the Rain (1963)

SUMMARY

Supply Sgt. Eustis Clay (Steve McQueen) idolizes his friend and superior Master Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter (Jackie Gleason). The two men couldn’t be more different in temperament, personality or skills. Eustis is the male version of a dumb blonde. He is not the brightest of men, but has no problem running swindles, even if Maxwell often has to rescue him from trouble. Eustis never fails to scrounge up hard to find items for himself and Slaughter. He is also always full of new ideas of how he and Max can make “a million, maybe even a billion” dollars rather easily. Eustis is close to retiring from the army and desperately wants his friend to join him in an idyllic civilian life. As he tells Slaughter, “Max with your brains, and my ideas…”

In contrast, Slaughter is an Army lifer and has no desire to leave his only family. However, Eustis won’t take no for an answer. To that end he fixes his buddy up with the beautiful but very young and ignorant Bobby Jo Pepperdine(Tuesday Weld).  Slaughter is not so easily convinced, especially since Bobby Jo is half his age. When she calls him Fatty and a host of other cruel names,  it brings up all his past insecurities.

However, time is running out for Eustis and Slaughter’s friendship and Eustis is determined. He can not imagine life without Maxwell in it. Through thick and thin these friends stick together and balance each other out.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Memorable Fictional Meet Cutes

Today’s Topic: Love Freebie

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I originally had a hard time settling on a topic for this week’s freebie. But then, a flash of genius! I realized that as much as I love a good meet cute on film (a topic I’ve written about a couple of times) I also enjoy them in fiction. So today, I’m sharing some of the more memorable and interesting meet cutes I’ve run across in my reading adventures. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Memorable Fictional Meet Cutes”

January 2020 Quickie Film Reviews

January 2020 BREAKDOWN
  • 30 films/series total
  • 10 new classic films
  • 5 foreign films/series
  • 5 TV series
  • 5 re-watches
  • 3 documentaries
  • 2 silent films
  • 1 new release

Biggest DisappointmentNoah’s Ark and What the Durrells Did Next

The Affairs of Martha

Favorite Discovery – This month was a win with multiple favorites; Wolf Hall, Orchard House, The Affairs of Martha, My Brilliant Career Continue reading “January 2020 Quickie Film Reviews”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Today’s Topic: Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

I realized when I was making this week’s list that there is a common thread among my choices. Every single title was chosen because I know and trust the author having been impressed with their previous releases.  It is each author’s skill to pen an engrossing, addicting tale that leads me to believe every one of these will be five star reads.

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James Garner Blogathon – The Castaway Cowboy (1974)

I grew up with old school Disney. Though I never understood the appeal of Mickey Mouse, I adored Donald Duck. And thanks to a well-stocked local video store, I also watched many of Disney’s live action movies from the 1950’s on. Films like Shaggy Dog, Pollyanna, Swiss Family Robinson, The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Monkey’s Uncle and others offered wonderful family entertainment for a girl whose mother was very careful about what she was allowed to watch. To this day these films also hold a high nostalgia factor for me. Which is why when choosing a film for the James Garner Blogathon, I had to pick The Castaway Cowboy.

The Castaway Cowboy is a movie I’m certain I’ve seen before, but couldn’t recall a thing about.  It’s the rare combination of Hawaiian meets Western. Continue reading “James Garner Blogathon – The Castaway Cowboy (1974)”

Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Title Fonts on Book Covers

Today’s Topic: Book Cover Freebie

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I’m a sucker for a great cover. Many is the time I’ve picked up a book based on the cover alone. What I’m loving lately are all the creative title fonts that are popping up. While I tend to be drawn to embellished cursive script, I also like any thing that really makes the title stand out on the cover. Here are a few examples of what has grabbed my eyes lately. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Title Fonts on Book Covers”

Top Ten Tuesday – The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

Today’s Topic: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

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As if I need to add more titles to the out of control planet that is my TBR list. But I’m nothing if not optimistic. Plus, I can’t resist the lure of a new book. Here are several that are the most recently added. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf”

Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon – A Tribute to Carole as a Dramatic Actress aka How Carole Lombard Won Me Over

Carole Lombard is much lauded for her skills as a comedienne, but not as much so for her dramatic performances. Perhaps, it is for this reason, that it took a while for her to grow on me.

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Screwball comedy is my favorite genre, and Carole is one of its’ heroines. But when I viewed her popular films, like My Man Godfrey, Twentieth Century and Nothing Sacred, I felt I must be missing something important. To me, her performances were shrill, occasionally manic and sometimes painful for me to watch.  And yet, everyone raves about her talent.

That many people can’t be wrong. So, I kept at it. I continued to work my way through her films. And along the way I discovered something. I must be a bit contrary, because I appreciate Carole most in her dramatic roles and her less popular comedies. Continue reading “Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon – A Tribute to Carole as a Dramatic Actress aka How Carole Lombard Won Me Over”

2019 Book Year in Review

Well, 2019 was a slower year for me as far as reading goes. Compared to last year’s triple digit stats, I only read about 75 books. Due to some life changes I didn’t have as much time to read as I have in the past. But I’m not complaining.

For the first time ever I was part of a book club in 2019. I was only able to attend three times unfortunately. But because of this I read books I might not have otherwise; The Wedding, The Quiet Game, The Getaway Girls. I also participated in an online book club. The book choice was Charlotte Bronte’s Villette, which I didn’t like nearly as well as Jane Eyre. But I did enjoy discussing it with others online. Continue reading “2019 Book Year in Review”

2019 Film Year in Review

This year I decided to keep track of my viewing stats a little differently. In the past, I only kept track of the new to me classic films in  my tally. But for 2019 I chose to also include re-watches, newer films and television series. I continued to leave out television films from my total count. All told, I watched about 300 films and series which is quite a lot.

NEW CLASSIC FILMS – 143 Total 

I continued on from last year in watching the films of Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchum and George Brent. I also actively sought out the films of Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien, Kay Francis, Greta Garbo, Jane Powell, Marion Davies and John Garfield. 2019 will also go down as the year I watched my first Elvis film.

Kay Francis & George Brent

Some of the more popular classics I finally made time for were Murder My Sweet, The Stranger, I Know Where I’m Going, Angel and the Badman, Ryan’s Daughter and Becket. Cleopatra was as much of a slog as I expected. However, I was happily surprised by great experiences with The Picture of Dorian Gray and Cat People. I had also put off watching the famous silent film The Big Parade but it completely wowed me! Continue reading “2019 Film Year in Review”