Saturday Showtime: The Great Gatsby

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The classic American story, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous book, The Great Gatsby  is set in the year 1922, just 2 years after the American Prohibition against alcohol created fortunes and made rich men out of paupers. Hence the term the Roaring Twenties. Though written in 1923, publication was not until 1925.

In 1926, a silent version of the film was made, but lost.


Movie Poster for the 1926 Silent Film (image via Wikipedia)

The movie was made again in 1949, starring  Alan Ladd. By this time, the book would have been all but forgotten, had not World War II rolled and rumbled around. The United States war department ordered up 150,000 prints of the Great Gatsby to distribute as reading material for servicemen, and those books were shared, creating a rediscovered popularity. By the time the troops came home from war, the books newfound readership encouraged the 1949 remake of the film.

image via wikipedia

1974 saw yet another remake, this time starring Robert Redford.    

And next year, a new 2013 edition of the Great Gatsby will be released, starring Leo DiCaprio.

If you haven’t read this book… just go read it.

In fact, click here and you can read it for free!

This version is the 1949 film starring Alan Ladd – my personal favorite. It is marginally mid-century-related, because of the year of its release. But really, I just snuck it in here because it rocks. It appears here in 6 parts, so you can either scroll down to the next screen after each approximately 15 minute segment, or when the part 1 is over, just scan the screen of choices that pops up until you find part 2, until you are finished.

Grab your popcorn and scotch, slip into your favorite silk smoking jacket, and enjoy your night in with this classic heart-wrencher.

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Cary Grant in Penny Serenade (1941)

In this emotional 1941 drama, for which Grant was nominated for an Academy award, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play a married couple who endure emotional hardships in their marriage. During a trip to Japan, they are caught in an earthquake which causes Julie Adams (Dunne) to have a miscarriage. When they learn she can no longer have children, the couple then adopt a little girl. They struggle with money issues, keeping their parental rights, and Roger Adams (Grant) losing his job. Further tragedy with their adopted child threatens their marriage with collapse.

Presented by Columbia Pictures, directed and produced by George Stevens, written by Martha Cheavens and Morrie Ryskind.

 Running time: 119 minutes

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Dead Hollywood: Actors Who Died Young (documentary-video)

Elvis Presley

There has been a slew of Hollywood personalities dying young in recent few years: Heath  Ledger, Brittany Murphy, Anna Nicole Smith,  Princess Diana, John F. Kennedy Jr., Kurt Cobain, Chris Farley, River Pheonix, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Tupac Shapur, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston to name some of the better known celebrities who checked out before their time. But this is by no means a new phenomenon.

Mid-Century personalities such as James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Jane Mansfield, Elvis Presley, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Nick Adams all passed from this world too soon, some from tortured sentiments, others from drug or alcohol related addictions, still others from tragic accidents. The following film documents these individuals, Americans who were successful and usually beautiful, often rich and indeed well-known, while still young and adventurous, in the prime of their lives.

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Dick Tracy: The Original Detective Movie, Black and White,1945


September 14, 1949 appearance of Spike Dyke, m...

September 14, 1949 appearance of Spike Dyke, modeled on Spike Jones, in Chester Gould's Dick Tracy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dick Tracy  , arguably the most famous detective of all time, ahard-hitting, fast-talking and intelligent police detective” (according to Wikipedia) began his life in October 1931 in the Detroit Mirror as a comic strip, and his character developed into feature film status in 1945. A series of films followed – follow the above link to learn more – but here is the original film.

Expect film noir drama, over-acted scenes and excessively dramatic character, PLUS great suits and women in man-tailored suits, as this was during World War II, when women first entered the industrial workplace en masse. Shoulder pads, double-breasted jackets and a stiff walk all allowed women a feeling of manly independence, which is taken for granted, seemingly, in this era film. I love the stiff, jilted acting, the hard, heavy quips and cemented lips in this feature film. Plus it’s free.

So, take off your pants, roll down your nylons and slip into your coziest flannel. The night is yours with this Saturday Night Feature film. Please feel free to comment below to let us all know how you felt about it 😉


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Jackie Kennedy: The Quiet Moments of Her Life

There is a lot out there about Jackie Kennedy, her marriage to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of The United States of America, his assassination, and her quiet doom and desperation following those fateful moments in Dallas. We can find fashion photos of Jackie, both in the White House, and more in her New York years following that fateful day, when she eventually began work as an editor for a publishing house.

What is difficult to find about Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy are the wistful, gleeful, carefree and quieter moments in her life – the moments which define most of our lives, out of public view.

Here is a link to a brief video with some of her precious moments, featuring her daughter, Caroline. The video can also be watched at the bottom of this post, right here.

And a few photos to help us remember her, in the quieter moments of her very public life.

Jacqueline Kennedy

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Selling Cars in America: Documentary



Where would we be without them? This documentary begins with the appearance of that annoying, agitating character you loathe sitting down with: a modern day salesman. Getting the run-around you fear just to aquire a horseless carriage, to get to work and play, is only a small part of the greater clock-work of the car business.This documentary delves into the history of cars, and how salesmanship figured into the purveying of cars as general merchandise, and the growth of a Great American Industry.

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Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (documentary)

I just located this documentary today about Marilyn’s final period. From all of the searching I have done in the past, to just be finding this now seems like a diamond hunt that came up well. Or Trout fishing that suddenly caught a Marlin.

Enjoy this film and feel free to let me know what you think of it in the comments sections at the end of this post.

Thank You Kindly,

Mister Dibbles

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