|Gary Cooper & Marlene Dietrich smolder in Morocco (1930).|
|Marlene Dietrich & Dickie Moore break my heart in The Blonde Venus (1932).|
The second film I watched was The Blonde Venus (1932) starring Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, and Herbert Marshall. Dietrich plays another nightclub singer in this film, Helen Faraday, who is married to a British chap named Ned Faraday (Herbert Marshall). They have a son (played by Dickie Moore) who steals practically every scene he's in, he's so darn cute! Right! To cut a long story short, Ned is seriously ill and cannot afford medical treatment on his own measly income so his wife, Helen, starts singing in nightclubs again and shacks up with a millionaire, Nick Townsend (helloooo Cary Grant!). Vast amounts of money are exchanged, the husband leaves on a cruise liner, a child is abducted and, by the end of the film everyone is happy (except for the poor millionaire). Twas a nice dramatic film but I must admit that I preferred Morocco over this feature. Could it have been because the previous film also starred Gary Cooper? You bet your bottom dollar it was! You guys know me too well.
The last film I watched this weekend was It's A Wonderful Life (1946) -- is anyone even remotely surprised by this? I mean, it is December after all and this film is shown 24/7 during the holidays (as it should be)! I caught only the last half hour of it yesterday and started crying immediately until the end credits rolled. This always happens! In fact, if I know I'm going to be watching this movie I'll have a box of Kleenex sitting beside me at the ready. I kid you not. And it's not because I find the movie sad, it's because it sends out such a beautiful message: that no matter what's going on in your life and how down and depressed you may be feeling, you need to realize that your life is a beautiful one and that the world would truly miss you if you were gone. Ugh. I've got goosebumps just typing that out.
So, what did you watch this weekend? Anything interesting? Let me know in the comments section below!