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Stars galore! You won’t believe how many Hollywood stars appear in this short subject, The Stolen Jools!

Stars galore! You won’t believe how many Hollywood stars appear in this short subject, The Stolen Jools! Just to wet your appetite: Norma Shearer, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Irene Dunne, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Maurice Chevalier, Bebe Daniels, Joe E. Brown, and 48 more!

The Stolen Jools (1931) was a promotional short film to raise money for the National Variety Artists Tuberculosis Sanatorium. This comedy begins with Norma Shearer’s jewels having been pinched from a Hollywood party. Detective Kane snoops around, grilling all the stars who might have attended this said party. Very fun to see how many stars you can spot.

Trivia: Alternate title is The Slippery Pearls. All actors, but a few, are credited at the end of this film. Oddly enough, this fund raiser for tuberculosis was sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes! Check out IMDb for the whole cast.

Thank you to Guérin Pascal for making it available on YouTube!

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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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What’s so funny about job hunting?

What's so funny about job hunting?

“9 to 5” (Nine to Five) – Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, & Jane Fonda

Truly, nothing is funny about job hunting! The only thing remotely funny about looking for a job might be viewing funny movies while you’re supposed to be viewing not-so funny job sites!

So, while I’m chasing down the perfect job, I’ll introduce you to, or remind you of, three, pretty perfect job-related movies from the 80’s. 

1) The very first one that can squeeze out of my resume-soaked gray matter is the 1980 movie, 9 to 5 (Nine to Five). Any day, I would savor the opportunity to see Judy, Violet, and Doralee play hardball with their chauvinistic boss, Mr. Hart. A choice cast with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and the man you love to hate, Dabney Coleman. Favorite line hollered by Doralee: I’m gonna get that gun of mine, and I’m gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot!” 

2) Another classic movie that limps out of my networking-battered brain is Working Girl (1988). The transformation alone of Melanie’s character from big-haired, frumpy secretary to sexy, sophisticated executive is worth the watch! Add one suave investment broker (Harrison Ford), one just plain nasty boss (Sigourney Weaver), and one ingeniously-played co-worker (Joan Cusak) to make this movie a hit! Favorite lines announced by Melanie’s idea-stealing, big-talking boss: “I really don’t think that’s a variable. We’re in the same city now, I’ve indicated that I’m receptive to an offer, I’ve cleared the month of June… and I am, after all, me.

"Working Girl" with Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford

“Working Girl” – Melanie Griffith & Harrison Ford

3) Let us not forget the 1983 comedy, Mr. Momwith Michael Keaton, Teri Garr, and Martin Mull. Keaton plays a laid-off auto worker who must survive as a stay-at-home dad. The scenes of Keaton’s character struggling with day-to-day kiddie dilemmas are hilarious! Favorite lines spoken by Keaton as he tries to convince his boy to give up his blankie: “I understand that you little guys start out with your woobies and you think they’re great… and they are, they are terrific. But pretty soon, a woobie isn’t enough. You’re out on the street trying to score an electric blanket, or maybe a quilt. And the next thing you know, you’re strung out on bedspreads Ken. That’s serious.

"Mr. Mom" - Michael Keaton

“Mr. Mom” – Michael Keaton, Frederick Koehler & Taliesin Jaffe

Well, I don’t know about you, but I feel better already just reminiscing about my favorite career comedies. Those mind-sucking job alerts can wait! I’m going to the movies!

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Movie

 

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“Office Blues” – 19-year-old Ginger Rogers is in love!

Young stenographer, Ginger Rogers, falls in love with her boss, and he doesn’t even know it! The big galute!

Only three years before she began her streak of dancing films with Fred Astaire, Ginger starred in “Office Blues,” a 1930 Paramount short subject. Her Betty Boop-like voice and brunette curls makes it hard to recognize her. Sorry, no dancing from Ginger here, but she does show off her comedic flair and belts out two songs, “We Can’t Get Along,” and “Dear Sir,” while she rebuffs her co-worker’s advances and concentrates on catching her boss’s attention. Go, Ginger!

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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When you’re messin’ with Rose, hang on to your teddy bear!

For your one-minute morning chuckle, here’s Rose, also known as Betty White, from the hit TV show, The Golden Girls. Gotta love her!

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in TV, Video

 

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A Cast of Characters in Comedy

As a single act…all first class!

As a team…second to none!

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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Movie, TV

 

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