round 4

The 6th Favourite Classic Movie Actress Tourney (50’s): Sweet 16 (Round 4)

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Only four actresses are now competing for each eras. So, that makes a total of 16 actresses. Congrats to them! We only need two more rounds to know which actresses will represent each era for the big final!

You have until April 2 at 1 pm to vote. Make the right choices!

OUR CHARACTER ACTRESS VS OUR ACTRESS WHO CAN SING!

Thelma vs Doris

 

OUR BEAUTIFUL BLONDE VS OUR EUROPEAN LADY

Grace vs Deborah

 

What a coincidence, Thelma Ritter who still is in the competition starred in a film with Doris Day (Pillow Talk), one with Grace Kelly (Rear Window) and one with Deborah Kerr (The Proud and Profane)!

To vote for the other eras, click on the following links:

30’s

40’s

60’s

Don’t forget you have until April 2 at 1 pm to vote. Vote with your heart!

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Simon Templar’s Golden Journey

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I’m happy to participate, for the second time since I create this blog, to the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon hosted by my friend Terence from A Shroud of Thoughts. Last year, I wrote about The Donna Reed Show‘s episode The Caravan. This time, we’re back in the woods, but with an episode coming from another very favourite TV show of mine: The Saint. The episode I’ll explore today, The Golden Journey, is part of the first season.

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In this episode, the notorious Simon Templar (Roger Moore) is in Spain with his best friend’s fiancee, Belinda (Erica Rogers), and her aunt (Stella Bonheur). He doesn’t like her very much, because she is lazy and always complains. As he says, she acts like a “spoiled brat”. Her aunt agrees with Simon Templar, and the two decide to give a lesson to the lady. When she is sleeping, Simon goes in Belinda’s room and steals her money, her passport and her jewels. She then has nothing to live in a foreign country and she’s pretty desperate. After trying to steal an automobile, she’s put in jail, but Simon pays the caution so she can be freed. Simon is going on a hiking trip and proposes her to come with him. She doesn’t like the idea of walking during a hundred miles, but she doesn’t have much choice as she has no money and no place to go. During the expedition she’s constantly complaining (as always), but Simon knows this will be a good way to “tame” her and make her be more responsible, less lazy and appreciate life as it is.

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This episode of The Saint is very different from the other ones as it doesn’t involve a murder or any criminal case, like it normally is the case. As always, Simon Templar is ready to help the others, but, this time, he’ll help a girl being a better person instead of helping an innocent victim. The Simon Templar from The Golden Journey doesn’t play the detective, but a simple backpacker. However, he remains Simon Templar: the handsome man who is ready to do everything to reach his goal, even steal. The mocker Simon Templar, the seductive Simon Templar and, of course, the Simon Templar who always wins.

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I think that’s one of the major facts why this is one of my favourite episodes from The Saint: it’s a plot that doesn’t involve a crime, so it’s very surprising. It’s different and makes us realize that, whatever the subject, this tv show remains great. But don’t get me wrong, I love the episodes involving a crime or a conspiracy. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be one of my very favourite TV shows! That goes without saying. 😉

Of course, the characters make this episode very lively. The contrast between Simon Templar and the annoying Belinda makes it very entertaining. We often wonder how he manages to tolerate her. But, of course, Roger Moore always has to perfect timing as Simon Templar. He is credible, and how can we resist to this low and smooth voice? While being a gentleman (or not so!) he also knew how to play comedy in a very refined way. I can definitely say Simon Templar is my favourite television male character. He’s just sooo cool! Has for Erica Rogers who plays Belinda, well, I must admit I’m not very familiar with her, having only seen her in The Saint. But I must say she does an incredible job as for the evolution of her character. As much as we are annoyed by her at the beginning, we learn to appreciate her, as she becomes, slowly but certainly, a better person.

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I must admit that there’s a thing that always make me laugh in this episode: Belinda starts doing the expedition wearing high heels… but when those [obviously] break, Simon Templar gives her another pair of shoes. These are not high-heels, but cute fancy sandals. Anyway, not the type of shoes to wear for hiking! What was going on in their mind?

But this episode also makes me nostalgic, because of the scene when Simon shows to Belinda how to wash dishes with cold water and dirt. He said he learned that in his summer camp. Well, I did that too in my summer camp, when we were going on an expedition. When you are in the woods, you have to be resourceful!

The Saint’s Golden Journey allows us to see some beautiful Spanish landscapes. However, I don’t know if it was really shot in Spain. Some natural landscapes really made me think of those here in North America. But, anyway, Simon Templar certainly knows how to find the great camping spots. The one next to the beach is just a real dream! Imagine being there, alone with Simon Templar (or Roger Moore). Ouuuuu! 😉 Hard to resist.

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If you want to see something different among The Saint‘s episodes, I think The Golden Journey would be a great example as I just explained why in this post.

If you haven’t seen this episode and wish to watch it (which I highly recommend), here is a link to do so:

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Before leaving you, I’d like you to know how I discovered this TV show. Because people often wonder how a 20 (almost 21) year old girl get to watch old television shows. I must agree, this might be more surprising than watching old movies. Well, a few years ago, my parents gave me a dvd box set with movie star documentaries. Of course, one of them was about Roger Moore. In the documentary, they were talking about The Saint and showing an excerpt alone with the opening credits (which are, by the way, so cool). So, that made me want to see it, and I discovered it was available on a website where I watch tv shows. I was immediately captivated with the first episode and charmed with Simon Templar. As a matter of fact, I often say that this is my favourite TV show. One day, I was watching it and my father saw and said “Hey, you’re watching The Saint!” Believe it or not, he was watching it too when he was young. So that’s a TV show that can interest many generations!

What I like the most about every “Saint” episodes is when Simon Templar is introduced at the beginning and then this little aureole appears above his head and then the opening credits start. It’s simply awesome.

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I ought to thanks Terence again for hosting such a nice blogathon! Of course, make sure to read the other entries, here:

The Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon.

See you soon!

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round 3 results

Results for the 3rd round of the 6th Favourite Classic Movie Actress Tourney (50s)

So here are our winners and losers for the 3rd round of the tourney. Thanks for voting!

CHARACTER ACTRESSES

THELMA RITTER 63 /JUDY HOLLIDAY 28

THE CAN SING!

DORIS DAY 65/ DEBBIE REYNOLDS 27

BEAUTIFUL BLONDES

GRACE KELLY 63/JANET LEIGH 33

EUROPEAN 

DEBORAH KERR 69/SOPHIA LOREN 28

To see the results for the other eras, please click on the links:

30’s

40’s

60’s

So, Thelma Ritter, Doris Day, Grace Kelly and Debora Kerr are movie to the next round, which will begin tomorrow. Congrats to them!

 

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Top of the World: Ten 1939’s Films

1939 is often known as THE year  for films (at least, for Hollywood’s films). Many amazing films were produced this year. A year that marked history as we know.

No less then nine 1939’s films were nominated for the Best Picture. Just to give you an idea on how prolific it was.

Now, let me present you my top 10 1939’s films. Probably a top full of surprise. I guess, at least one of your favourites will be on my list (well, I hope!)

Of course, this top 10 is purely subjective and based on my personal choices.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (surprised not to see GWTW as number 1?)

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Gone With the Wind (ok, here it is)

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Golden Boy

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Each Dawn I Die

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Invisible Stripes

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Wuthering Heights

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Stagecoach

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A Girl Must Live (the only non-Hollywood film on the list. A very amusing film!)

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Made for Each Other

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Destry Rides Again

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I know, no Wizard of Oz. I’m not that much enthusiast about this film.

I wish “Ninotchka”, “The Women” and “Goodbye Mr. Chips” could have been on my list because they’re movies I really want to see, but haven’t got the chance to, yet.

Hope you appreciated! (if not, well, I don’t give a damn! ahah)

What are some of your favourites 1939’s films?

 

 

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The 6th Favourite Classic Movie Actress Tourney: Round 3 (50s Era)

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We’re already at the third round of the 6th Favourite Classic Movie Actress Tourney! This round will let us know who will be the finalist for each categories! The four finalists will then move to the sweet sixteen round (round 4) that will determine the winner for each era before the big final!

As always, I’m hosting the 50s, Monty from All Good Thing and Screwball Cinema is hosting the 30s and the 60s and John from Mythical Monkey is hosting the 40s.

You have until Saturday March 26 at 1 pm to vote.

CHARACTER ACTRESSES (FINAL MATCH)

thelma vs Judy

 

THEY CAN SING!  (FINAL MATCH)

Doris vs Debbie

 

BEAUTIFUL BLONDES (FINAL MATCH)

Grace vs Janet

 

EUROPEAN (FINAL MATCH)

Deborah vs Sophia

 

Don’t forget, you have until March 26 at 1 pm to vote!

Thanks for your participation! May the best win!

Here are the links to vote for the other eras:

30’s

40’s Part 1

40’s Part 2

60’s