Happy 2012, everybody! January is, as always, chock full of good stuff on TCM. The first star of the month in 2012 is Angela Lansbury and her movies can be seen every Wednesday night this month. Every Thursday night will be dedicated to showcasing the work of cinematographer Jack Cardiff. With no further ado, let’s get to my picks for January.
We’re down to the last month of 2011 already! TCM will be closing out the year in top form. December’s star of the month is William Powell, which I am very excited about since I’m a big fan of his. It also means we get two nights of movies featuring him with Myrna Loy, one night being the entire Thin Man series and another night featuring their other collaborations. His movies will be showcased every Thursday night this month. TCM will also be celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens a little early (his birthday isn’t actually until February) by devoting Monday nights to showing various film adaptations of his work. And of course there are Christmas classics galore to look forward to!
Tira (Mae West) is a circus sideshow burlesque performer, but Tira loves the finer things in life and you can’t buy diamonds and furs on a sideshow performer’s salary. But if she can’t buy them herself, she has no issues with doing the next best thing: hopping from one rich man to another and letting them buy things for her. In fact, she can spot a rich man from the stage while she’s performing. Tira knows she isn’t exclusive, but Slick Wiley (Ralf Harolde) seems to be under the impression that he’s Tira’s one and only boyfriend. One night, Tira has a date with yet another rich man and all is going well until Slick shows up. Slick hits Tira’s date over the head with a bottle, knocking him unconscious.
Slick and Tira both think he’s dead and try to get rid of the body. He lives, but the police catch up to Slick and he is arrested. Even though Tira did nothing wrong, she needs to get a lawyer to see that she also doesn’t wind up behind bars, too. She doesn’t have the money to hire a lawyer and the only way the boss will give her the money is to become the lion tamer in a new act and stick her head inside a lion’s mouth. Naturally, Tira is a bit hesitant about this, but she does it anyway and the new act is a huge success. She becomes a big star and wins over a whole new audience of wealthy men.
Among her new admirers is Kirk Lawrence. He’s already engaged to Alicia Hatton, but just can’t resist lavishing expensive gifts upon Tira. Eventually, Alicia comes to Tira personally to ask her to stop seeing Kirk and Tira refuses. So then Alicia steps it up and gets Kirk’s friend Jack Clayton (Cary Grant) to talk to her and see what he can do. Tira may not have been willing to listen to Alicia, but she’s always more receptive to a handsome man. She gladly pushes Kirk aside in favor of Jack and even begins to do the unthinkable — think about marriage. Just when she’s ready to walk down the aisle, her old pal Slick gets out of jail and tries to come back into her life. He even tells Jack that he’s been seeing Tira and of course, Jack believes the worst and breaks off the engagement. But Tira isn’t about to take this sitting down, sues him for breach of contract, and defends herself in court. But when Slick is called to the witness stand, Tira not only manages to win her case but also wins Jack back.
Mae West movies are all about one thing and one thing only — Mae West. So if you like Mae, then you’re bound to love I’m No Angel. She purrs and quips and shimmies her way through the whole movie in her signature style. Luckily for me, I do like Mae so I really got a kick out of this one. If you’ve never seen a Mae West movie before, this is a good one to start with because this is truly her in all her glory. But if Mae’s style isn’t your cup of tea, then you might as well sit this one out because there’s not really anything else to watch it for. Even fans of Cary Grant might be a little disappointed since he doesn’t really have a big part, he doesn’t even come in until late in the film. But when he does show up? Their chemistry is awesome.
Julie Eden (Carole Lombard) and Alec Walker (Cary Grant) are both lonely for two different reasons. Alec is married to Maida (Kay Francis), but neither of them actually loves the other. Maida only married him because of his money. Julie is a widowed illustrator who lives with her young daughter and divorced sister. The two meet when Julie rents a house in the town where Alec lives and naturally, they end up falling in love. When they first meet, they hit it off right away and it starts off innocently enough. Julie doesn’t know he’s married and Alec sees that Julie is everything Maida isn’t. But complications arise one night when Alec and Maida’s friend Suzanne get into a car accident near Julie’s house. Suzanne asks Julie to call Alec’s wife and a doctor for him and before Julie knows it, she’s face to face with Maida. But Maida immediately knows there’s something between Alec and Julie when she notices Julie’s sketchbook sitting in Alec’s wrecked car.
When Julie finds out about Maida, she’s heartbroken. After her sister’s marriage ended because of another woman, she absolutely does not want to be the other woman. But Alec is more determined than ever to get out of his loveless marriage and demands that Maida give him a divorce. The only way he can get her to give him a divorce is if he lets her take a trip to Paris with his parents to get it. Desperate to be rid of her, he gladly agrees to this plan and as soon as Maida and his parents are on the boat, Alec and Julie’s relationship moves very quickly. When Julie goes to New York for work, Alec goes with her and proposes.
The only thing standing in their way of happiness is Maida. Their marriage plans keep being pushed back because Maida keeps running into delays with the divorce. Or so they think. The truth is that Maida never had any intention of giving him a divorce and she makes that point quite clear to them when she and Alec’s parents return to New York on Christmas Eve. When Alec threatens to go to Reno himself, Maida vows to make the whole legal affair as ugly as possible. Tired of all the frustrations, Julie breaks it off with Alec, who then heads out to a bar to drown his sorrows. Alec stumbles into a cheap motel for the night and passes out in front of an open window. The motel staff finds him the next morning seriously ill and Julie is called to take care of him. At first they only think he has the flu, but it turns out to be a much more serious bout of pneumonia and he is rushed to the hospital. The hospital won’t let Julie in to see Alec since they’re not married, but when the doctor tells Alec’s father (Charles Coburn) that Alec needs a reason to want to get well again, he lets Julie see him so he’d have that reason. But the movie wouldn’t be complete without one last showdown between Julie and Maida. Not only does Maida get told off by Julie, Maida accidentally reveals her true motives to Alec’s parents. Now that Alec’s parents have finally seen the real Maida, they fully support the idea of Alec getting that divorce.
I must say, it was a pretty bold move to take Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis, and Charles Coburn, what would have been one of the most brilliant comedic casts ever assembled, and put them in a drama. But the good news is that none of their talents are wasted here. Actually, I think this is a completely underrated movie for both Cary Grant and Carole Lombard. Even though this gets a 7.0 on IMDB, for some reason, I didn’t go into it expecting anything special. But I was very pleasantly surprised. It may be pretty melodramatic, but at least it’s well acted melodrama. Kay Francis was definitely somebody I loved to hate and I liked the chemistry between Carole and Cary. I really wish Carole and Cary had made another movie together, perhaps they would have if Carole hadn’t died so young. They were wonderful in a drama together, but in a comedy, they would have been absolutely unstoppable.
Claire Mathewson (Thelma Todd) is married to Olympic javelin thrower Stephen Mathewson (Cary Grant), but that doesn’t stop her from carrying on an affair with Gerald (Roland Young) while her husband is out of town for the Olympics. One night, Clarie and Gerald were supposed to go to the theater, but then her dress gets caught in the car door and is ripped completely off, much to the amusement of the crowd in front of the theater. They cut the night short and head back to her place, but on the way back, Claire tells Gerald that she’s planned a trip to Venice for the two of them. Meanwhile, Gerald’s friend Bunny (Charlie Ruggles) stops by Claire’s apartment to drop off their train tickets. What he doesn’t expect is to run into Stephen, who has decided to not go to the Olympics after all. Of course, Stephen coming back really throws a wrench into Claire’s plans for Venice. Thinking quickly, Bunny tries saying that the tickets were for Gerald and his wife, Claire was just going to tag along on their trip. Stephen doesn’t quite buy that story, but he calls their bluff and insists on coming along, too.
The only problem is that now they need to find someone to pretend to be Gerald’s wife. He tries hiring an actress, but she doesn’t want to upset her boyfriend and the she gets the out-of-work Germaine (Lili Damita) to go in her place. Germaine goes to meet with Gerald, and of course Bunny can’t resist crashing the interview. They initially have their doubts about her, but she manages to win them over and the next thing she knows, she’s on the train to Venice. Claire doesn’t like her right off the bat and can’t stand seeing Gerald with her. She tries to get Gerald to send her back to Paris, but she refuses to leave and threatens to tell Stephen what’s really going on. But it turns out that Gerald isn’t the only one Claire has to worry about. Stephen is a bit infatuated with Germaine. In fact, Germaine is turning out to be the most popular lady on this trip because Bunny and even Gerald, despite his “strictly business” attitude, also begin to fall for Germaine.
Later, as Germaine is getting ready for a night out with Bunny, Gerald gets jealous and sends him away when he arrives. Gerald takes the opportunity to really win her over and she falls for him, but is getting frustrated by this whole set-up and wants to leave. But Bunny isn’t willing to give up so easily and tries climbing a ladder into her bedroom. She tries to get rid of him, but he’s drunk and when he tries to leave on the ladder, he falls into a canal. Stephen overhears the commotion, thinks there’s a burglar in Germaine’s room, and goes to investigate. Gerald and Claire also both rush in and when they see Stephen and Germaine together, they get the wrong idea. After he gets out of the canal, Bunny comes back to explain what happened and Claire realizes that the idea of her husband being in love with another woman has made her fall back in love with him. Claire ends things with Gerald, leaving Gerald free to pursue Germaine.
This is the Night was Cary Grant’s film debut and was actually nearly his last. He really didn’t care for this movie at all and hated it so much that he almost left the industry all together. But luckily, he was talked out of it and the rest is history. But even if Cary Grant didn’t like it, I absolutely adore it. Actually, I’m kind of obsessed with it and I’ve mentioned before that I wish I could live in that movie. I’ve heard some people call it a “poor man’s Ernst Lubitsch film,” but even a poor man’s Ernst Lubitsch is still pretty darn entertaining. It’s hilarious and very pre-code. The cast had great chemistry together, especially Charlie Ruggles and Roland Young. And I just love how stylized it is. I’m not even quite sure what to compare it to. There are times when it kinda reminds me of a silent film with the way the outdoor night scenes are tinted blue and how in the very beginning, it’s just music and synchronized sound effects. Then there are moments where it almost turns into a musical, but it doesn’t quite go all the way with it. It’s certainly a unique one, that’s for sure. I can’t get enough of it.
When Bonnie Lee’s (Jean Arthur) boat docks in Barranca, she gets off the boat thinking she’ll just be in town for the night. But when she meets American pilots Joe (Noah Beery, Jr.) and Les (Allyn Joslyn), she’s happy to meet some fellow Americans and starts spending the evening with them. The three of them stop into a bar, but then an order comes in that one of them has to fly out with some mail. It’s very foggy that night, but their boss Geoff Carter (Cary Grant) is trying to land a mail delivery contract for his airline and has to stay on schedule for six months. It’s decided that Joe must make the trip, but once he gets a ways out, they decide that it’s too dangerous for him to continue and is ordered to turn around. When he gets back, he can’t see the runway to land. Carter orders him to stay up until the fog clears, but he doesn’t listen and tries to land anyway. He hits a tree on his way down, crashes, and dies.
Bonnie is deeply affected by Joe’s sudden death and is rather disturbed by the cold, distant attitude Carter seems to have about the incident. But when some of the other pilots explain that they understand the risks of the job and that casualties are just a fact of life to them, she softens up toward Carter. The two of them have a wonderful night together, drinking, singing, and playing the piano. She even starts to fall in love with him! Carter is attracted to her, too, but he’s had a bad experience with a woman that’s put him off the idea of love. Plus he doesn’t want to give up flying and knows a lot of women couldn’t handle being married to a pilot. Their evening is suddenly interrupted when Carter has to leave to deliver that mail. Bonnie’s next boat is due to leave before he’d be back, but she decides at the last minute to skip the boat and stay in town for another week. Carter is very surprised to find her waiting when he gets back, but not in a good way. Bonnie feels stupid for having stayed, but she sticks around anyway.
But Carter is in for an even bigger surprise when Bat MacPherson (Richard Barthelmess) and his wife Judy (Rita Hayworth) suddenly arrive. Bat’s come to town under an assumed name because he’s had a bad reputation in the flying world ever since he bailed out of a plane and left his mechanic to die. The mechanic that died happened to be fellow pilot Kid’s (Thomas Mitchell) brother. Carter immediately recognizes him and is hesitant to hire him at first. The other pilots don’t want him there, but they really need the help and Bat is assigned to the most dangerous flights. Not only that, but it turns out Bat’s wife Judy is the same woman who broke Carter’s heart. Meanwhile, even though Carter had hurt Bonnie earlier, she continues to fall in love with him. But after seeing one of his flights nearly go horribly wrong, she really begins to question whether or not she could handle being married to a pilot. Then the time comes time to make the final delivery to get that mail contract. Carter had planned to make the treacherous flight himself, but before he can leave, Bonnie accidentally shoots him in the arm and he can’t go.
Bat and Kid make the trip in his place. When they realize they can’t fly as high as they need to, they’re told to turn around. But on the way back, a bird hits the windshield and breaks Kid’s neck. The plane also catches on fire and Kid tells Bat to go ahead and parachute out of the plane. But this time, Bat is determined to not leave his companion and the two go down with the plane. Kid doesn’t make it, but Bat survives and earns the respect of his fellow pilots. By then, Bonnie is ready to catch her boat and move on. When she goes to say goodbye to Carter, he gets word that the weather is clearing and he starts rushing to make that mail delivery. But before he leaves, he tells Bonnie they should flip a coin to decide if she stays or not. She doesn’t want to decide anything so glibly, but then she realizes he’s flipping a two-headed coin.
Even though adventure movies aren’t typically among my favorite movies, I really enjoyed Only Angels Have Wings. I really liked that it managed to find a balance between being an action film and a romance without feeling like two different movies got stuck together. And the best part is that both parts are carried out equally well. Plus the cast is fantastic! Of course, I like Cary Grant in just about anything, but I really loved him and Jean Arthur together here. I mostly know Richard Barthelmess from his silent films and a handful of his pre-codes, so it was nice to see him in this. This was one of Rita Hayworth’s first substantial roles. She doesn’t have a particularly big part, but she made herself noticeable and this movie really helped her career. And to top it all off, it’s got superb direction from Howard Hawks! All in all, an excellent movie.
Kit Madden (Claudette Colbert) is one of the most celebrated writers in America. Everyone is talking about her novel “Here is Tomorrow” and it’s in the process of being turned into a movie starring Cary Grant and Lana Turner. But just as she’s about to get on a train to California, she finds out Cary Grant isn’t able to do the movie after all. Even though the producer thinks they should try to find an unknown actor to take his place, Kit had her heart set on Cary Grant. She thinks nobody else could play that part better, until she looks up and finds herself sitting across from Rusty (John Wayne) and Dink (Don DeFore), a couple of Marines. She realizes that Rusty would be a perfect choice for the movie.
She strikes up a conversation with Rusty and Dink and really hits it off with both of them. There’s just one little problem — they’ve read her book and aren’t as fond of it as everyone else is. So she tells them her name is Kit Klotch, tries to defend her book, and sends a telegram to the producer to tell him she’s found someone to take Cary Grant’s place. While at a stop in Chicago, she gets word back saying that she should stay with Rusty and Dink. But when she tries to keep up with them, she misses her train and loses her baggage. When she gets on Rusty and Dink’s train, she has to pretend she’s lost her ticket and has to ride in the coach section. But Rusty and Dink have her join them for dinner in the dining car and the three of them have a grand time. At least they have fun until Kit is accused of stealing another woman’s orchid and she gets thrown off the train. But by then, she, Rusty, and Dink have become so close that they get off the train with her.
The three of them start walking and keep on walking until they meet someone with a car they’re willing to sell. Kit buys the car and they start driving to California. At one point, they stop, and Rusty comes onto Kit. Kit is caught a little bit off guard by this and Rusty is hurt by her reaction. But when the car starts overheating and the three of them have to stop at a ranch, the rancher’s daughter immediately takes a shine to Rusty. Kit can’t stand seeing Rusty with another woman, so she tells the rancher that Rusty and Dink aren’t really Marines and their uniforms were stolen so that he would make them leave. As they leave the ranch, Kit admits what she’s done, but surprisingly, Rusty and Dink aren’t mad. In fact, Rusty is happy because she’s finally admitted her feelings for him. Later when they need a hotel, Kit secretly tries to use her famous name to get them a room. But when someone notices a newspaper article that had erroneously been printed early saying that Kit was in Hollywood that day, she winds up in jail. When her movie’s producer comes to bail her out, Rusty and Dink find out who she really is and why she started following them, and Rusty wants nothing to do with her. Kit and Rusty go their separate ways, but eventually, he decides he doesn’t want to be away from her anymore.
When I saw that Without Reservations involved John Wayne in a Claudette Colbert comedy, I was definitely intrigued. This seemed so different from how I typically think of John Wayne that I couldn’t resist checking it out. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, though. Without Reservations is such an adorable movie. Now those are words I never thought I’d find myself saying about a John Wayne movie! Claudette, John, and Don DeFore made a great trio and were simply delightful to watch. With a lesser group of key players, this movie probably wouldn’t have been as enjoyable. And it was fun watching for cameos from Jack Benny, Mervyn LeRoy, Raymond Burr, and Cary Grant. I’m always happy to see Cary Grant pop up in a movie, even if it is only for a minute! It’s a great movie, I’m definitely glad I decided to watch this one today.
It’s that time of year again! Let Summer Under the Stars commence! I love this year’s line-up. Even though there are plenty of the usual SUTS suspects like Bette Davis, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, more than half of this year’s stars have never been part of SUTS before. And many of those who have been featured before, haven’t been featured in quite a few years. Let’s take a look at the full list of stars:
Even though I’m broke and can’t afford to actually bid on anything in today’s auction, there’s so much amazing stuff up for sale today that I can’t resist trying to follow the auction as best I can. So I figured I’d try my hand at live blogging and cover the auction the best I can as it happens. I’m not going to cover every single item up for sale, but I’ll try to keep you updated about some of the more noteworthy items. So stay tuned, sit back, relax, and live vicariously through other people who can afford to spend insane amounts of money on movie memorabilia. And I’m just putting it out there right now: I would not be even remotely surprised if Hugh Hefner buys Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch. A million dollar absentee bid has already been placed on it, so it will definitely be sold for at least that much today.
If you want to follow along with the auction live, just go here, click on “Live Bidding”, then click the option to just watch the auction. There is a live video stream, but no audio.
Note – The selling prices I list here don’t include the buyer’s premium. If you see articles about Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz test costume selling for more than a million, that source factored in the buyer’s premium.
3:12 PM – The first lot, a 1915 35mm Bell and Howell camera just sold for $32,500!
3:16 PM – Rudolph Valentino’s matador suit from Blood and Sand just went for $210,000.
3:19 PM – Mary Pickford’s headpiece from Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall went for $3,250.
3: 21 PM- Francis X. Bushman’s charioteer helmet from 1925’s Ben Hur sold for $30,000!
3:26 PM – Harold Lloyd’s suit and hat went for $4,000!
3:34 PM – Mary Pickford’s gown from The Taming of the Shrew sold for $17,000.
3:36 PM – Lots 17 and 18, both Douglas Fairbanks costumes from The Taming of the Shrew sold for $20,000 and lot 18 didn’t sell.
3:38 PM – One of Charlie Chaplin’s infamous hats went for $110,000!
3:40 PM – A Model T used by Laurel and Hardy sold for $32,500 and a pair of their suits went for $16,000.
3:42 PM – Carole Lombard’s gown from No Man of Her Own sold for $11,000.
3:47 PM – Claudette Colbert’s Cleopatra gown went for $40,000.
3:52 PM – Greta Garbo’s gown from Anna Karenina also sold for $40,000!
3:53 PM – Harpo Marx’s hat and wig went for $45,000!
4:10 PM – Lots 42, 43, and 44 are the paintings commissioned by Marion Davies and respectively went for $10,000, $11,000, and $17,000. These really got the bidders going.
4:17 PM – W.C. Fields’ joke box sold for $35,000.
4:39 PM – Norma Shearer’s purple gown from Romeo and Juliet went for $20,000.
5:04 PM – Now we’re into stuff from The Good Earth and people went nuts for some of the furniture! The pair of chairs went for $20,000, the opium bed for $20,000, two Paul Muni robes for $4,000 each, Luise Rainer’s shirt for $2,000, the lot of stands and other furniture for $3,500, and Luise Rainer’s jacket for $3,000.
5:13 PM – A gown worn by Norma Shearer in Marie Antoinette and Lucille Ball in Du Barry was a Lady sold for $11,000.
5:44 PM – Oh, now we’re into a busy bunch of lots! First up was Marlene Dietrich’s outfit from “The Boys in the Backroom” number in Destry Rides Again, which went for $8,000, one of Judy Garland’s test costumes from The Wizard of Oz went for $910,000, a test pair of the ruby slippers sold for $510,000, an extra’s jacket from the Emerald City scenes of the Wizard of Oz sold for $22,500, Clark Gable’s dressing robe from the production of Gone With the Wind went for $10,000, and Basil Rathbone’s famous Sherlock Holmes caped overcoat sold for $50,000!
5:54 PM – Vivien Leigh’s suit from Waterloo Bridge sold for $16,000.
6:09 PM – Gary Cooper’s military uniform from Sergeant York went for $55,000.
6:16 PM – A couple of costumes worn by James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy, the satin jockey shirt went for $27,500 and the clown outfit sold for $15,000.
6:19 PM – Not so fast, Louis! A suit worn by Claude Rains in Casablanca sold for $55,000!
6:53 PM – Took a dinner break and missed another busy bunch of lots! Elizabeth Taylor’s riding outfit from National Velvet went for $60,000, Judy Garland’s “Under the Bamboo Tree” dress from Meet Me in St. Louis sold for $16,000, Judy’s dress from the snowman building scene in Meet Me in St. Louis went for $10,000, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra’s sailor suits from Anchors Aweigh went for $27,500 and $15,000 respectively.
7:00 PM – $22,500 for Joan Crawford’s waitress uniform from Mildred Pierce and $5,000 for Ann Blyth’s Mildred Pierce suit.
7:05 PM – Edmund Gwenn’s Santa suit from Miracle on 34th Street just sold for $22,500.
8:12 PM – The gold lame dress worn by Ginger Rogers in The Barkleys of Broadway went for $8,000.
8:51 PM – The chiffon robe worn by Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire sold for $18,000. Then it went into a bunch of items from An American in Paris with Leslie Caron’s peacock dress from the fantasy ballet number for $15,000, Nina Foch’s white halter gown from a party scene for $3,000, and a showgirl costume from the Stairway to Paradise number for $1,100.
9:05 PM – We have reached the Singin’ in the Rain part of the auction. First were the green and white checked suits worn by Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly, $8,000 and $14,000 respectively. Jean Hagen’s Marie Antoinette-esque dress sold for $5,500 and Gene Kelly’s period costume went for $9,000. Debbie’s green and white leaf print dress went for $15,000, Gene Kelly’s jacket from the Broadway Melody Ballet number went for $6,500, Jean Hagen’s black and white fur coat went for $6,000, Donald O’Connor’s “Good Morning” suit didn’t sell, Cyd Charisse’s white Broadway Melody Ballet outfit for $7,000, and Debbie’s “Good Morning” dress went for $27,500. A pink dress worn by Gwen Carter sold for $3,750, and a bunch of costumes from the “Beautiful Girl” montage brought $5,500.
9:22 PM – Now we’re getting into some of the Marilyn Monroe and Marilyn-related items. First up is Marilyn’s red “Two Little Girls from Little Rock” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which brought $1.2 million! Then came the feathered hat worn by Jane Russell when she impersonates Loreli Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, that sold for $4,250. Lauren Bacall’s wedding dress from How to Marry a Millionaire went for $8,000 and the car used by Marilyn and Cary Grant in Monkey Business sold for $210,000.
9:48 PM – A lot of two safari outfits worn by Grace Kelly in Mogambo sold for $47,500. A Winchester rifle used by Clark Gable in Mogambo brought in $15,000.
10:00 PM – A couple more from Marilyn Monroe. The gold dress from River of No Return went for $510,000 and her costume from the “Heat Wave” number in There’s No Business Like Show Business brought in $500,000!
10:52 PM – After a little break, we’re back with the dress everyone’s been waiting for — the infamous Marilyn Monroe white subway dress from The Seven Year Itch. I fully expected bidding to be out of control for this one and I wasn’t disappointed. It brought in an astonishing $4.6 million!
11:03 PM – Now we’ve got a couple from To Catch a Thief. A coat worn by Cary Grant brought in $15,000 and an outfit worn by Grace Kelly earned a jaw dropping $450,000!
11:41 PM – A couple of dresses worn by Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember brought in $6,000 and $11,000.
12:17 AM – One of Lana Turner’s dresses from Peyton Place sold for $4,250.
12:22 AM – Lot number 407 is rather unique because it includes things worn by both Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth in Pal Joey. It went for $6,500.
12:29 AM – Leslie Caron’s iconic plaid schoolgirl outfit from Gigi went for $65,000.
12:40 AM – Charlton Heston’s tunic and cape from Ben Hur could have been yours for the low, low price of $320,000!
1:32 AM – Marlon Brando’s naval outfit from Mutiny on the Bounty just brought in $90,000!
2:12 AM – Elizabeth Taylor’s famous headdress from Cleopatra went for $100,000 and Richard Burton’s tunic, cape, and sword brought in $85,000.
Oh, who cares what time it is anymore? Yes, I’m still going! Aren’t these people tired and broke yet?! Janet Leigh’s yellow fringed dress from Bye Bye Birdie fetched $3,750 and Bette Davis’ blood stained dress from Hush, Hush…Sweet Charlotte sold for $11,000.
Another big item to watch tonight was Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress from My Fair Lady. I fully expected it to exceed the $200,000-$300,000 and it sure did. It went up to $3.7 million!
I would say that the hills are alive with the sound of music, but at this time of night, I’m pretty sure that’s a noise ordinance violation. Julie Andrews’ guitar went for $140,000, her jumper from the “Do Re Mi” number for $550,000, her turquoise and green dress for $45,000, the peasant dress went for $42,500, and a pair of the Trapp children’s outfits sold for $35,000.
And at long last we have reached the Barbara Streisand part of the auction. First from Funny Girl is her costume from “I’d Rather Be Blue” for $65,000, a lot of the other roller skating costumes for $2,500, the black velvet dress from “My Man” for $16,000, a bunch of stuff worn by the Ziegfeld girls in the “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” number for $7,500, Anne Francis’ silk dress for $1,800, and Kay Medford’s beaded shawl for $1,400.
A jacket worn by Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid brought $8,500 and a dress worn by Katharine Ross went for $16,000.
And back to Streisand. The purple Hello, Dolly dress went for $55,000 and the gold dress for $100,000. Surprised the gold dress went for that little, that’s how much it cost to make that dress back in the day.
You’ll be fascinated to know that a shirt worn in the cinematic masterpiece known as Grease 2 sold for $475.
We have finally made it to the final segment of posters/portraits! The title cards for Blind Husbands fetched $2,000, the lot of three Gloria Swanson title/lobby cards sold for $1,200, the portrait of Gloria Swanson went for $8,500, the lot of two Mabel Normand lobby cards for $800, the pair of silent title/lobby cards for $1,600, the lobby card for Lon Chaney’s The Penalty for $1,700, and the lobby card for Chaplin’s The Idle Class for $1,600. The portrait of Jean Harlow went for $11,000!
Now it’s high time I called it a night! Good night everybody!
How is it already June? But anyway, it’s shaping up to be a fun month on TCM. Every Thursday this month, TCM will be showing a night full of classic drive-in movies. So if you’re like me and love cheesy monster movies, you’re going to love this month. There’s also the return of Essentials, Jr. on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM, hosted this year by Bill Hader. The Star of the Month is the lovely Jean Simmons, who I’ve always found to be a bit on the under-appreciated side. With no further ado, let’s go on to my TCM picks for the month…