Friday, August 31, 2012


Here's the second instalment of the already popular Moviestar Morphs! This time the morphed moviestar is the product of two male superstars of the golden age of cinema...but which two?


CASUAL FRIDAY: Joan Crawford is not dressing to impress, dahling. It's just some old thing she threw on.

Thursday, August 30, 2012


YouTube is not just for watching funny cats - though admittedly those cats are very entertaining. Did you know there are some true gems hidden among the footage of people falling down and 'remixes' of politicians' speeches?
Take this for example: The FULL version of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948)! It's always been one of my personal favourite films by old Hitch (my top pick would be Lifeboat).
The quality here is perfectly watchable. So bookmark this and watch it on a Sunday afternoon with a drink and one of those funny YouTube cats on your lap!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MOVIESTAR MORPH 1 - the answer

Remember this glamorous lady? The question was: who are the two moviestars that make up her gene pool? Some of you guessed one but not the other on Facebook, and only one of you guessed both!

The answer is: Marlene Dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor!


BORN TODAY: Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982)

Swedish Ingrid Bergman was one of the top actresses in the 1940's and probably of all time. Starring in films like Casablanca (1942), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946) and Joan of Arc (1948), her name is virtually synonymous with 'classic Hollywood'.
Her exceptional - un-American - looks and intelligence made her a favourite among co-workers, directors and audiences alike.
Her affair (and later marriage) to Italian director Roberto Rossellini (with whom she made five pictures) was judged to be scandalous by the Hollywood press and she had a hard time finding work of the same standard she had been used to until 1956, when she made Anastasia, for which she won an Oscar (the second out of three).

Some great Ingrid Bergman quotes:

"Be yourself. The world worships the original"

"Happiness is good health and bad memory"

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous"

with Cary Grant

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


As promised in the first FELINES AND FILM STARS post: the dog lovers would get their section too - and here it is: FIDOS AND FILM STARS! Here's your first batch of pictures of classic stars and some lovely canines :-)

Barbara Stanwyck

Basil Rathbone

Carole Lombard

Cary Grant

Clark Gable


Monday, August 27, 2012


Does the above glamour puss look familiar but you can't quite put your finger on who she is? I don't blame you - this woman never actually existed. She's a 50/50 combination of two very famous screen goddesses - can you guess which two? Since this is the first Moviestar Morph, I didn't make it too difficult. Answer will be revealed in two days!


BORN TODAY: George Montgomery (1916 - 2000)

The tall, chiselled George Montgomery was an actor for whom the expression 'ruggedly handsome' seemed to be invented. Starring in over eighty films, he was mostly cast as sidekick in numerous westerns. The more prominent titles from the long list of his movies include The Lone Ranger (1938), China Girl (1942), Orchestra Wives (1942), Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) and Battle of the Bulge (1965). He almost always did his own stunts, as he had started out as a stuntman before becoming an actor.

George was also an accomplished artist, creating many sculptures of his famous collegues, as well as being a talented cabinet- and furniture maker, resulting in a lasting business that he ran for over forty years. Later he even branched out into home design and building.

He was married to Dinah Shore in the years 1943 to 1963.
Below is an entertaining video in which George Montgomery and Dinah Shore appear as the Mystery Guests on What's My Line?

Sunday, August 26, 2012


TIPPI HEDREN - On Alfred Hitchcock: "To be the object of somebody`s obsession is a really awful feeling when you can`t return it."

Saturday, August 25, 2012


"What a joy! It's M-G-M's Technicolor musical!"

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron

To coincide with Gene Kelly's 100th birthday this week, our first Something for the Weekend features An American In Paris, the 1951 movie musical.

Inspired by the 1928 composition by Gershwin, the plot isn't that interesting or relevant. What makes this film a classic are the iconic songs and dance routines. Tunes like I Got Rhythm, I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, Our Love is Here to Stay and 'S Wonderful are all from this film, as is the aforementioned Gershwin composition as a spectacular 16-minute dance finale.

An American In Paris won six Oscars, including the one for Best Picture. Cyd Charisse was set to play the female lead until she discovered she was pregnant and newcomer Leslie Caron took her place. Gene Kelly, though he's not credited as such, actually directed many of the dance sequences himself.

Watch the trailer and get in the mood for something musical for the weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012


CASUAL FRIDAY: Tallulah Bankhead slips into something more comfortable.


A lovely collection of photos of classic movie stars with cats! This will be a returning feature on I'd love to kiss you... And for the dog lovers: you will get your share too :-)

Carole Lombard


Marlon Brando

Ava Gardner

Anthony Perkins

Bette Davis

Thursday, August 23, 2012


BORN TODAY: Gene Kelly (1912-1996)

Eugene Curran Kelly was a unique presence in the movies. Ofcourse there were other dancer/performers like Fred Astaire but Kelly brought a likeable American swagger to his work that won you over the moment he appeared on screen.
His work was also experimental and innovative - most notably integrating live action dance with animation in Anchors Aweigh (1945). Unforgettable performances in Easter Parade (1948) On The Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951) and Singin' in the Rain (1952) established him as one of the most iconic stars of the 40's and 50's.

rare photo without his hairpiece

With Natalie Wood

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tired Old Queen at the Movies

Steve Hayes loves his classic Hollywood movies. In fact, he adores them. It's his enthusiasm and his deep knowledge of all things vintage Hollywood that makes you want to watch the movie he's just been talking about.
His YouTube page Tired Old Queen at the Movies has tons of reviews of classic movies, generously peppered with Steve's witty remarks and outrageous impressions. Look up his review of your favourite movie or just browse them all for inspiration for your next movie night at home. A must for any classic movie fan!


BORN TODAY: Honor Blackman (1925)
British actress who starred in, among many other film and TV productions, A Night To Remember (1958), To The Devil A Daughter (1976) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).

Welcome to I'd love to kiss you but I just washed my hair! An unwieldy title, certainly, so we'll just use I'd love to kiss you.

As a first post I thought it would be appropriate to explain the origins of this blog's title. It is ofcourse a quote from Bette Davis - from The Cabin in the Cotton (1932), to be precise. Her exact words were "I'd like to kiss ya but I just washed my hair", but Bette misquoted herself many times whenever she greeted an audience - to standing ovations.
Here's a video of the original scene: