Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In the Good Old Summertime.

I know that it sounds ridiculous that I'm reviewing a Christmas movie called "In the Good Old Summertime." But the majority of the movie, all of it except the very beginning and the very end, take place at Christmastime.

This is seriously one of the most charming musicals I've ever seen. It is, as I've mentioned before, the musical remake of "The Shop Around the Corner." This movie is much more light-hearted than the original. It has the same basic plot: Veronica Fisher and Andrew Larkin both work as sales clerks in a music store. They can't stand each other, and they don't realize that they're falling in love with each other as secret penpals.

"In the Good Old Summertime" is an adorable movie. It's funny, clever, and sweet. The songs are not out of place and cheesy like in some musicals (I still love them :). Because the movie takes place in a music store, the songs fit perfectly into the plot. Judy Garland and Van Johnson have great chemistry and make a really cute on-screen couple, despite their snarky attitudes toward each other for most of the film (think Lizzie and Darcy). The rest of the cast is perfect, too. This is the first time I've watched "In the Good Old Summertime" since seeing "The Shop Around the Corner," so I kept comparing the two. I noticed which lines Van Johnson said better and which suited Jimmy Stewart. All in all, they're both lovely movies!

Like I said, I consider this film a "Christmas movie," but I watch it at other times during the year, too. :) It is very snowy and Christmasy, though, and Judy even sings a Christmas song in it (see below). I highly recommend it for any fan of musicals or Judy Garland. Beware: the songs will be stuck in your head for hours afterward. For me, it always seems to be "I Don't Care" or "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey."

Until next time,

Monday, November 29, 2010

Great art sale...hurry!

P.S. One of my favorite Etsy shops, The Little Fox, is having a sale that ends today. You should really check it out! Her 8x10 prints are on sale for $12 (usually $16), and you get free shipping. This is a really great deal, and I'm not getting paid to say this. :) I just love her shop and her gorgeous art! I ordered two of her Alice in Wonderland-themed prints for myself this weekend.

Until next time,

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Purple and olive.

Hi, guys!

I watched one of my favorite movies, "Penelope," again tonight. And while I was watching, I made a Penelope-inspired treasury on Etsy. You can check it out here!

I also pulled out one of my worn copies of "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" to reread in preparation for the movie in a few weeks! Yay! I love my little 70s boxed Narnia set. However...

If I were wealthy, these would be mine. Gosh. So gorgeous. I need to keep an eye out for lovely old books at the thrift stores. :) Though I doubt I would find any UK 1st edition books.

Until next time,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you guys are having a much better Thanksgiving than Bing is. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Clip from "Holiday Inn"

P.S. I couldn't resist. New vintage Christmas layout and Christmas music playlist at the bottom of the blog! :) Enjoy.

Until next time,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I know some of my readers don't approve of the Harry Potter books/movies. If you're one of those, please disregard this post! :)
*Spoilers ahead*

Wow. I don't even know what to say.

Well, I've got plenty to say. I just don't know how to go about doing it. :)

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was amazing. Despite the changes, I was probably more satisfied with how this movie played out and translated to the screen than any other HP movie. It was a beautiful movie- the acting, the music, the filming, everything. Sad and gloomy, but beautiful.

First, to touch on some of my favorite scenes. The beginning was great- the parts with Hermione removing herself from her parents' memories were so heartbreaking! I loved the seven Potters scene! It was hilarious, and I loved seeing the others transform into Harry, still speaking in their own voices. The Ministry of Magic scene was also great. The three actors who played the trio disguised were amazing! They had the mannerisms of Harry, Ron, and Hermione down perfectly- I also liked that they chose actors who sort of resembled the trio in a slight way. By the way, I just found out that Sophie Thompson played the lady! I had no idea- is that bad that I didn't recognize her as Emma Thompson's sister and Miss Bates from 1995 "Emma"? It was nice to have another glimpse of the evil Umbridge in all of her pink, cat glory (did you notice the stuffed cat face made onto her sweater? Creepy!). I *didn't* like that Harry starts to change back to himself so quickly, but I guess that was sort of a minor thing.

I also loved Godric's Hollow. The graveyard, the demolished house, Bathilda Bagshot, everything. I wished that the sign had come up, marking the house. But seriously, how cute was that little village in the snow? I was a little disappointed that Voldemort didn't even come to Bathilda's house to get Harry...did he? Or was it so quick that I didn't even realize? "The Tale of the Three Brothers" animation- gorgeous! The highlight of a rather disappointing take on the visit to the Lovegood's home. The animation fit the movie perfectly; I just loved it. My last favorite scene: the fight at Malfoy Manor. That scene was perfect. Emma Watson was amazing in her scene with Bellatrix (Helena Bonham-Carter). Whoa...her emotions were so well-shown. I just can't say how much I love that scene.

Emma Watson was pretty much amazing through the whole movie- I thought the best of the trio. And her best performance so far in a HP movie. At times, it felt like she was actually carrying the movie, especially in the scenes with just her and Harry. Rupert Grint was also great...I wasn't extremely impressed with Daniel Radcliffe, but come to think of it, I'm usually not. :) I mean, he's fine, but not anything special. The whole Malfoy family was good. And I loved Fred and George! Oh, they crack me up. :) For the tiny bit they were on screen. As almost disgusting as it was, I loved it when George joins Harry and Ginny in the kitchen with his toothbrush stuck in his ear (or lack of it?). :)

I can't believe I'm saying this, but there were actually a couple of parts that they changed from the book/added that I liked. First was Hedwig's death. It was more brave and noble this way. Also, the Harry and Hermione dance. When I first heard the song that they danced to (on Youtube, before I even saw the movie), I was thinking, what in the world? But when I saw the movie, it all came together. It was a very cute, touching moment, sort of like the one they had in the last movie. Harry's dancing was...a little dorky? :) But it was sweet of him to try and comfort her by lightening the mood. I liked it a lot.

Just a few small things that disappointed me: the lack of Dudley's great line at the very beginning. That was one of my favorite parts of the book. Also, at the beginning, they showed how Hermione was protecting her family. I wanted them to show how Ron was protecting his, too (with the ghoul, like in the book :). Kingley's famous line: "The Ministry has fallen. The Minister is dead. They are coming. They are coming." That gave me chills in the book-I loved it. In the movie, it was sort of a letdown, the way his voice sounded. It just wasn't very chilling. Also, there was Kreacher. I missed the whole backstory with the locket, and how he goes from hating Harry to supporting him. In the movie, it was just sort of like he automatically liked him from the beginning. I also wished that Harry had read the verse from his parents' gravestone aloud: "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." It was also disappointing how rushed and lacking Harry's views into Voldemort's mind were. If you hadn't read the books, you would have no idea what the point was. It wasn't clear who he was talking to or what he wanted. Ugh. Also, maybe the biggest letdown for me: the whole visit to Xeno Lovegood's house (except for the three brothers animation, of course). That's one of my favorite parts of the book. It's such a shocking betrayal in the book, when they find a copy of the new Quibbler and see Luna's dusty room. That part always stuck with me, and it was so rushed and so lacking in the movie.

Well, I think I've said all I can, for now. :) I loved the movie, and it was probably one of the best of the series. I can't wait for part 2!

Until next time,

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pity party.

I am a control freak. I love to have a plan, and it makes me so uncomfortable when things don't go as planned.

Last night, my family was going out to eat and then to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." I've been anxiously awaiting this movie for months! We had already bought tickets and everything.

I've had a cold for several days, and earlier this week, Mom was saying that she hoped I would be well enough to go to the movie. I said, and I quote, "I'm going to see Harry Potter even if I'm puking!" (Excuse that not-so-pleasant word.)

Yesterday, me and Mom ate lunch at a place I've never been before, because she had a gift certificate for there. As soon as I finished my food, I realized I was feeling a little odd. For the rest of the afternoon I felt nauseous, and then guess what happened, before we even made it to supper?


I'm feeling much better today, but not well enough to go the movie. I am so mad at myself, for getting this food poisoning or virus or whatever it was. All I've done today is lay around on the couch, sleeping and watching cheesy TV movies, "I Love Lucy," and an episode of "Bewitched" on TV Land. And seen a lot of delicious food commercials, while I haven't had anything to eat today except four Saltine crackers. Ew. And I have so much school stuff that I need to be working on, but I don't have enough energy to do anything.

I was planning on gushing about Harry Potter in today's post. Instead, I'm throwing a little pity party. Thanks for joining me, anyway. :) I probably won't get to see the movie until at least Tuesday. For those of you who have seen it, was it as wonderful and amazing as I've heard? Don't tell me too much, though. I'm very jealous.

Moral of today: Be careful of what you say. :)

Until next time,

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How to Marry a Millionaire.

To all of my blog readers who don't watch classic movies: I apologize if you're bored with all of the old movie reviews that I've been writing lately.

I've been enjoying writing them, myself. :)

This weekend, a friend of our family invited me to come and look through a bunch of old VHS tapes that she had. She was trying to give them away, and she had boxes and boxes of mostly unopened tapes still in their plastic. I claim that I don't like VHS tapes, because of how big and inconvenient they are compared to DVDs, but I went a little crazy when I saw all those movies. :) So I came home with about 25 classic movies- a few that I've seen and a ton that I haven't.

One that I hadn't seen, until last night, was "How to Marry a Millionaire."

I was curious about the movie because I like Lauren Bacall. I love splashy-looking 50s movies. I don't like Marilyn Monroe, but I figured I could put up with her. :)

Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable play three models who pool their (scarce) resources to rent out a fancy penthouse apartment, in the hopes of snagging a few millionaires to marry. The movie follows their romantic adventures. In the end, they realize that love is more important than money- only one of the girls actually ends up marrying a millionaire, and she doesn't know he's one until after they marry. :)

The movie was very light and fluffy- it seemed to be over really quickly! It's pretty clever and funny. There's a running gag about how Marilyn's character, who has terrible vision, won't wear her glasses in front of men, so she spends a lot of time stumbling around, running into walls, etc. There were also a few inside jokes related to the stars: Lauren Bacall's character insists that she likes older men, saying, "I've always liked older men. Look at that old fellow what's-his-name in 'The African Queen.' Absolutely crazy about him." :) Lauren Bacall was referring to Humphrey Bogart, of course, who she was married to at the time. There's also a scene where Betty Grable's character hears a Harry James song on the radio...she was married to him at the time.

The clothes are 50s and gorgeous, except for the few outfits that are very immodest. The movie is pretty clean, except for the usual smoking/slight alcohol use, and a few mentions of affairs. One of the girls gets tangled up with a married man, though not necessarily in a romantic way. Overall, a pretty cute movie!

Until next time,

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Shop Around the Corner.

A few weeks ago, I bought this holiday movie set on Amazon. I mostly bought it because I wanted "Christmas on Connecticut." But it includes three other holiday movies. You can't beat four movies for $12. Especially when one of them is "The Shop Around the Corner."

"The Shop Around the Corner" is the sweetest movie! Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan star as coworkers in a small Hungarian shop who cannot stand each other. They are both writing to and falling in love with their secret penpals, not knowing that they are actually writing to each other.

If this sounds a little familiar, here's why. This movie was made in 1940. It was remade as a musical, "In the Good Old Summertime," in 1949, starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson. I'll be posting another review of that one soon. :) Then it was remade again in 1998 as "You've Got Mail."

When I first started watching this movie, I was thinking that I might be a little disappointed with it, that it wouldn't be as good as "In the Good Old Summertime," despite the fact that this one is the original. But it just got better as it went along. It was such a sweet, funny movie, but it definitely had a slightly darker tone than the cheerful musical remake. I don't want to give anything away about how it's different, but it mostly revolves around the shopkeeper. Some parts were the same word for word from both movies.

The shopkeeper, incidentally, is played by Frank Morgan, aka the Wizard of Oz. Jimmy Stewart is perfect as usual, and Margaret Sullavan pairs up nicely with him. William Tracy was a real highlight as Pepi, the pompous, hilarious delivery boy-turned clerk. (You might recognize him from the Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney musical "Strike Up the Band.")

In other words, highly recommended! For anyone, but especially if you've already seen "In the Good Old Summertime" or "You've Got Mail." Or if you're a Jimmy Stewart fan. Again, this isn't strictly a "Christmas movie," but most (if not all) of it takes place during the Christmas season.

Until next time,

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Meet Me In St. Louis.

"Meet Me In St. Louis" is probably one of my favorite musicals now, but the first time I watched it, I actually didn't like it very much. It took a couple viewings to grow on me. This is sort of an unusual movie. And it is very colorful. It's one of those Technicolor movies that is almost tacky in its brightness.

"Meet Me In St. Louis" can be considered a Christmas movie, but you can justify watching it any time during the year. That's because it starts in the summer and works its way through to spring/summer again. So it has scenes for every season, including a fairly long Halloween part (which is pretty creepy and involves kids having a bonfire unsupervised and throwing flour in people's faces to "kill" them and keep the banshees away? Yes, really) and a fairly long Christmas part.

The Christmas part is really my favorite. I love the Christmas ball scene. And a little later, the lovely Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

A high point in this movie is definitely Margaret O'Brien. She plays the youngest Smith sister, Tootie, who is a spoiled, rather morbid child. She plays a dangerous joke and often talks about death (one of her dolls had four fatal diseases and had to be buried in the backyard). I guess she's not what you expect a little girl in the early 1900s to be like. :) But Margaret O'Brien is right up there with Shirley Temple, as far a child actresses go. She has such a dignified way of speaking!

Did I even mention what this movie is about? It revolves around the everyday life of a family living in St. Louis in the early 1900s, when the World's Fair is getting ready to come to the city. Then the family finds out that their father's job is being transferred to New York, and they hate the idea of leaving their home. "Meet Me In St. Louis" also has a quirky sense of humor about it. You really have to listen to some of the lines to catch it. The movie does include the three eldest sibling's relationships/romance, but it's not the overwhelming focus of the film. There's one scene that always makes me laugh, when one of the girls' "boyfriends" bursts into the living room and says, "Rose Smith, we can't go on like this any longer. I've positively decided we're going to get married at the earliest opportunity and I don't want to hear any arguments. That's final. I love you. Merry Christmas," and then stomps out again.

All of the songs in this musical are really good. It's rare for me to like every song in a movie. There's "The Boy Next Door," which is a sweet song (even if you have to suspend your disbelief that she falls in love with him at first sight and decides she's going to marry him before she even meets him).

And there's "The Trolley Song," which, despite the uncreative title, is a very cute and catchy song. It gets stuck in my head a lot.

So..."Meet Me In St. Louis" is a good, clean classic movie to watch during the holiday season. And if you're a Judy Garland fan, it's definitely a must-see. Vincent Minnelli was the director, and he and Judy met on the set and later married.

Until next time,

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Hi, guys.

The Christmas season has officially started (for me, anyway). To be honest, I've been listening to Christmas music since the beginning of the week. Thanks to Target. They have so many cute ornaments! And they had one section of brightly colored ones- lime green, turquoise, hot pink, etc. that are pretty inexpensive. I got a few ornaments and two new Christmas CDs- one Sinatra and one Bing Crosby. I couldn't resist having two new CDs and not listening to them. At least I held off a week and a half longer than last year. :)

And...I might possibly be putting up my Christmas tree tomorrow. Possibly.

And...I might have bought a few of my favorite Christmas songs (that I don't have on CD) off iTunes last night.

And...I might have already started watching Christmas movies. Three so far- two old favorites and one new favorite. What I'm planning on doing is putting a list of my recommended Christmas movies in the sidebar. Every time I watch one of them, I'll post a short review and put the link in the sidebar list.

For those of you "can't start celebrating Christmas until after Thanksgiving/after December 1st/on Christmas Eve" people, don't worry. I'm not going to go overboard with the Christmasy blog...yet. I'll wait a few weeks before I change the music playlist and layout to Christmas-themed. :)

By the way, I'll probably be posting less than usual for the rest of November. I've got several big school projects due and some sewing to catch up on. But I am hoping to be posting a few reviews, Etsy posts, and a big crafty post soon!

Thanks to "A Coasties Girl" for awarding me with the Versatile Blogger Award!

For this award, I'm supposed to share seven things about myself:

1. I am so excited about going to see the new Harry Potter movie Friday night! :)
2. Yesterday, I broke my sewing record- I made five wallets and a Christmas stocking.
3. I collect children's books. Well, maybe books in general.
4. I'm also so excited about the new Narnia movie coming out on December 10th!
5. I am not excited about having to take a public speaking class this spring semester.
6. I am very behind on NaNoWriMo right now!
7. I love listening to movie soundtracks/scores while I'm reading, writing, doing homework, etc.

Any of my blog readers can take this award! :)
{I bet people love it when you break the rules like that and don't award it to a certain amount of people.}

Until next time,

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story"

I know I said that I would tell my thoughts on the third Anne movie, "Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story" after I watched it. Well...I watched it last weekend.

The movie, in itself, is not bad. If it was just a random, stand alone movie that was in no way connected with AOGG, then it might even be good. But as it's made to be a continuation of the story of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, it's not good.

Everything is different. The characters have changed a lot. At the very beginning, Diana was so enthusiastic and Anne was so quiet and forlorn that I wondered if they had switched personalities. Anne and Gilbert and Diana and everyone else do things that are so out of character. (By the way, did you know that Schuyler Grant, the girl who plays Diana, is Katharine Hepburn's great-niece?)

This movie has a lot of war action. A lot. And I'm not really into that sort of thing. It also has (I guess due to the war era) a much more dark and depressing tone than the first two movies. It felt unrealistic as well. I mean, there's one point where Anne and another woman are trapped in a tiny room, soon to be executed by Nazi soldiers. I would have believed it in another movie. But it was hard for me to accept that Anne could go from her quiet, domestic life as a teacher to this extreme. It felt out of place.

Anne and Gilbert finally get married. And the wedding scene lasts less than five minutes. Honestly, while it was sweet, it was very disappointing and unsatisfying.

So here's my advice. If you are nosy like me and can't bear to go through life having not watched the third Anne movie, go ahead and watch it. Read the Amazon reviews...some Anne fans really do like it. I mostly only watched this movie for some sort of closure in Anne and Gil's relationship.

But if you love the books and hate it when movies drastically differ from the books, don't watch it. It'll only make you angry. :) It's better left unwatched. I doubt I'll ever watch it again.

I do have to admit one thing, though. The reunion scene between Anne and Gilbert, at the end, is really good. Almost worth watching the movie for. :)

Until next time,

Friday, November 5, 2010

The adventures of Jane. Or, how to recover a dress form.

My fingertips are very sore. Why?
1. I did more hand-sewing than I've ever done before in my whole life. And it involved a lot of finger pricking.
2. I had a fight with a hot glue gun. The hot glue gun won.

But Jane is *finally* finished!

After months of procrastination, Jane has been fully recovered. Here's the story of our friendship and how you can rescue an old dress form if you ever get the chance.

Step 1: Find a sad old dress form. A sturdy one, not a soft adjustable one (though I suppose it could work with one of those, too). She has to be at least a little smaller than you. This one was pretty much given to me. It originally came from the Manhattan garment district, but after years of use, the cover had gotten ratty, so the lady took it off. This is what was left:

Step 2: Name your dress form. This is a vital step. You are going to be spending a lot of time together and getting very up close and personal with her. She needs a name, or it could get awkward. Mine is Jane.

Step 3: Collect a bunch of scraps to stuff her with. Foam, batting, stuffing, fabric scraps, anything. I mostly used batting and stuffing.

Step 4: Find many yards of fabric to cover her with. After I made my mom some new curtains, I got to demolish her old country curtains, which are made up of yards and yards of cream cotton.

Step 5: Pad her out. Take your measurements accurately, because hers need to match yours. Put one of your old bras on her and cover her with all of your scraps, making her look like you. This is very experimental and took a long time. Do not fall for the temptation to make her look better (and smaller) than you. She won't help you fit clothes if she's not your size! You can use straight pins, safety pins, masking tape, etc. to hold the batting and stuff in place while you're working, but it mostly tends to stick to itself, which is helpful. You'll have to spend a lot of time side by side in front of a mirror, trying to keep things as accurate as possible.

Step 6: Cover her with the fabric. You have to do this in several pieces. If you're like me and have never done anything like this before, you probably should watch a bodice draping video on Youtube. It helps a lot. First I made the front bodice part, with darts for the bust. Then I attached the lower half of the front. Then I attached the top half of the back, then the bottom half, then sewed a rectangle around the neck to cover it. I made darts in the back, too, and arranged the fabric so that the curtain seams made a straight line down the middle of the front and back...see:

Step 7: Sew up the side seams by hand. I used some sort of weird stitch that might have a name that I'm unaware of. My side seams are not straight, but that's okay.

Step 8: Find someone who's not afraid to use a nail gun. Unscrew the metal part off the bottom. Pull the fabric over the edge and staple it down. Then screw the metal part back on. My dad did the majority of this part. :)

It makes a nice, smooth edge around the bottom.

Step 9: Fix the neck somehow. I started off hot gluing mine down (the hole has to stay clear for the metal rod to come through), but this is the point where I really burned my fingers. So I gave up. I'll cover it with a felt circle another day to make it all nice and finished.

Step 10: Bond with your new friend! Put clothes on her. Put jewelry on her. Use her to help with fitting and sew that new purple corduroy coat that you've been putting off for months now! Or, maybe that's just what I plan to do. Yay!

Total cost of dress form: $0- only a trade for one of my bags (about $25)

I'll be back with some more crafty pictures in a day or two. I made a new leather bound journal, and I've been working on some felt ornaments. And I'm still going strong and haven't started listening to Christmas music yet. :)

Until next time,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stars in the Night.

Last night I finished reading Cara Putman's "Stars in the Night." I loved it! I was so drawn into the story and the authentic feel of it that after reading the book, I honestly felt like I had just watched a lovely classic movie. I really recommend it for classic movie fans or even just those interested in the 1940s war years. It was the perfect combination of suspense, humor, and romance. Here's a quick blurb from the back of the book:

Any other day, attorney Audra Schaeffer might have been flattered by the friendly overtures of Robert Garfield – a real-life movie star. But on the flight from Indianapolis to Hollywood, Audra can think of little else than finding her missing sister. When Audra arrives in the city of glitz, glamour, and stars – and learns her rising-starlet sister has been murdered – all thoughts of romance fly away. Determined to solve the mystery and find justice for her sister, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan. Together with the handsome Robert and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States by rail in a campaign to sell war bonds. When other mysterious events unfold, Audra realizes that if she doesn’t get her emotions back on track where Robert Garfield is concerned, she could be flirting with real danger!

While reading the book, I had certain images in my head of what I thought the characters looked like. And since I love classic movies, and this book revolves around 1940s Hollywood, it was pretty easy to picture movie star types. :) So here's what I came up with.

Audra Shaeffer: Jean Arthur

I was really picturing Audra with dark hair, probably because of the girl on the cover. But Jean Arthur has darker hair in some of her movies. I think she's the perfect blend of confidence and vulnerability. She's clever and driven enough to be an attorney, but she's also scarred from things that have happened in her past. I think she would be able to show Audra's grief over her sister really well. And I love Jean Arthur. She's just so cute!

Robert Garfield: Dennis Morgan
I really like Dennis Morgan, even though he's pretty underrated. Not only is he super handsome (especially in uniform in "Christmas in Connecticut"!), but he seems to have been a genuinely nice guy in Hollywood. Married to one woman his whole life. Put his family first. Never caused any trouble and was easy to work with. (He can also sing, but that's beside the point. :) Maybe all of these things made me associate him with Robert Garfield.

But with Jean Arthur as Audra, her personality might be a little too overwhelming for Dennis Morgan. So I'll give you an alternative to choose, if you'd like. :)

Alternative Robert Garfield: Gregory Peck Gregory Peck is still mild-mannered, but his stronger personality might balance out with Jean Arthur's a little better. And you know I cannot type a word about Gregory Peck without including this incredibly gorgeous picture of him. Prepare to swoon.

Rosemary Shaeffer- Gloria De Haven
Rosemary reminded me of Gloria De Haven. This is likely mostly because of her part in the movie "Summer Stock."

Lana Garfield- Jean Hagen

When I was reading about Lana, I automatically started to picture her as a cunning, almost cruel version of Jean Hagen's Lina Lamont in "Singin' in the Rain." So insert the blonde hair above into the below picture for Lana Garfield. :)

Artie Schmaltz- Sydney Greenstreet

I thought Sydney Greenstreet would be perfect as Artie Schmaltz (what a name!). He seems like a big, jolly guy, but he also has a slightly sinister look about him sometimes. :)

So, this is just how I pictured some of the characters in "Stars in the Night." I went back and looked at Ruth's casting, and was shocked at how perfect it was! She did a much better job than me. :) Check it out!

Until next time,