Monday, 29 August 2011

Pardon Me, I Seem To Be Brushing You Out Of My Hair

Sister-in-laws bonding.

I recently watched Written on the Wind (1956) directed by Douglas Sirk. This is the first film I have seen that has Lauren Bacall in colour, her kind of beauty and eyebrows are just so breathtaking.  

In work mode.


Lucy Moore played by Bacall falls for alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley, played by Robert Stack. Kyle tries to woo Lucy with money,  a private jet, stocking a hotel room with evening gowns and hats, but it is when he reveals his insecurities that she gives into his advances.






Kyle is rich and insecure, the complete opposite of his best friend/'brother' Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson) who has lived with the rich Hadley family from a young age, as his real father wanted him to have the life he could not provide his son. Mitch is forever taking the blame for Kyle's mishaps and Kyle's father treats Mitch as more of a son than his own flesh and blood, and as you can imagine this grates on Kyle somewhat.

Good men wear baseball caps.


Then there is the crazed sex kitten Mary Lee Hadley played by Dorothy Malone, she loves Mitch and does her best to drive her brother Kyle round the bend.  Mary is driven to despair because Mitch has fallen for Lucy, and not her god damn it. Mary has a penchant for picking up strange men off the street and having her way with them, so she really isn't good ol' honest Mitch's type. 

What a fabulous blouse.

Trying her best to hide her nymphomaniac tendencies

Need this outfit.



The two innocents.
So if you love Lauren Bacall's eyebrows, crazy siblings, and Rock Hudson watch this.







47 comments:

  1. love the title of this post and the content.

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  2. My heart leapt when I saw what you'd been watching! That may sound over the top but I just love, love, love Douglas Sirk. Fun fact: Written in the Wind is noted for being a forerunner to the melodramatic TV soaps that would become so popular in America... It was also the first Sirk I watched with my boyfriend, after he became curious about this director I was so enthused by. He actually, surprisingly, enjoyed it and had gone on to watch more of his films with me!

    Hmm, maybe I should pull out some Sirk for some Bank Holiday Monday evening viewing pleasure...?

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  3. The Nyanzi report: thank you it is one of my favourite lines from the film.

    Miss Marie: Glad you're a fan, I have only seen Imitation of Life but think I will rectify that soon. I love it when my boyfriend enjoys old films as well recently watched Lucky Partners with Ginger Rodgers which we both loved. Definitely think films are the way forward with this dreary weather!

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  4. I watched this movie ages ago! I don't seem to remember much of it, but I do recall a scene with the wind sweeping autumn leaves into the house... Hmm, I must watch it again! :)

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  5. You DO need that outfit.You could rock it,especially with a little leopard thrown in!
    I haven't seen this movie!Must do,Lauren Bacall is a honey,and who doesn't love Rock Hudson?!
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  6. Dial V: Yes that is a very pivotal scene with the leaves whistling through the house!

    Helga: Hah I am so glad you agree, definitely needs a smattering of leopard you're right. Adore Rock he was in fact too pretty really! My pleasure! x

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  7. How is it that I haven't seen this one?! You definitely need the pedal-pusher outfit. Just don't start picking up strange men off the street!

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  8. I have missed that one! I need to dig it out!

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  9. Looks good. The two brothers sound very similar to the two in 'Sabrina'. Awesome outfits. Definitely putting this on my 'to-watch' list!

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  10. Isis: Glad I reminded you of it!

    Hexotica: Yeah that is a good comparison, except Kyle is definitely a lot worse than William Holden!

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  11. I do love Lauren Bacall so that's another fab film for the list! I watched 'The Trouble with Harry' on your recommendation which is totally brilliant,I loved every minute so much so I watched twice!!:)

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  12. Ooh, I'm definitely adding this to my must watch list. I LOVE old movies and appreciate recommendations very much. I actually stopped reading any further than the first descriptive part as I don't want to ruin it! : )
    My favourite old movie is The Women directed by George Cukor (there is a more recent Hollywood remake starring Meg Ryan but it's tragically bad), have you seen it? Well worth a watch.

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  13. Wendy: Oh so glad you liked trouble with harry, I love Shirley and Edmund Gwenn so it is always a winner for me.

    Cakesandshakes: So happy you like the look of it, yes I love the women it is one of my favourites! Would never subject myself to the remake though hah.

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  14. Yeah, I wanna see this film immediately. :) Lauren Bacall is gorgeous.

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  15. So happy you like the look of it! She is just stunning.

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