Monday, February 29, 2016
MOVIE MONDAY -- SHE'S GOT BETTE DAVIS' EYES
Grandpa Charlie (Sherlock) acted in over 300 movies from 1932 to 1960. Most of the time he wasn't listed in the credits, but typically only six to eight of the actors/actresses were listed. Thank heavens for IMDB.com for their listings or otherwise I would never have the listing of all of his movies. Charlie's roles were usually small ones, anything from a character with a name and a small speaking part to on rarer occasions just part of the crowd.
My goal is to watch as many of Grandpa Charlie's movies as I can get access to. So after ordering a few DVDs from Amazon.com, I have started my quest of watching his old movies. I am not only enjoying seeing my Grandpa (who died in 1983) albeit onscreen, but also appreciating these old movies that I had never seen before. I never quite understood the fascination with old movies but now I have developed an appreciation for them.
Charlie's first movie was titled "The Dark Horse" and starred Bette Davis in 1932. Charlie played the role of a man attending the Progressive Party's convention to elect the Governor. I wonder if back then they did have conventions to elect governors. The premise was electing someone not because he was anywhere near the best person but to spite the other group and then to manipulate the person. Wow, maybe times haven't changed that much!
The next movie I watched was "The Working Man" starring George Arliss and Bette Davis. The story was about an aging shoe manufacturer and two spoiled rich young siblings from a rival shoe company. Grandpa Charlie played the role of the waiter on a yacht in this 1933 film. (The photo above of Grandpa Charlie acting as a waiter with Bette Davis (her back is to the camera is from another film -- Mr. Skeffington). I am really enjoying watching Bette Davis as a young actress.
Back to the movies ---