Sunday, 26 July 2020

The Movies In 1932

Some screen greats began their careers in 1932. 

Cary Grant made his feature film debut in This is the Night, in which he played an Olympic javelin thrower. 

Katharine Hepburn made her first Hollywood movie, The Bill of Divorcement, havng spent the previous four years in theatre. Her career went on to span 60 years. 

Shirley Temple made her first feature length film, The Red-Haired Alibi. She was four years old. 

She also made a short film called War Babies, which featured child actors dressed and acting as adults. It featured Shirley Temple's first onscreen kiss! In her autobiography, Temple describes the Baby Burlesks series of films as a "cynical exploitation of our childish innocence."

It's wrong and sexist and kinda creepy, but you can watch the whole nine minute film here if you want to!

The 5th Academy Awards were held on November 18 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Films screened in Los Angeles between August 1 1931 and July 31 1932 were eligible to enter. Prior to 1933, the awards were not based on calendar years so the 1932 films mainly missed out on awards. When the dates were changed in 1932, any movies screened in the second half of 1932 didn't fit into the awards calendar any more so missed out entirely on being eligible. 

Best Picture for 1932 was Grand Hotel by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. This was the only 1932 movie to win an award. It is also the only movie to date to have won Best Picture without being nominated in any other category.

It contains the famous lines delivered by Greta Garbo - "I want to be alone . . . I just want to be alone."

This was later seen as a foreshadowing of her reclusive behaviour, but she said, "I never said I want to be along; I only said I want to be let alone. There is all the difference."

Best Director went to Frank Borzage for Bad Girl. The film featured two previously unknown actors and follows their courtship and marriage.

The award for Best Actor produced a tie between Fredric March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Wallace Beery for The Champ.

Fredric March's work in this movie is still considered one of the great horror performances.

In The Champ, Wallace Beery plays a washed-up, alcoholic boxer who wants to get his act together for the sake of his son.

Best Actress was awarded to Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet. It tells the story of a wrongly imprisoned woman who turns to theft and prostitution to support her son. 

These movies are all Pre-Code. There was a brief era in Hollywood between 1929 when sound came to movies and 1934 with the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code when there were no taboos in movies. Subjects such as sexual relationships, abortion, prostitution, illegal drug use, infidelity and homosexuality were all allowed in the movies. Once the code was introduced in mid-1934, the censorship guidelines would ensure that these topics would not be covered by Hollywood for decades to come.

Other well-known movies released in 1932 include:

Shanghai Express, starring Marlene Dietrich

Tarzan the Ape Man, starring Johnny Weissmuller in his first of twelve Tarzan movies.
Post-code, there would not be this much bare flesh shown in the movies for a LONG time!

The Man Who Played God, which stars a then little-known Bette Davis. 

Scarface, which is regarded as one of the most significant gangster movies. Even in these more lenient times, the movie was considered too violent and had to undergone many changes. After release, it was still banned in some states. The originally released movie had an alternate ending. The original ending has been discovered and some DVD releases now contain both endings. There is no complete unaltered version known to exist however. 

Pack Up Your Troubles, the second Laurel and Hardy movie.

The top-grossing film of 1932 was The Kid From Spain. This was a comedy musical and the best scenes are the musical ones involving the Goldwyn Girls which included future stars Betty Grable and Jane Wyman.

And of course there are the flops!

Despite having a wonderful comedic cast, The Passionate Plumber was not successful. Critics said the cast were constantly fighting against the flimsy plot and in the end the plot won out. 
Jewel Robbery also received a lukewarm response, with critics called it 'a nervous, brittle comedy', blaming Kay Francis' lacklustre performance.

And that is 1932 in the movies! Obviously not all, as there were many more movies released. For a full list, you can take a look here

Some of these movies are available on DVD. I have found an Australian seller, Play Me Movies, on Etsy who has movies back to 1924. They are Region 0, so will play in any DVD player around the world. 

But there are also many excerpts from these movies on Youtube and sometimes even the whole movie. Just search the title of the movie and I have found that something will generally come up! 

I will leave you then with this clip from The Kid From Spain, featuring a young Betty Grable.


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Unraveled Wednesday

Joining in for the knitting and reading with As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

And the four projects have changed as I have not one, but two finished objects. Hooray!

The first is With Angora Tie, the jumper I have been knitting for my Adventures In Stitchcraft project. 

I am really happy with how this turned out - it fits and everything! You can read more detail about the project in this post.  
I am looking forward to moving on to the next project, from the November 1932 issue of Stitchcraft.

I also finished my Sparkly shawl. It is probably wider and shallower than I would normally like but it will still get a lot of wear as I just love the colours so much and they will go with just about anything. 
It used pretty much the whole 100g ball. I have about 8g leftover, just because I am no good at playing yarn chicken and tend to err on the side of caution.

I have never done a drop stitch pattern before either - it is so easy!

Current WIPs are:

I have washed some wool for the Naptime Doll. I am sure it is not enough as I always find you need way more stuffing than you would think. But it is enough for me to stuff the head and then start decreasing for the neck and body.

The Pool Party leg warmers have had a teeny bit of progress as I took them to my son's first footy match, finally back after COVID. Although with the current progress of the virus in my state, it is very uncertain as to how many games they will actually get to play.

And as part of my plan to move some WIPs and actually finish them, I pulled this project out of the cupboard. It is called Kambur and is in Lopi 28.

Goodness knows why I do this! I have knitted the body to the yoke and then just abandoned it. I think I have the attention span of a goldfish and must always be starting something new!
And there is no excuse with this one as I am knitting it in worsted weight yarn so it knits up so quickly. I am using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes and it knits up beautifully. It is for handwashing only though as it will felt if not washed with caution. You can purchase it in superwash but I prefer this one. 

I do love the Lopi magazines. There are so many patterns I would love to knit! Just add them to the list!

Reading at the moment is The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. I have always loved books about India. When I was a teenager, I watched the mini series The Far Pavilions with my mum and that started my love of all things about India. When I saw the suttee scene, I had to research and find out more about India. 

This book is about a young girl who escapes an abusive marriage and becomes a henna artist. There are lots of twists and turns and I am enjoying it very much. I am almost finished. It is an easy, enjoyable read which keeps you interested the whole way. I would definitely recommend it.

Hope you are doing all the knitting and all the reading!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Joining this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge with From This Side of the Pond

1. Do you think the pandemic has had any positive impact on your mental health? Explain.

I hate to say that it has but it most definitely has for me. I have always wanted to return to homeschooling but hubby has a negative view of it as being for 'weirdos'. After having the boys at home for three months, he has been willing to give it a go. Fingers crossed that it will continue!

2. A hot mess, hot under the collar, in hot water, hot button, hot diggity dog!, hot shot, hot seat . . . . . choose one and tell us how it applies to your life currently.

I feel I am in the hot seat as I must prove that homeschooling will be successful. This is pretty stressful but worth the effort, I think. But hot diggity dog!, the boys and I are enjoying it so far!

3. Speaking of the hot seat, do you work well under pressure or do you avoid high-pressure situations?

It depends on the situation. I work well to my own deadlines, so if I am putting pressure on myself. But if it is someone else applying pressure, that is very stressful to me. I guess this is why I have a home business with just me!

4. Hot dogs - yay or nay? If yay how do you like yours? 

I don't think hot dogs in Australia are anything like the American ones! There seems to be an infinite variety - I would love to try a hot dog from one of those stands in New York.
If I have one, it is fried onions, cheese, tomato sauce and American mustard. I don't know what Americans call American mustard, but here in Australia it is a mild yellow mustard. My boys call it squeezy mustard!

5. A list of America's coolest Southern towns: 
Marfa Texas, Greenville South Carolina, Abindgon Virginia, Athens Georgia, Bentonville Arkansas, Florence Alabama, Oxford Mississippi, Abita Springs Louisiana, Wilmington North Carolina, Monroeville Alabama, McMinnville Tennessee, Natchez Mississippi.
How many have you visited in person? Which town on the list would you most like to visit?

I am definitely happier to be somewhere cooler! 
I have never been to the US so have never visited any. But I have always wanted to visit South Carolina and I have heard of Greenville somewhere, I assume a movie or book. Maybe someone knows? 
The waterfalls look lovely and there seems to be lots for kids to do.

6. Random thought
I think we all need a sprinkling of this at the moment.

Have a lovely week!

Monday, 20 July 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday

Joining today with Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.

I missed blogging last week as our internet was down. It is surprising how stressful that can be! For someone who is not in love with technology, I was kind of surprised by how much I really missed the internet. It was especially difficult to keep up with Etsy. I just had to call it a holiday week and not worry!

The weather

You guessed it, still wet! It is the middle of winter after all! My son was able to play his first game of football for the season on Saturday (the season normally starts in April) and it was a rain free day. So no muddy footy uniform to wash which is a bonus! It was still cold with a strong wind so we watched from the car.

Right now I am

Catching up on listings for the Etsy shop now that the internet is back. Also packaging up this month's Fairy Tales Mystery Yarn Club parcels to send out next week. I really love this month's yarns - I can't wait to show you!


Sometimes (most of the time!), I think too much! I tend to be a worrier and over planner. I am trying not to think too much about certain things and trying to go with the flow a bit more. It is hard for a list making planner who loves to have all the boxes ticked!

On my reading pile

I just finished reading The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa for my Japanese books in translation category. 
This book was published in Japan in 2003 and the English translation was published in 2008.
I love so many Japanese books for their gentle quirkiness and this was no exception. It was a sad, sweet, gentle story about the love and friendship that develops between an elderly mathematics professor and his housekeeper and her son. What makes this relationship unique is that the professor had an accident years before and he has a short term memory of only eighty minutes. Every morning he has forgotten the housekeeper. It is a lovely story.

I have now started The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. I choose this book as I have always loved books about India and one of the letters for my alphabet reading challenge for July is 'J'. It is also a Reese's Book Club choice and there have been some great books in that club.
I am up to chapter 5 and really enjoying it so far. 

On my TV

Outlander season five is now available to preorder on DVD - surely it will be on Netflix soon! Please!!!!!

Until then, I have been watching The Crimson Field, a BBC series about field doctors and nurses in World War I.

One of the surgeons is played by Richard Rankin who plays Roger in Outlander. So I am still able to listen to his gorgeous accent!

Unfortunately this was another one of those series that was cancelled, after only one season. The writer said she had planned another four series, so I am very disappointed that it was cancelled. I was really enjoying it. 

And just for laughs, I have been loving the new season of Nailed It!

Oh my, this has me rolling around with uncontrollable laughter. It is such a fun show, well worth watching if you need some light relief and just a joyous few hours. I say to myself I will just watch one episode before bed and it always turns into more!
I think what I like best about this show is there is no competitive backstabbing and noone is taking themself too seriously and thinking they are 'all that'. Everyone is an underdog and I love it!

The sloth cake was funny!

Mind you, a cake that needs to be suspended in the air is never going to be easy!

Favourite blog post from last week

This blog post, Freedoms No One Can Take Away, from 5 Acres And A Dream really resonated with me. 
So many people seem focused on themselves and what the world owes them, that they have the freedom to act as they please due to free speech, etc.  This post turns the concept of these freedoms on its head and asks us to look instead at freedoms that we can and should live out every day.
Such as we have the freedom to be kind, to be patient, to respect others. 

The one that particuarly resonated with me was 'the freedom to let others have a different belief or opinion.' As someone who has suffered many putdowns due to my weird and different beliefs, I hope one day that we can all respect each other's opinions and differences and not feel the need to criticise others. 

Something fun to share

Some more Nailed It! cakes as they are just so much fun!

On the menu

I will make a plan soon, I promise!

On my to do list

My youngest boys started homeschooling this past week and I was just doing day to day plans. I need to sit down and make the plans for the rest of the year. It is hard to know what to include as I feel they have missed so much. I can only catch up what I can though.

In the craft basket

Not much progress on the current projects. But I am nearly finished this vintage baby hood using the leftover pink yarn from my jumper.

It reminds me of the Pussycat Hat!

I ended up with a long rectangle like this.

And being a vintage pattern, the instructions were less than clear as to sewing it together. I had to pick up stitches to work a rib border on the lower edge. Which is the lower edge?! Then it just says sew across the top of the bonnet. 

I think I have worked out what it means!

What do you think? Nailed It or not?!

Looking forward to this week

Well, it is my 50th birthday next Monday. Not looking forward to that so much as being able to see people!
We are planning a weekend trip to Beechworth and Shepparton next weekend as we are still able to travel regionally. My brother lives in Beechworth and my oldest daughter and two granddaughter are in Shepparton. My younger daughter is going to travel to Shepparton from Geelong. I haven't seen any of them since March so fingers crossed the situation doesn't change during the week. Everything is very much day by day at the moment as there have been more regional cases popping up. Who knows if we will all be back in lockdown by next weekend?

Looking around the house

My youngest son decided he would like to do some flower arranging. 

He even found this flat piece of redgum in the firewood pile as a tray. He did very well as there really is not much flowering at the moment. The yellow ones are actually my pak choy, some of which started flowering. Using what we have!

From the camera

My favourite thing would have to be my finished jumper from Adventures In Stitchcraft October 1932. I love it, especially as it worked out well and actually fits!

I am looking forward to starting my November 1932 project.

Inspirational quote

My son is using this book for his copywork at the moment, 365 Days Of Wonder. There are lots of wonderful quotes.

It seems that kindness is on my mind a lot at the moment.