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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Chief Executive Officer: ELIZABETH VAN CLEVE

Elizabeth Van Cleve

CONTRIBUTIONS: THIS BLOG!
79 Performers: Eddie Albert, Leon Ames, Edward Arnold, Lucille Ball, Freddie Bartholomew, Florence Bates, Beulah Bondi, Ernest Borgnine, Marlon Brando, Walter Brennan, Red Buttons, Spring Byington, Leslie Caron, Jack Carson, Gladys Cooper, Kevin Corcoran, Robert Cummings, Tony Curtis, Esther Dale, Doris Day, Don DeFore, Billy De Wolfe, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Douglas, Barry Fitzgerald, James Gleason, Edmund Gwenn, Alan Hewitt, Judy Holliday, Celeste Holm, Edward Everett Horton, Rock Hudson, Van Johnson, Dean Jones, Jennifer Jones, Shirley Jones, Danny Kaye, Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Don Knotts, Elsa Lanchester, Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Jerry Lewis, June Lockhart, Hugh Marlowe, James Mason, Walter Matthau, Roddy McDowall, Dorothy McGuire, Hayley Mills, Agnes Moorehead, David Niven, Arthur O'Connell, Walter Pidgeon, Suzanne Pleshette, Sidney Poitier, Elvis Presley, Tony Randall, Martha Raye, Ronald Reagan, Robert Redford, Mickey Rooney, Charlie Ruggles, S.Z. Sakall, Red Skelton, Walter Slezak, C. Aubrey Smith, George Tobias, Henry Travers, Vera-Ellen, H.B. Warner, Clifton Webb, Mary Wickes, George Winslow, Teresa Wright, Jane Wyman, Keenan Wynn, Gig Young;
4 sets of Team Players: Who Are...LOY AND POWELL?, Who Are...MAIN AND KILBRIDE?, Who Are...ROGERS AND EVANS?, Who Are...TRACY AND HEPBURN?;
6 Behind the Scenes Operators: Don't Know...WALT DISNEY?, Don't Know...VICTOR FLEMING?, Don't Know...HOWARD HAWKS?, Don't Know...OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II?, Don't Know...ALFRED HITCHCOCK?, Don't Know...JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ?;
1 Voice Performer: The Curtain Reveals...MARNI NIXON!;
5 Favorites Lists: Elizabeth Van Cleve's BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR, Elizabeth Van Cleve's COMEDY CHOICES, Elizabeth Van Cleve's ENDEARING CHRISTMAS CLASSICS, Elizabeth Van Cleve's FAVORITE BASEBALL FILMS, Elizabeth Van Cleve's STRONG FATHERS
1 Book Review: ELIZABETH VAN CLEVE RANDOLPH RECOMMENDS: Women in the Films of John Ford
Showcase Articles: James Garner, Swoon Worthy;


Holiday (1938)E-MAIL CONTACT: classicliz@yahoo.com

WEB SITE: CLASSICALLY SPEAKING
http://classicallyspeaking.blogspot.com

LOCATION: California, U.S.A.

BIRTHDAY: April 21, 1960

WRITTEN LANGUAGES: English


INTERESTS: Writing, singing, dancing, directing plays, teaching, horseback riding, ice skating, attending movies, the theatre, concerts and baseball games, dining out, going to the beach

Room For One More (1952)
WISH LIST: MY DVD WISH LIST


MOVIE MEMORABILIA: DVDs, videos, books, autographed pictures, programs


PERFORMERS MET: Penn Jillette and Teller (Don't Try This At Home), Tommy and Dick Smothers (Alice Through the Looking Glass), James Doohan (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), Lewis Croft (The Wizard of Oz [1939]), Tommy Cottonaro (The Wizard of Oz [1939]), Eartha Kitt (Harriet the Spy), Shari Lewis and Lambchop (Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio), Craig Chaquico (The Star Wars Holiday Special as a holographic member of the Jefferson Starship), Lisa Gerritsen (Airport), Todd Barbee (voice of Charlie Brown), Signy Coleman (daytime drama star: Santa Barbara, The Young and the Restless, The Guiding Light), the late Merritt Butrick (Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek: The Search for Spock), Hope Juber (4 episodes of "The Brady Bunch", dating Greg; and daughter of creator, Sherwood Schwartz) and Laurence Juber (lead guitarist for "Paul McCartney and Wings"), Robert Wagner (Midway and several other films and two hit TV Series "It Takes a Thief" and "Hart to Hart".)


FAVORITE MOVIES: It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Room for One More (1952), The Bishop's Wife (1947), Penny Serenade (1941), To Sir, With Love (1967), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Meet Joe Black (1998), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Pillow Talk (1959), The Sound of Music (1965), Desk Set (1957), Holiday (1938), North by Northwest (1959), Broken Arrow (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), My Fair Lady (1964), It's a Wonderful Life (1946)Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Gone With the Wind (1939), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Sergeant York (1941), Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), Easter Parade (1948), The Parent Trap (1961), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Pollyanna (1960), The Thin Man (1934), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Sullivan's Travels (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), My Man Godfrey (1936), West Side Story (1961), Inn of Sixth Happiness (1958), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Holiday Affair (1947), All About Eve (1950), Friendly Persuasion (1956), People Will Talk (1951), The Talk of the Town (1942), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), The King and I (1956), Stand and Deliver (1988), The Mating Season (1951), An Apartment for Peggy (1948), White Christmas (1954), All At Sea aka Barnacle Bill (1957), Mister 880 (1950), Anne of Green Gables (1985), Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1995), Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Fuller Brush Man (1948), Yentl (1983)....


Pride of the Yankees (1942)FAVORITE ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Doris Day, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Hayley Mills, Myrna Loy, William Powell, Glenn Ford, Greer Garson, Veronica Lake, William Holden, Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Donald O'Connor, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Dana Andrews, Barbara Stanwyck, Loretta Young, Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Thelma Ritter, Red Skelton, Teresa Wright ....


TESTIMONY: It's sad how many people rent films solely from the "New Release" racks. They are convinced that if they sat through a classic film, they'd be bored stiff. Classic movie fans don't live in the past. They hold dear what's truly of value. A good classic movie fills my soul with uplifting messages that I can later discuss. Roman Holiday (1953)Too many films made these days teach us to be self-absorbed, bitter and jaded. People don't realize how much films, books, and music impact our lives. This is why I steer toward the classics. After I've watched one, I don't have to say to my friends or family, "It was really good, except for these two parts." Since you're here reading my profile, you probably already know how important it is to choose classic films over modern ones. So, I hope you'll join me in educating as many people as possible. I guarantee you that your enlightening others about classic films will enrich your life.


Liz w/ former Munchkin Lewis Croft
This is a photo of Lewis Croft and me taken in his home in July of 2000. Lewis played a Munchkin soldier in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Believe it or not, I'm not that short. It's true that I am standing next to someone who was once billed under the collective name The Singer Midgets. However, Lewis grew the year after the film was released and was no longer considered Munchkin height. He was still under five feet tall, which is what I measure. He was a lovely man and enjoyed talking about the old days and the three different actors at Oz conventions who all claim to have played the mayor. Lewis did not. He was too honest for that.


*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph"

Movie stills displayed: Holiday (1938), Room for One More (1952), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Roman Holiday (1953)

Updated: Tues, Jul 22 2014 / 8:31:42 PDT


19 Comments:

  • Liz, have you compiled any things like this for former CMRU members? It was nice to read this!

    By Anonymous DBFlight, at Thu Aug 25, 08:01:00 PM PDT  

  • Yes, PATTY, this blog has quite a few profiles that belong to former Classic Movie Round Up members. From the sidebar of the home page, take the Our Contributors Index link. In that index, you may recognize a few names from the old days and become acquainted with some new folks that have only just discovered us.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Thu Aug 25, 09:29:00 PM PDT  

  • Liz, you have EXCELLENT taste in theme music for your blog. I enjoy Tara's Theme everytime I hear it. Exquisite blog, I might add.

    By Blogger ArlenRay, at Fri Aug 26, 08:54:00 AM PDT  

  • Thank you Arlen. I like your blog about music, too. It's very nice.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Fri Aug 26, 09:08:00 AM PDT  

  • Just wanted to say as a long time TCM channel junkie, I was tickled to come across this blog- with a random click of the 'next blog' button, even. (And yes, getting a 'who?' and a blank look can be very frustrating...)

    By Blogger Rick, at Tue Sep 20, 10:46:00 AM PDT  

  • Thanks Rick,
    Continue to stop by. I rotate the showcases to spotlight three different submissions almost every day. Take a look at the showcases wanted page, too. Maybe there is someone you'd like to submit.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Tue Sep 20, 12:29:00 PM PDT  

  • I love your site and your devotion to old films! I am addicted.

    Regardng Tyrone Power, I've had that happen to me too - BUT I find if I say, you know, Zorro in the movies, the face lights up in recognition. Also, lots of people know the face but not the name. Have courage. Regards, Mrs. R

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Dec 28, 01:32:00 PM PST  

  • Hello. I've only just found your site.

    I love Classic films as well. Nice to know that there are others.

    I noticed that your profile states that one of your favorite movies is Anne of Green Gables.

    I'm not sure which version you mean, but if you mean the Kevin Sullivan version, then you might like this link to the full script of KS's Anne of Green Gables as well as the scripts to the rest of the triglogy:

    http://greengables-2.tripod.com/

    It contains photos and sound bites as well.

    [note: I am not affiliated with this Anne site, I just thought you might enjoy it.]

    :)

    By Blogger java bean rush, at Sun Feb 19, 05:57:00 PM PST  

  • hey there liz,i am a big movie fan too.last night i was at a bookstore and i saw this book called 1001 movies you should see before you die.its an excellent compilations of movie classics.In fact,most of your own list were there too but it contains also listings of world cinema from Taiwan to India and Japan,maybe you'd like to check it out from your local bookstores.

    By Blogger vino, at Thu Mar 02, 12:27:00 PM PST  

  • Mrs. R.,

    I'm so glad you liked my site (or blog rather). It's nice to meet another fan of classic movies out there (who gets it!). Didn't know who Tyrone Power was! I hate that! I'm glad to the hear the light did come on, mentioning Zorro. What I really hate is when even mentioning Zorro doesn't help.

    Keep up the good work, promoting those classics.

    By Blogger Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Thu Mar 02, 12:37:00 PM PST  

  • Thanks JavaBeanRush,

    I appreciate the link. Yes, it is Kevin Sullivan's production that I adore. I frequent "Anne" sites quite a bit. I'd not seen this one.

    I also adore the Japanese Anime of Anne of Green Gables called Akage no Anne (which translates as Anne the Redhead). It's an excellent miniseries and follows the book very closely.

    By Blogger Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Thu Mar 02, 01:52:00 PM PST  

  • Thank you Vino,

    I appreciate that tip on the book. Beyond American classic movies, I am interested in exceptional foreign films with clean content, as well. So, I'll look for that book. It's nice to meet another movie fan.

    By Blogger Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Thu Mar 02, 01:56:00 PM PST  

  • In honor of April Fool's Day everyone should watch the musical comedy What A Way To Go (1964) which starts out on April Fool's.

    By Blogger java bean rush, at Sat Apr 01, 09:13:00 PM PST  

  • I like your site a lot; great idea!
    just as a suggestion - I found the organization with so many different categories on the right a bit confusing.

    By Anonymous Yasser, at Wed Jul 05, 05:31:00 PM PDT  

  • Yasser:
    Thank you for the suggestion. I've taken your advice and consolidated the sidebar on the main page. It looks tons better now. I appreciate your help.

    By Blogger Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Wed Jul 05, 05:33:00 PM PDT  

  • Hey,

    The new bar is much better. I hope this whole change didnt cause you too much trouble... Also, on behalf of our blog I am going to award you the editors' choice award for the best blog. Check in tomorrow at the blog under
    the link Editors' Choice.

    Thanks
    Yasser

    By Anonymous Yasser, at Thu Jul 06, 12:15:00 PM PDT  

  • Yasser:
    Because of your kindness, I've added a blogger link that tells of the award you gave me and your blog. Thanks so much!

    By Blogger Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Thu Jul 06, 12:17:00 PM PDT  

  • Archive.org, which is an online media museum, holds

    Old films (e.g. Royal Wedding)
    Old radio productions (e.g. Lux Radio Theater - famous movies adapted for radio)
    Books and more.
    You can download all you want - it's free.

    By Blogger Java Bean Rush, at Thu Apr 26, 06:37:00 PM PDT  

  • this blog is amazing, I love the classics and I love the catchy lines you have in your sidebar....did this happen to you?LOL!

    It's sad that I could only talk to a few people about the classics. Glad to find your blog so I can enrich my knowledge more.

    Great job here!

    By Blogger Sophiagurl, at Sat Mar 08, 10:49:00 PM PST