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Showing posts with label 50s. Show all posts

Really Retro Review: North by Northwest (1959)

Monday, November 15, 2021

"North by Northwest" is not only one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, but it's a movie that I'd consider to be one of the greatest of all time.  This movie strikes my wanderlust fancy and provides a thrilling, suspenseful mystery.  It also doesn't hurt that most of the film is set in my favorite place on the entire planet: the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Surrounded by the majesty of Mount Rushmore and garnished with the glamour of old-school train travel, Hitchcock paints a masterpiece that could captivate anyone.  With his mastery of suspense, thrills, a little romance, and of course, the signature Hitchcock camera angles, this movie is easily a certifiable classic.  

North by Northwest first came into my world after discovering another Hitchcock masterpiece, Rear Window.  My Dad had shown my brother and I Psycho and The Birds when I was young, around 7 or 8 years old.  The Birds scared me so much I was afraid to go open the basement door where the garbage can was located for days just in case birds were about to fly out and attack me. 

Around that time, Dad either found the VHS of Rear Window or recorded it off the TV for me.  Rear Window quickly became my favorite movie of all time, and I began searching out more Hitchcock films as I grew up.  Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and many others soon occupied my free time.  Then, I found North by Northwest.

Retro Card Pack: I Love Lucy

Friday, April 17, 2020

I've mentioned before that I grew up a giant I Love Lucy fan, thanks to my Dad and Nick-At-Nite.  In fact, I'd consider it safely in my top 3 favorite shows of all time.  I was excited to get this old wax pack in the mail from Edward Bay and soak in it's Lucy glorious-ness.  Boy, was I not disappointed!  I was surprised, though, that this pack of cards was made in 1991 and not earlier.   Could this be because about the same time I, and many other children, were finding Lucy and the gang on Nick-at-Nite for the first time?  Probably!

I love these cards for many reasons.  One of them is the depiction on the wrapper and back of the cards of the 4 in Season 4, Episode 12 "California, Here We Come."  The California road trip and Hollywood episodes are my absolute favorites, and seeing this artwork reminds me of them setting out on their grand adventure.