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Hello everyone! Lindsay of Sheaves here! Since "Tales of Sheaves" is us, my husband & I, but from time to time we may post blogs individually.Today, I wanted to share about how I entered the
TCM Ultimate Fan Contest!I think it was a wonderful thing that Turner Classic Movies did for their fans, giving them the chance to strut their hosting abilities, make a video presenting one of their favorite classic movies, and have the chance to be a part of the TCM Film Festival in Spring 2014 in Hollywood, CA by hosting a movie live there and also presenting on a movie on the channel. Well, they just announced the winner a few days ago and while I wasn't surprised that I didn't win, I guess there was a tiny part of me that had hoped, since I've always admired Robert Osborne and cling to his every word and fact before and after every film. It has always been a dream of mine to be a guest programmer alongside Osborne and I'm still not giving up on that dream though! Honestly though, just to say I was a part of this contest was a joy to me! Just to see my video on the TCM website was like WOW!
It was so cool to see how many entries there were, so many different kinds of people all with one thing in common...we are TCM and classic movie fanatics! I was practically raised on classic movies and it was and is a no brainer to have TCM on the TV anytime my family was gathered in the living room. TCM has always been my favorite channel but for me my love of classic movies isn't just an interest; it's a passion, near obsession, and huge part of what makes me, me! My family has often jokingly called me "Ms. Osborne" referring to how I know so many facts about classic movies, has actors and years memorized, and when watching any movie could tell you what other movie the actors had been in. I knew I had to enter this contest even if I didn't win; just knowing I had been a part of this once in a life time opportunity was enough!
You can watch my video contest entry here:
*Disclaimer: I'm a little embarrassed of my video, well not how it looks but how I sound! I didn't want to pretend to be some kind of super outgoing personality, because that's just not who I am, I wanted to remain true to who I am and I'm more quiet by nature. So, this was definitely out of my comfort zone but I'm proud of myself for doing it anyways*
Though I have MANY favorite classic movies I chose to present one of my all-time favorite movies "Arsenic and Old Lace" for a few reasons. The contest ended on Halloween, my husband & I had all the decorations for a cute vintage Halloween looking set up, and I figured I had the whole "gothy girl" thing going for me to go along with the look of everything. I can't express how much I love this movie, it's by far my favorite movie to watch during Halloween time and my family and I always laugh SO hard it's almost enough to wake the dead ;) I think Cary Grant does an amazing job, in my opinion I think it's one of his funniest roles! All the actors are amazing, I love the ambience, and it's just one of those screwball comedies that stands out above the rest! Only Frank Capra could pull it all off so flawlessly, delightfully morbid and heartwarming at the same time, as only he can do! For the contest the entrees had to do it in 90 seconds or less, and that proved quite difficult for me! I wrote up a script with lots of nice facts and it ended up being too long! Unfortunately, I had to cut out a lot of what I wanted to say, I didn't get to add any fun facts or side stories like I love how Robert Osborne does so often. Maybe, that's also a reason why my video didn't have much of a chance in the contest since I ended up pretty much just giving a summary of the synopsis with my own wording of course. I wish I had had more time to be able to add more of my own flair and some fun facts. But like I said before, I wasn't in it to win it, just to say I did it! So, here is the full version of what I wrote originally before I had to cut things out if you'd like to read:
-Hi there! Lindsay Karlsson here and on behalf of TCM I want to present to you one of my favorite classic movies, Frank Capra's “"Arsenic and Old Lace"” starring my main squeeze of the silver screen, Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster; an anti-matrimony author that ironically falls in love with and marries “the girl next door” Elaine Harper played by the ever lovely Priscilla Lane. Just after they got married at the court house Grant goes to tell the good news to his family while Lane gets ready for their honeymoon. He is greeted by his aunts that raised him and they are the 2 sweetest old ladies you’ll ever meet. Or are they? Well let’s just say we all have some skeletons in the closet but you ain't got nothing on dear ol'’ Aunty Abby and Martha, played by the same actresses of the 1941 play by John Kesselring of which this film was adapted from. They have an unusual way of “helping” lonely old men and well, let’s just say it might have something to do with poison, as the title of the movie suggests. Hilarity ensues when Grant discovers their “little” secret and frantically tries to resolve the matter without his new bride finding out! His plan is to pin the misdeeds of his aunts on his brother Teddy, played by John Alexander, who thinks he is THE Teddy Roosevelt. It seems like the perfect solution since everyone knows he is crazy. But what would this dark screwball comedy be without Grant’s estranged brother Jonathan showing up trying to hide his own dearly departed friend, played by Raymond Massey and bearing the likeness of Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein. Karloff was the original actor to play Jonathan in the play and there are a few hilarious references in the movie made to that. Massey has his partner in crime and alcoholic plastic surgeon with him “Doctor Einstein” played by Peter Lorre! It’s rare we get to see him in a comedy but he is perfect for the part! And let’s not forget that this film has some of my favorite supporting actors of comedy Jack Carson as the local policeman, James Gleason as the chief of police, and Edward Everret Horton as the president of Happy Dale sanitarium. OH! And did I forget to mention the whole film is set in Brooklyn on Halloween day? Well it’s the perfect setting for this zany and twisted comedy that will leave us all feeling like we belong in Happy Dale! From 1944 here is “"Arsenic and Old Lace"”
Thanks for reading about my experience! I'd recommend searching on YouTube to see more of the entries and of course the winning entry by Tiffany Vazquez. I'll be posting one more blog soon with a little behind the scenes of how we set up for the video!
-Lindsay of Sheaves
-Lindsay of Sheaves