Discovering Tyrone Power

Discovering Tyrone Power — My New Year’s Resolution for 2019

71Around this time of each new year, most people begin looking ahead and thinking about ways to improve themselves or accomplish their goals. I do this quite often too, but this year in particular made the gears in my mind turn even after January 1st. 2018 brought so many incredible moments for me as a classic movie blogger, and I can easily say that Musings of a Classic Film Addict grew and accomplished more than any other year. This led me to begin thinking about what I can do to make this year even better for the site. My first resolution for 2019 came about when I noticed that I’d taken up over half of the storage on my DVR in the span of only two months! The #ClearMyDVRChallenge was born, and I made a short-term promise to myself to watch and remove every film that I’d recorded since I first switched my plan in November. So far that’s been working out really well, as I’ve already crossed four movies off of my list: The Bishop’s Wife (1947), The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939), A Scandal in Paris (1946), which I just reviewed this month, and Marriage is a Private Affair (1944). Unlike most New Year’s resolutions which give the entire year to complete a task, however, I decided to really challenge myself and watch every movie on my DVR by the end of January.

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It’s been exciting to make progress in the challenge as the days pass by, but I knew that I needed something even bigger and better to achieve after the first month of the year, and just like that, everything clicked in my brain and I knew exactly how to make this year special. In November, I was absolutely thrilled to announce that I had officially watched every film that Grace Kelly ever made. While that task may have been simple overall, completing her filmography was extremely satisfying not only because she’s been one of my favorite actresses for as long as I’ve adored classic movies, but also because to my knowledge this was the first star who I’ve accomplished this goal with. It made me wonder how many films I’d seen of some of my other favorite actors and actresses, and I came to the startling realization that I’d seen less than half of the movies starring my most beloved star of all time, Tyrone Power. I’m proud to have seen as many of his pictures as I have, but the more I examined his list of films, the more I realized that there were many that I hadn’t seen that were available to me if I wanted to watch them, and I could think of no suitable excuse as to why I hadn’t crossed at least ten more features off of my list already. I knew that there’s no time like the present, so that’s why I’m starting now. With that being said, I’m delighted to announce that my long-term goal for 2019 is to watch as many of Tyrone Power’s films as possible throughout the year and review each on my blog as I cross them off of my list!

The new column will be aptly titled Discovering Tyrone Power, and there won’t be much rhyme or reason about which films I choose to see. It’ll all be based on availability to me, but what I will tell you going into this new adventure is that so far I’ve seen and enjoyed twenty-five of his movies. Of course I’ll keep adding to this list as I cross each new picture off, but you won’t be seeing reviews for these:

  • Lloyds of London (1936)
  • Love is News (1937)
  • Thin Ice (1937)
  • Cafe Metropole (1937)
  • Marie Antoinette (1938)
  • Jesse James (1939)
  • Rose of Washington Square (1939)
  • The Rains Came (1939)
  • Day-Time Wife (1939)
  • Johnny Apollo (1940)
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  • Blood and Sand (1941)
  • A Yank in the RAF (1941)
  • Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
  • This Above All (1942)
  • The Black Swan (1942)
  • The Razor’s Edge (1946)
  • Nightmare Alley (1947)
  • Captain from Castile (1947)
  • The Luck of the Irish (1948)
  • The Black Rose (1950)
  • I’ll Never Forget You (1951)
  • The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
  • Abandon Ship! (1957)
  • Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

I couldn’t be more excited to begin this journey and hopefully see a lot more of Ty’s movies before the year is over! Keep an eye out for my first new-to-me Tyrone Power film of 2019 this week as I’ll be watching and reviewing Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) for the Made in 1938 Blogathon hosted by Crystal of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Robin of Pop Culture Reverie!

6 thoughts on “Discovering Tyrone Power — My New Year’s Resolution for 2019

  1. Nicely ambitious. A friend asked 2 questions when I sent this link to her. 1.) Have you had any lucking or considering the film “Tom Brown of Culver” (1932), seemingly a lost film. 2.) Are you including non-credited roles? Asking the questions was my task, so I am done. Best of luck on your quest.

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    1. Great questions! I haven’t crossed the bridge about Tom Brown of Culver, but as I mentioned before, I’m watching his movies based on availability, including his uncredited roles. I’ll watch all of his movies if I can, but if a film isn’t available anywhere, I may have to skip it. We’ll see!

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  2. Excellent goal! I was also quite satisfied when I completed my viewing of Grace Kelly’s filmography, but also a bit sad because I’d like to see more! 2018 was the year I finally completed Dolores Hart’s filmography. My next steps would be William Holden (with a total of 32 already seen films I think I’m on the right track) and Margaret Lockwood (unfortunately, I think some of her films are just impossible to find now). Good luck with the Power marathon! But you’ve already seen much more than I have. 😉

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  3. I’m interested in your journey to watch all Tyrone Power films in 2019. Since I have all, I know every one is available although some are harder to track down. Please update us

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