Yours Retro Magazine.

As a true vintage girl at heart, I was absolutely thrilled when I heard about Yours Magazine bringing out a specific retro style issue with all things Classic Hollywood and pre 2000s. Special thank you to Fraser from Immortal Marilyn and everlasting-star.net for kindly sharing this!  At £3.99 this isn’t the cheapest magazine but as far as I’m aware it’s the only one like it out there so personally, I’m happy to pay the price.

If you love Old Hollywood as much as I do then this is definitely the magazine for you, with my favourite Hitchcock Blonde, Grace Kelly featuring as Cover Girl. Not only is there a wonderful article on her inside, the magazine features many stories on stars such as, Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr to name just a few.

I know reading the articles isn’t for everyone but, fear not, the magazine is full of photos and not just the ones you have seen so many times before. As someone who knows a fair amount about the Golden Age of Hollywood, I was pretty impressed with the magazines research, I even learned a few new things myself!

However, there were two noticeable mistakes that stuck out and did slightly frustrate me. Grace Kelly’s age when she died was listed as 53, when she was actually 52 and it was claimed Marilyn held her first ever press conference at The Savoy Hotel in July 1956 – the press conference of course happened, but it was mostly definitely not her first. Of course these pet  peeves may be of little concern to a lot of readers, but as someone who is incredibly passionate about this subject, it is important for me to know that the writers are also just as informed.

Furthermore, although the majority of the magazines content is spot on with following the, “retro” content, I feel the magazine needs to be aware that it will not just attract an older audience. At 22 years old I am probably one of the younger readers, but I know I’m not the only modern girl with an old soul who loves learning about this subject. Not every single reader is buying this to, “reminisce” or feel, “nostalgic as the survey seems to imply.

What I really enjoyed about the magazine was the survey left for readers to give their opinions on the contents for research purposes. It’s very heartwarming to know that your views and interests are being considered and noted for future issues, you feel a part of the Yours Team’s aim and believe it is their aim to produce  a quality product.

As someone who’s interests lie in the bygone era of Hollywood, it’s wonderful that such a unique magazine is so accessible and easy to find. If you’re not in the UK I think you can still purchase the magazine online, so fear not! I really hope it sticks to pre 1970s content, if I wanted to read about today I could easily just buy a modern day magazine .

If I could ask the magazine to stick to one thing it would be pre 1970s content, if I wanted to read about the stars of today, I could easily buy a modern day magazine. I really hope Yours Retro continues for many more issues to come, I for one will definitely be looking out for the next one! 

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Favourite Fillms Of The Forties.

As promised, here is the next post in my, “Favourite Films” series and this time it is my second most loved decade of movies; the 1940s.

This was the decade of Bogey and Bacall, Lake and Ladd, Femme Fatales, Glamorous Technicolor Musicals and Film Noir. Movies such as, Cover Girl (1944) and The Dolly Sisters (1945) are forever linked to the Old Hollywood Allure, whilst films such as Double Indemnity (1944) and Gilda (1946) are classic Film Noir; filled with suspense, mystery and thrills. 

I will choose my best loved movies, place them into genres and pick some of my favourite stars and their films from the 1940s, I hope you enjoy my recommendations! Top favourites will be put in bold.

Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Veronica Lake

  • I Wanted Wings (1941)
  • Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  • Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)
  • This Gun for Hire (1942)
  • The Glass Key (1942)
  • I Married a Witch (1942)
  • So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
  • The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
  • Bring on the Girls (1945)
  • Out of This World (1945)
  • Hold That Blonde! (1945)
  • Miss Susie Slagle’s (1946)
  • The Blue Dahlia (1946)
  • Ramrod (1947)
  • Saigon (1948)
  • The Sainted Sisters (1948)
  • Isn’t It Romantic? (1948)
  • Slattery’s Hurricane (1949)
Veronica Lake in This Gun For Hire (1942)
Veronica Lake in This Gun For Hire (1942)


Rita Hayworth

  • The Lady in Question (1940)
  • You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)
  • You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
  • Cover Girl (1944)
  • Gilda (1946)
  • The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
  • The Loves of Carmen (1948)
Rita Hayworth in the 1940s.
Rita Hayworth in the 1940s.

Alfred Hitchcock

  • Rebecca (1940)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
  • Suspicion (1941)
  • Spellbound (1945)
  • Notorious (1946)
  • Rope (1948)
Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940)
Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca (1940)

Musicals/Comedies

  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Pin Up Girl (1944)
  • Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
  • The Dolly Sisters (1945)
  • Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

Drama

  • Waterloo Bridge (1940)
  • That Hamilton Woman! (1941)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • The Outlaw (1943)
  • To Have and Have Not (1944)
  • Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • Forever Amber (1947)
  • Anna Karenina (1948)

Film Noir

  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Laura (1944)
  • Leave Her To Heaven (1945)
  • The Killers (1946)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
  • The Big Sleep (1946)
  • Dead Reckoning (1947) 

    Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Dark Passage (1947)
    Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in Dark Passage (1947)

So, there you have it, these are all of the best films I’ve seen from the 1940s. Still, there are so many that I’ve yet to view, so there’s a lot that I look forward to watching. My next post will be on 1960s films, so stay tuned for that!

Here’s a few 1940s films I have on DVD, but have yet to watch;

  • Sundown (1941)
  • A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
  • Heaven Can Wait (1943)
  • Salome, Where She Danced (1945)
  • The Razor’s Edge (1946)
  • Mother Wore Tights (1947)
  • Dark Passage (1947)
  • Key Largo (1948)
  • Outpost In Morocco (1949)

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