Dinner & A Movie: Bill Holden’s Picnic

Dinner & A Movie: Bill Holden’s Picnic

I decided that I was going to “try” to do a weekly post on Fridays called, “Dinner & A Movie” where I suggest a movie and give a dinner idea. Husband and I love to sit down in front of the TV with some good food and watch and good movie and I thought you might like that, too. Sometimes we get stuck as to what to watch and what to eat and I’d love some suggestions. I thought you might like that, too. So, I’ll do the suggesting!

I’ll kick off my October Creature Feature Month tomorrow, but since I had already written this post before I went away for a week, and forgot it last week, I’ll post it now.

So here you go, my Dinner & A Movie suggestion is a Living Room Picnic with Bill Holden.

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I threw myself a William Holden Movie Fest over the past couple of weeks and enjoyed every bare-chested minute of it. He was bare-chested, not me! I think it must have been in his contract that he had to be shirtless in every movie, haha!

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While “Picnic” wasn’t my favorite movie, I think it would be fun to have a Living Room Picnic in honor of Bill.

Your picnic can be as easy as grabbing some take-out fried chicken, potato salad, and a dessert! You can just have snacks, too. Throw a blanket on the floor and tune up one of Bill’s movies.


You can choose any of his movies, they are all worth watching. Even if the story is a bit wanting, Bill is an entertaining actor and you get to see his bare chest.

If you want me to choose my favorite of the ones I watched, I’d have to say “Sunset Boulevard” is my favorite. It is just so crazy! It starts off with a dead chimp and gets crazier from there.

“The World of Suzie Wong” is really just a “hood” version of “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” Same sort of story but in different socioeconomic settings.

“The Bridges at Toko-Ri” is a tear-jerker and very well acted by Bill.

“Stalag 17” is really good and it’s fun to spot the characters we became familiar with in the TV show “Hogan’s Heroes.”

“Paris When It Sizzles” is my least favorite even if it does have Audrey Hepburn in it and even though she and Bill supposedly had a relationship, there wasn’t much sizzling if you ask me.

“The Country Girl” is an honorable mention, not necessarily for Bill’s performance, but because I think Bing Crosby does an incredible job and won an Oscar for it as did Grace Kelly. A great movie!

Bill has a pretty large body of work, as large as his bare chest, so if you have trouble deciding, here are the ones I watched during my personal Bill Holden Movie Festival:

“Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” Image result for Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

“The Bridges at Toko-Ri” Image result for The Bridges at Toko-Ri

“Stalag 17” Image result for Stalag 17

“Paris When It Sizzles” Image result for Paris - When It Sizzles

“Sunset Boulevard” Image result for Sunset Boulevard

“The Country Girl” Image result for The Country Girl

“The World of Suzie Wong”Image result for The World of Suzie Wong


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