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The Gay Divorcee (1934)

The final week of The July Five is upon us. But don’t be too sad…we’re gonna end  the month dancing with the illustrious duo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! I’ve included several of their films on previous TCM Top Ten lists, but have only seen one, The Barkleys of Broadway (Wednesday’s review). With that, The…

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2015 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon

Below the cut you’ll find all the blogs currently scheduled to participate and the given days they’ll be posting. If you’re interested in participating, and want to win some great prizes, feel free to leave a comment below, email or Tweet me, or just write something and send me a link when it’s published. Also,…

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My Reputation (1946)

The final film of Barbara Stanwyck week is one I had previously experienced part of. Having previously watched half of My Reputation, the latter half, I was intrigued by a human exploration of women’s roles once they enter widowhood. Much like East Side, West Side, My Reputation benefits from a female screenwriter, Catherine Turney, who…

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East Side, West Side (1949)

After the disappointing Annie Oakley, I yearned for something good. Thankfully, I found it with director Mervyn LeRoy A-list melodrama, East Side, West Side. In my review of Oakley I complained about Barbara’s agency and accomplishments being negated for love of a man. Screenwriter Isobel Lennart takes the typical “woman’s picture,” infusing it with emotion…

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Annie Oakley (1935)

After the success of Baby Face, Barbara Stanwyck found herself increasingly dissatisfied with the films Warner Brothers cast her in. She broke out as a freelancer and did today’s film, Annie Oakley, for RKO. How bad could her WB films have been that she’d find this a better film? Despite the soon-to-be A-list talent of…