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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

They say “if at first you don’t succeed…get a divorce and everything will work itself out.” Okay, that’s not totally the adage as we know it, but that’s the plan for Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) in Preston Sturges’ delightful tale of love, matrimony, and alimony, The Palm Beach Story. Recently released and lovingly restored to…

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde’s tale of immortal youth and blinding excess, has been recounted in several adaptations throughout the decades, none best remembered as well as Albert Lewin’s 1945 take. Warner Archive’s recent Blu-ray release allows audiences the opportunity to indulge in Dorian’s adventures, even if the whole affair plays a bit…

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The Razor’s Edge (1946)

20th Century Fox were masters of the prestige picture. Even when a movie wasn’t about grand sweeping themes it at least looked and acted opulently. Considered a hard sell for adaptation Fox snatched up the rights for $250,000 plus 20% of the net profits to W. Somerset Maugham’s novel┬áThe Razor’s Edge. With a clause to…

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Adam’s Rib (1949)

**This post is written as part of The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon. Click here to read the work of other participants.** Long-time readers of Journeys in Classic Film know how I feel about positive portrayals of femininity in cinema and how difficult that can be when discussed films created during the 1930s-1960s (and while it’s…

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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

After my interview with Technicolor specialist Robert Hoffman and in honor of this weekend’s Dance Media Festival, I decided a review of The Unfinished Dance (screening at the festival this weekend) was warranted. And, honestly, I have no one to blame but myself for not watching this earlier, considering it stars my favorite child actress,…