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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…

Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh (1945)

We conclude Gene Kelly week a bit disappointed. On the Town was a charming musical taking three separate stories, separated and combined them, presenting a solid, albeit thin tale in a well paced ninety minutes. Now imagine reducing that story to two sailors and one girl, adding in a love triangle, Jose Iturbi, Tom and…

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On the Town (1949)

Can I just say, I’m fairly proud of myself that I got through the first two weeks of the July Five before falling behind on posting. However, Gene Kelly week is coming to a close and where are we? I deliberately started put Kelly’s 1950s titles first since, by then, he was established as a…