GirlCrazy

Girl Crazy (1943)

Often considered the outlier of the Mickey and Judy films, Girl Crazy is the rare feature adapted from a successful play (Babes in Arms was significantly changed from its original stage incarnation). With original Broadway stars Ginger Rogers and Allen Kearns replaced by our two crazy kids, Girl Crazy, by veering off the pre-set track wins…

ThrillofaRomance

Thrill of a Romance (1945)

You wouldn’t expect me to devote a week to Van Johnson and avoid reviewing his work with Esther Williams, would you? Actually, he and Williams teamed up so frequently I could have devoted this week to their films alone, but in the interest of fairness I went with one. The second of six films starring Johnson…

Notorious

Notorious (1946)

ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 2013 I haven’t watched Rebecca in a few years, so at this point I’m declaring that Notorious is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film (at the moment). There’s just so much to say about it, and yet I really don’t want to reveal too much so that you’ll go out and watch it…

Suspicion

Suspicion (1941)

We’re going back a few years to examine a film from Hitchcock’s 1940s output. A year after winning the Academy Award for Rebecca, Hitchcock reteamed with star Joan Fontaine for another one-word titled mystery, Suspicion. This classy thriller pairs Hitchcock for the first time with the smooth Cary Grant, and though the director doesn’t stick the…