Recently played as the February entry in TCM and Fathom Events’ Big Screen Series, it’s hard to believe there was ever a time when Katharine Hepburn needed to prove herself. … Continue Reading The Philadelphia Story (1940)
February’s Centennial star is actress/director Ida Lupino. Lauren Humphries-Brooks returns this month as we look at Ida Lupino, actress, with the 1946 costume drama Devotion.
Next month’s centennial celebration star for my TCM Backlot series is Robert Preston, a man I only know for his later work with director Blake Edwards. Preston started out in … Continue Reading The Lady From Cheyenne (1941)
With my new full-time writer status, part of my transition with the site is to write about movie I get truly excited over, whether it makes me so mad I … Continue Reading Out of the Fog (1941)
I’ve seen nine of director Henry Koster’s films and it’s safe to say he’s one of my favorite directors. There’s something about his features, whose plots walk on a tightrope … Continue Reading It Started With Eve (1941)
Podcaster Lauren Humphries-Brooks joins me as we talk Barbara Stanwyck, feminism and whether Dennis Morgan is good in the 1945 romantic drama Christmas in Connecticut.
t’s Christmas at Ticklish Business and our first episode sees guest Howard Casner and I compare and contrast the 1947 George Seaton feature, Miracle on 34th Street, with the 1994 … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #32: Miracle on 34th Street (1947/1994)
The studio era had a way of doing things with genres that weren’t unique but, in execution, make all the difference in the world. Director Henry Koster was adept at … Continue Reading Music for Millions (1944)
“Last night I dream of Manderlay again…” The first words spoken in Alfred Hitchcock’s American debut conjure up a dreamworld that could only exist in the imagination, and yet it’s … Continue Reading Rebecca (1940)
In 1859 author Wilkie Collins published The Woman in White, considered the first mystery novel with an actual detective-esque structure. Imitated in numerous films since, from serious drama to animated … Continue Reading The Woman in White (1948)
Describing the Florida Keys always sounds as if a Dashiell Hammett-esque noir voice should be speaking the words aloud: “An isolated strip of land as beautiful as it is hot.” … Continue Reading Key Largo (1948)
Out of all the on-screen teams the studio system created, none endures as strongly as the teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The two made nine films together, and … Continue Reading Woman of the Year (1942)
Zorro is one of those characters I’m aware of, but have never actively watched any of the myriad films or television shows featuring him and his feared “Z” mark. Best … Continue Reading The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Often imitated, never duplicated, Gone with the Wind‘s massive success in 1939 saw every studio attempt to find their own literary epic to adapt in the hopes of sweeping up awards (and … Continue Reading All This, And Heaven Too (1940)
There’s a formula to film noirs, and while not strictly enforced there are particular elements one looks for – the morally ambiguous hero, interplay between light and shadow, an evil … Continue Reading Pitfall (1948)
An actress not often associated with comedy (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane doesn’t count), Bette Davis allowed her dry wit to come into contact with a few rom-coms throughout … Continue Reading June Bride (1948)