Up until this point I’ve only reviewed (and seen) two Bob Hope features, both of them straightforward comedies – The Ghost Breakers (1940) and the fantastic The Cat and the … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Son of Paleface (1952)
I missed seeing Those Redheads From Seattle when it screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival last year and, really, that might have been for the best. The year 1953 … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Those Redheads From Seattle (1953)
Throughout the next four weeks I’ll be reviewing various musicals in support of TCM’s newest interactive online course, Mad About Musicals. Any classic film lover will tell you mitigation is … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
There’s a disconnect to the 1950s best exemplified through media. One the one hand you have the Donna Reed world of mom, dad, and apple pie. And on the other … Continue Reading Gun Crazy (1950)
Guest Lauren Humphries-Brooks is back to finish out May’s Centennial Celebrant John Dall by discussing his turn as one half of a murderous couple (again) in Gun Crazy.
Gene Kelly is responsible for crafting two of the most enduring musicals of the 1950s, 1951’s An American in Paris and 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain. But by 1957 Kelly … Continue Reading Les Girls (1957)
Fritz Lang is a director whose work, even at its silliest, can entertain, and that’s how one must approach Beyond a Reasonable Doubt – now available in a beautiful Blu-ray … Continue Reading Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Lauren Humphries-Brooks joins me once again as we honor February’s Centennial Celebrant, Ida Lupino. This episode we look at Lupino as director with her 1950 drama Outrage.
My Leonard Bernstein tribute comes to a close as Kaci Kielmar and I discuss Bernstein’s only original film composition, 1954’s On the Waterfront.
The year before we found out “Gidget is the one for me,” Sandra Dee was playing in this rom-com with quite the polished pedigree. Vincente Minnelli’s The Reluctant Debutante may … Continue Reading The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
Esther Williams always knew her career wasn’t permanent. So when the quality of her films hit a certain level she walked away, and it’s all Jupiter’s Darling’s fault. The film … Continue Reading Jupiter’s Darling (1955)
This originally ran December 14th, 2011. Really my thoughts on this film haven’t changed. I still adore Vera-Ellen‘s dancing but I don’t love this movie. Yep, it’s official: I’m not … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: White Christmas (1954)
Originally published December 2nd, 2011 This is an odd one to group with Marilyn movies as she’s literally in it for a minute (I’d say less but I didn’t time … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: O. Henry’s Full House (1952)
Originally published December 8th, 2014 I was wary of watching any versions of A Christmas Carol this year after I did an entire month of various adaptations for my old … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: A Christmas Carol (1951)
How appropriate that our 31st episode comes out on Halloween night. In the last of four special Halloween episodes I talk to writer Kimberly Pierce about William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill (1959).
A camera points to the ground, gliding along to show the chaos of a recent event, the ground littered in detritus. Has the house been looted? Is this the scene … Continue Reading Father of the Bride (1950)