In honor of Jayne Mansfield’s birthday I’m joined by guest, Mansfield biographer April Vevea sits down to talk with me about the buxom actress, Frank Tashlin’s directorial prowess, and the … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #63: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
I grouse a lot about the state of classic cinema access and how so much depends on the belief that movies have to make money. But then you look at … Continue Reading You for Me (1952)
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)
Ticklish Biz is taking the holidays off and sharing with you some special gifts as we prepare for our special Christmas show on Holiday Affair. In the meantime, I’m sharing with … Continue Reading Ticklish Business – Doubled Features: The Blob (1958 vs. 1988)
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)
Samantha and I jump on-board the Mayflower to find out about the passage to America as laid out in 1952’s Plymouth Adventure. Along the way we talk about our differing views … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #54: Plymouth Adventure (1952)
Trapeze is a film that comes with some cache in my house. My mom is a big fan of the film, mainly because of its well-defined homoeroticism which many film … Continue Reading Trapeze (1956)
When I talked to author Alan K. Rode a few months back he mentioned his work with the Film Noir Foundation to bring the 1950 noir, The Man Who Cheated … Continue Reading The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)
Co-host Samantha Ellis joins me as we look at romance in the ’40s, thirst over Peter Lawford, and swim alongside Esther Williams in On an Island With You.
TCM On-Locations tour guide Sarah Louise Lilley joins me as we look at CinemaScope, outrageous fashions, and Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire.
Sometimes a movie is just so weird I have to write about it in order to prove it wasn’t something I dreamed up. Doris Day was a recent honoree during … Continue Reading Julie (1956)
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.