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)
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.
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)