Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Doris Day tested her image’s bounds as Ms. Wholesome when she took on the role of torch singer Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave Me. We’ll never know for certain, but Day’s break from convention could explain why she wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award as this is Day’s finest film. Love Me or Leave Me…

Calamity Jane (1953)

Originally published March 21st, 2012 Calamity Jane was the latest film I watched for my Women in Film class and this movie is frustrating.  It’s cute and has some good songs and Doris Day is beautiful no matter how hard she tries, but the issue of femininity and female competition over men really irked me.…

Che! (1969)

The first person to cross the finish line wins, a rule that Hollywood endorses no matter what. When revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara died in 1967 Hollywood scrambled to present his life on film. Two years later Che! (complete with exclamation point) was created, a movie that resulted in controversy and censure. Film critic Steven Scheur…

Annie Oakley (1935)

After the success of Baby Face, Barbara Stanwyck found herself increasingly dissatisfied with the films Warner Brothers cast her in. She broke out as a freelancer and did today’s film, Annie Oakley, for RKO. How bad could her WB films have been that she’d find this a better film? Despite the soon-to-be A-list talent of…

Jeanne Eagels (1957)

The 1950s definitely enjoyed biopics, as evidenced by the amount I’ve previously reviewed (The Buster Keaton Story, The George Raft Story, Valentino). Probably one of the better remembered ones, Jeanne Eagels was the proving ground for Kim Novak as a dramatic actress. Lambasted by the family to the point that they sued the studio, and…

Biopic Theatre: The Scarlett O’Hara War (1980)

Stories regarding the grand search for Margaret Mitchell’s Scarlett O’Hara have passed into legend. With stories of practically every actress in Hollywood during the 1930s testing for the role, it’s hard fathoming anyone else wearing Vivien Leigh’s corset. The 1980s saw its fair share of biopics regarding Leigh and Gone With the Wind, from the Leigh/Laurence…