TCM’s schedule might be honoring Dame Maggie Smith, but I chose another English lady to salute today: Dame Julie Andrews (I don’t believe she’s officially been given the title, and … Continue Reading Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Green Dolphin Street is one of numerous adaptations of epic best-sellers throughout the 1940s. The type of event movie where everyone and their sister read the novel, now watch Hollywood’s … Continue Reading Green Dolphin Street (1947)
Originally published August 13, 2013 Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite books, and I conveniently bought the 1939 adaptation with Sir Laurence Olivier recently (I totally didn’t come up … Continue Reading Wuthering Heights (1939)
Originally published January 18, 2018 My year-long Centennial Celebration kicks off with a two-episode look at composer Leonard Bernstein.
Originally published July 23, 2013 Off to a late start on my Busby Berkeley week, but we’re moving along with the film: Footlight Parade. This is my first Berkeley film, … Continue Reading Footlight Parade (1933)
There are a lot of movies found in Professional Sweetheart, released via Warner Archive, that make you go, “Really?” Sure, every movie comes with its own level of suspended belief, … Continue Reading Professional Sweetheart (1933)
Originally Published: July 21, 2015 Our second Barbara Stanwyck film of the week personified to audiences the strong, adept female that Stanwyck was. Compared to other actresses embodying personalities like … Continue Reading Baby Face (1933)
Kay Francis and William Powell mix love and crime in Jewel Robbery.
Originally published January 28th, 2015 Second-wave feminism (you’ve already stopped reading, haven’t you?) wouldn’t crop up for another couple of years, but that’s not to say Hollywood wasn’t doing its … Continue Reading The Thrill of It All (1963)
What better time to look at Doris Day’s big cinematic debut than during the month TCM honors her? Even better? Warner Archive just put out a beautiful transfer of this … Continue Reading Romance on the High Seas (1948)
Originally Published September 23rd 2017 The 1950s is easily the decade where the Western thrived. Captured in expansive CinemaScope, the Wild West never looked wilder. But with so many cowpokes … Continue Reading Johnny Guitar (1954)
I wish the name Lupe Velez was known throughout the world. Lupe was a colorful woman, both on-screen and off. But, like many of my favorite Golden Age celebs, it … Continue Reading The Girl From Mexico (1939)
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 4th, 2012 Tonight’s 25 Days of Christmas film appears on many “Best Of Christmas” lists and I figured I’d give it a look. It’s one of two … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: Holiday Inn (1942)
Originally published December 24th, 2012 Coming into the home stretch of 25 Days of Christmas 2012, and the final three movies cannot come sooner. I don’t hate Christmas movies; it’s … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: Holiday Affair (1949)
Originally published December 13, 2018 I’m not 100% clear why Beyond Tomorrow is considered a Christmas movie. Maybe it’s because in 2004 20th Century Fox retitled it Beyond Christmas and … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: Beyond Tomorrow (1940)