I struggled to figure out the best way to convey my disdain for this film. A Summer Place desperately wants to be a Douglas Sirk film (and for a while … Continue Reading A Summer Place (1959)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon Hollywood, the Dream Factory. Ask any classic film fan and they’ll reiterate that classic films have an elegance, … Continue Reading Latin Lovers (1953)
You always notice the fingerprints of a Tennessee Williams production: An exotic locale within the US, unrepentant sexual longing bound up within questions of femininity and masculinity. The Rose Tattoo … Continue Reading The Rose Tattoo (1955)
After her cherubic curls and childhood innocence gave way towards adult maturity Shirley Temple was cast out by the studio that gave her life, and it was a few years … Continue Reading Kathleen (1941)
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. Trapeze is a film that comes with some cache in my house. … Continue Reading Trapeze (1956)
Kay Francis and William Powell mix love and crime in Jewel Robbery.
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth pair up for the first of five features with The Lady in Question.
I sound like a broken record, but I don’t like the majority of films Jean Negulesco directed. I can count the number of films of his I’ve liked on one … Continue Reading Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
Tarzan is an ubiquitous character in film history, becoming a franchise that dominated the 1930s into the ’50s and making Johnny Weissmuller an unconventional star. I say all this having … Continue Reading TCMFF Review: Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Victorian literature is recognized for its emphasis on repression, social hierarchy, and gender politics. When William Thackery published Vanity Fair in 1848 he couldn’t have assumed that its heroine, Becky … Continue Reading Becky Sharp (1935)
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)
Though not sponsored content, I was provided a copy of this by the awesome folks at ClassicFlix. All opinions strictly my own. In 1937 MGM released the film Topper starring … Continue Reading Merrily We Live (1938)
Clark Gable and Joan Crawford starred in eight movies together, and if the preceding seven showed them as beautifully as their final feature, Strange Cargo, I’m in for a massive … Continue Reading Strange Cargo (1940)
It’s Valentine’s Day and the Ticklish Trio have returned to run down our favorite classic film couples!
Long-time readers of JiCF know I’m a sucker for a domestic melodrama and only Old Hollywood knows how to take a simple story about a couple struggling to make a … Continue Reading Made for Each Other (1939)
Back with another Throwback Thirstday article all about my favorite deceased paramour, Mr. John Garfield. Raise your hand if you think I should just rename this series “the John Garfield … Continue Reading Throwback Thirstday: Saturday’s Children (1940)