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)
I’ve been fortunate to visit at least two movie studios in my life: Universal (where I’ve been in the theme park, on the backlot, and in a screening room) and … Continue Reading Warner Bros: Hollywood’s Ultimate Backlot
Guest Diana Bosch joins me as we share the classic films we each discovered in 2017.
A belated Christmas gift sees my Walt Sent Me cohost Todd Liebenow join me in a special crossover episode as we discuss Cary Grant in 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife.
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 review originally ran December 10th, 2012. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is my favorite Rankin-Bass production that has fun songs, and a memorable villain! Tonight’s film is … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)
This review originally ran December 23rd, 2011. I still adore this Christmas special! As we get ever closer to Christmas Day we’re hitting the best Christmas films to watch. This … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Originally published May 6th, 2013 Meet Me in St. Louis came highly recommended due to its place as a musical classic, and because it’s got the downright angelic Margaret O’Brien … Continue Reading Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
This review originally ran on December 20th, 2011. My thoughts on the film itself haven’t changed, and have only grown. Natalie Wood continues to astound me, and the film has … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Podcaster Lauren Humphries-Brooks joins me as we talk Barbara Stanwyck, feminism and whether Dennis Morgan is good in the 1945 romantic drama Christmas in Connecticut.
This review originally ran December 25th, 2011. This is still a must-watch as many times as you can. I recently watched the Ron Howard remake for this month a few … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
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 17th, 2012 The Bishop’s Wife was my big discovery last Christmas after a viewing on TCM. I’m a Cary Grant fan, and thankfully one of the box … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
Originally published December 6th, 2014 A series of comic miscommunications and mistaken identity lead to a fun holiday story perfect for the post-WWII family. It Happened on Fifth Avenue focuses on … Continue Reading It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
Originally published December 4th, 2011 We move on to another diverse Christmas film, one that has a more tenuous connection to Christmas than even Rent could boast, but nonetheless takes … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: The Thin Man (1934)
Originally published December 7th, 2014 Christmas in Connecticut is a screwball charmer proving Barbara Stanwyck’s prowess as an unlikely comedienne. I reviewed a Stanwyck film last Christmas, 1940’s Remember the … Continue Reading 25 Days of Christmas: Christmas in Connecticut (1945)