When a movie starts by showing an actual black widow, with on-screen narration about how it’s a female spider that kills its mate, you know exactly what type of movie … Continue Reading Black Widow (1954)
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)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon So back story into why I sought out Young Man With a Horn to today’s review: I reviewed a … Continue Reading Young Man With a Horn (1950)
We honor TCM’s star of the month, Kathryn Grayson by brushing up on our Shakespeare and talking the 1953 musical, Kiss Me Kate!
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.
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.
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)
The July Five continues with the second to last theme week: Bette Davis. And what better way to talk all about Bette than starting with her iconic 1950 drama, All … Continue Reading All About Eve (1950)
I’m celebrating Fourth of July with Gidget Goes Fourth – a holiday weekend series reviewing all three in the Gidget franchise! My only experience with actress Sandra Dee‘s film career … Continue Reading Gidget (1959)
With the mad rush of Halloween I’m behind on putting out my TCM Top Twelve for November. Thankfully, I only had to drop one movie that’s already run. The twelve … Continue Reading The TCM Top Twelve for November