Woman of the Year (1942)

Out of all the on-screen teams the studio system created, none endures as strongly as the teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The two made nine films together, and had a strong romantic relationship off-screen, and nearly every film they made is magic distilled in some form. Their first pairing put them would set…

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Zorro is one of those characters I’m aware of, but have never actively watched any of the myriad films or television shows featuring him and his feared “Z” mark. Best known to fans in his 1957 Disney television series, Zorro is a Latin Robin Hood with a healthy dose of what would shape the character of…

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Modern day romantic films have salted me on the romances of the classics. Raised on a steady diet of reductive and trite ways to “win” someone’s heart can leave one cynical, and it’s only through watching the right romances of the studio era that you uncover that well of admiration for old-fashioned romance that’s been…

All This, And Heaven Too (1940)

Often imitated, never duplicated, Gone with the Wind‘s massive success in 1939 saw every studio attempt to find their own literary epic to adapt in the hopes of sweeping up awards (and box office dollars). Warner Bros., known for its conservatism went full-steam ahead with their take on Rachel Field’s popular novel, All This, and Heaven Too…

Gigi (1958)

This is what happens when inspiration knocks. I originally had zero plans to review Gigi. I’d seen it years ago and didn’t care for it, but figured I’d give it the benefit of the doubt; my youth colored my perspective. Unfortunately, time and an increased awareness of classic films and women have only made the…

Libeled Lady (1936)

One of my first reviews gets a reprint due to Film Class Wednesdays.  This review doesn’t do it justice, but my thoughts never wavered. Libeled Lady is of my favorite movies in recent years, and cements my affection for William Powell.  They don’t make screwball comedies like this, and I’m almost afraid to mention it…