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June Allyson in The Secret Heart (1946)

Although I’m traveling this weekend, I couldn’t pass up the chance to write a special post in honor of today’s birthday girl, June Allyson. Born Eleanor Geisman on October 7, 1917 in the Bronx, Junie willed herself into stardom. She became the quintessential wholesome girl next door. While I’ve heard that she’s unpopular among classic film fans (most people…… Continue reading June Allyson in The Secret Heart (1946)

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Favorite films: Thousands Cheer (1943)

MGM’s extravagant, star filled musical is a tonic of good cheer that’s very close to my heart. I watched it one night after some miserable days. Musicals always brighten my mood, so I hoped Thousands Cheer would do the trick. It did, and then some. Although the plot leaves a lot to be desired, the…… Continue reading Favorite films: Thousands Cheer (1943)

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Summer Under the Stars: Van Johnson in Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)

“What has Gable got for me? Or Mrs. Johnson’s blonde boy Van?” Once upon a time, these lyrics from “Prehistoric Man” in On the Town applied to me. I thought Van Johnson was about the most boring boy next door MGM ever imagined. But Van, reaching out from the grave, didn’t want me to merely change…… Continue reading Summer Under the Stars: Van Johnson in Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)

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The Killers vs. The Killers

Ernest Hemingway’s short story “The Killers” was published in Scribner’s Magazine in 1927. It’s written in his typical style; simple, blunt, direct, free of glossy words and phrases. Hollywood released two film adaptations based on it. Both turn this bare bones story into a fully formed narrative with distinct characters. Two men walk into a…… Continue reading The Killers vs. The Killers

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A month with Robert Ryan

I didn’t love Robert Ryan immediately. The first couple of his films that I watched were for his costars. After seeing The Dirty Dozen (1967), anything with his name caught my full attention. In his own quiet way, he was starting to grow on me. Looks wise I didn’t think much of him, but now…… Continue reading A month with Robert Ryan