Favorite films: Little Women (1949)

It is Christmas Eve once again, so I wanted to write about one of my favorite Christmas films. This adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel is my favorite, not least because June Allyson stars as the feisty and irrepressible Jo March. It's usually overlooked compared to the other four. I have not watched the latest … Continue reading Favorite films: Little Women (1949)

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Love light gleaming In The Good Old Summertime (1949)

Miklos Laszlo's 1936 Hungarian play Parfumerie has achieved lasting cultural and artistic significance despite being a relatively unknown piece of work. You most likely know it by its other names: The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and You've Got Mail (1998). There's also a Broadway musical, She Loves Me, that premiered in 1963 and has … Continue reading Love light gleaming In The Good Old Summertime (1949)

Van Johnson’s remarkable ease in Easy to Wed (1946)

Van! Van! Van!: my constant refrain. Easy to Wed is a remake of the 1936 film, Libeled Lady, which starred such heavyweights as William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, and Jean Harlow. I actually like this version better than the original, but I can only draw favorable comparisons between each cast. Van and Esther Williams … Continue reading Van Johnson’s remarkable ease in Easy to Wed (1946)

Egads! Van the Cad in The Bride Goes Wild (1948)

A misleading title, preposterous storyline, improbable romance, seriously questionable if not outright morally reprehensible behavior, and ants - The Bride Goes Wild has all that and more! While it’s probably my least favorite Van Johnson and June Allyson pairing, it’s still highly enjoyable to watch. This of course is due to Van and June’s chemistry, … Continue reading Egads! Van the Cad in The Bride Goes Wild (1948)

Van’s two sides: Scene of the Crime (1949) and The Big Hangover (1950)

A very happy Van Johnson Day to you all! Today would've been the sunny hunk's 102nd birthday. Today I'm looking at two of his films which feature two versions of Van, one familiar and the other unfamiliar. Join me, and see them for yourself if you haven't. Scene of the Crime (1949) The boy next … Continue reading Van’s two sides: Scene of the Crime (1949) and The Big Hangover (1950)