On the surface, Phil Karlson’s Kansas City Confidential appears to be a standard noir. Three criminals are blackmailed into a heist job by a burly and considerably aged Preston Foster. They’re each instructed to wear masks during the robbery. Without knowing each other’s identities, the police won’t either. It truly is the perfect crime, executed…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Toward the Unknown (1956) truly was made for me. It’s an aviation film directed by Mervyn Leroy and starring William Holden. The film is virtually unknown in Bill’s filmography. It’s not as memorable as Sunset Boulevard or Network, or The Bridge on the River Kwai. But it’s certainly worth any Holden fan’s time. It was also…… Continue reading William Holden boldly goes Toward the Unknown
There is no one dreamier than Audrey Hepburn, and nowhere is this more evident than in Billy Wilder’s 1954 romantic comedy, Sabrina. Based on the Samuel Taylor play Sabrina Fair (which I’ve finally borrowed from the library), the film is a Cinderella tale. A chauffeur’s daughter transforms from an awkward duckling into a graceful swan.…… Continue reading The moon’s very own Sabrina Fairchild.
There was only one Howard Keel. In Classic Hollywood’s glittering constellation of stars, there were plenty of tall, hunky leading men. There were singers too, with soft crooning voices (Bing Crosby and Dick Powell), and The Voice himself, Frank Sinatra. But there was only one hunky man with the rich baritone, and that was Howard…… Continue reading 2 Howard Keels are better than 1.
Miracle in the Rain is a rare film. Directed by Rudolph Mate, it has all the hallmarks of a tearjerker, but it’s so much more than just a doomed romance. It’s almost too pure. It also helps that screenwriter Ben Hecht, who was primarily known for cynical stories, wrote the novel. I felt like I stumbled…… Continue reading Favorite films: Miracle in the Rain (1956)
We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th)! While not of Hispanic or Latino descent myself, I’ve always felt that it’s vital to support those who are, in movements for justice and in representation onscreen. And I just naturally feel kinship to other people of color. Aurora of Once Upon…… Continue reading #DePelicula: Jose Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyd Charisse isn’t usually lauded for her acting prowess. I’d be inclined to agree if I didn’t love her so much. But since I do love her so much, there’s a contrarian in me who doesn’t readily accept this point of view. She was obviously more gifted as a dancer but there are times when…… Continue reading Summer Under the Stars: Cyd Charisse in Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)