“Oh yes, children often commit murders. And quite clever ones too.” I love a killer. Her golden hair is plaited in two long pigtails, her eyes are bright and curious, and her smile is the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen. She’s eight years old. Her name is Rhoda, of Mervyn LeRoy’s campy horror classic, The…… Continue reading Reel Infatuation: Rhoda, what a way to behave!
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
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)
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)