Nicholas Ray's The Lusty Men shares traits with some of his finest films; it's tough, bleak, tender, and unexpectedly poetic. The devastation of this one film is swift and total. It's one of the films being shown as part of Susan Hayward's 24 hour marathon for Summer Under the Stars. Indisputably one of the greatest … Continue reading First time at the rodeo: The Lusty Men (1952)
June Allyson is TCM's star of the day, one of the last as August draws to a close. A perpetually sunny screen personality, most of the movies in today's lineup reflect that. The one exception is my recommendation, High Barbaree, her second film with best friend and frequent co-star Van Johnson. It is my favorite … Continue reading High Barbaree (1947): No beginning and no end
Audrey Hepburn. The name conjures up so much. Elegance, glamour, grace. She's become a symbol of all that is refined and stylish. But to watch her onscreen is to watch a real woman, glittering magic, all warmth and brightness. It's easy to forget that, among the little black dresses, sunglasses, and diamonds dripping from … Continue reading Audrey Hepburn’s Habits
Nothing reminds me of my joy quite like Roman Holiday. That's why, even with its moments of melancholy, it's one of my comfort movies. It's actually the number one comfort movie for me, as well as my all time favorite. Each time I watch is like the very first time - and that was ten … Continue reading Today’s gonna be a holiday.
Here's a movie I love even though it's somewhat boring, with its visuals far outweighing the story. This is MGM's lavish star powered biopic of composer Jerome Kern (Robert Walker), who penned some of the most famous musicals of all time - Show Boat being the most well known. If you consider yourself a fan … Continue reading Favorite films: Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
The fact that not one, but two classic Hollywood films exist about grown women impersonating 12 year olds is weird? Amazing? Decide for yourself. The Major and the Minor (1942) starred Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. Susan Applegate pretends to be a 12 year old so she can buy a discount train ticket. In the … Continue reading June Allyson is Too Young to Kiss
George Sidney's The Harvey Girls combines my most beloved film genre - the musical - with my most dreaded - the western. What results is a splendid woman centered story about dreams, romance, civilizing the west (ah), and finding your place in the great big world. The Santa Fe California Limited of the Atchinson, Topeka … Continue reading I’ve done a lot of dreaming with The Harvey Girls (1946)
Happy National Classic Movie Day, everyone! What a day! I'm so glad to be officially celebrating it this year, as this post is for Classic Film and TV Cafe's 5 Stars blogathon. The objective is simple (ha!); write about five favorite classic stars. I wanted to write about actors and actresses I don't write about often … Continue reading 5 Stars! for National Classic Movie Day
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.