Jenny (Debbie Reynolds) and Grif Henderson (James Garner) are parents to Davey (Donald Losby), a young man who is every bit the stereotypical “peace and love” ’60s teen. Grif doesn’t understand his son at all, while Jenny’s a bit overprotective of Davey. When Davey decides that he wants to follow his girlfriend Bootsie (Hilarie Thompson)… Continue reading How Sweet It Is! (1968)
Elizabeth Flagg (Virginia Bruce) is a wife and mother, wed to Tyler Flagg (Walter Pidgeon), a defense attorney with a record of success and a reputation of brilliance. Tyler’s reputation for greatness is made possible by his dedication to his job, but as his career has flourished, his marriage has suffered. Elizabeth thinks they’d be… Continue reading Stronger Than Desire (1939)
Montgomery “Monty” Royle (George Arliss) is a famous pianist who has made a big name for himself in Paris at the age of 50. He receives dozens of adoring letters from fans every day, is frequently approached for autographs on the street, and is idolized by Grace Blair (Bette Davis), his 25-year-old student. Grace has… Continue reading The Man Who Played God (1932)
“This is a factual and authentic document based on actual conditions existing in the world today. It is admittedly propaganda. It is a picture with a purpose. Try to find it.” That’s one hell of a warning to accompany the opening of 1943’s Hi Diddle Diddle, directed by Andrew L. Stone. The film tells the… Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)
I love Steve Martin, and I love John Hughes. Why had I never seen Planes, Trains and Automobiles until last year? This film is one of those comedies in which everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Martin stars as Neal Page, a man who is desperate to get home in time for Thanksgiving.… Continue reading Modern classics: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
When I think of character actors, Allen Jenkins is always the first person that comes to mind. With over 150 credits to his name in the worlds of film and television, Jenkins is a favorite of mine thanks to his many “sidekick” roles from the ’30s and ’40s. Today we’ll be taking a look at… Continue reading Allen Jenkins: What a Character!
Thelma “Teddy” Shaw (Ginger Rogers) is a New York office girl, working as a typist for a big company. Not one to turn “party animal” in her free time, Teddy is sophisticated, spending every spare moment “improving [her] mind.” Much to the envy of her office friends, Teddy gets the chance to take a vacation… Continue reading Having Wonderful Time (1938)