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TMP Reads: Laughing in the Dark by Ted Sennett

Note: This post was written for my summer reading challenge — the second of six classic film-related book reviews I’ll be posting this summer! For more information, visit my TBR list for the challenge. First published in 1992, Ted Sennett’s Laughing in the Dark promises to track the history and conventions of the movie comedy…

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Star Spotlight: Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell Born Catherine Rosalind Russell Date of birth: June 4, 1907 Date of death: November 28, 1976 Roles First role: “Mrs. Harrison” in Evelyn Prentice Final big-screen role: “Mrs. Pollifax” in Mrs. Pollifax – Spy Final television role: “Laurita Dorsey” in The Crooked Hearts (TV Movie) TMP’s favorites: It’s a two-way tie between “Sylvia…

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Night Must Fall (1937)

In a tiny town in England, the police are working overtime in search of Mrs. Shellbrook, a local woman who has been missing for several days. Dora (Merle Tottenham), a maid at the nearby home of Mrs. Bramson (Dame May Whitty), knows Mrs. Shellbrook, sort of. Her boyfriend Danny (Robert Montgomery) works for the missing…

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Films + Songs, Vol. 1

When I listen to music, I can’t help picturing mini-movies in my head, visuals to match the song’s mood or lyrics. Sometimes songs even remind me of films I’ve seen, parallels drawn between a line or two and a particular character or scene in a movie. I was recently listening to Pandora and pondering the…

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Collection Update: June 2016

This month we’ve got another all-book update! No DVDs or Blu-rays purchased in the month of June, if you can believe it! But, of course, I couldn’t resist a few bookstore trips. Here’s what I picked up. Bette Davis by Alexander Walker Lovely, oversize book offering an overview of Bette’s career and plenty of photographs.…

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The Life of the Party (1937)

Mitzi Martos (Harriet Hilliard) is on a train to Santa Barbara. Her stop is drawing close, but her heel has become stuck in a crack between two of the train cars. Another passenger on the train, Barry Saunders (Gene Raymond), attempts to help Mitzi free her shoe. He also falls in love with her as…

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On Your Toes (1939)

After spending over fifteen years performing in a vaudeville act called “The Dancing Dolans” with his parents, Junior (Eddie Albert) has decided to strike out on his own and become a composer. He soon meets Ivan Boultonoff (Leonid Kinsky), a composer who takes an immediate liking to him and offers to work with him. Ivan…