Mixed bag: Cain and Mabel (1936), Tempest (1982), Send Me No Flowers (1964), Pillow Talk (1959), Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), Love Story (1970), Lover Come Back (1961)

Originally published on recollective.tumblr.com, January 7, 2012

Watched January 5, 2012

Cain and Mabel (1936): 3/5; This movie as a whole didn’t grab me. Clark Gable and Marion Davies are captivating as usual, but I could tell how the film was going to play out the minute I started watching (despite my DVR clipping the first few minutes). That’s not to say it isn’t an enjoyable film – I didn’t dislike it, and it did keep me interested enough not to reach for my phone/laptop/book. I just feel that with two outstanding leads, it didn’t live up to its potential. I am, however, becoming thoroughly obsessed with Marion Davies.

Tempest (1982): 4/5; I bought this on a whim for $4 because of the cast and I’m really glad that I did! It’s a very interesting film — a very, very lose adaptation that hops between the present and the past. As expected, the cast was stellar, as were the characters that they played. I particularly enjoyed the character of Kalibanos (portrayed by Raul Julia), who likes to play clarinet, hit on Miranda (Molly Ringwald) and dance with goats. My only complaint was that it didn’t end the way that I wanted it to, or expected it to — but even that isn’t much of a negative, because I was surprised by how it all turned out.

Send Me No Flowers (1964): 5/5; The opening sequence and first “chapter” of this film are amazing! A wonderful song, some funky dream graphics, and a hilarious scene where (without giving too much away) Doris Day gets locked out of the house. Based on the highly enjoyable beginning, my hopes for this one shot sky high. It seemed like such a fun film, which I was sure I’d enjoy — and I was correct! Rock Hudson is as handsome as ever, Doris is adorable and the film is hilarious. Highly recommended.

Watched January 6, 2012

Pillow Talk (1959): 5/5; Another great Day/Hudson comedy. After enjoying Send Me No Flowers so much, I again had high hopes for this film, and was not let down. In this instance, Day and Hudson are pitted against each other over his over-use of their shared telephone line. Day’s character goes into full attack mode to try to resolve the issue, and hilarity ensues. It goes without saying that the opening song is all kinds of wonderful as well. Great performances by everyone involved. This film is just a riot.

Tenth Avenue Angel (1948): 3/5; I usually don’t select films that are centered around children as main characters. I’m not really a “kid person” and find it hard to connect with them. This happened to record as a suggestion on my DVR, so I decided to give it a shot, given how much I enjoyed Margaret O’Brien’s performance in Meet Me In St. Louis. While I’m not sure I’d watch this over and over again, it was a very sweet, sad and endearing film. Another solid performance by the young O’Brien. However, I missed a few minutes of the ending, because my DVR cut it off once again!

Love Story (1970): 4/5; I bought this on DVD having loved the book version for YEARS. I had stumbled upon it randomly at the library, knowing nothing of the film, and fell in love with it. Because I loved the book so much, I had high hopes for the film as well. The beginning moved along quite slowly, Ali McGraw over-acted in a few scenes (in my opinion) and it definitely does not measure up to the book, but it was still very moving.

Lover Come Back (1961): 5/5; I can now say with certainty that the Doris Day/Rock Hudson collection was a flawless purchase. 5/5 for all three films! More hilarity as Rock poses as someone he is not and his lies to Doris spin out of control (similar to his role in Pillow Talk). I bought the set on a whim, never having given much thought to the pairing of Day/Hudson before, but over the past couple of days they’ve become one of my favorite screen couples. And I’m forming a mild obsession with Rock Hudson’s face.

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