The Critical Eye: Random Harvest (1942)

Random Harvest, dir. Mervyn LeRoy Starring Greer Garson and Ronald Colman Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Charles “Smithy” Rainier is a veteran of the first World War, inflicted with a bout of amnesia. He doesn’t remember his pre-war life at all, so he breaks free from the hospital where he’s being observed and starts anew, eventually marrying music hall actress Paula. They build a life together, even having … Continue reading The Critical Eye: Random Harvest (1942)

The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)

It’s Love I’m After, dir. Archie Mayo Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE It’s Love I’m After instantly became one of my favorite films when I watched it for the first time four years ago. The film tells the story of an actor (Leslie Howard) who is in love with his leading lady (Bette Davis), but at … Continue reading The Critical Eye: It’s Love I’m After (1937)

Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge Wrap-Up

Back in May, I decided to participate in the Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by the fabulous blog Out of the Past. The goal was to read six books in some way related to classic film — biographies, film criticism, or even classic film-related novels — between June 1 and September 15.  Though I deviated ever-so-slightly from the “to be read” pile that … Continue reading Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge Wrap-Up

The Critical Eye: Primrose Path (1940)

Welcome to the first installment of The Critical Eye, TMP’s non-chronological continuation of the “One Year, One Film” project! These posts will follow the very same format as those bi-weekly “One Year” posts — a brief plot synopsis and review from me, followed by snippets from reviews published around the time of the film’s original release. Today we begin with a Ginger Rogers drama… Primrose … Continue reading The Critical Eye: Primrose Path (1940)

TMP Reads: Five Women I Love by Bob Hope

In 1966, Five Women I Love: Bob Hope’s Vietnam Story was published by Doubleday. The book tells the tale of Hope’s many USO tours, performing for enlisted men in Vietnam and Thailand. Accompanying him on the trip were Janis Paige, Anita Bryant, Kaye Stevens, Joey Heatherton, and Carroll Baker — five of countless participants, organizers, and crew who made the USO tour a success. From … Continue reading TMP Reads: Five Women I Love by Bob Hope

A good ol’ fashioned dose of gossip from Screenland, August 1951

Screenland‘s August 1951 issue promised to share “What Hollywood Itself Is Talking About,” with the help of columnist Lynn Bowers. What scoop did Bowers have for readers that summer? Here are the best bits: Rita Hayworth: Back to Work Bowers reports that on the heels of her divorce from “her prince” — a six-week divorce obtained in Nevada — Rita Hayworth was wasting no time … Continue reading A good ol’ fashioned dose of gossip from Screenland, August 1951

TMP Reads: LIFE Goes to the Movies

LIFE magazine was first published in 1883 and remained a weekly publication until 1972, meaning that it was in print every single week throughout the classic era of Hollywood. A magazine dedicated to human interest and news stories, LIFE‘s format was heavy on pictures, which included many iconic images of classic film stars. The mag featured film reviews, a “Movie of the Week” column sharing … Continue reading TMP Reads: LIFE Goes to the Movies

Films + Songs, Vol. 2

Welcome to Films + Songs, the series where I draw parallels between songs from my music library and films I’ve watched! Songs are selected at random by putting my entire music library on shuffle. As in Vol. 1, I’ll be discussing five songs today. On to the good stuff! “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears + Angel Face (1940) Eddie Muller’s commentary of Angel … Continue reading Films + Songs, Vol. 2

TMP Reads: Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant

Much has been written about Cary Grant, one of the best-known names and most beloved actors of the golden Hollywood era. Biographies, blog posts, articles, magazine covers, tributes… his life and his films have been studied with equal fervor. But none of these celebrations or analyses are quite as special as Jennifer Grant’s Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant. Those looking for … Continue reading TMP Reads: Good Stuff by Jennifer Grant