Brief Moment (1933)

Rod Deane (Gene Raymond) is in love with a nightclub singer, Abby Fane (Carole Lombard). He’s taking her home to meet his family soon, since he’s convinced he wants to marry her… …but his family, wealthy society folks, might not take too kindly to their golden boy marrying a woman of a lower class. Despite…

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February 2018 in Film

Happy March! Another month gone means another wrap-up here on TMP. Let’s take a look back at what I watched in February. New-to-me viewings: 17 Re-watches: 3 Total for February: 20 Total for 2018, so far: 36 Not a bad total for a short month! I did a bit more viewing than in January. The…

Collector’s Corner: Decades

Welcome back to Collector’s Corner, the bi-weekly series where I share all things related to my film and memorabilia collections! This week I’m doing a big shelf-read of my DVD collection to make sure my Letterboxd list and database are up to date. As I prepared for this mammoth task, the idea struck me to…

Man’s Castle (1933)

“When you’re dead you get a hunk of Earth. When you’re alive you wanna hang on to your hunk of blue. That’s all I’ve got in the world. That’s all anybody’s got, is that hunk of blue.” When Bill (Spencer Tracy) and Trina (Loretta Young) meet in a city park, it’s clear to him that…

Broadway Bad (1933)

Tony Landers (Joan Blondell) and Flip Daly (Ginger Rogers) are best friends, and two of a gaggle of chorus girls starring in the “Frolics of 1929.” Tony has caught the eye of the show’s rich backer, Craig (Ricardo Cortez), leaving his mistress Aileen (Adrienne Ames), another dancer, fuming. Craig may not get far with Tony…

Period television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s no secret ’round these parts that I love films and television set in the midcentury almost as much as I love the films made in the midcentury. Mad Men, plus cancelled-too-soon series like Manhattan, Bomb Girls, Pan Am, and Good Girls Revolt have been among my favorite TV creations in recent years. Speaking of…

Pretty Baby (1950)

Patsy Douglas (Betsy Drake) is a woman with bad luck. If she isn’t falling all around on the subway, she’s making a fool of herself in front of her boss. She just can’t catch a break. Tired after a long day at work, she wants nothing more than to be able to sit on the…

Peyton Place (1957)

Peyton Place is a small town in New England which, at first glance, may seem like the perfect town. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll see cracks in the façade. Michael Rossi (Lee Philips) is new in town and looking for work. He’s eventually hired by Leslie Harrington (Leon Ames), the town’s big-time mill…

Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

“What shall it profit a man if he gaineth the whole world and loseth his own soul?” Clementi Sabourin (George Sanders) is a successful business man… but not exactly on the up-and-up. In business and in his personali life, he’s seen his fair share of scandal. One morning, Sabourin is found dead in his home.…