Tell No Tales (1939)

Michael Cassidy (Melvyn Douglas) is celebrating the 75th anniversary of his newspaper when he gets horrifying news from the paper’s owner, Matt Cooper: the paper is to stop publication immediately. When anger brews over the suddenness of the announcement and combines with Michael’s pride for the paper, he hatches a plan to solve a kidnapping case, get the scoop, and prove that the paper’s good … Continue reading Tell No Tales (1939)

Happily Buried (1939) – for SHORTS!: A tiny blogathon

Musical short films can be many things. Sometimes their stories are light, and sometimes they’re complex, but delivered in concise little packages. Sometimes they’re sweet, and sometimes they’re strange. One thing is certain: they’re virtually always fun to watch. Falling on the “light and strange” side of the spectrum is 1939’s Happily Buried, a musical short all about waffles. The last word of that sentence … Continue reading Happily Buried (1939) – for SHORTS!: A tiny blogathon

Favorite things about… Ninotchka (1939)

The favorite film: Ninotchka, a 1939 comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch for MGM The synopsis: Ninotchka is a stern Soviet agent, fully dedicated to her country and her work. But when she meets the suave Leon in Paris on her way to take in the sight of the Eiffel Tower (and other architectural marvels), Ninotchka finds her dedication and rigid lifestyle compromised by the prospect … Continue reading Favorite things about… Ninotchka (1939)

Remember? (1939)

Sky (Lew Ayres) and Linda (Greer Garson) have had a whirlwind romance, meeting on vacation and soon becoming engaged. Upon returning home, Sky introduces Linda to his best friend, Jeff (Robert Taylor). In an unintended and awful twist for Sky, Linda and Jeff fall in love and decide to marry, with Linda completely disregarding any plans she had with Sky. But the Linda and Jeff … Continue reading Remember? (1939)

Favorite things about… The Women (1939)

A note from Lindsey: Exactly a year ago today I published a post about 1939’s The Women, which I had discovered two days earlier. (I posted a very tiny review of it.) Here’s another look at the film, which became an instant favorite and was viewed multiple times last year. The favorite film: The Women, a 1939 comedy with an all-female cast, directed by the … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Women (1939)

Love Affair (1939)

Beautiful American singer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) is traveling aboard a ship across the Atlantic Ocean when she meets womanizing French painter Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer). Both are already engaged to other people – Terry to Kenneth Bradley (Lee Bowman) and Michel to Lois Clarke (Astrid Allwyn) – but they find themselves falling for each other despite their existing romances. Upon arrival in New York … Continue reading Love Affair (1939)

Made For Each Other (1939)

John Mason (Jimmy Stewart) is a young lawyer with a promising life ahead. He’s been successful in his work and has a chance of being made partner – especially if he agrees to marry Judge Doolittle’s daughter Eunice. John is set to move forward with the marriage until, on a business trip, he meets Jane (Carole Lombard). The two fall in love immediately and marry … Continue reading Made For Each Other (1939)