Make it a Marathon: 24 Hours of Films from 1944

When I was new to the world of classic film, I bought into the concept of 1939 as “Hollywood’s greatest year.” The truth is, the more my number of watched films grows, the more certain I am that one year can’t be pin-pointed as Hollywood’s greatest. Most years gave way to at least a few handfuls of great movies. For today’s marathon playlist, we’re taking … Continue reading Make it a Marathon: 24 Hours of Films from 1944

Mill Creek Musings: Swing Hostess (1944)

This review is a part of TMP’s Mill Creek Musings series, in which I (very slowly) attempt to review all of the films in the Mill Creek Entertainment 50/100 movie packs that I own. Today’s film comes from the 50 Classic Musicals set. Judy Alvin (Martha Tilton) is a talented singer who has unfortunately found herself unemployed. Unable to find a paying gig as a … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Swing Hostess (1944)

Favorite things about… Laura (1944)

This post contains spoilers for Laura in the “Favorite things/quotes” section. Tread with caution if you’ve never seen this wonderful film! The favorite film: Laura, a 1944 noir/drama directed by Otto Preminger The synopsis: Detective Mark McPherson is investigating the death of Laura Hunt, a woman who has been found dead in her apartment. Interviewing plenty of suspicious people who knew her, McPherson begins to … Continue reading Favorite things about… Laura (1944)

Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part II)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The June 1944 issue of Photoplay in my collection has a feature aptly titled “What should I do?,” which is your typical advice column… aside from the fact that it’s written by none other than Claudette Colbert! This was a monthly feature in Photoplay, … Continue reading Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part II)

Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part I)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The June 1944 issue of Photoplay in my collection has a feature aptly titled “What should I do?,” which is your typical advice column… aside from the fact that it’s written by none other than Claudette Colbert! This was a monthly feature in Photoplay, … Continue reading Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part I)

Mill Creek Musings: Guest in the House (1944)

Welcome to Mill Creek Musings, a segment in which I work my way through the three low-price Mill Creek film sets that I own, reviewing each film for content and quality along the way. Guest in the House marks my third viewing from the 50 Dark Crimes set. (I haven’t posted these in order, so you’ve already seen my thoughts on the first, second, fourth … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Guest in the House (1944)