Mother is a Freshman (1949)

Abigail Abbott (Loretta Young), a widow raising a college-aged daughter (Betty Lynn), has run into some serious financial trouble. Things have become so serious that the younger Abbott, Susan, may have to drop out of school. There’s a solution to be found, though. By using her maiden name of Fortitude, Abigail is eligible for a scholarship set up by one of her ancestors, which is … Continue reading Mother is a Freshman (1949)

Mill Creek Musings: Impact (1949)

“Impact: The force with which two lives come together… sometimes for good, sometimes for evil.” With this fabricated dictionary definition, 1949’s Impact begins. The film follows Walter “Walt” Williams (Brian Donlevy), a successful California businessman who has just purchased three new Denver factories for his company and must travel to Colorado. Walt would like his wife, Irene (Helen Walker), to travel with him, but she … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Impact (1949)

Modern Screen reviews the releases of Fall/Winter 1949

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my vintage magazine collection. The December 1949 issue of Modern Screen, like all issues of Modern Screen, contains reviews of all of the hot new releases of that month, as well as shorter reviews of recent-but-not-quite-new films that were still showing in theaters. Christopher Kane shares his thoughts on … Continue reading Modern Screen reviews the releases of Fall/Winter 1949

The Heiress (1949)

The Heiress (1949): 4.5/5 Beloved Best Actress winner Olivia de Havilland portrays Catherine Sloper, a young New York aristocrat — one of her two Oscar winning lead roles. Those aren’t her only accolades for this role. She also took home a Golden Globe and a New York Film Critics Circle award in the Best Actress category. Catherine lives with a very controlling father (Ralph Richardson) … Continue reading The Heiress (1949)

Adam and Evelyne (1949)

Adam and Evalyne (1949): 3.5/5 I’m not sure exactly how many films were made in the classic Hollywood era with a “older man and younger woman fall in love” plot, but there seem to have been quite a few. Adam and Evelyne (also sometimes spelled ‘Evalyne’ or ‘Evalyn,’ if you’re trying to find the film) is one of these. Adam (Stewart Granger) is a very … Continue reading Adam and Evelyne (1949)