Favorite things about… How to Steal a Million (1966)

The favorite film: How to Steal a Million, directed by William Wyler The synopsis: Monsieur Bonnet has a legendary art collection. He sells select works for great prices at auction, and lends others to museums for special exhibits. His father was also in the art business. But the Bonnets have a secret: they’re forgers, not collectors! When a Venus statue, supposedly sculpted by Cellini but … Continue reading Favorite things about… How to Steal a Million (1966)

Two on a Guillotine (1965)

As they often do, this story starts innocently enough, sort of a behind-the-scenes showbiz picture about a magician and his assistant/wife planning a new finale for their act. They’ll soon be heading out on a European tour and hope to shock audiences with a beheading illusion inspired by Marie Antoinette. Flash forward to 1965 and Cassie, the daughter of this magician and  his wife, is now … Continue reading Two on a Guillotine (1965)

El Baron del Terror (1962)

The year is 1661, and the Baron Vitelius of Astara (Abel Salazar) is a man accused. Put on trial for being a heretic and “seducing married women and maidens,” among other crimes, he’s sentenced to be tortured. But he laughs through it all, so he’s sentenced again… this time to be burned alive at the stake. As the fire surrounds him and death comes ever … Continue reading El Baron del Terror (1962)

Rome Adventure (1962)

Prudence Bell (Suzanne Pleshette), an assistant librarian at a New England school, is being reprimanded for recommending a book called Lovers Must Learn to a student. Standing up for herself and the book, she ultimately chooses to resign and jets off to Rome, to meet people who truly understand the meaning of love. On the boat over from New York, Pru meets Albert Stillwell (Hampton … Continue reading Rome Adventure (1962)

FilmStruck Friday: The Exiles (1961)

Welcome to this week’s edition of FilmStruck Friday, the almost-weekly series in which I share reviews and recommendations of films from the TCM/Criterion streaming service. Today, a fascinating depiction of Los Angeles’ Native American community in the 1960s. Happy viewing! Contrary to the simplistic misconceptions held by many, the lives of native people in the United States are not confined to teepee-living, headdress-wearing, and battle-fighting, … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: The Exiles (1961)

FilmStruck Friday: Underworld, U.S.A. (1961)

Welcome to this week’s installment of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP (with the exception of the first Friday of the month), I feature a review of a movie from the TCM and Criterion streaming service, FilmStruck. Today, a 1961 crime drama starring Cliff Robertson. Happy viewing! Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin has an experience no child should: watching his father die. In a darkened alley, … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: Underworld, U.S.A. (1961)

Second Looks: That Touch of Mink (1962)

Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) isn’t having the best day. Struggling to find a job, she is headed to the unemployment office to pick up a check when she’s nearly smushed flat by a passing limousine. She survives, but her outfit doesn’t, splattered with mud. Philip Shayne (Cary Grant), the man in the limo, later spots Cathy from his office window and sends one of his … Continue reading Second Looks: That Touch of Mink (1962)

Eight Days of Christmas, Day 6: Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

On the sixth day of Christmas, TMP brings to you… propaganda and some Dickens, too. Today’s film is a retelling of A Christmas Carol, part of a campaign to prove the importance of and win public favor for the United Nations. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Carol for Another Christmas originally aired on ABC in December of 1964 and then disappeared into the missing-movie abyss for many … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 6: Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

Eight Days of Christmas, Day 4: Fitzwilly (1967)

On the fourth day of Christmas, TMP teaches you… criminals can have hearts of gold, too! Today’s holiday flick is Fitzwilly, starring Dick Van Dyke as a well-meaning con artist. On to the review… Victoria Woodworth (Edith Evans) is a kind, wealthy woman living in a fancy Manhattan brownstone. Actually, that’s only partially true. She is kind, and she does live comfortably in Manhattan, but … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 4: Fitzwilly (1967)