A Foreign Affair (1948)

Phoebe Frost (Jean Arthur) is a U.S. Congresswoman headed to Berlin, Germany with a plane full of fellow congresspeople. Their goal is to better understand the problems in Berlin’s American occupation zone, and to investigate the morale of the 12,000 United States troops stationed there. As Phoebe puts it, the men have been inflicted with a “moral malaria,” and those on the home front are … Continue reading A Foreign Affair (1948)

Things to Come (1936)

The year is 1940, and it’s Christmas in “Everytown.” Crowds gather in the streets, buying last-minute gifts and Christmas turkeys. News boys hold broadsheets declaring “WAR STORM BREWING” and “WORLD ON THE BRINK OF WAR.” John Cabal (Raymond Massey) reads the rumors of war, and is disheartened. He is sure that if war comes, it will mean the end of civilization as it is known. … Continue reading Things to Come (1936)

Fog Over Frisco (1934)

It’s a busy night at Bello’s nightclub in San Francisco, California. A man has just arrived from the airport in a hurry, with a pretty hefty stack of stolen bonds in tow. Also visiting the club is Arlene Bradford (Bette Davis), a popular socialite who used to spend a lot more time at Bello’s before announcing her engagement to Spencer Carlton (Lyle Talbot). Now she’s … Continue reading Fog Over Frisco (1934)

Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

After a three-month stay, Nick Blake (John Garfield) has finally been released from the Army hospital on Governor’s Island, where he could see his hometown of NYC through the window but couldn’t quite make it there. Now that he’s out, he’s excited to be reunited with his beloved city and with his girlfriend, Toni Blackburn (Faye Emerson). Nick gave Toni some money to hold on … Continue reading Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)

Commodore John Balwind Parker (Ray Collins) is a corrupt political boss and famed trophy hunter. After his latest safari hunting trip, he returns to Oakport, California and announces that he and his neice Lily (Kathleen Freeman) will display the heads of their kills at the city zoo. Dr. Kevin Maguire (Cecil Kellaway), superintendent of the zoo, disapproves of the Commodore’s actions. He is ardently opposed … Continue reading The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)

Two films, one tale, one Tyrone: Love is News (1937)

Today and tomorrow on TMP I’m reviewing two Tyrone Power films that tell the same story. First up we’ve got Love is News (1937), co-starring Loretta Young. Tomorrrow, That Wonderful Urge (1948), with Gene Tierney taking on the role formerly occupied by Young. Two films, one tale, and one leading man in Tyrone Power! Steve Leyton (Tyrone Power) is a reporter stuck in a rivalry … Continue reading Two films, one tale, one Tyrone: Love is News (1937)