Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943)

“This is the story of thirteen women. Only two of them, Captain Alice Marsh and Lieutenant Mary Smith, were members of the armed forces of the United States. The others were civilians, American women who – until that fateful day in December – knew no more of war than did you, or your nearest neighbor.” With this narration, Cry ‘Havoc’ begins, bringing the viewer to … Continue reading Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943)

Period Film: Crazy Mama (1975)

Melba (Cloris Leachman) is a down-on-her-luck hair stylist who loses her salon when she gets too far behind on her payments. With her mom, Sheba (Ann Sothern), her pregnant daughter Cheryl (Linda Purl) and Cheryl’s boyfriend Shaun (Don Most) in tow, Melba decides to pack up the car and head back to Arkansas, where she hopes to buy back the family farm. Along the way, … Continue reading Period Film: Crazy Mama (1975)

Classic stars on the small screen: Ann Sothern in ‘Susie’

With a natural charm and an extensive filmography reaching back to the late 1920s, it comes as no surprise that Ann Sothern was one of the many classic stars to move to television as the 20th century progressed. Before the Golden Globe-winning ‘The Ann Sothern Show’ began in 1958, Ann landed a starring role in the series ‘Susie,’ also known as ‘Private Secretary.’ The series … Continue reading Classic stars on the small screen: Ann Sothern in ‘Susie’