No Man of Her Own (1950)

Happy #Noirvember! TMP is celebrating the genre this month with a noir review every Sunday. Today’s review is also a part of the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project, one of her many films noir, No Man of Her Own. Previously in this series: When Strangers Marry (1944), Decoy (1946) The police are after Helen Ferguson (Barbara…

The Letters (1973)

Mail service is usually pretty predictable. You drop a letter in a mailbox, and depending on how far it’s traveling, you can usually expect it to be received in a matter of days… unless some sort of accident occurs. When a U. S. mail plane crashes, the usual service is, of course, disrupted. Three letter-senders…

A Message to Garcia (1936)

Following the Maine Incident in Havana Harbor in 1898, President McKinley is looking to get in contact with Calixto Garcia, the leader of Cuba’s revolt against Spain. Andrew Summers Rowan (John Boles) is recruited for the job of hand-delivering a letter from President McKinley to Garcia. Rowan manages to sneak his way into Cuba, but…

The House That Would Not Die (1970)

Ruth Bennett (Barbara Stanwyck) and her niece Sara (Kitty Winn) are moving into an old house recently inherited by Ruth. Ruth has decided to take a break from her job in Washington, D. C. to decide whether she wants to move into the house permanently, leaving the city behind. Sara will be attending classes at…

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

“I’d like to say I didn’t intend to kill her, but when you have a gun, you always intend if you have to.” Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey) doesn’t know what’s coming to him when the mysterious Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck) visits his office late one night. She’s there to report an attempted burglary at her…

Escape to Burma (1955)

Captain C. J. Cardigan (David Farrar) has been tasked with capturing Jim Brecan (Robert Ryan), a man accused of killing the son of the royal family. While the royals want Brecan executed, the British captain insists he should be legally tried for the crime. Brecan manages to elude capture for a while, but may finally…

Favorite things about… The Lady Eve (1941)

The favorite film: The Lady Eve, a 1941 romantic comedy directed by Preston Sturges. The synopsis: Charlie Pike, the adventuring heir to a beer fortune, boards a boat after an Amazon expedition. Once aboard, he meets Jean Harrington and her father. The Harringtons are cardsharp con artists, and Charlie may be their next target… until…

East Side, West Side (1949)

Jessie Bourne (Barbara Stanwyck) is alone in her New York apartment one night when she gets an odd phone call. She picks up and greets the caller, only to hear the line go dead as soon as she speaks. Meanwhile, Jessie’s husband Brandon (James Mason) is out having a jolly old time at a night…

Blowing Wild (1953)

Jeff Dawson (Gary Cooper) and Dutch Peterson (Ward Bond) are down on their luck, stuck somewhere in South America until they can scrounge together the money to get back to the States. When Dutch is shot during one dangerous transport job, and then both men are cheated out of the money they were supposed to…

Union Pacific (1939)

It’s a battle between two railroads. The Central Pacific and the Union Pacific are in a race to see which can be the first to reach Ogden, Utah. If the Central Pacific succeeds, bank president Asa Barrows (Henry Kolker) stands to make a whole lot of money… so, naturally, he hires some help to make…