Collector’s Corner: Collecting Stanwyck

Back in November, I introducted a subcategory of Collector’s Corner called Star Collections. In this series I share all of the films, books, and magazines I own featuring a particular classic film star. The series started with Cary Grant, so it’s only appropriate that the second installment feature my favorite actress: Barbara Stanwyck! Stanwyck Books…

The Night Walker (1964)

Howard Trent (Hayden Rorke) hears the secrets that you keep, when you’re talking in your sleep… particularly if you’re his wife, Irene (Barbara Stanwyck). Howard has secretly been recording every conversation that takes place in his home, including those his wife has with no one, while she’s dreaming. Howard is convinced that Irene isn’t dreaming…

You Belong to Me (1941)

Peter Kirk (Henry Fonda) is having a fun day on the slopes, until he crashes. But the crash turns out to be a happy accident. He lands at the feet of Helen Hunt (Barbara Stanwyck), a beautiful doctor vacationing at the same ski resort. Naturally, he chooses Helen to be the physician in charge of…

Variety Girl (1947)

“This picture is dedicated to Variety Clubs International,” the opening title reads. “‘The Heart of Show Business,’ which beats constantly in behalf of the children of the world regardless of race, creed or color.” With this declaration begins Variety Girl, a 1947 film featuring many familiar faces in a Hollywood Canteen-style star parade. So, how…

Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

Barbara Stanwyck had fairly prominent roles in the majority of her films. She was often the leading lady. But in a couple of cases, her screen time was brief: her cameo in Hollywood Canteen; her role in the TV movie Love Letters. Flesh and Fantasy marks one of these smaller appearances. This anthology film has…

California (1946)

It’s the place “where the sun takes his shoes off.” It’s the place that “has got everything but population.” I’m referring, of course, to none other than 1840s California — soon to become known as the golden state! Jonathan Trumbo (Ray Milland) has been hired to lead one of the first wagon trains to make…

A Taste of Evil (1971)

Susan Wilcox (Barbara Parkins) was attacked by a man at the age of thirteen, and was so traumatized by the experience that she stopped speaking. She was sent to a psychiatric facility as a result. Seven years later, Susan has returned to her old home, where her mother Miriam (Barbara Stanwyck) still lives along with…

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…