Now and Forever (1934)

Jerry Day (Gary Cooper) and Toni Carstairs (Carole Lombard) are globe-trotting thieves, traveling the world together and falling in love. The two are just leaving Shanghai when Jerry gets word from his hometown and there’s trouble regarding his daughter, Penny (Shirley Temple). Jerry’s wife passed away, and he left Penny with her family. Now they want permanent custody. Jerry considers taking the money offered by … Continue reading Now and Forever (1934)

Favorite things about… Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

The favorite film: Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a screwball comedy from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock The synopsis: Ann and David Smith are a happily married couple living in New York City… but they have their share of fights. Fights that tend to last for up to eight days. Still, each time, they reconcile… until it comes to light that their marriage isn’t legal! … Continue reading Favorite things about… Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Ranking the Films of Lombard and MacMurray

Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray: two of the most lovable stars of the golden age, Carole one of the queens of the screwball comedy and Fred the quintessential American every-man. With my recent viewing of Swing High, Swing Low I have seen all four collaborations between these two stars, so today I’ll be sharing my personal ranking of them, from best to worst. BEST: True Confession … Continue reading Ranking the Films of Lombard and MacMurray

Star Spotlight: Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard Born Jane Alice Peters Date of birth: October 6, 1908 Date of death: January 16, 1942 Roles First role: A Perfect Crime (1921) Final role: To Be or Not to Be (1942) TMP’s favorite Lombard film: True Confession (1937) Best known for… …being the queen of screwball comedy! …her athletic prowess and “tomboyish” hobbies …socializing with and enjoying the company of the crew … Continue reading Star Spotlight: Carole Lombard

Favorite things about… To Be or Not to Be (1942)

The favorite film: To Be or Not to Be, a 1942 wartime comedy directed by the great Ernst Lubitsch and adapted from a story by Melchior Lengyel The synopsis: Josef Tura and his wife Maria are leading players in a theater company in Poland. Living in Warsaw just before the 1939 invasion of Poland, the troupe is putting on a play about Nazi Germany. But … Continue reading Favorite things about… To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Carole Lombard: a tribute

On October 6, 1908, an average American couple by the names of Frederick and Elizabeth became parents to a baby girl. They already had two sons. They named their family’s new addition Jane Alice Peters, but she would later become known as Carole Lombard, the queen of screwball comedy. Elizabeth divorced Frederick when her daughter’s age was still in the single digits. She moved her … Continue reading Carole Lombard: a tribute

Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: True Confession (1937)

During my week of illness in March, my mom snagged me a copy of “Carole Lombard – The Glamour Collection” DVD set from the library. Throughout this month I’ve been sharing reviews of all of the films in the set. This is the final review in the series! **THE PREMISE SUMMARY PORTION OF THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS FOR THE FILM. Proceed with caution, though … Continue reading Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: True Confession (1937)

Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Throughout the month I’ve been reviewing films from Carole Lombard – The Glamour Collection DVD set. This is the fifth of six films in the set. An American woman (Carole Lombard) masquerading as a Swedish princess with Hollywood hopes boards an ocean liner, fooling everyone on board into thinking that she’s royalty. They all know her as Princess Olga, but her real name is Wanda … Continue reading Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: The Princess Comes Across (1936)