Favorite things about… Arsenic and Old Lace

The favorite film: Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1944 black comedy directed by Frank Capra The synopsis: Mortimer Brewster is a soon-to-be-married drama critic. He’s “sneered at every love scene in every play.” His reputation is one of a permanent bachelor, and he’s even published a book called “Marriage, A Fraud and a Failure.” But he’s about to have bigger problems than the public finding out … Continue reading Favorite things about… Arsenic and Old Lace

My Favorite Classic Movie: To Catch a Thief (1955)

What does it take to make a “favorite” classic movie? For me, the ingredients are Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, and a whole lot of glamour. To Catch a Thief, released in 1955, is not objectively the greatest movie of all time. It’s not Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest film, nor the best of either of its two legendary stars. But when forced to choose a … Continue reading My Favorite Classic Movie: To Catch a Thief (1955)

Suzy (1936): Contemporary reviews + my thoughts

Suzy (Jean Harlow) is an American chorus girl who hopes to move to London in hopes to be swept off her feet by a royal and marry into the wealth of the monarchy. Rather than fulfill that dream, she meets Terry Moore (Franchot Tone), a factory foreman, and quickly falls in love with him. The two marry, but tragedy strikes (the nature of which I … Continue reading Suzy (1936): Contemporary reviews + my thoughts

Favorite things about… I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

The favorite film: I Was a Male War Bride, a 1949 comedy directed by Howard Hawks The synopsis: Henri Rochard is a Captain in the French army. He has been assigned to work with Lt. Catherine Gates, a member of the Women’s Army Corps, in post-World War II Europe. The only transportation available for their mission is a motorcycle, and Henri must ride in the … Continue reading Favorite things about… I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Star Spotlight: Cary Grant

Cary Grant Born Archibald Alexander Leach Date of birth: January 18, 1904 (Bristol, England) Date of death: November 29, 1986 (Davenport, Iowa) Roles First film role: This Is the Night (1932) Final film role: Walk, Don’t Run (1966) Best known for… …being chased by an airplane in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest …having a handsome face and ultra-charming persona …his screwball comedy roles alongside some of … Continue reading Star Spotlight: Cary Grant

Reviewin’ the Box: The Amazing Adventure (1936)

Until recently, The Amazing Adventure was one of the only Cary Grant films I hadn’t seen. You all know by now that I’m a huge Cary fan and, having been so for a number of years, have made a point to seek out the majority of his filmography. Knowing that this film was a “blind spot” for me, I decided to go ahead and buy … Continue reading Reviewin’ the Box: The Amazing Adventure (1936)

Favorite things about… His Girl Friday (1940)

The favorite film: His Girl Friday, a 1940 screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks for Columbia Pictures The synopsis: Walter Burns is a newspaper man, the editor of one of Chicago’s most important papers. His star reporter and former wife Hildy Johnson has decided to quit the business to marry an insurance salesman named Bruce. But Walter isn’t willing to let Hildy go without a … Continue reading Favorite things about… His Girl Friday (1940)

Make it a Marathon: 24 hours of Cary Grant

Today is Cary Grant’s birthday, and it’s also the second anniversary of the day that I started TMP! On that very first day of blogging, I posted a tiny tribute to Cary — one of my first original TMP posts, since I had spent most of the day migrating mini-reviews from Tumblr to WordPress. Since I’m unable to do a giveaway for the anniversary this … Continue reading Make it a Marathon: 24 hours of Cary Grant

Favorite things about… My Favorite Wife

The favorite film: My Favorite Wife, a 1940 screwball/romantic comedy directed by Garson Kanin for RKO. The synopsis: After being presumed dead in a horrible accident seven years ago and spending all of those years stranded on an island, Ellen Arden has finally returned to the United States, where she hopes to reunite with her family. But she’ll soon find out that the reunion isn’t … Continue reading Favorite things about… My Favorite Wife