Favorite things about… The Canterville Ghost (1944)

The favorite film: The Canterville Ghost, a 1944 fantasy-comedy directed by Jules Dassin The synopsis: In 17th-century England, Sir Simon de Canterville committed a cowardly act. After fleeing a duel, Simon was doomed to die in the castle and walk its halls until a Canterville descendant could commit an act of courage. By 1943, the Canterville castle is deserted under the ownership of a six-year-old descendant… but the … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack: ‘It Started with Eve’ (1941)

Note: Today, in a post long-overdue, we continue our exploration of the Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack with a review of 1941’s It Started with Eve. Previous reviews from this DVD set include Three Smart Girls, Something in the Wind and First Love. Stay tuned for reviews of the final two films in the set, Can’t Help Singing and Lady on a Train! The editor of … Continue reading Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack: ‘It Started with Eve’ (1941)

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

I’m a little bit of a Tudor dynasty buff. As an undergrad, I took a class about the Tudors and Stuarts. I love reading about and watching anything related to Tudor history. Recently, I spent half of my spring break being productive and getting ahead on coursework… and the other half doing a marathon re-watch of the inaccurate-but-entertaining Showtime TV series The Tudors. I’ve been … Continue reading The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

Sidewalks of London (1938)

Libby (Vivien Leigh) is a skilled young pickpocket who becomes a street performer, working with friends on the streets of London. The group scrapes together just enough money for cheap housing and a bit of food. Libby soon catches the attention of Harley Prentiss (Rex Harrison), a wealthy theater patron who thinks she’s a great dancer. Harley invites her to bring Charles (Charles Laughton) and … Continue reading Sidewalks of London (1938)