Since You Went Away (1944)

“This is a story of the Unconquerable Fortress: the American Home… 1943.” Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) is left to keep her family afloat after her husband volunteers for Army service. She and her teen daughters — Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple) — do the best they can, rationing their food, planting a victory garden, and taking in a boarder (Monty Wooley) to help … Continue reading Since You Went Away (1944)

Let’s Make It Legal (1951)

Barbara (Barbara Bates) and her husband Jerry (Robert Wagner), along with their baby, have moved in with Barbara’s mom Miriam (Claudette Colbert). Normally that would make for a pretty full house, but there’s one absence: Barbara’s dad, Hugh (Macdonald Carey). Miriam and Hugh are in the middle of a divorce, which is entering its final stages. And in the meantime, Hugh is living at the … Continue reading Let’s Make It Legal (1951)

Favorite things about… Midnight (1939)

The favorite film: Midnight, a 1939 screwball comedy directed by Mitchell Leisen The synopsis: Arriving in Paris with no money and no place to stay, Eve Peabody tries to get a job as a club singer with the help of taxi driver Tibor Czerny. When none of the clubs will hire her, she sneaks into a charity concert, where she catches the attention of Georges Flammarion. … Continue reading Favorite things about… Midnight (1939)

Imitation of Life (1934)

Bea Pullman (Claudette Colbert) is raising her young daughter alone, and running her husband’s maple syrup business after his death. One day, her door is approached by Delilah Johnson (Louise Beavers), a woman looking for work. Delilah says she found the address through an advertisement in the paper, but Bea isn’t looking to hire any help. As it turns out, Delilah is looking for a … Continue reading Imitation of Life (1934)

Without Reservations (1946)

Mark Winston may very well be the most popular man in America. He’s a famous pilot, with a handsome face and good values. Millions of women have fallen for him. There’s just one catch: he’s fictional! Novelist Kit Madden (Claudette Colbert) has written a best-selling book called Here is Tomorrow, under the name of Christopher Madden. Mark Winston is the main character. Kit is headed to … Continue reading Without Reservations (1946)

Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part II)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The June 1944 issue of Photoplay in my collection has a feature aptly titled “What should I do?,” which is your typical advice column… aside from the fact that it’s written by none other than Claudette Colbert! This was a monthly feature in Photoplay, … Continue reading Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part II)

Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part I)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The June 1944 issue of Photoplay in my collection has a feature aptly titled “What should I do?,” which is your typical advice column… aside from the fact that it’s written by none other than Claudette Colbert! This was a monthly feature in Photoplay, … Continue reading Solving problems with Claudette Colbert in ‘Photoplay’ (Part I)

Top 9 non-musical comedies of the 1930s, #9

Midnight (1939) Why? Claudette Colbert is a seriously wonderful actress, and this film proves it. Even if the rest of the cast had been terrible, she could have easily carried the film on her own. Luckily, she didn’t have to; the entire cast shines, and the film is just a complete riot. (Read my full review here) Favorite character: Eve Peabody aka “Baroness Czerny” (Claudette … Continue reading Top 9 non-musical comedies of the 1930s, #9