I Love Melvin (1953)

Judy LeRoy (Debbie Reynolds) is a chorus girl with big dreams of stardom, and big dreams of romance. Strolling through Central Park one day on the way to rehearsal, she’s daydreaming and accidentally bumps into Melvin Hoover (Donald O’Connor). They have a spat, but when Melvin sees Judy’s photo on a poster for the show … More I Love Melvin (1953)

Eight Days of Christmas: Bundle of Joy (1956)

The Christmas rush is in full swing at Merlin and Son department store. (Merlin is Adolphe Menjou, “son” is Eddie Fisher.) Polly Parrish (Debbie Reynolds) works in the hat department and can’t wait for the rush to be over, because she’s expecting a raise at the end of it. She’s done quite well as a salesperson … More Eight Days of Christmas: Bundle of Joy (1956)

Hit the Deck (1955)

Sailors with the U.S. Navy — including pals Danny (Russ Tamblyn) and Rico (Vic Damone) — are in the Arctic completing “Operation Ice Cream,” which requires them to swim in freezing waters. Luckily for the two friends, they’re able to get out of taking an icy dip by volunteering to bake a cake for the commander … More Hit the Deck (1955)

The Gazebo (1959)

Elliot Nash (Glenn Ford) is a writer/director working in the stressful and hectic world of television. He’s working on a new movie script for Alfred Hitchcock… but not to make more money for himself, or to advance his career. He’s got a blackmailer to pay off. Dan Shelby (Stanley Adams) is a photographer’s assistant who … More The Gazebo (1959)

Debbie Reynolds covers Modern Screen and Photoplay, November 1954

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, where I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. Much like the rival magazines in the 2004 rom-com 13 Going on 30, fan magazines of the mid-20th century were constantly competing for cover stars. By either coincidence or crafty, competitive scheming between the magazines, … More Debbie Reynolds covers Modern Screen and Photoplay, November 1954