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)

Slightly French (1949)

John Gayle (Don Ameche) is a movie director… and a hard-to-work-with perfectionist. His sister, Louisa (Janis Carter) takes him to a carnival, where she hopes he’ll relax a little. At the carnival, John takes notice of Mary (Dorothy Lamour), a singer and dancer whose talent captivates him as she performs in many different disguises. When the star of John’s current movie quits due to the … Continue reading Slightly French (1949)

The Feminine Touch (1941)

John Hathaway (Don Ameche) teaches psychology at Digby College, and he’s grown impatient with his lazy students, who seem more dedicated to the football team than to their studies. They’re even growing out beards in solidarity, vowing not to shave until the football team beats their rival, Laurel College. A bit bored of his job as a professor, Hathaway has dedicated a lot of his … Continue reading The Feminine Touch (1941)

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

Mixed bag: A Summer Place (1959), Midnight (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), Happy Go Lovely (1951)

Originally published on recollective.tumblr.com, January 13, 2012 Watched January 8, 2012 A Summer Place (1959): 5/5; When I see the name “Sandra Dee” attached to a film, I expect something pretty fluffy. As much as I love her, most of her roles were very light entertainment – cute, fun films that are highly enjoyable to watch but wouldn’t hold up under harsh scrutiny. This film … Continue reading Mixed bag: A Summer Place (1959), Midnight (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), Happy Go Lovely (1951)