Halloweek: Night Watch (1973)

Welcome back to Halloweek! TMP’s annual celebration of all things spooky in the days leading up to Halloween has been extended from four days to seven! Today’s terror is brought to life by an unexpected star: the great Elizabeth Taylor. Stay tuned for more through Tuesday! “What did you expect to find, Sherlock Holmes? A wax model covered with tomato ketchup? An earthworm with a … Continue reading Halloweek: Night Watch (1973)

A Date with Judy (1948)

Judy Foster (Jane Powell) is a Santa Barbara teen with your average teenage problems. She and her friends are rehearsing songs for an upcoming school social event, but they’re butting heads with snobby senior Carol Pringle (Elizabeth Taylor), who thinks they’re not performing the songs the correct way. Famous band leader Xavier Cugat will be a guest at the dance, so the stakes for making … Continue reading A Date with Judy (1948)

The Films of James Dean: Giant (1956)

Note: Today we end our exploration of The Complete James Dean Collection with a review of Giant. If you missed ’em, here are the other reviews from the set: East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause. Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) is a very wealthy rancher living in Texas. When he travels North to buy a horse, he meets the beautiful Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor). … Continue reading The Films of James Dean: Giant (1956)

Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Julia Packett (Greer Garson) is a showgirl living in London in the mid-1930s. She struggles to pay the bills, but somehow makes do with the help of a couple of friends, Benji (Reginald Owen) and Louise (Veda Ann Borg). One day, she receives an invitation to the wedding of her estranged daughter, Susan (Elizabeth Taylor). She explains to her friends that she was married to a … Continue reading Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Mill Creek Musings: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

American journalist Charles Wills (Van Johnson) works for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. He’s in Paris, covering a story about the VE day celebration marking the end of the second World War. Outside of a local cafe owned by his friend Maurice, he meets Helen Elliswirth (Elizabeth Taylor), a beautiful American woman who has spent the war years in Paris with her father (Walter Pidgeon) … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

The Girl Who Had Everything opens with an evening news broadcast, where Elmer Peterson is announcing that a man named Victor Ramondi (Fernando Lamas) will be investigated. Ramondi is the leader of a gambling ring. Watching the broadcast are beautiful, young Jean Latimer (Elizabeth Taylor) and her father (William Powell). The Latimers live in Lexington, Kentucky, where Mr. Latimer is taking some time off after … Continue reading The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)

Cynthia (1947)

Cynthia (Elizabeth Taylor) is a sheltered girl, living under the oppression of overprotective parents (Mary Astor and George Murphy) who think that she is too delicate and ill to live like a “normal” teenager. Cynthia tells her classmates that she has dates so she can seem like the average teenager, when really she’s going to one of her very frequent doctor appointments. But soon, things … Continue reading Cynthia (1947)

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

The top-notch cast of Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn make up the mysterious drama Suddenly, Last Summer. A wealthy widow, Violet Venable (Hepburn) calls on a young surgeon from Chicago (Clift) to perform a lobotomy on her niece Catherine (Taylor). Catherine has allegedly been defaming the reputation of Violet’s late son Sebastian, uttering “fantastic babblings” about the boy’s mysterious death while they were … Continue reading Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)