Wonder Man (1945)

Buzzy Bellew (Danny Kaye) is a nightclub entertainer… and a part of the criminal underworld. His life has been pretty busy, of late. He’s preparing to testify against a mobster named Ten Grand Jackson (Steve Cochran), and preparing to wed his girlfriend/fellow singer, Midge Mallon (Vera-Ellen). Of course, with his plans to testify, he’s become an enemy of Jackson, who swiftly decides to have him … Continue reading Wonder Man (1945)

Favorite things about… The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

The favorite film: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, a 1947 romantic fantasy directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz The cast: Gene Tierney as Lucy Rex Harrision as Captain Daniel Gregg George Sanders as Miles “Uncle Neddy” Fairley Edna Best as Martha Huggins Robert Coote as Mr. Coombe The synopsis: Since the death of her husband, Lucy Muir has been living with his family, but she and … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Orphée (aka Orpheus) (1949)

Orphée, directed by Jean Cocteau, tells the story of a self-centered and commercially successful French poet of the same name (Jean Marais). When we meet him, he’s hanging out at a poet’s cafe in Paris, which is packed with artists. He meets “the Princess” (Maria Casares), a woman who has started her own artistic movement of sorts by publishing a “nudism” journal — a journal in … Continue reading Orphée (aka Orpheus) (1949)

Favorite things about… I Married a Witch (1942)

The favorite film: I Married a Witch, a 1942 fantasy/rom-com directed by Rene Clair The synopsis: A witch named Jennifer and her sorcerer father, Daniel, were condemned for their powers in 17th century New England. Now, nearing the mid-20th century, they’ve returned to human form to wreak havoc on the life of Wallace Wooley. Wally is the decendant of the man who accused them of … Continue reading Favorite things about… I Married a Witch (1942)

Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) is a struggling artist who isn’t making any money off of his work. He paints a lot of still life and floral subjects, and buyers just don’t want them, though the rich Miss Spinney (Ethel Barrymore) sees a lot of potential in him. One day while walking through the park, Eben meets a young girl named Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones). Jennie’s … Continue reading Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Favorite things about… Topper (1937)

A note from Lindsey: This is my 500th post on TMP! Woohoo! The favorite film: Topper, a 1937 romantic fantasy-comedy directed by Norman Z. McLeod for MGM. The synopsis: George and Marion Kerby are a rich, fun-loving couple who care more about having a grand time than leading responsible lives. While heading home from the one corporate meeting that George attends each year, their car … Continue reading Favorite things about… Topper (1937)

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)

Ah, vacation. A time to relax, to enjoy the outdoors, to catch a fish or two… but what do you do when the fish that you catch is half-human? Such is the case for Arthur Peabody, who is on vacation at an island resort with his wife Polly when he hooks a beautiful young mermaid. Arthur and Polly left snowy Boston for the Caribbean after … Continue reading Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)