Favorite things about… In a Lonely Place (1950)

The favorite film: In a Lonely Place, a 1950 noir classic directed by Nicholas Ray The synopsis: Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele is more productive than ever after starting up a new romance with his neighbor, Laurel. As their relationship grows, though, Dixon’s volatile and self-destructive behavior causes trouble. The cast: Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele Gloria Grahame as Laurel Gray Carl Benton Reid as Captain … Continue reading Favorite things about… In a Lonely Place (1950)

Favorite things about… The Letter (1940)

The favorite film: The Letter, a 1940 crime drama directed by William Wyler The cast: Bette Davis as Leslie Crosbie Herbert Marshall as Robert Crosbie James Stephenson as Howard Joyce Frieda Inescort as Dorothy Joyce Gale Sondergaard as Mrs. Hammond The synopsis: Leslie Crosbie has just shot and killed a man, Jeff Hammond. When pressed for details by her husband Robert, she claims that she … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Letter (1940)

Favorite things about… I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

The favorite film: I Walked with a Zombie, a 1943 horror produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur The synopsis: A Canadian nurse takes a job on a far away island, and upon arriving discovers that her patient is not physically ill, but a “mental case.” After being struck by a terrible fever, the patient’s spinal cord was seriously damaged, leaving her in … Continue reading Favorite things about… I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

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)

Favorite things about… The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

The Favorite Film: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a 1947 romantic comedy directed by Irving Reis The Synopsis: Dick Nugent is a famous artist, almost as famous for his courtroom visits and romantic exploits as he is for his art itself. After a morning in court for inciting a fight between two women at a club, Dick visits a local high school to speak to … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Favorite things about… Arsenic and Old Lace

The favorite film: Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1944 black comedy directed by Frank Capra The synopsis: Mortimer Brewster is a soon-to-be-married drama critic. He’s “sneered at every love scene in every play.” His reputation is one of a permanent bachelor, and he’s even published a book called “Marriage, A Fraud and a Failure.” But he’s about to have bigger problems than the public finding out … Continue reading Favorite things about… Arsenic and Old Lace

My Favorite Classic Movie: To Catch a Thief (1955)

What does it take to make a “favorite” classic movie? For me, the ingredients are Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, and a whole lot of glamour. To Catch a Thief, released in 1955, is not objectively the greatest movie of all time. It’s not Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest film, nor the best of either of its two legendary stars. But when forced to choose a … Continue reading My Favorite Classic Movie: To Catch a Thief (1955)

Favorite things about… Waterloo Bridge

The favorite film: Waterloo Bridge, a 1940 wartime melodrama from MGM, directed by Mervyn LeRoy The synopsis: Just as England is headed toward war again, a British officer (Roy) decides to visit Waterloo Bridge. Here, he reminisces on a night just before he left to fight in World War I. On that night he met a beautiful ballerina (Myra) during an air raid, and the … Continue reading Favorite things about… Waterloo Bridge

Favorite things about… When Harry Met Sally

The favorite film: When Harry Met Sally…, a 1989 romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron The synopsis: Harry needs a ride to New York after graduating from the University of Chicago, and he hitches one with a girl named Sally. The two don’t exactly become fast friends, but as their lives progress, they find themselves running into each other now … Continue reading Favorite things about… When Harry Met Sally

Favorite things about… Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

The favorite film: Manhattan Melodrama, a 1934 crime drama/romance directed by W. S. Van Dyke for MGM. The synopsis: Blackie Gallagher and Jim Wade have been friends for years, but their lives have taken opposite paths. Blackie is a gambler and a criminal, while bookish Jim takes a job as a District Attorney and plans on running for governor. Blackie’s girlfriend, Eleanor, gets fed up … Continue reading Favorite things about… Manhattan Melodrama (1934)