Favorite things about… Meet John Doe (1941)

In addition to being this month’s “Favorite things about…” feature, this post was written for the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project, my quest to watch every single film Barbara Stanwyck ever made! For more reviews from the project, visit the dedicated index page. The favorite film: Meet John Doe, a 1941 dramedy/societal critique directed by Frank Capra The synopsis: When publisher D. B. Norton takes over … Continue reading Favorite things about… Meet John Doe (1941)

Favorite things about… You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

The favorite film: You Can’t Take It With You, a 1938 romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra The synopsis: When Alice and Tony fall in love and decide to marry, in-law introductions bring trouble, as the eccentric Sycamores clash with the wealthy and refined Kirbys. The cast: Jean Arthur as Alice Sycamore Jimmy Stewart as Tony Kirby Lionel Barrymore as Martin Vanderhof Spring Byington as … Continue reading Favorite things about… You Can’t Take It With You (1938)

One year, one film: 1941 – Meet John Doe

The film: Meet John Doe, dir. Frank Capra starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See TMP favorite Barbara Stanwyck stars in 1941’s Meet John Doe, the latest film to be featured in our “One year, one film” spotlight series! Stanwyck is columnist Ann Mitchell, who is about to be laid off from her job and is working on her … Continue reading One year, one film: 1941 – Meet John Doe

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

Frank Capra and Barbara Stanwyck: Cinematic Dream Team

Ladies of Leisure: a tale of romance between two people who fall at opposite ends of the wealth and status spectrum. The Miracle Woman: an exploration of a woman’s struggle to find faith in humanity and in God after the loss of her father, and after her own foray into corrupt evangelism. Forbidden: the story of a woman who has in illegitimate child with a married … Continue reading Frank Capra and Barbara Stanwyck: Cinematic Dream Team

Frank Capra: The Early Collection

A note from Lindsey: This review was written for one of my journalism classes, hence the modern film references. We had to share them in the class forum, and only one other student had any chance of knowing who Frank Capra is – much to my disappointment. What do the hit films The Social Network, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Step Brothers and A … Continue reading Frank Capra: The Early Collection

Ladies of Leisure (1930)

A note from Lindsey: This film was viewed as a part of TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project. It was also viewed in celebration of the fact that I finally have TCM’s Frank Capra: The Early Collection DVD set in my possession. Woohoo! Artist Jerry Strong made the mistake of letting his buddy Bill hold a big party in his New York penthouse. Desperate to get … Continue reading Ladies of Leisure (1930)

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Megan Davis (Barbara Stanwyck) is headed to Shanghai to wed her childhood sweetheart, Bob Strike (Gavin Gordon), who is living there and working as a missionary. However, civil war is raging in the area. When the Chapei (Zhabei) district of the city goes up in flames on the night of Megan’s arrival (and the night of the wedding), Bob postpones the wedding in order to … Continue reading The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)