TMP Reads: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

**WARNING: This post will contain some spoilers for both the novella Double Indemnity and its film adaptation. I’m sure most of you have at least seen the adaptation, but in the event that you haven’t, or have seen the film but would like to keep the book shrouded in mystery, read with caution! Double Indemnity…

Suddenly, It’s Spring (1947)

The war has ended, and WAC Captain Mary Morley (Paulette Goddard) is headed home to the States after spending the war counseling young military couples. She’s earned the nickname “Captain Lonelyhearts.” Captain Lonelyhearts may soon be a lonely heart herself, though. She’s met at the dock by her husband, Peter (Fred MacMurray), who has come…

Murder, He Says (1945)

Pete Marshall (Fred MacMurray) is an outsider in the small mountain town of Plainville. He’s what’s known as a “Trotter man” — a surveyor of public opinion. He’s replacing another Trotter, Hector Smedley, who disappeared after visiting the Fleagle family, a wily gang of mountain folk. He also wants to find out what happened to…

Ranking the Films of Lombard and MacMurray

Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray: two of the most lovable stars of the golden age, Carole one of the queens of the screwball comedy and Fred the quintessential American every-man. With my recent viewing of Swing High, Swing Low I have seen all four collaborations between these two stars, so today I’ll be sharing my personal…

Swing High, Swing Low (1937)

Maggie King (Carole Lombard) is on a cruise ship traveling through the Panama Canal when she catches the eye of Skid Johnson (Fred MacMurray), a soldier on patrol who sees the ship passing by and notices the beautiful woman standing on the deck. When Maggie disembarks from the ship, she and her friend Ella (Jean…

Three Days of Fred: Never a Dull Moment (1950)

A note from Lindsey: I happened to schedule a few Fred MacMurray films in a row, so this week TMP brings to you an impromptu series of posts, THREE DAYS OF FRED! Today is day three, and we’re capping off the series with  a review of Never a Dull Moment. Previous reviews: The Shaggy Dog and Where Do We…

The Moonlighter (1953)

A tough cattle rustler (Fred MacMurray) escapes a lynch mob by mistake and returns to a life of crime. His ex-girlfriend (Barbara Stanwyck) is deputized and seeks to bring him to justice. Wes Anderson (not to be confused with the modern-day director) is a cattle-rustlin’ criminal known throughout the land as “the moonlighter.” He’s been…