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 is a film that needs no introduction. One of Barbara … Continue reading TMP Reads: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

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 to get her signature on a certain set of legal … Continue reading Suddenly, It’s Spring (1947)

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 Smedley. Upon arrival in Plainville, Pete is met with side-eyes … Continue reading Murder, He Says (1945)

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 ranking of them, from best to worst. BEST: True Confession … Continue reading Ranking the Films of Lombard and MacMurray

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 Go From Here? Kay Kingsley (Irene Dunne) is a beloved … Continue reading Three Days of Fred: Never a Dull Moment (1950)

Three Days of Fred: Where Do We Go From Here? (1945)

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 we’ll be looking at the time-hopping comedy Where Do We Go From Here? Yesterday’s review: The Shaggy Dog; Tomorrow: Never a Dull Moment All that Bill Morgan (Fred MacMurray) wants to do is join … Continue reading Three Days of Fred: Where Do We Go From Here? (1945)

Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Throughout the month I’ve been reviewing films from Carole Lombard – The Glamour Collection DVD set. This is the fifth of six films in the set. An American woman (Carole Lombard) masquerading as a Swedish princess with Hollywood hopes boards an ocean liner, fooling everyone on board into thinking that she’s royalty. They all know her as Princess Olga, but her real name is Wanda … Continue reading Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: Hands Across the Table (1935)

Throughout the month of May I’ll be sharing reviews of the films featured in the Carole Lombard Glamour collection DVD set. This is the first review in the series. Regi Allen (Carole Lombard) is a hotel manicurist with dreams of finding a rich husband so she can finally get out of the poverty she’s been living in for her entire life. Regi strikes up a friendship … Continue reading Carole Lombard Glamour Collection: Hands Across the Table (1935)

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 tossed in jail for the time being, but the town … Continue reading The Moonlighter (1953)