FilmStruck Friday: While the City Sleeps (1956)

Welcome to this week’s edition of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP, with the exception of the first Friday of the month (which is reserved for “Favorite things about…”), we’ll be taking a look at a film available through the TCM and Criterion Collection streaming service. Today’s film comes from 1956 – While the City Sleeps. Happy viewing! A serial killer has been victimizing … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: While the City Sleeps (1956)

Favorite things about… M (1931)

The Favorite Film: M, a 1931 German crime drama/thriller directed by the great Fritz Lang The Synopsis: The city has been facing a horrible string of child murders. When the latest victim, Elsie Beckmann, is found, the city’s search for the killer amps up. The police, of course, are after the criminal, but the crime bosses want him caught, too. They’re tired of running into … Continue reading Favorite things about… M (1931)

The Blue Gardenia (1953)

Casey Mayo (Richard Conte) is a columnist working on a story about Los Angeles telephone operators. Smarmy artist Harry Prebble (Raymond Burr) is also in the office, sketching pictures of the operators. Both men talk to Crystal Carpenter (Ann Sothern), a divorcée who lives with two co-workers, Norah (Anne Baxter) and Sally (Jeff Donnell). Prebble takes an immediate liking to Crystal and calls the apartment … Continue reading The Blue Gardenia (1953)

You Only Live Once (1937)

Joan Graham (Sylvia Sidney) works as a secretary to a big city public defender, Stephen Whitney (Barton MacLane). Joan is in love with a criminal named Eddie (Henry Fonda) who, luckily, is allowed to leave prison on probation with Stephen’s help. Fresh out of the slammer, Eddie is ready for a new life. He wants to give up crime, get a respectable job and marry … Continue reading You Only Live Once (1937)