The Critical Eye: Random Harvest (1942)

Random Harvest, dir. Mervyn LeRoy Starring Greer Garson and Ronald Colman Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Charles “Smithy” Rainier is a veteran of the first World War, inflicted with a bout of amnesia. He doesn’t remember his pre-war life at all, so he breaks free from the hospital where he’s being observed and starts anew, eventually marrying music hall actress Paula. They build a life together, even having … Continue reading The Critical Eye: Random Harvest (1942)

Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Julia Packett (Greer Garson) is a showgirl living in London in the mid-1930s. She struggles to pay the bills, but somehow makes do with the help of a couple of friends, Benji (Reginald Owen) and Louise (Veda Ann Borg). One day, she receives an invitation to the wedding of her estranged daughter, Susan (Elizabeth Taylor). She explains to her friends that she was married to a … Continue reading Julia Misbehaves (1948)

Eight Days of Christmas: Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

“This is the story of a great woman, and of the great work she is doing for humanity. Her name is Edna Gladney, and she lives in Fort Worth, Texas. We dedicate this picture to her.” With this dedication, 1941’s Blossom in the Dust begins. Just as promised, the film tells the dramatized true story of Edna Gladney. Soon after meeting Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon) … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas: Blossoms in the Dust (1941)