Favorite things about… The Lady Eve (1941)

The favorite film: The Lady Eve, a 1941 romantic comedy directed by Preston Sturges. The synopsis: Charlie Pike, the adventuring heir to a beer fortune, boards a boat after an Amazon expedition. Once aboard, he meets Jean Harrington and her father. The Harringtons are cardsharp con artists, and Charlie may be their next target… until Jean finds herself falling for him. The cast: Barbara Stanwyck … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Lady Eve (1941)

I Met My Love Again (1938)

Ives Towner (Henry Fonda) is an idealistic young man with dreams of a wonderful future with his love, Julie Wier (Joan Bennett). They plan to marry, but not until Ives has finished college and made something of himself. After waiting years for Ives to finally marry her, Julie starts to go a little stir-crazy in her small Vermont town. When she gets lost one day … Continue reading I Met My Love Again (1938)

A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

In the dusty West just before the turn of the 20th century, there are few things more exciting than the annual, extremely-competitive poker tournament held by the five richest men of the Laredo territory. They play in the back room of a saloon while a crowd eagerly awaits the outcome of the tournament. The competitors are willing to give up anything to partake in the … Continue reading A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

One year, one film: 1938 – The Mad Miss Manton

The film: The Mad Miss Manton, dir. Leigh Jason starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Before I began the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project, I reviewed and fell in love with The Mad Miss Manton, giving it a “Super Five” (5/5!) rating. The film follows Melsa Manton (Stanwyck), a socialite who is enjoying a late-night walk home from a costume party when … Continue reading One year, one film: 1938 – The Mad Miss Manton

The Male Animal (1942)

Tommy Turner (Henry Fonda) is an English professor at Midwestern University. He and his wife Ellen (Olivia de Havilland) are preparing to host a cocktail party, with honored guests Frederick (Ivan Simpson) and Blanche Damon (Minna Phillips) — the Dean and his wife — among others. It’s homecoming week, and the school is also preparing for the big game against Michigan. Former team hero Joe … Continue reading The Male Animal (1942)

Lindsey Appreciates a Western: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

This post is technically a part of the “Favorite things about…” series. I decided to give it a fun name since this was one of the only Westerns I loved before beginning the “Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns” project. The favorite film: Once Upon a Time in the West, also known as C’era una volta il West, a spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone The … Continue reading Lindsey Appreciates a Western: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath

The favorite film: The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 drama based on the novel by John Steinbeck (adapted for the screen by Nunnally Johnson) and directed by John Ford The synopsis: Tom Joad is fresh off of a prison sentence for homicide when he returns to his family’s home to find that they’ve been kicked off of their land. Like many Oklahoma sharecroppers, they’ve been … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath