If I Were Free (1933)

Hector Stribling (Henry Stephenson) is an English lawyer in Paris, married to a woman named Jewel (Vivian Tobin). One night, he invites his friend Gordon (Clive Brook), his friend Tono (Nils Asther), and Tono’s wife Sarah (Irene Dunne) to dinner. Gordon is preparing to get divorced, and Hector hopes the dinner will give him an evening of distraction. Unbeknownst to everyone, Sarah’s marriage is also … Continue reading If I Were Free (1933)

Consolation Marriage (1931)

Steve (Pat O’Brien) is in love with Elaine (Myrna Loy)… but she’s left him and married someone she thinks is a better suitor. Mary (Irene Dunne), likewise, is in love with a man named Aubrey (Lester Vail)… but he’s left her behind for someone else. Heartbroken Steve and Mary become friends, finding comfort in their shared unhappiness at being left behind by those they adored. … Continue reading Consolation Marriage (1931)

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)

No Other Woman (1933)

Anna (Irene Dunne) lives in a company-controlled mining town, where she’s just married steelworker Jim Stanley (Charles Bickford). Anna dreams of getting out of the mill, so she runs a boarding house, saving up money for a better life. When Anna’s friend Joe (Eric Linden) creates a permanent dye out of the steel mill’s waste products, they both see an exciting chance to change their lives for … Continue reading No Other Woman (1933)

Favorite things about… My Favorite Wife

The favorite film: My Favorite Wife, a 1940 screwball/romantic comedy directed by Garson Kanin for RKO. The synopsis: After being presumed dead in a horrible accident seven years ago and spending all of those years stranded on an island, Ellen Arden has finally returned to the United States, where she hopes to reunite with her family. But she’ll soon find out that the reunion isn’t … Continue reading Favorite things about… My Favorite Wife

Irene Dunne: A tribute

Irene Dunne may not have initially been confident in her skills as a comedic actress, but she was one of the best who ever lived. She remains undoubtedly one of the queens of the screwball comedy genre, consistently portraying her characters with a mix of hilarity and enviable elegance. Irene Dunne has also become one of my favorite actresses as I’ve continued to delve into … Continue reading Irene Dunne: A tribute

Love Affair (1939)

Beautiful American singer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) is traveling aboard a ship across the Atlantic Ocean when she meets womanizing French painter Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer). Both are already engaged to other people – Terry to Kenneth Bradley (Lee Bowman) and Michel to Lois Clarke (Astrid Allwyn) – but they find themselves falling for each other despite their existing romances. Upon arrival in New York … Continue reading Love Affair (1939)

Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

The small, conservative town of Lynnfield has gone wild over local newspaper editor Jed Waterbury’s (Thomas Mitchell) decision to publish a racy, best-selling novel by Caroline Adams in installments. Little do they know, one of Lynnfield’s own is Caroline Adams. Theodora Lynn (Irene Dunne), an active community member and regular church-goer, published the novel under a pen name. Theodora travels to New York, saying that … Continue reading Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

This Man is Mine (1934)

*This review contains spoilers for 1934’s This Man is Mine. Tony (Irene Dunne) and Jim Dunlap (Ralph Bellamy) have a pleasant life and marriage. Tony is the stereotypical “ideal” wife – devoted to her husband, affectionate, able to craft beautiful paintings for his birthday, hosts lovely get-togethers with their friends, keeps the home in pristine condition and raises their son, all without a hitch. Jim … Continue reading This Man is Mine (1934)