Since You Went Away (1944)

“This is a story of the Unconquerable Fortress: the American Home… 1943.” Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) is left to keep her family afloat after her husband volunteers for Army service. She and her teen daughters — Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple) — do the best they can, rationing their food, planting a victory garden, and taking in a boarder (Monty Wooley) to help … Continue reading Since You Went Away (1944)

TMP Reads: Vanity Will Get You Somewhere by Joseph Cotten

Born in Virginia in 1905, Joseph Chesire Cotten realized at a young age that he wanted to be an actor. Picking up the art of storytelling through summers spent with his uncle Benny, Jo began to dream of a career on the stage. Despite the doubts and disapproval of his parents, Jo decided to make his dream come true at the age of eighteen, starting … Continue reading TMP Reads: Vanity Will Get You Somewhere by Joseph Cotten

Lydia (1941)

Lydia MacMillan (Merle Oberon) is an elderly woman who has never married, and whose life’s focus is philanthropy. After attending a dedication ceremony for a children’s home she’s given an endowment to, Lydia is visited by Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick (Joseph Cotten), a man she has not seen in nearly four decades. Michael had once hoped to marry Lydia, and the two reminisce about the past. … Continue reading Lydia (1941)

Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) is a struggling artist who isn’t making any money off of his work. He paints a lot of still life and floral subjects, and buyers just don’t want them, though the rich Miss Spinney (Ethel Barrymore) sees a lot of potential in him. One day while walking through the park, Eben meets a young girl named Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones). Jennie’s … Continue reading Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Favorite things about… Niagara (1953)

The favorite film: Niagara, 1953’s “raging torrent of emotion that even nature can’t control!” This noir-thriller was directed by Henry Hathaway for Fox. The synopsis: Polly and Ray Cutler are taking a belated honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls. When they arrive at the Falls, they find that the cabin they were supposed to be staying in is still occupied by Rose and George Loomis, who … Continue reading Favorite things about… Niagara (1953)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Eugene Morgan (Joseph Cotten) is a young and dashing man with a bit of a reputation for being wild. He wants to marry Isabel Amberson (Dolores Costello), a girl from an upper-class family, but she marries Wilbur Minafer instead. Wilbur is a dull man, but suits her social class better than the rambunctious Euguene. Wilbur and Isabel’s only child George (Tim Holt) is a total … Continue reading The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

September Affair (1950)

Industrialist David Lawrence (Joseph Cotten) is taking a trip to Italy when he meets Manina Stuart (Joan Fontaine), a pianist on the verge of finding success. Though David has a wife (Jessica Tandy) and son (Robert Arthur) back in America, he and Manina begin to fall for each other. They feel no guilt because his marriage is unhappy, and apparently only exists because his stubborn … Continue reading September Affair (1950)

The Man with a Cloak (1951)

Mid 1800s, New York City. The young, French Madeline Minot (Leslie Caron) has come to NYC to track down her fiance’s estranged grandfather, Thevenet (Louis Calhern), with the ultimate goal of getting money out of him to support her fiance’s political cause. When she finds the man, he is old and grumpy. He lives in a very large house with a butler named Martin (Joe … Continue reading The Man with a Cloak (1951)