One year, one film: 1945 – The Clock

One year, one film: 1945 The film: The Clock, dir. Vincente Minnelli starring Judy Garland and Robert Walker Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE “Every second a heart-beat,” reads the poster for 1945’s The Clock, a sweet and sentimental wartime romance. The film tells the story of Corporal Joe Allen (Robert Walker), who has a two-day leave in New York and finds himself alone in the big city. At … Continue reading One year, one film: 1945 – The Clock

The Classic Movie History Project, 2015: ‘For Me and My Gal’ as Wartime Cinema

Note: This post will contain some spoilers. Read with caution if you’ve never seen For Me and My Gal. Additionally, this post was written for The Classic Movie History Project blogathon. For more information on this blogathon, see the end of the post! With World War II looming heavily over every aspect of American life during the late 1930s and early 1940s, a small trend … Continue reading The Classic Movie History Project, 2015: ‘For Me and My Gal’ as Wartime Cinema

Favorite things about… The Harvey Girls (1946)

The favorite film: The Harvey Girls, a 1946 technicolor musical directed by George Sidney The synopsis: Susan Bradley is taking the train west to marry a man she’s been corresponding with via letters. On the train, she meets a gaggle of lovely women who are headed to the same town as she. They are “Harvey Girls” – waitresses who will work at the new Harvey … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Harvey Girls (1946)

Favorite things about… Meet Me in St. Louis

The favorite film: Meet Me in St. Louis, a 1944 musical romance directed by Vincente Minnelli The synopsis: “In the year before the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.” – via IMDb The cast: Judy Garland as Esther Tom Drake as John Truett Margaret O’Brien … Continue reading Favorite things about… Meet Me in St. Louis

Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Reviewin’ the Box: Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime What’s in the box?: A single disc including including musical performances from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. These performances come from a 1962 televised special. Packaging: This DVD, released by KULTUR, comes in a standard plastic case. The cover design is simple, but nice. The back cover could use more pizazz but … Continue reading Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Favorite things about… The Pirate

The favorite film: The Pirate, a 1948 Technicolor musical directed by Vincente Minnelli The synopsis: Manuela has just become engaged to one of the richest men in town, but begrudgingly so. Her heart belongs to a pirate named Mack the Black Macoco, who she has read about in adventure books. Accepting the fact that she must marry and have a life free of adventure, Manuela … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Pirate

Favorite things about… In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

The favorite film: In the Good Old Summertime, a 1949 musical/romance directed by Robert Z. Leonard for MGM. The synopsis: Andrew and Veronica are instant enemies from the day they meet. When Veronica is hired as a saleswoman at Oberkugen’s, a music store where Andrew also works, their dislike for each other continues to grow. But while they may hate each other in their in-person … Continue reading Favorite things about… In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

Happy birthday, Joots!

Today is a very special day: the 90th anniversary of Frances Ethel Gumm’s birth. Most people would probably, upon reading that sentence, think “Franches Ethel who?,” but we classic film fans know that she later became the legendary actress and singer Judy Garland. Frances (nicknamed “Baby”) was born on June 10, 1922, to a Minnesota family that managed the town’s little theater. The family was … Continue reading Happy birthday, Joots!