Favorite things about… Designing Woman (1957)

The favorite film: Designing Woman, a 1957 romantic comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli The synopsis: Sports writer Mike Hagen has spent a long night out in Los Angeles, drinking and having fun with fellow reporters. When he wakes up, he’s terribly hungover and can’t remember whether he submitted his copy during that wild night. Luckily for Mike, he did submit copy… but it was co-written … Continue reading Favorite things about… Designing Woman (1957)

The Wisdom of Lauren Bacall’s ‘By Myself and Then Some’

There is no shortage of biographies or autobiographies (sometimes ghostwritten) of classic film stars — but Lauren Bacall’s By Myself, later updated and re-published as By Myself and Then Some, just might be the best of the bunch. Honest, candid, and thorough, both versions of the book are great reads for any fan of the actress. Bacall discusses the highs and lows of her life, … Continue reading The Wisdom of Lauren Bacall’s ‘By Myself and Then Some’

Favorite things about… How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

The favorite film: How to Marry a Millionaire, a 1953 rom-com directed by Jean Negulesco and scripted by Nunnally Johnson. The synopsis: Schatze Page, Loco Dempsey, and Pola Debevoise are three beautiful models living in a New York City penthouse. But make no mistake — they’re not wealthy. They’re renting the place from Freddie Denmark, who is living in Europe to avoid the IRS. The … Continue reading Favorite things about… How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Favorite things about… The Big Sleep

The favorite film: The Big Sleep, a 1946 noir mystery marking the second on-screen pairing of The Most Beautiful Couple Ever*, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Howard Hawks directs, and the film is based on a novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler. *I have awarded them this title (for obvious reasons), just as I’ve awarded Cary Grant the title of The Most Beautiful … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Big Sleep

Written on the Wind (1956)

Written on the Wind (1956): 3/5 Douglas Sirk is the king of the 1950s melodrama, and also one of my favorite directors. Pair that with Lauren Bacall, who I delusionally but lovingly refer to as the queen of the world, and Rock Hudson, the king of pretty 1950s men, and you’ve got some pretty high expectations coming from me. The film follows alcoholic oil man … Continue reading Written on the Wind (1956)

In honor of this Hallmark holiday… let’s talk about my favorite screen couples!

Some people like to go out to dinner with their sweethearts on February 14. Some like to wallow. Some simply don’t care. Me? I use the (usually uneventful) day to celebrate my favorite on-screen romances and watch them, schedule permitting. This year, the schedule does not permit. I won’t be home from campus until around 10 pm, so rather than watch them, this year I’m … Continue reading In honor of this Hallmark holiday… let’s talk about my favorite screen couples!