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

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