The Stranger (1946)

Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) works for the United Nations War Crimes Commission, and he’s on the trail of a fugitive. Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi war criminal, has managed to erase every clue to his whereabouts and identity, aside from the fact that he’s well-known to be obsessed with clocks. Wilson hopes that Konrad Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) can lead him to Kindler, and … Continue reading The Stranger (1946)

Ladies in Love (1936)

Susie Schmidt (Loretta Young), Martha Karenye (Janet Gaynor), and Yoli Haydn (Constance Bennett) are three young women who have rented an apartment together in Budapest. Susie is a chorus girl, Martha works several odd jobs, and Yoli is a model. On move-in day at their new apartment, the women share their wishes. Susie wants to own a hat shop, like the one she used to … Continue reading Ladies in Love (1936)

Key to the City (1950)

A convention for mayors may seem like an odd place for a love match to be struck up, but that just may happen when Puget City mayor Steve Fisk (Clark Gable) and Wenonah, Maine mayor Clarissa Standish (Loretta Young) meet. Mayor Standish is an upstanding politician, well-educated and devoted to her taxpaying public — not your average mayor. Mayor Fisk is somewhat her opposite: very outspoken and a bit rough … Continue reading Key to the City (1950)

The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

Jimmy Dolan (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) is a champion boxer with a reputation for living clean and devoting himself to his sport. He shuns alcohol, parties, and women, instead spending all of his time in training and visiting his mother… or so the public thinks. Behind closed doors, he’s a heavy drinker and spends most of his time with baby-talking girlfriend Goldie West (Shirley Grey). One night, … Continue reading The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

Two films, one tale, one Tyrone: Love is News (1937)

Today and tomorrow on TMP I’m reviewing two Tyrone Power films that tell the same story. First up we’ve got Love is News (1937), co-starring Loretta Young. Tomorrrow, That Wonderful Urge (1948), with Gene Tierney taking on the role formerly occupied by Young. Two films, one tale, and one leading man in Tyrone Power! Steve Leyton (Tyrone Power) is a reporter stuck in a rivalry … Continue reading Two films, one tale, one Tyrone: Love is News (1937)

Eight Days of Christmas: The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

I must confess: I’m kind of recycling an idea here. This is not my first time writing about The Bishop’s Wife. I did a “Favorite things about…” post for this film just last year on Christmas day. But when I decided to bring back Eight Days of Christmas, I couldn’t help including a re-watch review of the film — it’s one of my favorite Christmas … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas: The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Grand Slam (1933)

Peter Stanislavsky (Paul Lukas) is a waiter, working and occasionally playing the piano at a Russian restaurant. The gig isn’t permanent — just a way to support his recently-wed self and his wife while he works on a novel. While Peter has publishing aspirations, the rest of the world has gone crazy for the game of bridge. Marcia (Loretta Young), Peter’s wife, convinces the reluctant … Continue reading Grand Slam (1933)

Mother is a Freshman (1949)

Abigail Abbott (Loretta Young), a widow raising a college-aged daughter (Betty Lynn), has run into some serious financial trouble. Things have become so serious that the younger Abbott, Susan, may have to drop out of school. There’s a solution to be found, though. By using her maiden name of Fortitude, Abigail is eligible for a scholarship set up by one of her ancestors, which is … Continue reading Mother is a Freshman (1949)

Big Business Girl (1931)

Claire “Mac” McIntyre (Loretta Young) is a smart woman — a State university graduate, with big dreams that go far beyond marrying and raising a family. That doesn’t mean she can’t find love. She has found it, in fact, with Johnny Saunders (Frank Albertson). But when he’s offered a job as a bandleader in Paris, she urges him to take the gig, while she’ll move … Continue reading Big Business Girl (1931)