Let’s Make It Legal (1951)

Barbara (Barbara Bates) and her husband Jerry (Robert Wagner), along with their baby, have moved in with Barbara’s mom Miriam (Claudette Colbert). Normally that would make for a pretty full house, but there’s one absence: Barbara’s dad, Hugh (Macdonald Carey). Miriam and Hugh are in the middle of a divorce, which is entering its final stages. And in the meantime, Hugh is living at the … Continue reading Let’s Make It Legal (1951)

Second Looks: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

Lyn Lesley (Anne Bancroft) is a singer, working at the McKinley Hotel in New York city. Her boyfriend, pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark), is set to arrive in town any minute, but “excited” would not be the way to describe her mood. She mailed him a letter saying that she wanted to end their relationship, and she’s nervous to have that conversation with him in … Continue reading Second Looks: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

One year, one film: 1953 – Niagara

One year, one film: 1953 The film: Niagara, dir. Henry Hathaway Starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Marilyn Monroe is perhaps the most enduring star of mid-century Hollywood. Her image adorns all kinds of merchandise, from t-shirts to purses to iPhone cases. The internet is full of misquotes attributed to her. Her name is practically synonymous with the … Continue reading One year, one film: 1953 – Niagara

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)

“I’ve got a secret!”: Little-known “facts” about the stars from Modern Screen, November 1954

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. Modern Screen’s November 1954 issue includes a feature titled “I’ve got a secret!” which claims to share the things you never knew about your favorite stars. Today I’ve decided to share these supposed facts with you! Linda Darnell would have been a nervous wreck … Continue reading “I’ve got a secret!”: Little-known “facts” about the stars from Modern Screen, November 1954

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)

TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – TMP’s recommended viewing, from John Wayne to Sidney Poitier

Throughout the month of August, I’ll be sharing recommended films from TCM’s Summer Under the Stars programming every Tuesday. It isn’t August just yet, but I wanted to get a list up that included the first week of the month. Feel free to share your own recommendations for me in the comments below, as they’re running a ton of films I haven’t seen this year! … Continue reading TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – TMP’s recommended viewing, from John Wayne to Sidney Poitier

Mixed bag: You Kill Me (2007), Fuel (2008), It Happened to Jane (1959), We’re Not Married (1952)

Originally posted on recollective.tumblr.com, January 3, 2012 Watched January 1, 2012: You Kill Me (2007) – 2/5; You Kill Me follows a mob hit-man (Ben Kingsley) who is forced into Alcoholics Anonymous by “the family” after his drinking begins to hinder his ability to kill. While away from home to complete the 12-step program, he meets a woman with her own set of issues (Tea … Continue reading Mixed bag: You Kill Me (2007), Fuel (2008), It Happened to Jane (1959), We’re Not Married (1952)