Peyton Place (1957)

Peyton Place is a small town in New England which, at first glance, may seem like the perfect town. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll see cracks in the façade. Michael Rossi (Lee Philips) is new in town and looking for work. He’s eventually hired by Leslie Harrington (Leon Ames), the town’s big-time mill owner/school board president, to be the new high school principal. … Continue reading Peyton Place (1957)

All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Henriette (Bette Davis) is beginning a new job as a teacher at an all-girls school in New York, but she’s off to a rocky start. One of her students suspects that she may be the infamous “Mademoiselle D,” a woman caught in a scandal which was highly publicized in the French-language newspapers. Word begins to spread about Henriette’s past, and she’s forced to confront her … Continue reading All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Kings Row (1942)

Kings Row is “a good town. A good clean town. A good town to live in and a good place to raise your children.” But is it as perfect as it seems? Parris Mitchell (Robert Cummings), Cassandra Tower (Betty Field), Drake McHugh (Ronald Reagan), Louise Gordon (Nancy Coleman), and Randy Monaghan (Ann Sheridan) are five young people growing up in Kings Row. All come from different … Continue reading Kings Row (1942)

Favorite things about… All That Heaven Allows (1955)

The favorite film: All That Heaven Allows, a 1955 melodrama from the soap king himself, Douglas Sirk The synopsis: In a well-to-do suburban town, Cary Scott lives alone. Her two children are in college, and her husband has died, leaving her with an empty home and a less-than-active social life. Her friend Sara and admirer Harvey do their best to bring her out of her … Continue reading Favorite things about… All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Blonde Ice (1948)

Claire Cummings (Leslie Brooks), a society reporter living in San Francisco, is giving up her career in favor of marriage. Her groom is Carl Hanneman (John Holland), a wealthy businessman. Claire isn’t in love with Carl. She’s actually in love with Les Burns (Robert Paige), a sports writer from the paper where she worked, who hoped he’d be the one to marry her. After the … Continue reading Blonde Ice (1948)

Second Looks: Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Today we’re back with another installment of the sparsely-updated series Second Looks, where I re-watch a film I haven’t seen in a few years and evaluate it with a new pair of eyes. The film in question in this installment is 1944’s Mr. Skeffington, the film which earned Bette Davis her 8th Academy Award nomination in the Best Actress category. Davis stars as Fanny, a … Continue reading Second Looks: Mr. Skeffington (1944)

His Brother’s Wife (1936)

When Rita Wilson (Barbara Stanwyck) meets and falls for epidemiologist Chris Claybourne (Robert Taylor), they have an instant connection and quickly fall in love with each other. But Chris isn’t 100% invested in their relationship; he’s also wrapped up in his work. When he decides to leave for the tropics against Rita’s wishes to find an elusive cure he’s been searching for, Rita decides to … Continue reading His Brother’s Wife (1936)

Stella Dallas (1937)

A note from Lindsey: This film was viewed as part of TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck Filmography project. Check out Listography for a full list of the project’s progress! Stella Martin (Barbara Stanwyck) is a working-class girl who falls for a rich, high-class man named Stephen Dallas (John Boles). Despite the differences in their backgrounds, the two marry and have a daughter together, Laurel (Anne Shirley). But a … Continue reading Stella Dallas (1937)