The Window (1949)

Tommy Woodry (Bobby Driscoll) is a trouble-making tween with a reputation for lying. His latest prank involves his whole family: when Tommy says they’re moving from Manhattan to a Texas ranch, the landlords begin showing their apartment, expecting them to move out any day. The Woodrys are fed up with Tommy’s behavior. He frequently tells them tall tales, some of which amuse them, but his … Continue reading The Window (1949)

Bewitched (1945)

Joan Ellis (Phyllis Thaxter) is a convicted murderer, sent to death row for her crime. Her execution has been scheduled, and in less than an hour she’ll be dead. Joan’s psychiatrist, Dr. Bergson (Edmund Gwenn), wishes to clarify the facts of the scandalous case. He reflects on her psychological deterioration. She was a normal girl from a normal family, with no history of mental illness … Continue reading Bewitched (1945)

Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

This review is part of a new once-in-a-while series, Remaking the Classics, where I’ll be doing full reviews of films that are remakes of classic-era releases and discussing how they differ from their predecessors. We kick off the series with a review of the live-action Cinderella, released earlier this year. A wicked stepmother, a fairy godmother, and talking mice… Cinderella is such a classic that … Continue reading Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

Mystery Street (1950)

Vivian Heldon (Jan Sterling) is a down-on-her-luck gal who lives in a Boston boardinghouse and works at the Grass Skirt Cafe. Struggling to come up with the money she owes to Mrs. Smerrling (Elsa Lanchester), the boardinghouse owner, Vivian calls her old flame James Joshua Harkley (Edmon Ryan). Harkley is a married man with whom she recently had an affair, and she hopes he’ll pay … Continue reading Mystery Street (1950)

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Very early in the life of this blog, in March 2012, I reviewed a Susan Hayward film called I’ll Cry Tomorrow, which is a biopic of Lillian Roth. The story of I’ll Cry Tomorrow follows an up-and-coming starlet who, throughout her career, struggles with alcoholism. Her reliance on alcohol threatens both her career and her personal life. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, also starring … Continue reading Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Goodbye Again (1933)

Kenneth Bixby (Warren William) is a sensation of the American literary world, having written a number of best-selling, well-received novels. By his side through it all is Anne Rogers (Joan Blondell), his faithful secretary. While on a lecture tour, Kenneth reconnects with Julie Wilson (Genevieve Tobin), a girlfriend from his past. Julie believes she inspired the central character of Kenneth’s latest novel, and she wants … Continue reading Goodbye Again (1933)