Petticoat Fever (1936)

Dascom Dinsmore (Robert Montgomery) is a telegraph operator working and living in an isolated cabin in the snowy north. His only human contact is with his occasional Eskimo assistant, Kimo (Otto Yamaoka). Dascom’s cabin is about to get a lot more social, though. Sir James Felton (Reginald Owen) has had to make an emergency  landing nearby in his small plane. Accompanying Felton in the flight … Continue reading Petticoat Fever (1936)

Favorite things about… The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

The Favorite Film: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a 1947 romantic comedy directed by Irving Reis The Synopsis: Dick Nugent is a famous artist, almost as famous for his courtroom visits and romantic exploits as he is for his art itself. After a morning in court for inciting a fight between two women at a club, Dick visits a local high school to speak to … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

TCM Discoveries Blogathon: The Thin Man series

I’ve lost count of the number of favorite films I’ve discovered through Turner Classic Movies, the beloved TV network known as TCM, for short. I credit the network with introducing me to practically all of my favorite stars — Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred and Ginger, Myrna Loy. When The Nitrate Diva announced the TCM Discoveries Blogathon a few weeks ago, The Thin Man was … Continue reading TCM Discoveries Blogathon: The Thin Man series

One year, one film: 1934 – The Thin Man

One year, one film: 1934 The film: The Thin Man, dir. W. S. Van Dyke starring Myrna Loy and William Powell Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Today is a landmark day for the “One year, one film” series: Mourdant Hall gets his last chance to agree (or disagree) with TMP. Hall stopped reviewing films for The New York Times in 1934 and went on … Continue reading One year, one film: 1934 – The Thin Man

Star Spotlight: Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy Born Myrna Adele Williams Date of Birth: August 2, 1905 Date of Death: December 14, 1993 Roles First film: What Price Beauty? (1925) Last film: Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) Last TV role: Love, Sidney episode – “Sidney and the Actress” (1982) TMP favorites: The Thin Man series Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) Best … Continue reading Star Spotlight: Myrna Loy

Favorite things about… Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

The favorite film: Manhattan Melodrama, a 1934 crime drama/romance directed by W. S. Van Dyke for MGM. The synopsis: Blackie Gallagher and Jim Wade have been friends for years, but their lives have taken opposite paths. Blackie is a gambler and a criminal, while bookish Jim takes a job as a District Attorney and plans on running for governor. Blackie’s girlfriend, Eleanor, gets fed up … Continue reading Favorite things about… Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

I Love You Again (1940)

I Love You Again is a crazy little comedy. It begins on a cruise, with upstanding citizen Larry Wilson (William Powell) attempting to help a man who has fallen overboard. While in the water during the attempted recovery, Larry is accidentally hit in the head with a wooden paddle by a fellow rescuer. He’s struck with a bout of amnesia after getting this painful blow … Continue reading I Love You Again (1940)

Wings in the Dark (1935)

Ken Gordon (Cary Grant) is an engineer who has devoted himself to creating new technology that will allow flights to be much safer in poor weather conditions. To test his theory that a pilot can fly blind and still fly safely, he plans to take a blind flight across the Atlantic himself. When journalist Nick Williams (Roscoe Karns) publishes a story about the flight prematurely, Ken … Continue reading Wings in the Dark (1935)

Double Wedding (1937)

Waldo (John Beal) and Irene (Florence Rice) are a young, engaged couple, full of life and hopeful for a great future. Unfortunately, they’re living with their opposite: Irene’s sister Margit (Myrna Loy), a stuffy and very composed woman who wants to plan every detail of their lives, from their wedding to their daily meals. She designs dresses for a living and is a definite control … Continue reading Double Wedding (1937)