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)

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)

The Magic of Audrey (2011)

The Magic of Audrey is a television documentary originally released in 2011, which aired several times on the Decades TV network in March. This biographical special details Audrey Hepburn’s life and career, incorporating photographs, movie clips, trailers, interviews, and newsreel clips to tell her story. This documentary is on the short side, but still manages to give a good overview of Audrey’s life and work. … Continue reading The Magic of Audrey (2011)

Favorite things about… Vivacious Lady (1938)

The favorite film: Vivacious Lady (1938), a delightful romantic comedy directed by George Stevens The synopsis: Associate professor Peter Morgan heads from Old Sharon to Manhattan to track down his party-lovin’ cousin, Keith, and bring him home. Peter gets more than he bargains for in the big city when he finds Keith in a nightclub, and then swiftly falls in love with the club’s singer, … Continue reading Favorite things about… Vivacious Lady (1938)

Mill Creek Musings: The Duke is Tops (1938)

Ethel Andrews (Lena Horne) is a talented singer. She has long collaborated with producer Duke Davis (Ralph Cooper), who is also her manager and  beau. Their current show is called “Sepia Scandals,” and at the latest performance, Ethel catches the eye of a couple of big-time show people from New York City. It’s an exciting opportunity for Ethel, except for the fact that booking agent … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Duke is Tops (1938)

The Dot Blogathon: My Favorite Brunette

Ronnie Jackson (Bob Hope) has been tossed in the clink, and not just any prison — he’s at San Quentin and is expecting to soon be executed for murder. A grim outcome for a cheerful man once known for his art as “Ronnie: Baby Photographer.” Ronnie was a picture-snapper by trade, but he always had an interest in detective work, too. He went so far … Continue reading The Dot Blogathon: My Favorite Brunette

Period film: Bridge of Spies (2015)

Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) has been found out. A Cold War is raging, and the FBI has determined that he is a spy. After evidence of such is found in his small, rented Brooklyn apartment, he is prosecuted. Abel’s suspected spy status does not eliminate his right to a fair trial — especially when such a trial will stop the Soviet Union from taking advantage … Continue reading Period film: Bridge of Spies (2015)