One year, one film: 1956 – Forbidden Planet

One year, one film: 1956 The film: Forbidden Planet, dir. Fred McLeod Wilcox Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Forbidden Planet is one of the most beloved examples of mid-century sci-fi, and a truly enduring classic, all for very good reason. In vibrant color and with plenty of special effects, the film tells the story of … Continue reading One year, one film: 1956 – Forbidden Planet

One year, one film: 1955 – The Desperate Hours

One year, one film: 1955 The film: The Desperate Hours, dir. William Wyler Starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Three escaped convicts walk into the ‘burbs… and that’s the basic set-up of The Desperate Hours. Humphrey Bogart stars as Glenn Griffin, one of three escaped prisoners looking to hide out from the law in a neighborhood in suburban … Continue reading One year, one film: 1955 – The Desperate Hours

One year, one film: 1954 – The Long, Long Trailer

One year, one film: 1954 The film: The Long, Long Trailer, dir. Vincente Minnelli Starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are better known by the world at large as “Lucy and Ricky,” their characters from the enduring classic TV series I Love Lucy… but before the Ricardos took the small screen by storm, … Continue reading One year, one film: 1954 – The Long, Long Trailer

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

One year, one film: 1952 – Moulin Rouge

One year, one film: 1952 The film: Moulin Rouge, dir. John Huston Starring Jose Ferrer Rating: RECOMMENDED | Highly Recommended | Must-See Not to be confused with director Baz Luhrmann’s Ewan McGregor/Nicole Kidman-starring musical, 1952’s Moulin Rouge is focused on the life, struggles, and creativity of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. I discovered Moulin Rouge in the first year of this blog and reviewed it with … Continue reading One year, one film: 1952 – Moulin Rouge

One year, one film: 1950 – In a Lonely Place

One year, one film: 1950 The film: In a Lonely Place, dir. Nicholas Ray starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE In a Lonely Place is a film I haven’t watched in years (something I need to remedy!), but it’s a film I still remember very well, even after so much time has passed. Based on the novel of … Continue reading One year, one film: 1950 – In a Lonely Place

One year, one film: 1949 – On the Town

One year, one film: 1949 The film: On the Town, dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly starring Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Gene Kelly, Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, and Jules Munshin Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town — especially when you’re a sailor on leave with two of your best buds. Chip (Frank Sinatra), Gabey (Gene Kelly) and Ozzie (Jules … Continue reading One year, one film: 1949 – On the Town

One year, one film: 1948 – Rope

One year, one film: 1948 The film: Rope, dir. Alfred Hitchcock starring James Stewart, John Dall, and Farley Granger Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Famously constructed in a series of ten-minute takes to provide the look of one continuous, flowing shot, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope spins the twisted tale of two men who commit murder, hide the body in a wooden chest, and then … Continue reading One year, one film: 1948 – Rope

One year, one film: 1946 – Notorious

One year, one film: 1946 The film:  Notorious, dir. Alfred Hitchcock starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE What can I say about Notorious that hasn’t already been said? It’s Hitchcock. It’s Cary Grant. It’s Ingrid Bergman. It’s Claude Rains. It’s everything. All at once suspenseful and romantic, Notorious spins a tangled web of espionage and betrayal, scripted by the … Continue reading One year, one film: 1946 – Notorious

One year, one film: 1945 – The Clock

One year, one film: 1945 The film: The Clock, dir. Vincente Minnelli starring Judy Garland and Robert Walker Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE “Every second a heart-beat,” reads the poster for 1945’s The Clock, a sweet and sentimental wartime romance. The film tells the story of Corporal Joe Allen (Robert Walker), who has a two-day leave in New York and finds himself alone in the big city. At … Continue reading One year, one film: 1945 – The Clock