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

One year, one film: 1940 – Our Town

The film: Our Town, dir. Sam Wood starring William Holden and Martha Scott Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Though the genre doesn’t appeal to everyone, I love a sentimental drama. 1940’s Our Town is one of my favorite slightly-sappy film discoveries from recent years. Set in the small town of Grovers Corner at the turn of the 20th century, Our Town explores several … Continue reading One year, one film: 1940 – Our Town

One year, one film: 1939 – The Women

The film: The Women, dir. George Cukor starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, etc. Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE The poster may scream “It’s all about men!,” and in a way, it is… but more than anything, The Women is a stellar showcase of some of old Hollywood’s most talented ladies. Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Lucile … Continue reading One year, one film: 1939 – The Women

One year, one film: 1938 – The Mad Miss Manton

The film: The Mad Miss Manton, dir. Leigh Jason starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Before I began the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project, I reviewed and fell in love with The Mad Miss Manton, giving it a “Super Five” (5/5!) rating. The film follows Melsa Manton (Stanwyck), a socialite who is enjoying a late-night walk home from a costume party when … Continue reading One year, one film: 1938 – The Mad Miss Manton

One year, one film: 1937 – Topper

One year, one film: 1937 The film: Topper, dir. Norman Z. McLeod starring Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE It’s a well-known fact here on TMP that I adore Cary Grant. He’s one of my absolute favorite actors and tops my list of classic Hollywood crushes. Topper was one of the first Cary Grant films that I fell … Continue reading One year, one film: 1937 – Topper

One year, one film: 1933 – The Invisible Man

One year, one film: 1933 The film: The Invisible Man, dir. James Whale starring Claude Rains Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE The Invisible Man, based on an H. G. Wells fantasy tale, tells the story of a scientist who turns himself invisible in an experiment. While working to find an antidote, he becomes angry and uses his new power of invisibility to wreak … Continue reading One year, one film: 1933 – The Invisible Man

Period television: Bomb Girls

One thing that I love watching just as much as classic films is period pieces. Film, television series, miniseries… I’ll watch any of it, especially if it’s a 20th century period piece. One such series that attracted my attention is Bomb Girls, a television drama from Canada. Bomb Girls began as a six-part miniseries and was then picked up for a full second season on … Continue reading Period television: Bomb Girls

Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath

The favorite film: The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 drama based on the novel by John Steinbeck (adapted for the screen by Nunnally Johnson) and directed by John Ford The synopsis: Tom Joad is fresh off of a prison sentence for homicide when he returns to his family’s home to find that they’ve been kicked off of their land. Like many Oklahoma sharecroppers, they’ve been … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath

Favorite things about… Midnight in Paris

The favorite film: Midnight in Paris (2011), a time-hopping romantic comedy directed and written by Woody Allen The synopsis: Gil, a Hollywood screenwriter working on a novel, and his fiance Inez have decided to tag along on her parents’ business trip and spend a little vacation in Paris. Inez doesn’t exactly buy into Gil’s romantic perspective of the city, or his infatuation with Paris in … Continue reading Favorite things about… Midnight in Paris