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

TMP Recommends: Five Films on TCM, May 13 – 19

Welcome to TMP Recommends, the weekly series in which I share five films you should keep an eye out for on TCM over the next seven days! All times are listed in EST and come from the US version of the TCM schedule. Happy viewing! Step Lively (1944) Airing on TCM: May 13, 3:00 pm This exciting little musical stars none other than Ol’ Blue … Continue reading TMP Recommends: Five Films on TCM, May 13 – 19

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