The Renegade Ranger (1938)

The name “Rita Hayworth” brings to mind glamorous musicals, plenty of romance, and, of course, a very famous Gilda hair flip. What would you say if I told you that the lovely lady once starred as an outlaw being hunted by a Texas Ranger? It may sound far-fetched given what her career would become, but that’s exactly the case in 1938’s The Renegade Ranger, directed by David … Continue reading The Renegade Ranger (1938)

One year, one film: 1944 – Cover Girl

One year, one film: 1944 The film: Cover Girl, dir. Charles Vidor starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE The year of 1944 brought to life one of the loveliest musicals of the silver screen: Cover Girl, starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. This film has been a favorite of mine for years — one of the first films I discovered when … Continue reading One year, one film: 1944 – Cover Girl

Second looks: Rita Hayworth as ‘Miss Sadie Thompson’ (1953)

World War II is coming to an end. At a South Pacific military base, Sgt. Phil O’Hara (Aldo Ray) and his cohorts — all members of the U.S. Marines — are waiting to be discharged. While they wait, the men carry out a series of mundane tasks that are required of them during peacetime, including picking up supplies. During one of these pickups, the men … Continue reading Second looks: Rita Hayworth as ‘Miss Sadie Thompson’ (1953)

Favorite things about… Gilda

The favorite film: Gilda, a spectacular 1946 noir-drama directed by Charles Vidor The synopsis: Casino owner Ballin Mundson gets a surprise when he returns to the business with a beautiful new wife, Gilda, only to discover that she has a past with his right-hand man, Johnny. Meanwhile, Mundson is also wrapped up in a secret business deal with a few nasty men. The cast: Rita … Continue reading Favorite things about… Gilda

You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)

Martin Cortland (Robert Benchley) is a womanizing theater owner whose latest quest is to woo beautiful dancer Sheila Winthrop (Rita Hayworth). He enlists the help of the theater’s manager, Robert Curtis (Fred Astaire). In order to keep his home life happy while he’s chasing other women, Martin buys gifts for both Sheila and his wife, Julia (Frieda Inescort). For Sheila, a diamond bracelet; for Julia, … Continue reading You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)

Down to Earth (1947)

Terpsichore is one of the nine mythological Greek muses, and she’s come down to earth to help a hunky man achieve success in an entertainment endeavor. If this plot sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Down to Earth, this 1947 film starring Rita Hayworth as Terpsichore, served as an inspiration for the 1980 Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly so-bad-it’s-freaking-great musical film, Xanadu. If you love Xanadu, I’m … Continue reading Down to Earth (1947)

Affectionately Yours (1941)

Having the opportunity to travel the world as a reporter can turn a married man into a womanizer – or so is the case for Rickey Mayberry (Dennis Morgan). Though his caring wife, Sue (Merle Oberon), waits for him in the States, Rickey spends his “business” trips flirting with just about every attractive woman he comes in contact with. Rickey often ropes in the ladies, … Continue reading Affectionately Yours (1941)

TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – TMP’s recommended viewing, from Hayworth to Cagney

Throughout the month of August, I’ll be sharing recommended films from TCM’s Summer Under the Stars programming every Tuesday, ending with a final post sharing what I watched during SUTS, ending with a final post sharing what I watched during SUTS. Feel free to share your own recommendations for me in the comments below, as they’re running a ton of films I haven’t seen this … Continue reading TCM’s Summer Under the Stars – TMP’s recommended viewing, from Hayworth to Cagney