Valley of the Kings (1954)

At the turn of the 20th century, a young American woman named Ann Mercedes (Eleanor Parker) has arrived in Cairo for a bit of archaeological exploration. Her father, a famed archaeologist, had previously searched for a tomb that could provide proof of the Old Testament’s text. Desperate to get to the bottom of the mystery,…

This Is My Affair (1937)

A nun is giving a tour of Arlington Cemetery when a child asks her why Lt. Richard Perry (Robert Taylor), whose headstone they pass, is not listed in the guidebook. The nun gives a generic response about how surely he performed some “unusual service” for the country. The child may never know the answer, but…

Favorite things about… Waterloo Bridge

The favorite film: Waterloo Bridge, a 1940 wartime melodrama from MGM, directed by Mervyn LeRoy The synopsis: Just as England is headed toward war again, a British officer (Roy) decides to visit Waterloo Bridge. Here, he reminisces on a night just before he left to fight in World War I. On that night he met…

His Brother’s Wife (1936)

When Rita Wilson (Barbara Stanwyck) meets and falls for epidemiologist Chris Claybourne (Robert Taylor), they have an instant connection and quickly fall in love with each other. But Chris isn’t 100% invested in their relationship; he’s also wrapped up in his work. When he decides to leave for the tropics against Rita’s wishes to find…