Since You Went Away (1944)

“This is a story of the Unconquerable Fortress: the American Home… 1943.” Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) is left to keep her family afloat after her husband volunteers for Army service. She and her teen daughters — Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple) — do the best they can, rationing their food, planting a victory garden, and taking in a boarder (Monty Wooley) to help … Continue reading Since You Went Away (1944)

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

Favorite things about… Strangers on a Train

The favorite film: Strangers on a Train, a 1951 crime thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock for Warner Bros. The synopsis: Famed tennis player Guy Haines is on a train when he meets apparent super-fan Bruno Anthony. Odd conversation ensues, and Bruno can’t seem to quit bringing up all of the gossip that’s been surrounding Guy and his love life in the society pages. Bruno proposes … Continue reading Favorite things about… Strangers on a Train

Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)

Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945) is a pleasant romantic comedy. Hedy Lamarr gets star billing as Princess Veronica, a European royal who has fallen for a common American reporter named Paul (Warner Anderson). She travels to New York City, hoping to find Paul again. Instead, she meets a sweet bellhop named Jimmy (Robert Walker) at the hotel where she’s staying. He mistakes her for … Continue reading Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945)