Favorite things about… How to Steal a Million (1966)

The favorite film: How to Steal a Million, directed by William Wyler The synopsis: Monsieur Bonnet has a legendary art collection. He sells select works for great prices at auction, and lends others to museums for special exhibits. His father was also in the art business. But the Bonnets have a secret: they’re forgers, not collectors! When a Venus statue, supposedly sculpted by Cellini but … Continue reading Favorite things about… How to Steal a Million (1966)

That Night in Rio (1941)

Larry Martin (Don Ameche) is an American in Rio, an entertainer performing at a casino with his girlfriend Carmen (Carmen Miranda). Part of Larry’s show involves a skit poking fun at well-known womanizer Baron Manuel Duarte (also played by Ameche). When the Baron and his wife Cecilia (Alice Faye) attend the show, they’re surprised to find just how realistic the act is. When the Baron … Continue reading That Night in Rio (1941)

Two on a Guillotine (1965)

As they often do, this story starts innocently enough, sort of a behind-the-scenes showbiz picture about a magician and his assistant/wife planning a new finale for their act. They’ll soon be heading out on a European tour and hope to shock audiences with a beheading illusion inspired by Marie Antoinette. Flash forward to 1965 and Cassie, the daughter of this magician and  his wife, is now … Continue reading Two on a Guillotine (1965)

Rome Adventure (1962)

Prudence Bell (Suzanne Pleshette), an assistant librarian at a New England school, is being reprimanded for recommending a book called Lovers Must Learn to a student. Standing up for herself and the book, she ultimately chooses to resign and jets off to Rome, to meet people who truly understand the meaning of love. On the boat over from New York, Pru meets Albert Stillwell (Hampton … Continue reading Rome Adventure (1962)

Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)

Malcolm Niles (Robert Montgomery) is a New York writer who should have no problem drawing inspiration from life, thanks to his latest romantic troubles. Excited for a romance with actress Vivian Herford (Claire Dodd), the fire is extinguished when Vivian’s mother (Cora Witherspoon) shows up and immediately starts talking about weddings. Malcolm has no interest in marriage, and so decides to flee, embarking on a … Continue reading Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)

Happy Valentine’s Day from TMP! Mom’s Sparks ranking + My classic hate-to-love favorites

Valentine’s Day is not usually a day I care much about, as a perpetually single gal. But despite my life’s own lack of romance, I have a soft spot for romantic films. Tuesdays are usually a quiet day on TMP, but to bring some sweetness into the world for a moment, the blog is dedicating itself to on-screen sweethearts. Adding to my family’s growing reputation for … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day from TMP! Mom’s Sparks ranking + My classic hate-to-love favorites

She Couldn’t Say No (1954)

Corby Lane (Jean Simmons) has returned from England and is headed straight for an unexpected location: a tiny town in Arkansas! She intends to visit Dr. Robert Sellers but instead finds his son, Doc (Robert Mitchum). She tells him that she’s on her way to California, and asks what he would do if she gave him $5,000. Doc, confused by the question, says he’d lock … Continue reading She Couldn’t Say No (1954)

FilmStruck Friday: Waga koi seshi otome (aka The Girl I Loved) (1946)

Welcome to the first edition of FilmStruck Friday! Every Friday here on TMP, with the exception of the first Friday of the month (which is reserved for “Favorite things about…”), we’ll be taking a look at a film available through the TCM and Criterion Collection streaming service, FilmStruck. Today’s film comes from 1946 – Waga koi seshi otome, known in English as The Girl I Loved. Happy viewing! … Continue reading FilmStruck Friday: Waga koi seshi otome (aka The Girl I Loved) (1946)

Suddenly, It’s Spring (1947)

The war has ended, and WAC Captain Mary Morley (Paulette Goddard) is headed home to the States after spending the war counseling young military couples. She’s earned the nickname “Captain Lonelyhearts.” Captain Lonelyhearts may soon be a lonely heart herself, though. She’s met at the dock by her husband, Peter (Fred MacMurray), who has come to get her signature on a certain set of legal … Continue reading Suddenly, It’s Spring (1947)