Until They Sail (1957)

“Eat, drink, and make love, for tomorrow, we die.” -Capt. Jack Harding Barbara (Jean Simmons), Delia (Piper Laurie), Anne (Joan Fontaine), and Evelyn Leslie (Sandra Dee) are sisters living in Christchurch, New Zealand. The town is preparing for war, and just about every man — including their brother Kit, and newlywed Barbara’s husband Frank — has been called to duty or decided to enlist. Tensions … Continue reading Until They Sail (1957)

The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Lord James Broadbent (Rex Harrison) and his wife Sheila (Kay Kendall) are an English couple preparing for the arrival of James’ American daughter from a previous marriage, Jane (Sandra Dee), for an extended visit. There’s no “evil stepmother” to worry about, for Jane. She and Sheila get along great. But when the Broadbents run into Sheila’s cousin Mabel (Angela Lansbury) at the airport, Mabel plants … Continue reading The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

One year, one film: 1959 – Gidget

One year, one film: 1959 The film: Gidget, dir. Paul Wendkos Starring Sandra Dee and James Darren Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Gidget is, in my view, one of the quintessential must-views of the 1950s. It captures the beginning of a craze (a cultural obsession with the surf/beach-crazy lifestyle), and the social values of the time. It’s a time capsule of a film … Continue reading One year, one film: 1959 – Gidget

Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding! (1967)

Heather Halloran (Sandra Dee) wants to live a normal life — go to college, become a secretary, maybe settle down and start a family some day. But her overbearing mother (Celeste Holm) has other ideas. She wants Heather to be a star. Setting up shop in an elevator, Mrs. Halloran creates impromptu auditions for her daughter, forcing her to sing for every music-biz exec who comes … Continue reading Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding! (1967)

Summer in ‘cember: Favorite things about… Gidget

The favorite film: Gidget, a 1959 beach flick from Columbia. The synopsis: Francie Lawrence is a young girl who reluctantly heads off to the beach on a “man hunt” with her friends. Her friends have the eyes for a group of totally groovy surfer dudes, but Francie would rather swim than scope out the hot-tays (much to the dismay of her fellow manhunters). After surfer … Continue reading Summer in ‘cember: Favorite things about… Gidget

Lindsey’s Lists: Top 5 classic beach films

With one vacation under my belt already this year and the winter semester weeks behind me, I, like most summer-class-free college students, have already fallen into the mood for a few months full of warm weather, sunshine and road trips. I find that my taste in films sometimes mirrors the mindset that I’m in. While not all of these beach films are quite as cheery … Continue reading Lindsey’s Lists: Top 5 classic beach films

Mixed bag: A Summer Place (1959), Midnight (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), Happy Go Lovely (1951)

Originally published on recollective.tumblr.com, January 13, 2012 Watched January 8, 2012 A Summer Place (1959): 5/5; When I see the name “Sandra Dee” attached to a film, I expect something pretty fluffy. As much as I love her, most of her roles were very light entertainment – cute, fun films that are highly enjoyable to watch but wouldn’t hold up under harsh scrutiny. This film … Continue reading Mixed bag: A Summer Place (1959), Midnight (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), Happy Go Lovely (1951)