Second Looks: Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Hollywood Canteen is a famously star-packed variety show with appearances by Jack Benny, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Brown, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Ida Lupino, and more! When it isn’t busy offering up its plethora of star cameos, the film follows Slim Green (Robert Hutton) and his pal Sgt. Nolan (Dane Clark). The fellas are on leave for three nights, and … Continue reading Second Looks: Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Eight Days of Christmas, Day 2: Second Looks – White Christmas (1954)

On the second day of Christmas, TMP brings to you… Bing Crosby’s baby blues! That’s right, we’re spending one of our days of Christmas with the “other” blue-eyed crooner, not known as “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” but known for singing the song “White Christmas” many times — including in the film of the same name, which we’ll be taking a look at today. On to the show!… … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 2: Second Looks – White Christmas (1954)

Second Looks: Ball of Fire (1941)

Eight men in New York City have come together for a noble purpose: to compile an encyclopedia of all human knowledge. Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) has decided his latest contribution will be to research modern American slang for addition to the encyclopedia. The men work slowly but diligently, in a house they share, which is kept up by Miss Bragg (Kathleen Howard). Their financial … Continue reading Second Looks: Ball of Fire (1941)

Second Looks: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

Lyn Lesley (Anne Bancroft) is a singer, working at the McKinley Hotel in New York city. Her boyfriend, pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark), is set to arrive in town any minute, but “excited” would not be the way to describe her mood. She mailed him a letter saying that she wanted to end their relationship, and she’s nervous to have that conversation with him in … Continue reading Second Looks: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

Second looks: Notting Hill (1999)

Will Thacker (Hugh Grant) owns a bookstore dedicated to travel-related books in the London district of Notting Hill. He lives a modest life, struggling to keep the book shop afloat and sharing his house with an eccentric man named Spike (Rhys Ifans). Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is a major Hollywood star who has found fame, but at the cost of happiness. She first meets Will … Continue reading Second looks: Notting Hill (1999)

Second looks: Bette Davis in ‘Dead Ringer’

Having been estranged for many years, twin sisters Edith Philips and Margaret de Lorca reunite at the funeral of Margaret’s husband Frank, a man they both loved. Though Edith has been living in Margaret’s home city of Los Angeles for ten years, the two have not spoken in much longer than that. They lead very different lives: Edith owns a cocktail lounge and is three … Continue reading Second looks: Bette Davis in ‘Dead Ringer’

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)

Second Looks: The Rainmaker (for The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon)

I originally reviewed 1956’s The Rainmaker a little over two years ago. In that review I scored the film 4/5, but didn’t go into great detail about the performances, instead focusing on the film’s message and writing. I’ve been wanting to revisit the film for a while, having not watched in since I reviewed it in 2012, so I figured what better time than in … Continue reading Second Looks: The Rainmaker (for The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon)