Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Belle of the Yukon (1944)

“If it’s Blood you want, and Cold you want, And the Call of the Klondike Night; If it’s Mud you want, and Gold you want, Or what Robert Service would write… You’re in the wrong Theatre, brother.” After credits roll and a song is sung, this poem sets the tone for 1944’s Belle of the Yukon, a Western musical-comedy. (To clarify, this is not a traditional … Continue reading Lindsey Tries to Appreciate Westerns: Belle of the Yukon (1944)

Favorite things about… The Pirate

The favorite film: The Pirate, a 1948 Technicolor musical directed by Vincente Minnelli The synopsis: Manuela has just become engaged to one of the richest men in town, but begrudgingly so. Her heart belongs to a pirate named Mack the Black Macoco, who she has read about in adventure books. Accepting the fact that she must marry and have a life free of adventure, Manuela … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Pirate

Casanova’s Big Night (1954)

*This review contains a spoiler for the ending of the film, but it is clearly marked! Pippo Popolino (Bob Hope) is a miserable tailor’s apprentice living in Italy in the mid-18th century. He wants to woo the widow Francesca (Joan Fontaine), and to do so decides to dress up as Italy’s most notorious ladies man, Casanova. He quickly gets found out by Francesca and the … Continue reading Casanova’s Big Night (1954)

The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

The Long, Long Trailer (dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1954) follows Tacy and Nicky, a young and soon-to-be married couple. The two dream of making a home together that they can call their own. The trouble is, they have very different views of what type of home that should be. Tacy is dead-set on living in a trailer, so she can travel with Nicky wherever his work … Continue reading The Long, Long Trailer (1954)