Scene of the Crime (1949)

Ed Monigan is a Los Angeles policeman… or he was, at least, until being shot one night in the middle of the street. A young couple witnessed the shooting, but the shooter escaped in a getaway car. Detective Mike Conovan (Van Johnson) takes on the case, assisted by fellow veteran detective Fred Piper (John McIntire) and a rookie detective they call “C. C.” (Tom Drake), … Continue reading Scene of the Crime (1949)

Mill Creek Musings: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

American journalist Charles Wills (Van Johnson) works for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. He’s in Paris, covering a story about the VE day celebration marking the end of the second World War. Outside of a local cafe owned by his friend Maurice, he meets Helen Elliswirth (Elizabeth Taylor), a beautiful American woman who has spent the war years in Paris with her father (Walter Pidgeon) … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)

Four months after the end of the Civil War in 1865, the town of Rosy Ridge, Missouri remains in turmoil. Allegiances are held to both the Union and the Confederacy within the community, and to make matters worse, someone is burning barns in the area. Gill MacBean (Thomas Mitchell), a man of Confederate loyalty and the victim of the latest barn fire, promises revenge on … Continue reading The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)

Miracle in the Rain (1956)

Ruth Wood (Jane Wyman) is living in New York City in 1942, in the midst of a World War. Ruth works at a shoe manufacturer with her friend Grace Ullman (Eileen Heckart) and a young blonde named Millie Kranz (Peggie Castle). Millie’s having an affair with the boss, Mr. Jalonick (Fred Clark). By night, Ruth cares for her mother Agnes (Josephine Hutchinson), who is ill … Continue reading Miracle in the Rain (1956)

Favorite things about… In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

The favorite film: In the Good Old Summertime, a 1949 musical/romance directed by Robert Z. Leonard for MGM. The synopsis: Andrew and Veronica are instant enemies from the day they meet. When Veronica is hired as a saleswoman at Oberkugen’s, a music store where Andrew also works, their dislike for each other continues to grow. But while they may hate each other in their in-person … Continue reading Favorite things about… In the Good Old Summertime (1949)