Dark Journey (1937)

Madeleine Goddard (Vivien Leigh) has just returned to Stockholm from Paris, where she made a trip just to buy dresses. It is 1918, spring — the perfect time to refresh the stock in Madeleine’s clothing shop. But Madeleine hasn’t bought the dresses for her own business. She’s actually a spy, and hidden within the gowns are notes on Allied troop movements, sewn into the patterns. … Continue reading Dark Journey (1937)

Star Spotlight: Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh Born Vivian Mary Hartley Date of birth: November 5, 1913 Date of death: July 8, 1967 Roles First role: Gentlemen’s Agreement (1935) Final role: Ship of Fools (1965) Best known for… …her Oscar-winning performance as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, alongside Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard …her Oscar-winning performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, alongside … Continue reading Star Spotlight: Vivien Leigh

Favorite things about… Waterloo Bridge

The favorite film: Waterloo Bridge, a 1940 wartime melodrama from MGM, directed by Mervyn LeRoy The synopsis: Just as England is headed toward war again, a British officer (Roy) decides to visit Waterloo Bridge. Here, he reminisces on a night just before he left to fight in World War I. On that night he met a beautiful ballerina (Myra) during an air raid, and the … Continue reading Favorite things about… Waterloo Bridge

Sidewalks of London (1938)

Libby (Vivien Leigh) is a skilled young pickpocket who becomes a street performer, working with friends on the streets of London. The group scrapes together just enough money for cheap housing and a bit of food. Libby soon catches the attention of Harley Prentiss (Rex Harrison), a wealthy theater patron who thinks she’s a great dancer. Harley invites her to bring Charles (Charles Laughton) and … Continue reading Sidewalks of London (1938)

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Karen Stone (Vivien Leigh) is a star of the stage. She’s taken a new role on Broadway but is receiving criticism from the papers and the public, who think that she’s much too old for the role. Her husband, a man 20 years her senior, somehow finds a way to get her out of the play. The two head off to Rome together, using his … Continue reading The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)