One year, one film: 1940 – Our Town

The film: Our Town, dir. Sam Wood starring William Holden and Martha Scott Rating: Recommended | HIGHLY RECOMMENDED | Must-See Though the genre doesn’t appeal to everyone, I love a sentimental drama. 1940’s Our Town is one of my favorite slightly-sappy film discoveries from recent years. Set in the small town of Grovers Corner at the turn of the 20th century, Our Town explores several … Continue reading One year, one film: 1940 – Our Town

Our Town (1940)

Grovers Corner is a small town that slowly finds itself going through changes at the beginning of the 20th century. It’s a pretty typical country town made up of hard-working people. All of the residents know each other on a first-name basis. Everyone feels comfortable and safe in this rural, by all accounts completely normal place. One of the town’s residents, Doc Gibbs (Thomas Mitchell), … Continue reading Our Town (1940)

Golden Boy (1939)

A note from Lindsey: This film was viewed as part of TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck filmography project. This is the 37th film I’ve watched from Stanwyck’s filmography, and the 40th title if we’re including television.  Joe Bonaparte (William Holden) is a talented violinist who decides that he wants to become a boxer much to the chagrin of his father (Lee J. Cobb), who wants him to … Continue reading Golden Boy (1939)

Forever Female (dir. Irving Rapper, 1954)

Stanley Krown (William Holden) is a playwright on his way to stage super-stardom. He has a fantastic new production in the works, which reigning Broadway queen Beatrice Page (Ginger Rogers) just might agree to perform in with the help of her ex-husband and big shot Broadway producer Harry (Paul Douglas), who loves the script. But Beatrice isn’t so excited about the play once she discovers … Continue reading Forever Female (dir. Irving Rapper, 1954)

Born Yesterday (1950)

Born Yesterday, based on the play by Garson Kanin and directed by George Cukor, stars Judy Holliday and William Holden. Holliday won an Oscar in the category of Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, an ex-showgirl who is dating a big-shot tycoon named Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford). Soon after the couple arrives in Washington for Brock’s business dealings, Brock … Continue reading Born Yesterday (1950)

Executive Suite (1954)

Executive Suite (1954): 4/5 “It is always up there, close to the clouds, on the topmost floors of the sky-reaching towers of big business. And because it is high in the sky, you may think that those who work there are somehow above and beyond the tensions and temptations of the lower floors. This is to say that it isn’t so,” proclaims famed broadcaster Edward … Continue reading Executive Suite (1954)