Escape the Mundane in Five Easy Steps. So, your life has become slow and you don't know how to get it to its former sharpness. You've come to see me because you've heard that I have an easy solution to your problem. Well, it won't be easy, but it can be quick if you can … Continue reading How To Live Life Like You’re In A Screwball Comedy
"You think anything's going to stand in the way of us playing the Palace this time? Oh no, not even a war." For Me and My Gal was released in theaters in late 1942, when America was fully emerged in World War II. After the US entered the War in December 1941, Hollywood joined in on … Continue reading For Me and My Gal (1942)
Welcome to Tait College circa 1927, where football rules and romance is aplenty. This is Good News. This film is a remake of the 1930 film musical, which was based on the 1927 play. (The 1930 version was a full-out Pre-Code production filled with sexual innuendos. By the 1940s, it was no longer screened in the … Continue reading GOOD NEWS (1947)
One evening in the summer of 2013, I was spending some time at my grandparents' home and we turned on the TV to see what was playing on TCM. It was a movie called The Very Thought of You, which I'd never heard of before. From the moment it began, my grandma and I were hooked. … Continue reading THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU (1944)
In 1948, MGM released a vibrant Technicolor musical called Easter Parade.
I don't know how many times I've talked/made references about Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), but it's a big, big, big number. I watched it a lot with my Grandma Riggs, who played a big part in introducing me to a handful of classic movies, especially of the musical genre. It's a film that, … Continue reading “Meet Me in St. Louis”: A Love Letter 15+ Years in the Making
As much as I could say about The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and all of the wonderful performances in it, I want to zone in mainly on one of the cast members: Harold Russell, a man who should be more well-known than he is today. Harold Russell was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1914 … Continue reading Harold Russell: Hero and Screen Legend