Blogathons, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

The Importance of First Impressions: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Jane Austen is one of the most famous British authors to ever live. Her books, which centre on young women living during the Georgian era, are filled with wit, love, realism and the question of whether marriage can ever be conceived through love in a society obsessed with social position and money. Her novel, published… Continue reading The Importance of First Impressions: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

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Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Either it’s real or it isn’t: Dead Reckoning (1947)

When I first watched Dead Reckoning (1947), I hadn't the faintest idea what it was about or who was in it. When I saw Bogie's name appear on the screen I thought "Well now we're in for a treat". I had no idea who Lizabeth Scott was either. I'm glad that I know now. As… Continue reading Either it’s real or it isn’t: Dead Reckoning (1947)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Films based on Daphne du Maurier's works, Period Dramas, Uncategorized

Too much Romance: Frenchman’s Creek (1940)

I so wanted to adore Frenchman's Creek, especially after the languid, idyll that is du Maurier's novel. But despite Joan Fontaine looking like a queen and giving an utterly wonderful performance, I am sad to report that I did not adore it. This is a story of a woman's desire versus her duty. A not… Continue reading Too much Romance: Frenchman’s Creek (1940)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Joan Crawford, Uncategorized

Into the Wilderness: Clark Gable in “Strange Cargo” (1940)

Strange Cargo (1940) is not an easy film to describe. It has elements of drama, romance, adventure and tragedy. It is all these things, but it does not fit neatly into any of these genres. It could perhaps be compared to I Was A Fugitive of a Chain Gang, with its frank depiction of prison… Continue reading Into the Wilderness: Clark Gable in “Strange Cargo” (1940)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Always integrity: Jeanne Craine In People Will Talk (1951)

Jeanne Craine has always been a classic film actress who I knew of, but who always flew under the radar for me. I've always mostly associated her with the part of evil Gene Tierney's sweet cousin in Leave Her To Heaven. I remember liking her in that, and thinking how lovely she was, which is… Continue reading Always integrity: Jeanne Craine In People Will Talk (1951)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Joan Crawford, Uncategorized

What A Dame: Joan’s Four Essential Later Performances

In a career that spanned almost fifty years, Joan starred in almost every type of Woman's Picture, and played almost every kind of part in the genre, as well as starring in almost every other kind of genre, and playing almost every type of role in those genres, too. But Joan's later films are often… Continue reading What A Dame: Joan’s Four Essential Later Performances

Blogathons, Uncategorized

Close Quarters: Audrey Hepburn in “How To Steal A Million” (1966)

Although choosing an Audrey Hepburn film is like choosing a favourite child, How To Steal A Million is right up there.   It's the perfect vehicle for Audrey. While she's wonderful in everything, this film shows how brilliant her comedic timing was and also how sophisticated her image became in the late 1960s. With Breakfast… Continue reading Close Quarters: Audrey Hepburn in “How To Steal A Million” (1966)