FDR and Katharine Hepburn circa 1940.
The Miracle Woman (August 7, 1931) Synopsis A minister’s daughter, Florence, frustrated and disillusioned by the hypocrisy she sees in others of her faith, becomes a celebrity preacher to con people out of money. A developing relationship with a blind man makes her reconsider her choices. Thoughts Growing up as a minister’s daughter myself, I […]
Adventure in Manhattan (October 8, 1936) Synopsis A reporter who can predict the actions of an art thief finds himself caught up in the thief’s biggest heist yet. Thoughts I watched this movie because it starred both Joel McCrea and Jean Arthur, two of my favorite classic movie stars, and although they’re both completely watchable, […]
“For Us, The Living” – Silver Radio Theater (March 26 / April 2, 1939) America gets its first woman president while the world is on the brink of war. The intro makes it very clear that the story is meant to have no relation to current events (not even the references to increasing hostilities in Europe) and […]
The Jackpot (November 1, 1950) Synopsis A suburban husband and father wins a truckload of prizes in a radio contest but he can’t afford to pay taxes on his winnings. Thoughts There’s some quality that sets these post-war movies apart from pre-war movies that I can’t quite articulate. Specifically in regard to the gender politics, […]
The Glenn Miller Story (February 1954) Synopsis A biopic of beloved big band leader Glenn Miller, from his days pawning his trombone in between gigs up through his tragic fate while serving with the United States Army during the second world war. Thoughts One of my roommates is a professional trombone player who regularly plays […]
Bringing Up Baby (February 18, 1938) Synopsis Via IMDB: “While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.” Thoughts The story goes that this movie was a flop in its time, but history has reassessed it […]