Red Garters (1954)

GEORGE MARSHALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1954.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Michael Fessier.  Cinematography by Arthur E. Arling.  Produced by Pat Duggan.  Music by Joseph J. Lilley.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Edith Head, Yvonne Wood.  Film Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt.  Academy Awards 1954.   This musical … More Red Garters (1954)

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Love Me Or Leave Me

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fictionalized biography of singer Ruth Etting makes for a very dark musical (for its time) and provides Doris Day with one of her richest roles. She plays Etting from her early days in the roaring twenties when the opportunity to make it big through the connection of a successful hood (James Cagney) … More Love Me Or Leave Me

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Lover Come Back

BBBB (out of 5) After the immense success of Pillow Talk, Rock Hudson and Doris Day were reunited for another sharply written comedy delight. She is once again a working woman who is manipulated by Hudson’s lifelong bachelor, this time as professional rivals working for different advertising agencies. When she discovers that he is working on a … More Lover Come Back

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Pillow Talk

BBBB (out of 5) The first of three hugely successful romantic comedies starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is still the most popular, and despite the fact that much of its content is hopelessly dated, the enjoyment of it is not. Day plays a successful, single interior decorator who is frustrated with a songwriter (Hudson) with whom … More Pillow Talk

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Strait-Jacket

BBBB (out of 5) Joan Crawford is a camp classic delight in this surprisingly engrossing psychodrama. As a young woman (played in flashbacks by Crawford at the age of 59) she hacked up her husband and his girlfriend to pieces, then spent twenty years of her life locked up in an asylum. Now released and declared … More Strait-Jacket

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The Yearling

BBBBB (out of 5) Beautiful family film with a heartbreaking story. Claude Jarman Jr. (who won a mini Academy Award as outstanding juvenile actor of the year) is wonderful as a little boy being raised in the rough woodlands of Florida by his always optimistic father (Gregory Peck) and tired and worn out mother (Jane … More The Yearling

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Call Me Mister

BBB.5 (out of 5) Throwback to wartime musicals stars Betty Grable as a USO entertainer who is reunited with the man she turned down years before. The usual complications in these backstage melodramas ensues, scored beautifully and performed with exceptional vigour by Grable and Dan Dailey. One of the leggy superstar’s better films. Twentieth Century Fox … More Call Me Mister

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