Summer Under the Stars: His Girl Friday (1940)

TCM’s star of the day is Rosalind Russell, and my film pick for the actress is His Girl Friday, which airs today at 12:00 A.M. (EST). When newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) learns his ex-wife and star reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is leaving her job to marry insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) and…

Summer Under the Stars: The Lady Eve (1941)

TCM’s star of the day is Barbara Stanwyck, and my film pick for the actress is The Lady Eve, which airs today at 12:00 P.M. (EST). Sailing back home to the United States on an ocean liner after a year-long expedition in South America, the wealthy but unsophisticated Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) meets the bewitching…

Summer Under the Stars: Bachelor Mother (1939)

TCM’s star of the day is Ginger Rogers, and my film pick for the actress is Bachelor Mother, which airs today at 6:15 P.M. (EST). Salesgirl Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers) is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling after discovering an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage. Though initially dismissed from…

‘Till Death Us Do Part Blogathon: Sudden Fear (1952)

In the world of film noir, one can often find the happiest of marriages, with one half of the couple marrying for love, and the other half marrying for money. This, of course, can become quite a lethal combination, especially for the genre, and that’s no different here with the 1952 film Sudden Fear, starring…

Doris Day in Calamity Jane (1953)

Today, classic Hollywood fans are celebrating the birthday of one of the industry’s most charming stars, Doris Day, who is fortunately still with us. While best remembered for her romantic comedies with a few of the era’s most handsome male stars like Rock Hudson and James Garner, she’s also famous for her marvelous singing voice, starring…

Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

One of my all-time favorite actors is Jack Lemmon, as he never failed to illuminate the screen in any role he played, whether it was in a mediocre movie or in one of cinema’s most beloved films. While he’s probably best known for his more comedic work in films like The Odd Couple and Some…

Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)

Today the great Sidney Poitier hits a milestone birthday, as the legendary star turns 90 years old. The actor helped pave the way for black actors in getting roles more worthy of their talent, instead of being cast in subservient roles as had been done too often prior to his screen debut in 1950’s No Way…