Joan Fontaine Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Today marks the centenary for Joan Fontaine, an actress I’ve long-admired, and one who was a prime figure in getting me into older films. I had already seen a good handful of classic Hollywood movies before discovering her in Rebecca, but after watching it I had to immediately follow it up with Suspicion, as I…

June Allyson in Interlude (1957)

Today marks the centenary of one of the brightest stars of MGM’s golden era, June Allyson. For classic Hollywood fans, she’s best known for her roles as the “girl next door” in musicals and romantic comedies. She worked continuously from the early 1940s through the end of the 1950s, the latter of which one of…

Summer Under the Stars: Dear Heart (1964)

TCM’s star of the day is Glenn Ford, and my film pick for the actor is Dear Heart, which airs today at 2:00 P.M. (EST). Evie Jackson (Geraldine Page) is visiting New York City for a postmasters’ convention when she crosses paths with greeting card salesman Harry Mork (Glenn Ford). Though a self-sufficient woman, Evie…

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…

Summer Under the Stars: Never Say Goodbye (1946)

TCM’s star of the day is Eleanor Parker, and my film pick for the actress is Never Say Goodbye, which airs today at 8:00 A.M. (EST). Young Phillippa “Flip” Gayley (Patti Brady) wants very badly for her parents, Phil (Errol Flynn) and Ellen (Eleanor Parker), to get back together. While the two have been divorced…

Summer Under the Stars: Out of the Past (1947)

TCM’s star of the day is Robert Mitchum, and my film pick for the actor is Out of the Past, which airs today at 10:00 P.M. (EST). In a small California town, Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) is trying to live a normal life as he runs his own gas station. But one day, his past…

‘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…