Tag Archives: Irene Dunne

My Ideal New Year’s Eve Party … Is Fictional

I’m not much for New Year’s Eve (I have already covered this), and I’m not much for big parties anymore, nor am I into people who can’t hold their liquor. My friend Ann Marie calls New Years Eve “open mic … Continue reading

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January/February/March 2021 Viewing Diary

Better late than never. I moved at the end of January – a big interstate move – so I’ve been a bit, how you say, busy. Not too busy to keep up my viewing schedule but too busy to put … Continue reading

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December 2015 Viewing Diary

Christmas, Again (2015; d. Charles Poekel) So good. I reviewed for Rogerebert.com. Back Street (1932; John M. Stahl) Back Street is the story of a woman who allows herself to be a “back street” woman: a long-time mistress to a … Continue reading

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September 2015 Viewing Diary

I got a pretty big writing assignment this past month, with a deadline of October 5. So I’ve been working hard, researching, as the below list will probably show. Not ready to talk about it yet, still working on the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Archie Leach

I first saw the light of day — or rather the dark of night — around 1:00 a.m. on a cold January morning, in a suburban stone house which, lacking modern heating conveniences, kept only one step ahead of freezing … Continue reading

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“Me Jujitsu Too!”

In a movie full of great scenes, the scene that starts this clip is my favorite. First, we have Cary Grant’s confrontation with the butler at the door. He wants to go in, the butler will not let him. Cary … Continue reading

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Trains In Cinema

Another breathtaking montage (it’s part of a series). I get really excited when he posts a new installment. Just beautifully put together, I think. I love the train sequence in Penny Serenade – right after Cary Grant and Irene Dunne … Continue reading

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Archie Leach day: “Me jujitsu too!”

The Awful Truth has been described as a “tuning fork” for other comedies, and it’s obvious why. The tone of this film is so light, so crazed, so assured – the laughs come like clockwork – you know you are … Continue reading

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Archie Leach day: The Awful Truth

Sylvia Scarlett was the first inkling of the success that was to come – but the movie itself was a flop. The Awful Truth was an enormous success and it made Cary Grant a huge star.

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Penny Serenade (1941): An Appreciation

A sweet (sometimes saccharine) and wonderfully acted movie, directed by George Stevens, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It was the first time Cary Grant was nominated for an Oscar, mainly because of the one scene where he goes before … Continue reading

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