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Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Once Upon a Honeymoon is a wonderful comedy about the Nazi deluge of Europe. Sounds hideous, right? Not so much. Not when you add Ginger Rogers and Cary Grant to the mix. Not when you have witty dialogue and sensitivity to the subject matter. This is a comedy, make no...

Having Wonderful Time (1938)

Big Bear Lake as the stand-in for the Adirondacks has never been so much fun as it is in Having Wonderful Time. Teddy Shaw (Ginger Rogers) only gets two weeks vacation every year. Her friend Kitty suggests she go to camp Kare-Free, which is advertised as a luscious...

The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

The suffrage movement is rarely documented on film. I can only think of a handful of films where the movement makes a dominant appearance and The Shocking Miss Pilgrim is one of them. A theme close to my heart, with the proper viewpoint, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim has...

Summer Stock (1950)

It's somehow both twisted and touching that Judy Garland's last film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is set on a farm. Garland's first feature film appearance was for Fox and she debuted as Sairy Dodd, catching watermelons heaved like footballs from her backwards brother on...

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

What if you could choose whether or not you belong in heaven or hell and had to interview either above or below for the opportunity of the lodgings? A New York playboy who loves chorus girls as much as he does avoiding work chooses hell without reservations for a...

Stage Door (1937)

The calla lilies are in bloom again--such a strange flower, suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day and now I place them here in memory of something that has died. Perhaps Katharine Hepburn's most famous lines, taken from a failed play in which she...

Dancing Lady (1933)

Usually the chorus girl to Broadway star includes a little less dignity and a little more scratching up from the bottom. Not so with Dancing Lady. Sometimes you get the starlet (Joan Crawford) who wants to do things the right way, though unbeknownst to her she's...

Going My Way (1944)

A story of a priest (Barry Fitzgerald) getting on in years and his trials and tribulations with his new assistant (Bing Crosby), a young, progressive upstart that seems to him to be tearing up every bit of the church he had built over 45 years prior. Father O'Malley's...

Balalaika (1939)

Revolutionaries, Princes, and Cossacks, oh my! Our story starts and ends with the Balalaika Cafe--a place full of music and gaiety. The movie is full of music, certainly shades of gaiety, but doesn't quite capture the complexities and the intrigue of the political...

You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

I'm old fashioned I love the moonlight I love the old fashioned things I love You Were Never Lovelier, perhaps beyond reason. I've seen it at the Stanford Theatre at least once and hope it's on again during the summer film festival, because really it's too much fun....

The Glenn Miller Story (1953)

"Little Brown Jug" has become a staple of ReelCast from it's inception. It's also the emotional hinge that The Glenn Miller Story turns on. Bandleader Glenn Miller (James Stewart) looks for his sound. He finds it and strikes a chord with an old college sweetheart...

Little Women (1949)

Christopher Columbus! Little Women, much like Anne of Green Gables, is a rite of passage for many a young girl who loves to delve into literary worlds or dreams of creating her own someday. I did not escape the love of the tales of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women....

Ship Ahoy (1942)

An author of dime novels (Red Skelton) gets caught in an international conspiracy when he writes a piece that inspires fellows not of the allied persuasion to involve a musical star (Eleanor Powell) in carrying a magnetic mine to Puerto Rico. Somehow I managed to...

Love Affair (1939)

Love Affair is iconic, yet almost unknown to modern audiences. The plot is best known through it's remakes An Affair to Remember (1957), and Love Affair (1994). Irene Dunne plays Terry McKay, a woman who is engaged to her boss and sailing back home from a business...

Carefree (1938)

Psychoanalysis has rarely been so fun as it is in Carefree. The film boasts a mixture of dance, slapstick, screwball comedy, Freudian slips, and lobster with gobs of mayonnaise. All elements that make this film unique in the Astaire and Rogers filmography. If you love...