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Jupiter’s Darling (1955)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 29, 2017

Esther Williams always knew her career wasn’t permanent. So when the quality of her films hit a certain level she walked away, and it’s all Jupiter’s Darling’s fault. The film that compelled Williams to give up her aquatic ballets – though she made three more films befo read more

25 Days of Christmas: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 25, 2017

This review originally ran December 10th, 2012.  Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is my favorite Rankin-Bass production that has fun songs, and a memorable villain!   Tonight’s film is a television movie, but it’s an iconic Christmas film which holds a place in most people’s hea read more

25 Days of Christmas: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 24, 2017

This review originally ran December 23rd, 2011.  I still adore this Christmas special! As we get ever closer to Christmas Day we’re hitting the best Christmas films to watch.  This isn’t a film per se, it’s a television special, but it’s iconic to Christmas.  It’s the read more

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 23, 2017

Originally published May 6th, 2013 Meet Me in St. Louis came highly recommended due to its place as a musical classic, and because it’s got the downright angelic Margaret O’Brien who I praised heavily in my Christmas review of Little Women.  So, as I tend to do with blogathons, I used my read more

25 Days of Christmas: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 22, 2017

This review originally ran on December 20th, 2011.  My thoughts on the film itself haven’t changed, and have only grown. Natalie Wood continues to astound me, and the film has such love embedded in it. How can I say I’m a film fan, and actually write reviews for a living, if I’ve read more

25 Days of Christmas: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 21, 2017

This review originally ran December 25th, 2011.  This is still a must-watch as many times as you can. I recently watched the Ron Howard remake for this month a few days back and was horrified by what had been done to this great special.  Thankfully, rewatching this has made me all but forget that read more

25 Days of Christmas: White Christmas (1954)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 20, 2017

This originally ran December 14th, 2011.  Really my thoughts on this film haven’t changed.  I still adore Vera-Ellen‘s dancing but I don’t love this movie.  Yep, it’s official: I’m not a Bing Crosby fan.  It’s not the movies themselves that are bad, but as an read more

25 Days of Christmas: The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

Originally published December 17th, 2012 The Bishop’s Wife was my big discovery last Christmas after a viewing on TCM.  I’m a Cary Grant fan, and thankfully one of the box sets of his films came with this included!  The Bishop’s Wife is a sweet, inspirational film about faith and read more

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 18, 2017

Originally published December 6th, 2014 A series of comic miscommunications and mistaken identity lead to a fun holiday story perfect for the post-WWII family. It Happened on Fifth Avenue focuses on a problem common to several films made after 1945 – the housing crisis – but combines it read more

25 Days of Christmas: The Thin Man (1934)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 17, 2017

Originally published December 4th, 2011 We move on to another diverse Christmas film, one that has a more tenuous connection to Christmas than even Rent could boast, but nonetheless takes place on Christmas!  The 1934 W.S. Van Dyke noir The Thin Man is one of my favorite movies and continues my ador read more

25 Days of Christmas: Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 16, 2017

Originally published December 7th, 2014 Christmas in Connecticut is a screwball charmer proving Barbara Stanwyck’s prowess as an unlikely comedienne.  I reviewed a Stanwyck film last Christmas, 1940’s Remember the Night (which is also receiving a new Blu-ray this year). It’s appare read more

25 Days of Christmas: Holiday Inn (1942)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 15, 2017

Originally published December 4th, 2012 Tonight’s 25 Days of Christmas film appears on many “Best Of Christmas” lists and I figured I’d give it a look. It’s one of two classic Bing Crosby films I have and if my thoughts on Holiday Inn are any indication…let’ read more

25 Days of Christmas: Remember the Night (1940)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Originally reviewed Remember the Night on December 16th, 2011 We journey back to 1940 for today’s 25 Days of Christmas film featuring two huge stars of day, Remember the Night.  I found this movie via Wikipedia and only knew it was the first film pairing up Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck read more

25 Days of Christmas: Holiday Affair (1949)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

Originally published December 24th, 2012 Coming into the home stretch of 25 Days of Christmas 2012, and the final three movies cannot come sooner.  I don’t hate Christmas movies; it’s just I lost a day and the whole slate of films ran away with me.  Today’s film is another first-ti read more

25 Days of Christmas: Come to the Stable (1949)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 12, 2017

Originally published December 27th, 2012 My final review for Christmas 2012 is the 1949 film Come to the Stable.  It’s not a Christmas movie per se, but it does include the building of a church in a town called Bethlehem so it’s good enough to round out the series.  Come to the Stable read more

25 Days of Christmas: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 11, 2017

Originally published December 3rd, 2014 A double post to catch me up, and another Christmas first-time viewing!  Tonight’s film is the Jim Henson 1977 movie Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.  I’d heard people rave about how fantastic this television movie is, that it was one of Hen read more

25 Days of Christmas: Little Women (1949)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 10, 2017

Originally published December 4th, 2012 I decided to watch all three film adaptations of Little Women as a subset of my 25 Days of Christmas.  I’ve seen them all separately, but this will be the first time I watch them in a small time-span allowing me to note similarities and differences in to read more

I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 9, 2017

Originally published December 16th, 2014 Merry Christmas to all my awesome readers (or whichever holiday you choose to celebrate around this time).  I always close out my 25 Days of Christmas with a new movie for Christmas Day and this year I had two newly introduced movies up for review, this and read more

25 Days of Christmas: The Lion in Winter (1968)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 8, 2017

Originally published December 2nd, 2014 The Lion in Winter was an eleventh-hour addition to the list simply because I wanted one more Christmas movie I’ve never seen.  I would say this is probably the strangest Christmas movie out there for its ability combine historical drama and soap opera read more

25 Days of Christmas: The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Dec 7, 2017

Originally published December 1st, 2014 As one comment on the Facebook page read when I alluded to my less-than-positive review of this film, it may be time to get out your pitchforks, readers.  It’s not that I didn’t like The Shop Around the Corner; it’s just not my favorite Ernst read more
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