Category Archives: Silver Screen Standards

Silver Screen Standards: Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Silver Screen Standards: Bringing Up Baby (1938) Katharine Hepburn was one of my earliest classic movie star idols, and I love all of her films, but the chaotic, eccentric, funny Kate of Bringing Up Baby (1938) remains my absolute favorite. … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The More the Merrier (1943)

Silver Screen Standards: The More the Merrier (1943) Lately, I’ve only been interested in comedies and musicals, the kinds of pictures that make the viewer feel happy in spite of whatever madness is at work in the world outside. Depression … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942)

Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942) Very few classic films enjoy the iconic status of Casablanca (1942), the wartime romance that helped humanize the crisis in Europe and completed Humphrey Bogart’s rise to true stardom. The Best Picture winner would come … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Silver Screen Standards: How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) There’s a lot to love in the CinemaScope spectacle of Twentieth Century Fox’s How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), even if it sometimes plays like a demo reel for its technological … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Bette Davis

Silver Screen Standards: Bette Davis Recently I rewatched What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the 1962 film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as aging sisters in a deliriously dysfunctional relationship. Baby Jane Hudson gave Davis a chance to horrify … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Court Jester (1955)

Silver Screen Standards: The Court Jester (1955) I turn to colorful, upbeat musicals whenever I feel sick or depressed, especially in the winter, when I most need a bright escape from dark, dreary days stuck indoors. Recently I found myself … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

Silver Screen Standards: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Our new house got a surprise addition last month when a neighbor showed up with a little stray kitten in her arms. Mojo Jinx Mephisto is now an official member … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Silver Screen Standards: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) I’m in the process of moving houses this fall, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) is one of the reasons. Faced with the terrifying prospect of completely remodeling … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Lassie Come Home (1943)

Silver Screen Standards: Lassie Come Home (1943) Hollywood is releasing a steady stream of sentimental dog movies these days, from A Dog’s Purpose (2017) and A Dog’s Journey (2019) to A Dog’s Way Home (2019) and The Art of Racing … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Margaret Rutherford

Silver Screen Standards: Margaret Rutherford The 2018 documentary, Truly Miss Marple – The Curious Case of Margaret Rutherford, is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime, so this is a perfect time to learn more about the iconic character actor … Continue reading

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