Category Archives: Posts by Jennifer Garlen

Silver Screen Standards: Dangerous When Wet (1953)

Silver Screen Standards: Dangerous When Wet (1953) In June, I was finally able to return to the retirement community where I present classic movie programs for the residents, and I knew that Esther Williams was the perfect star to celebrate … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Harvey Girls (1946)

Silver Screen Standards: The Harvey Girls (1946) I’ve had a particular fondness for The Harvey Girls (1946) since the first time I saw it, but my love increased when I visited the El Tovar Hotel in the Grand Canyon some … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Silver Screen Standards: The Gay Divorcee (1934) I knew I wanted to write about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for this month’s column, but with ten movies to choose from the hard part was deciding which one I particularly wanted … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Stagecoach (1939)

Silver Screen Standards: Stagecoach (1939) I took a short ride in a stagecoach once, at the Old Tucson Western theme park in Arizona, and it permanently altered my impression of films like Stagecoach (1939), where travelers make long journeys in … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Silver Screen Standards: The Mark of Zorro (1940) Twenty years after the silent hit with Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power donned the iconic mask for The Mark of Zorro (1940), a truly delightful swashbuckler packed with action, comedy, and romance that … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

Silver Screen Standards: The Enchanted Cottage (1945) There are many grander, more glamorous romances to choose from, but when I think of a romantic classic movie I very often think of The Enchanted Cottage (1945), in which two lonely people … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Tallulah Bankhead

Silver Screen Standards: Tallulah Bankhead Tallulah Bankhead was more famous during her lifetime as a stage actress than a movie star, but she’s on my mind perhaps more often than any other icon of the classic era because I live … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: White Christmas (1954)

Silver Screen Standards: White Christmas (1954) I’m not really a Christmas person. My overwhelming mood through the holiday season tends to be a combination of anxiety and depression that only lifts when we reach December 26, at which point I … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Petrified Forest (1936)

Silver Screen Standards: The Petrified Forest (1936) Warning: This post contains spoilers about the ending of the film. If I were younger or in a more sanguine mood, I might find The Petrified Forest (1936) very romantic, but middle age … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Tension (1949)

Silver Screen Standards: Tension (1949) Although it’s not as celebrated as noir classics like The Maltese Falcon (1942) or Sunset Blvd. (1950), director John Berry’s Tension (1949) is one of my go-to picks for the genre because it packs so … Continue reading

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