Category Archives: Posts by Jennifer Garlen

Silver Screen Standards: The Pirate (1948)

Silver Screen Standards: The Pirate (1948) I always say that a splashy Technicolor musical is the best remedy for the dreary days of winter, and The Pirate (1948) certainly makes waves with its lively comedy and energetic dance numbers, even … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Storms and Silence in The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Silver Screen Standards: Storms and Silence in The Spiral Staircase (1946) Gothic atmosphere churns tempestuously in Robert Siodmak’s 1946 mystery, The Spiral Staircase, with a terrific storm in the natural world that mirrors the psychological turbulence experienced by both heroine … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) Set in its own modern day in the wake of World War II, The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) merges elements of the female Gothic and film noir to present a gripping story about … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Jane Eyre (1943)

Silver Screen Standards: Jane Eyre (1943) I’ve spent the fall of 2023 swimming in the wake of Jane Eyre, both the original 1847 novel by Charlotte Brontë and the 1943 adaptation starring Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles. I’ve been teaching … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Silver Screen Standards: Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) Although it’s more Gothic mystery than true horror, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) fits right in for spooky movie season. With its ghosts and gruesome past, the decaying Southern mansion where the … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Silver Screen Standards: Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet (1944) Humphrey Bogart might be the most iconic version of Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled detective, Philip Marlowe, but Dick Powell gives a surprisingly perfect take on the character in the 1944 noir … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Silver Screen Standards: Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet (1944) Humphrey Bogart might be the most iconic version of Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled detective, Philip Marlowe, but Dick Powell gives a surprisingly perfect take on the character in the 1944 noir … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Silver Screen Standards: The Seven Year Itch (1955) News of summer heatwaves naturally put thoughts of The Seven Year Itch (1955) and undies in the icebox into my mind, so it seemed like the perfect time to revisit this sweltering … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: For Me and My Gal (1942)

Silver Screen Standards: For Me and My Gal (1942) Although both of them made more memorable pictures on their own, For Me and My Gal (1942) marks the film debut of Gene Kelly and his first pairing with Judy Garland, … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Silver Screen Standards: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Many remakes have followed in the wake of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), the iconic science fiction film adapted from a serialized novel by American sci-fi writer Jack … Continue reading

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