Category Archives: Silver Screen Standards

Silver Screen Standards: Transformative Drag in Some Like It Hot (1959)

Transformative Drag in Some Like It Hot (1959) Some Like It Hot (1959) is widely celebrated as one of classic Hollywood’s greatest comedies, even though its cross-dressing plot roused conservative ire and caused the movie to be released without Hays … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Ghost Goes West (1935)

Silver Screen Standards: The Ghost Goes West (1935) Supernatural romance and comedy are unique but often overlapping subgenres with some truly outstanding movies among their ranks, from Topper (1937), Blithe Spirit (1945), and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) to … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Silver Screen Standards: Heaven Can Wait (1943) While you might expect a movie about the balance of a man’s life being judged at the gates of Hell to be heavy existential stuff, Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait (1943) serves it … Continue reading

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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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