Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

Period film: Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

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After her husband passes away, 70-year-old Laura Henderson (Judi Dench) decides that it’s time to find some hobbies to keep herself occupied. Ever the eccentric, when a friend tells her to “buy things,” she buys an old theater instead of jewelery or clothes.

Needing someone to oversee the productions at the theater, Laura hires Vivian Van Damm (Bob…

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Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

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Valerie Parks (Lana Turner), Ann Darrison (Susan Peters) and Leigh Rand (Laraine Day) are three very different women who have all joined the WACS.

Valerie is a beautiful, wealthy woman who lives a life of glamour and leisure. She joins up to prove that she’s a responsible adult and gain access to her trust fund.

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Ann is a military wife who is very devoted to her…

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Period film: Jersey Boys (2014)

Period film: Jersey Boys (2014)

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My favorite journalism professor from my undergraduate years always told his classes, “Every great story has a Detroit connection.” This is true of the tale of Frankie Valli’s rise to fame, which has now been chronicled on the big screen in Jersey Boys, adapted from the hit Broadway musical.

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From his beginnings as barber shop assistant Frankie Castellucio in New…

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Zontar, The Thing from Venus (1966)

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Todd of Cinema Monolith and I are back today with another two-person mini-blogathon! We’re reviewing another cheeser, Zontar, The Thing from Venus. Take a gander at our previous buddy-watches:
Invasion of the Star Creatures
Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory
And once you’re done reading my thoughts on Zontar, head over to Todd’s review to see what he thought!

Made for television in 1966, Zontaris a…

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Mill Creek Musings: Lost in the Stratosphere (1934)

Mill Creek Musings: Lost in the Stratosphere (1934)

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Tom ‘Soapy’ Cooper (William Cagney) and Richard ‘Woody’ Wood (Eddie Nugent) are both lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

As two of the Army’s best pilots, they often work together on very dangerous missions. Risking their lives together all of the time makes the men close friends, but they also engage in friendly rivalries.

Many of their rivalries are of the romantic type. They frequently find…

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The Astonished Heart (1950)

The Astonished Heart (1950)

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Chris Faber (Noel Coward) is a successful psychiatrist, married to a woman named Barbara (Celia Johnson). Barbara has recently reconnected with her old friend Leonora (Margaret Leighton), but Leonora and Chris don’t get along at all.

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One night, Barbara must leave town suddenly to care for her mother. She and Chris had been planning to go to a play that night.…

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The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)

The Thorn Birds (Miniseries, 1983)

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This miniseries is being reviewed for the Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project.

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The Thorn Birds is a miniseries that ran on ABC in March of 1983. Adapted from the eponymous 1977 novel by Colleen McCullough, the story spans many decades in the lives of the Clearys, a family living in Australia. The series aired in four episodes and was nominated for ten Emmy awards, taking home five of them. The…

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Angel Face (1952)

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Diane Tremayne (Jean Simmons) is a girl from a wealthy family. She lives with her successful businessman father, Charles (Herbert Marshall), and his second wife Catherine (Barbara O’Neil).

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One night, ambulance driver Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum) is summoned to the home where the Tremaynes live. Catherine has been treated for accidental gas inhalation, but she is sure…

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Mill Creek Musings: Quicksand (1950)

Mill Creek Musings: Quicksand (1950)

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Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) is a mechanic with a big ego. He believes he’s irresistible to women, and he’s fallen for a beautiful waitress named Vera (Jeanne Cagney, sister of James), who agrees to go out with him.

The only problem is that Dan doesn’t have the kind of money it takes to impress a woman like Vera, whose goal in life is to own a mink coast. Desperate to be able to afford a nice dinner…

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Jimmy the Gent (1934)

Jimmy the Gent (1934)

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Do you ever feel like your DVR knows you better than some of the human beings that you spend your time with? I certainly felt that way in May when mine taped Jimmy the Gent as a suggestion. After years of taping films from TCM, my trusty ol’ TiVo box knew that a crime-comedy starring both James Cagney and Bette Davis would be just the type of film I’d want to check out.

Jimmy the Gent(1934) stars…

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