The Searchers (1956)

Strange how I’d never seen this film before.  It played on TCM and I watched it on-demand. It wasn’t the film I was looking for but took a chance on it.  The Searchers is one of John Wayne‘s most famous film and yet I’ve never seen it.  I’m more of fan of Wayne’s films after … More The Searchers (1956)

Doris Day

Doris Day stopped being Doris Day decades ago. Even though she spurned the limelight, she never left our televisions or our hearts.  Radio, concerts, records, television and film, she made her mark in every medium. During her lifetime she lived several lives, all of them quite fascinating.  First she was a big band singer, including … More Doris Day

Randolph Scott

The actor Randolph Scott made many kinds of films in his career bu is forever linked to Westerns.  He was the man alone, standing against something bad. Sometimes he was a reluctant hero, but he always remained his own man. I’ve come late to appreciate Scott as an actor and Western hero. Even in B … More Randolph Scott

I Like Ike

Dwight Eisenhower, or Ike as he was affectionately known, was a popular President, having an approval rating of 64 percent over his eight years in office.  Not bad. This is not a Republican or Democrat blog, it’s simply about a man who happened to be a Republican who today would have a tough choice on … More I Like Ike

Leave it to Beaver

How many of us knew an Eddie Haskell? Wiseguy Eddie was always trying to pull a fast one, but Wally never gave up on his friend.  Beaver was gullible and forever getting into trouble, but it was never malicious, just his youthful and trusting naivety. Leave it to Beaver may seem like an old fashioned … More Leave it to Beaver

Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly was one of the biggest stars of the 1940’s and 1950’s.  His musicals of the period were some of the best ever put on film.  On screen, he sang and danced, but he also choreographed his routines and directed many of his films. Soon after Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Kelly’s leading man status … More Gene Kelly

Singin’ in the Rain

Film musicals are not my thing.  When the action stops and people start singing (and dancing) in a film, I turn the channel. But there are a few exceptions.  There are always exceptions. The two Beatles films are exceptions.  The Wizard of Oz.  Some Like it Hot. The Court Jester. Mary Poppins!  My Fair Lady. … More Singin’ in the Rain