Film Profiles


Marlene Dietrich’s Re-Education of American Female Sensuality

This post was originally written for my MA Film and Literature course “Cold War Culture: Literature, Film, Theory in Cold War Europe” at the University of York (lecturer Dr. Erica Sheen).  The most poignant line Marlene Dietrich has in A Foreign Affair is when she asks her American army officer lover, […]


Greta Garbo Faces Hypocrisy in a Man’s World in ANNA KARENINA (1935)

This post is written in conjunction with the Russia in Classic Film Blogathon, hosted by Movies, Silently and sponsored by Flicker Alley. Like DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965), ANNA KARENINA gives a cinematic snapshot of the opulent life of Imperial Russia. Although the earlier film is unable to employ the scenery of Russia’s vast landscape […]


7 Ways Katharine Hepburn Leans In in A WOMAN REBELS (1936)

The post is written in honour of International Women’s Day 2015. Scroll to the bottom for more information about how you can be part of the fight against sexism and gender inequality. A WOMAN REBELS (1936) is about a Pamela Thistlewaite (Katharine Hepburn), a young woman in Victorian England who must […]


Musical Patriotism and Nostalgia in CASABLANCA (1942)

The other day on Groupon they featured an offer to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play along with CASABLANCA (1942) and I sincerely regret not jumping at this chance to give myself the best Valentine’s Day gift imaginable! As we know, CASABLANCA is on every top 100 movie list out […]


The Great TAMING OF THE SHREW (1908) Debate

The feisty Fritzi over at Movies, Silently has had the unmitigated gall to challenge me, the self-proclaimed, magnificent, most humble Queen of Shakespeare to a duel to the blogging death over the quality/significance/thingness of D.W. Griffith‘s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1908). How dare she embark on a mission so […]


A Bible and a Gun: ROOSTER COGBURN (and the Lady) (1975)

This post is part of the Build-Your-Own-Blogathon hosted by the Classic Film and TV Cafe. It follows Jennifer Garlen‘s post about BEND OF THE RIVER (1952), which is another Western that takes place in the American Northwest. For The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon earlier this year, Jennifer wrote a great post about […]


10 Things to Love about WITHOUT LOVE (1945)

Harold S. Buquet’s WITHOUT LOVE (1945) is without doubt one of Katharine Hepburn’s most underrated films. She plays a Jamie Rowan, a scientist’s daughter who rents out part of her Washington DC home to a Pat Jamieson (Spencer Tracy), a scientist who cannot find anywhere to live and work due to the […]


Why LITTLE WOMEN (1933) is a very big deal

“There’s one thing George and I agree on. Actually, we agree on almost everything. I don’t know anything we don’t agree on. One thing we really agree on is, we love LITTLE WOMEN. We loved doing it. And we love the film we made.” (Katharine Hepburn in Chandler, 83) LITTLE […]


CMBA Film Passion 101 Blogathon: THE WOMEN (1939)

This post is written in conjunction with the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) Film Passion 101 Blogathon. Old movies were a natural part of my childhood. My parents have always enjoyed classic films, so I grew up with AMC, Turner Classic Movies, and movies from our own VHS collection. My […]


BRINGING UP BABY (1938) or “Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant Go Leopard Hunting in Connecticut”

Friends often ask me which Katharine Hepburn film is my all-time favorite. I usually hem and haw and feed them a line about how there is a Hepburn film for every occasion. Sometimes I say that the one I saw last is my favorite. Other times I’ll list a top […]


DESK SET (1957): A Happy Hepburn Christmas

Walter Lang’s DESK SET (1957) is one of Katharine Hepburn’s few “Christmas movies.” You could possibly count LITTLE WOMEN (Cukor, 1933) or Anthony Harvey’s THE LION IN WINTER (1968), but DESK SET stands out as a film that really captures the Christmas spirit, at least for the first half of the […]


GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? (1967): Love, Controversy, and Progress

Turner Classic Movies will conclude their month of Spencer Tracy today, 29 October, with an evening of the four films he made with director Stanley Kramer. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967) was Spencer Tracy’s final film and will be showing at 1:30 am EST. It was the ninth film he […]


MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974): A Lauren Bacall Classic

Lauren Bacall boards the Orient Express MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974) will be airing tonight on Turner Classic Movies at 2:15 am EST as TCM continues to celebrate Lauren Bacall every Wednesday night in Spetember. Sidney Lumet‘s 1974 film adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s classic crime novel Murder on the […]


Louise Beavers, What A Character!

This post is written in conjunction with the What A Character! blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken and Freckled, and Paula’s Cinema Club. Louise Beavers‘ career as one of the best character actresses of classic Hollywood spanned from 1927-1960. She is unfortunately best known for playing the quintessential […]


IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (1963): Universal Backlot Blogathon

Kristen over at Journeys in Classic Film is hosting the Universal Backlot Blogathon this weekend to celebrate 100 years of Universal Studios films: “Have a review of a film that used the backlot (either completely or just for a scene counts)? Interested in the history of the site? As long […]


I Never Will Forget Jeanette MacDonald…or SAN FRANCISCO (1936)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and ScribeHard on Film. A full day of Jeanette MacDonald films will air on TCM on August 27. SAN FRANCISCO (1936) will be airing at 8:00 pm EST. Whenever Judy Garland ever sang “San Francisco,” she began with a […]


Gary Cooper: BALL OF FIRE (1941)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and ScribeHard on Film. A full day of Gary Cooper films will air on TCM on August 26. BALL OF FIRE will be showing at 8:00 pm EST. During college, my friend Cookie and I bonded over Gary Cooper […]


The Strength of CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933)

The famous moth costume I’d forgotten how much I like Dorothy Arzner‘s CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933). The plot isn’t very good, and Hepburn’s acting is a bit flat at times, but the Lady Cynthia Darrington character is very good, even if the plot doesn’t treat her well. Arzner’s directing is also […]


Conservatism in Revolution: The Gish sisters in D. W. Griffith’s ORPHANS OF THE STORM (1921)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and ScribeHard on Film. It is also my contribution to Eternity of Dream‘s Speechless Blogathon. A full day of Lillian Gish films will air on TCM on August 15. ORPHANS OF THE STORM (1921) airs at 7:45 […]