Ingrid Bergman and the Most Boring Love Affair in the Movies

Have you ever spent time with a couple who talk and talk about their perfectly rapturous relationship? By the end of the evening, you’re placing bets on how long this union can possibly last. There is such a couple in the 1939 drama, Intermezzo: A Love Story, starring Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard. Now, please… Continue reading Ingrid Bergman and the Most Boring Love Affair in the Movies


Battleground: Why an Acclaimed WWII Film Needed Van Johnson

It’s still considered one of the best war movies ever made. The WWII drama Battleground (1949), examines American solders caught in a sudden, desperate battle against the Germans in the last months of WWII. This campaign was known as the Battle of the Bulge, so called because the Allied line “bulged” as the Germans tried to push… Continue reading Battleground: Why an Acclaimed WWII Film Needed Van Johnson


Kirk Douglas’ Servant, er, Secretary

There’s some uncomfortable business in the 1948 comedy My Dear Secretary. It’s a film with plenty of witty lines and delightfully outlandish characters, as portrayed by Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day and a scene-stealing Keenan Wynn. My Dear Secretary is about a celebrity author named Owen Waterbury (Douglas), who regularly hires secretaries to whom he dictates his… Continue reading Kirk Douglas’ Servant, er, Secretary

Mystery · Thriller

Alfred Hitchcock’s Creepy Lodger

Even though it’s a silent film, you can tell it’s directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It’s cheeky and tense, the way many of his films are, with unexpected twists. We’re talking about The Lodger: A Film of the London Fog (1927), based on the 1913 novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The story is about a strange… Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock’s Creepy Lodger

Book Reviews

Funny Women of the Silents

There is no delicate way to put this: We’ve been ripped off. We, meaning all of us movie-watching folk. Now, before we continue, we realize countless people in the world have been ripped off in much bigger ways, such as famine, war, injustice, etc. What we’re talking about is a rip-off in film history, an epic… Continue reading Funny Women of the Silents

Film Noir · Thriller

The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara

As it turns out, Niagara Falls is a perfect place for murder. The 1953 Technicolor thriller, Niagara, shows us what a perilous place it is: craggy shorelines, thundering water, a 100-foot plunge pool beneath the falls. Yet, for all the danger there’s a fierce beauty. It’s easy to see why this area became the Honeymoon… Continue reading The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara


Inigo Montoya’s Triumphant Speech

The Princess Bride (1987) has, arguably, the most laugh-out-loud lines of any Hollywood film of the 1980s. One example is the scene where two men engage in left-handed swordplay. Suddenly one of them makes an admission: Man 1: “I know something you do not know.” Man 2: “What’s that?” Man 1: “I am not left-handed.”… Continue reading Inigo Montoya’s Triumphant Speech

Book Reviews

Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel

You know you’re in for a treat when a book begins with a definition of the word heel: “A contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person.”¹ A “heel” is the type of character perfected by Hollywood actor Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977), for which he received critical acclaim. Example: “Mr Cortez is one of the screen’s best menaces”². Or: “Ricardo Cortez… Continue reading Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel


Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017-Day 3

Originally posted on Font and Frock:
Another Reel Infatuation Blogathon has come and gone! The sharing of fictional crushes was, as always, almost too much fun. Thanks to all of the readers and bloggers who joined us this year. See you next time! Before you go, please check out these awesome entries from Day 3!…


Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2

It’s been a fabulous Day 2 here at the Reel Infatuation Blogathon! We’ve been swooning all day. Bloggers: Font and Frock will be hosting Day 3 tomorrow, so if you post after this tonight’s recap, we’ll be sure to include you on Sunday. Enjoy today’s entries! ♥ Font and Frock Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) in… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2