your regular guide to cool classic sites and some viewing picks for the week AND the MONTH! ahead…this week fetch the Comfy Chair! for GINGEROLOGY a site dedicated wholly to the science of studying Ginger Rogers. Pics, TCM airings, DVD news, video, trivia, you name it– in fact, if you can’t find it at this Institute of Ginger then Ginger didn’t do it, say it, or appear in it.
Some viewing picks for the week ahead:
Mon May 1, RANSOM with Glenn Ford, was the one Ron Howard (sort of) remade with Mel Gibson in the 90′s. I really like and highly recommend this one, mainly for the excellent, intense, harrowing performance by Ford, plus you see Donna Reed and Leslie Nielsen in his first big role. Ford refuses to pay the half Million dollar ransom for his kidnapped son and instead offers it up as a bounty on the kidnappers’ heads, predictably against everyones’ advice and to practically everyone’s horror. The focus is mainly on the effects of the kidnapping and child’s absence on the parents, and especially Ford’s soul searching and despair, rather than following the criminals, and also looks at the meaning and true value of wealth through the perspective of the rich businessman who seemingly has everything but also nothing while his child is missing and wife distraught. Stay tuned this week for a special post on Glenn here at Speakeasy.
wed May 2, SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS – a true essential if there ever was one, so much so that you can hardly say any more about it than has already been said. I also love RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD and WOMAN CHASES MAN, both with Joel McCrea and Miriam Hopkins (they made 5 movies together) starting at 1:30am early Thursday morning. I know Hopkins can be an acquired taste for some, but in these movies there’s just something about McCrea’s unassuming solid presence, an essential sincerity that made him almost unable to assume a pokerface and his ability to play a lovably clueless doofus, combined with Hopkins’ whirlwind, calculating, nearly manic acting that makes for great comedy.
Thurs May 3, ONE MAN’S JOURNEY Joel McCrea is also in this one, with Lionel Barrymore as the small town doctor whose lifetime of sacrifice and hard work goes nearly unnoticed and unappreciated by that dangblasted “younger generation” that every single era in the history of humanity seems to have problems with.
from now on last Comfy Chair of the month will offer you a nice roundup of other bloggers’ posts about what-all is on TCM & elsewhere for the month ahead,
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