Friday, March 9, 2012

This Week On Noir and Chick Flicks

On TCM March 11th: So Goes My Love(1946). D: Frank Ryan. Cast: Myrna Loy, Don Ameche, Rhys Williams, Bobby Driscoll, Richard Gaines, Molly Lamont. Amusing period comedy of fortune-hunting Loy marrying eccentric inventor Ameche.

Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an actress and singer. She is the daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.

Gordon MacRae (March 12, 1921 – January 24, 1986) was an actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the film versions of two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956) and films with Doris Day.

On TCM March 12th: The Purchase Price (1932), is a Pre-Code film, directed by William Wellman and adapted from Arthur Stringer's novel, The Mud Lark (1932). Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent and Lyle Talbot.

Joan Gordon, is a singer who runs away from her gangster boyfriend and becomes a mail-order bride to a struggling North Dakota farmer. Their relationship has a rocky start, but just as Joan realizes that she is developing feelings for her husband, her old boyfriend arrives to win her back.

On TCM March 13th: A Place For Lovers(1969). Julia, a divorced fashion designer, is dying of a incurable disease. With only ten days to live, she spends her time vacationing in an Italian villa. She happens to catch a TV interview with an Italian engineer Valerio, who designs car air bags. She recognizes having met him at the airport and calls him to invite him over to her villa. Julia's friend Maggie shows up to ask Julia to return to the hospital where she can die a painless death. Julia ignores her and returns to the villa. Maggie then telephones Valerio and tells him about Julia's condition. Julia is so upset she takes off.

Harry James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was a trumpeter who led a jazz swing band during the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 1940s. He was best known for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone.

On TCM March 15th: The Great Lie(1941). Drama film directed by Edmund Goulding.Cast: Bette Davis, George Brent, and Mary Astor. The screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee is based on the novel January Heights by Polan Banks.

On TCM March 16th: Three On The Couch(1966), is a comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. Cast: Janet Leigh, James Best, Mary Ann Mobley and Kathleen Freeman. This was the first film that Lewis made for Columbia after ending a 17-year partnership with Paramount Pictures. This is also the first film that Lewis directed in which he did not receive credit.

Christopher Pride wants to marry his girlfriend, Dr. Elizabeth Acord. Unfortunitly, she is too busy with her patients. Pride decides to solve her patients' problems after finding out that most of them are despondent after having relationships go bad. He quickly decides to "date" these women, without Acord's knowledge, and give them back their self-esteem so that they will be less dependent on her.

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