BACHELOR MOTHER (Garson Kanin, 1939)

Borrowing the ”Lubitsch touch” and an altogether Continental air, Garson Kanin’s charming, lovely, droll Bachelor Mother delights as it unwinds a tricky plot.  Polly Parrish is mistaken for an unwed mother abandoning her infant when she is caught holding the precious bundle on the steps of the foundling home where it has been left. Polly […]


Garson Kanin, who directed her twice, considered Ginger Rogers the quintessential movie star; Rogers was Marcello Mastroianni’s favorite actress; critic Andrew Sarris named Rogers cinema’s best comedienne. What follows is a list of Ginger’s ten best performances in descending order of preference—and not all the films are comedies:   Storm Warning (Stuart Heisler, 1950) Roxie […]

HARLOW (Alex Segal, 1965)

Shot in eight days on a threadbare budget, in the same video-to-film process, “electronovision,” that had been used for Richard Burton’s dress-rehearsal Hamlet (Bill Colleran, John Gielgud, 1964), Alex Segal’s Harlow, from a script by Karl Tunberg (William Wyler’s Ben-Hur, 1959, don’t-you-know), succeeded in beating to exhibition by one month Joseph E. Levine’s much more […]

STAR OF MIDNIGHT (Stephen Roberts, 1935)

Myrna Loy’s 1935 suspension by M-G-M found William Powell, Loy’s co-star in the hugely popular The Thin Man (1934), playing opposite Luise Rainer in Escapade, Rosalind Russell in Rendezvous and Ginger Rogers, as Donna Mantin, in Star of Midnight, a sparkling mystery-comedy. Reviewers originally remarked that Rogers had nothing like Loy’s polish and sophistication; indeed, […]