Monday, August 10, 2009

So Long at the Fair (1950)

So Long at the Fair is a short, but effective little film set in 1896 Paris during the famous Paris Exhibition. Its a whodunnit/mystery film with heart.

A brother and sister check into a charming little Paris hotel excited to be part of the festivities. They have a grand night out to eat and explore the city. Each go their separate way to their own room at the end of the night. Vicky (Jean Simmons) wakes the next morning to discover her brother Johnny (David Tomlinson)has disappeared and no one has any recollection of him checking into the hotel or even being there. A hunt then ensues, and as the viewer you know something is missing and fishy.

Its a fun little journey to get to the end as Vicky goes on a search to find out what happened. I would truly recommend this as I loved the plot and the acting was quite well done. It reminded me a lot of Hitchcock's famous, The Lady Vanishes.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Today I had the great pleasure of watching an entire days worth of my favourite actor of all time, Mr. Cary Grant. Turner Classic Movies was good enough to provide this divine entertainment for me. They showed such films as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream Home, To Catch a Thief, Father Goose and my film of the day, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

This is a film I have wanted to see for a few years now. Not only is Cary Grant the star, but we get to see a rarity, Shirley Temple in her teenage years. She stars as the "bobby-soxer", aka what they used to call teens in the late 40s/early 50s.

Her character, Susan "falls in love" with the bachelor, Grant upon setting her eyes on her during a school assembly which he is the guest speaker. Things become complicated and oh so screwball once her older sister, a court judge, Margaret (played by Myrna Loy) gets involved.

It is a delightful and charming screwball comedy and I enjoyed every minute. Cary Grant has yet to let me down.