I haven’t blogged about them but then again I haven’t had a lot of time to sit in front of the computer other than for work. Work work work. Anywho, so I’ve been watching some flicks and I figured you might want to read about. Oh and by the way, all of these movies are on the AFI 400 list except Pat and Mike.
Let’s start with Woman of the Year (1942), starring the amazing duo Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The story features two rival reporters that fall in love and marry. Their relationship is put to the test and strained by their individual interests. This is my second favorite Tracy/Hepburn film, right after Desk Set.
Jimmy Stewart in You Can’t Take It With You (1938). A romantic love story of girl (Alice Sycamore played by Jean Arthur) from the “wrong” family and a rich well-to-do son (Tony Kirby played by Stewart) of a banker. Grandpa Martin (Lionel Barrymore and great uncle of Drew Barrymore) leads a carefree family of high-spirited individuals doing as they please. Tony’s parents are stuff shirts that look down to everyone. It’s cute and adorable and a great American story of family.
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940) show you how you can’t change everything. Russell’s character is giving up being a reporter and settling down. In her attempt for a new start, she confronts her ex-husband (Grant) to say goodbye and so long. Local events delay her leave and challenge her determination.
Pat and Mike is another Hepburn/Tracy film. My least favorite of the four I own, Patricia (Hepburn) is an athlete and Mike (Tracy) is a trainer. They work toward going for the gold and in the end fall in love. For some reason, Tracy’s acting seemed more forced in this film and the story line got tired for me.