Wednesday, October 8, 2014

True Confession

True Confession
Released Date: December 24, 1937
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Actors: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore, Una Merkel, Porter Hall, Edgar Kennedy, Lynne Overman, Irving Bacon, and Fritz Feld

     Carole Lombard's birthday was two days ago. And I have to say, TCM had a great lineup of movies staring Lombard. This was not shown on that day, but I did see it during her day on TCM's Under The Stars. I fell in love with it immediately. Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray and Una Merkel are amazing together. So funny and so witty. Also John Barrymore, who is Drew Barrymore's grandfather. I can't tell you how great this cast is. I seriously laughed through the whole thing.

     Helen Bartlett (Carole Lombard) becomes worried about money after her husband Kenneth (Fred MacMurray) says no to yet another client. Kenneth is a lawyer, and will only take clients that are truthful. He also won't take on a client that actually did the crime they are being charged for. Which is very good but also really bad. Because that means less clients. His wife Helen sends him a client, that stole chickens to sell for money. When Kenneth asked him if he stole the chickens the man said no. But when Kenneth asks him for money, the man said that he would give it to him after he sells the chickens. When Helen hears that Kenneth said no to the man, she gets herself a job. They are very poor, but Kenneth does not want his wife to work. So she gets the job but does not tell her husband about it. But when Helen's new boss is murdered, she is the first suspect. And so Kenneth now finds out about her secret job, and on top of it all, he has to help her get out of this mess. This movie sounds heavy, but trust me, you will be laughing the whole time. 

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen
Released Date: April, 1950
Director: Walter Lang
Actors: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Edgar Buchanan, Barbara Bates, Mildred Natwick, and Sara Allgood

     This movie was remade in 2003 with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. The movie is based off of a real family, the Gilbreth family. As you will notice throughout, they have a daughter by the name of Mary. She does not say anything throughout the movie and she is always in the background. The reason being that the real Mary died from an illness as a child. You may also recognize the house that the family moves into (not the house they start the movie in). That house was used in Meet Me in St. Louis. Pretty neat huh? Yeah, I thought so too.

     Frank Bunker Gilbreth (Clifton Webb) and his wife, Mrs. Lilian Gilbreth (Myrna Loy) are raising 11 kids together. They go through a lot of changes in the household. Their eldest daughter Ann (Jeanne Crain) for instance, is a young woman, and has her eyes set on a boy, Lilian becomes pregnant with baby number 12, and all the children, plus the father, get tonsillitis and have to have surgery. The surgery takes place inside their home. A very common thing back in the old days. The family also moves to a new house. Which makes  everyone excited and  nervous all at the same time. This movie is very funny, sweet, charming, smart and packed with a great cast. You may need a tissue, from tears of  sadness,  but also tears of laughter too. One of my favorite parts in this movie is the family all packed in one car, on a road trip!! You can imagine everything that happens on family trips, times 12!  Hope you enjoy this movie, I did.