His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday US (1940) Dir. Howard Hawks “Oh, they ain’t human!” “I know, they’re newspapermen!” Kids today would call that a “sick burn” although it does demonstrate how our perception of the media hasn’t really changed in almost 80 years. His Girl Friday is in fact a remake of a 1931 film The Front … Continue reading His Girl Friday

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House US (1948) Dir. H.C Potter One thing this film can’t be accused of is possessing a title that carries any ambiguity about what the story is about. Based on the novel by Eric Hodgins (itself an expansion on his short story Mr. Blandings Builds His Castle), this amiable post-War … Continue reading Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Charade

Charade US (1963) Dir. Stanley Donen In what is surely a greater tribute to the man himself than the films in question, many cinematic offerings have had the lofty label of “The Best Film Hitchcock Never Directed” foisted upon them. Two of the more well known ones to actually deserve this epithet are Henri-Georges Clouzot’s … Continue reading Charade

My Favourite Wife

My Favourite Wife US (1940) Dir. Garson Kanin In 1864 Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote the poem Enoch Arden about a fisherman who was lost at sea and presumed dead but returned a decade later to find his wife had remarried. Not wanting to ruin his wife’s happiness, Enoch kept his return secret and died of … Continue reading My Favourite Wife

I’m No Angel

I'm No Angel US (1933) Dir. Wesley Ruggles One of the most recognisable stars of the 1930’s in Hollywood, and one of the more unlikely sex symbols of the era by today’s standards was a 40 year-old bold-as-brass Brooklyn born peddler of innuendo and sass who upset the censors as much as she delighted the … Continue reading I’m No Angel

Notorious

Notorious US (1946) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Hitch must have started getting soppy in his old age (well, 46) as his delivers a film that is actually a love triangle despite what the secret agent premise might suggest. But don’t mistake this sentimentality for weakness - there is still a tense story of intrigue and duplicity … Continue reading Notorious

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story US (1940) Dir. George Cukor And so another much heralded classic gets scratched off the list of films that have somehow evaded old MIB over the years. This time it is a stylish romantic comedy with  three legends, a cracking script and the most verbose yet polite love triangle committed to celluloid. … Continue reading The Philadelphia Story

To Catch A Thief

To Catch A Thief US (1955) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock In the French Riviera, a number of robberies are taking place relieving a number of wealthy people of their jewellery while they sleep. The style and the gall of the robberies resemble that of the notorious jewel thief John Robie (Cary Grant), nicknamed “The Cat” but … Continue reading To Catch A Thief

Suspicion

Suspicion US (1941) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock While on a train journey home timid and mousey Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine) shares a compartment with charming but irresponsible playboy Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant) who appears to be fleeing from someone or something. The pair are reunited at a social event with Johnnie doing his all to sweep … Continue reading Suspicion

North By Northwest

North By Northwest US (1959) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock This is another one of Hitchcock’s most revered entries in his extensive catalogue of celebrated and seminal works being viewed for the first time by yours truly. It is one that most will recognise as “the one with crop duster plane scene” but in fact it there … Continue reading North By Northwest