Guilty Pleasures Film Festival 2013

“White Christmas”

Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye in 'White Christmas' (Paramount, 1954)

Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye in ‘White Christmas’ (Paramount, 1954)

A favorite Christmas movie of the Clark family is Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Paramount, 1954). Song-and-dance team Wallace and Davis (played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) meet and fall in love with the Hayes Sisters (played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and then join forces to help save their former army general’s country inn in Vermont. The paper-thin plot is mostly just an excuse to tie together one great song after another, all written by Irving Berlin, including “Heat Wave,” “Sisters,” “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Snow,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” and, of course, the titular classic sung by Bing himself. Also stars Dean Jagger and Mary Wickes. Written by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank. Directed by Michael Curtiz. “Well, how do you like that? Without so much as a kiss my foot or have an apple!”

Comedy Film Festival 2012

“We’re No Angels”

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, and Aldo Ray in "We're No Angels" (Paramount, 1955)

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray in “We’re No Angels” (Paramount, 1955)

“We’re No Angels” (Paramount, 1955). Three escaped convicts (played by Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray) hide out in a small coastal town and assist a family in unexpected ways. Even the convicts’ pet snake helps out. A fun little film and a rare comedy for Humphrey Bogart. Also stars Joan Bennett and Basil Rathbone. Written by Ranald MacDougall. Based by the play “La cuisine des anges” by Albert Husson. Directed by Michael Curtiz. “I’ll say one thing for crooks – they give you an honest day’s work.”