A group of gossipy mares prepare for a big race. The gags come at a mile a minute in this clever cartoon. Excellent vehicle for voice actresses Bea Benaderet, Sarah Berner, Alvia Almond and others. Despite one unfortunate racist “dark horse” joke, this was a clever, overlooked short from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
Merle Oberon as a worldly, flirtatious Boston blue blood reminiscing over the past loves in her life. Lushly produced and nicely acted romantic melodrama is neither here nor there. I enjoyed it, despite the story and mood having a vague similarity to other, superior films like Mr. Skeffington, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Magnificent Ambersons, even Citizen Kane (maybe it was Joseph Cotten's presence).
Pretty good, surprisingly pragmatic story of a child actress (Patty McCormack, The Bad Seed) trying to assert her independence at a 1950s Hollywood studio. Despite a pat ending, this behind-the-scenes drama was a good find - the fact that it takes place during the Christmas season was a nice bonus. This particular one is done by Universal in a glossy style not dissimilar to Douglas Sirk's movies from that time (1958). Two underrated adult actors, Dan Duryea and Jan Sterling, offer fine support. (the film is viewable on YouTube)