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  • It's Only Money

    It's Only Money

    Detective novel fan Jerry Lewis, repairer of broken televisions by trade, plays at being a private eye. It's hardly one of Lewis's more thought-provoking and considered outings – the insipid love plot is especially uninspired – but it squeaks by as a time capsule of mainstream US culture circa 1962 in glorious black-and-white. In just a few years' time, such an American release in black-and-white, even as a tribute to noir stylings, would be unthinkable. The triumph of colour in…

  • Sing Sister Sing

    Sing Sister Sing

    Would you please tell me where I could put some of my more, uh, intimate things.
    Use any part of the dresser you like, Dear. It's just as much yours as it is mine.

    Sometimes I fancy fellas too but sometimes I'm just a lesbian, and when I'm watching Todd and Kelly, make no mistake. Patsy moves in with Thelma – as she enters, they embrace with "Darling" – and the conceit is that whenever they're mad at each other,…

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  • What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

    What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

    A woman's skirt shoots up when she walks under the gushing air of a sidewalk grate, fifty-four years before Marilyn's iconic performance in The Seven Year Itch. Only today have I learned the historical significance of this film's title. Why does it happen on Twenty-Third Street? The answer can be found by pairing this film with the 1903 actuality At the Foot of the Flatiron, in which pedestrians clutch their hats and skirts on a windy day on the corner…

  • I Love Melvin

    I Love Melvin

    One of the 50 best films in the history of cinema. Starstruck gal Debbie Reynolds wants to be on the cover of Look magazine — paging Dr. Laura Mulvey? — and apprentice photographer Donald O'Connor promises he'll help. Perfectly trifling, then, but what's remarkable here isn't the what but the how. Its wide-eyed stars direct off Singin' in the Rain (which O'Connor knowingly references with a lamppost leap), the dance numbers here rank among the most creative ever made for…