Sometimes it’s nice to watch some movies from the 30’s and 40’s that more closely resemble tv series and Hallmark movies than great art. This week I watched three movies that fall into the let’s slow down and have some fun category.

Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939) starring Bonita Granville, John Litel, and Frankie Thomas

from IMDB  “Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.”

I really enjoyed Bonita Granville’s Nancy Drew. She’s bright, spunky and spirited. 

Dressed to Kill (1946) starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Patricia Morison

from IMDB “Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes”

I adore Sherlock Holmes. He has been reimagined for every generation. I thoroughly enjoyed Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. They acted well together. Of course, Arthur Conan Doyle always offers a good mystery.

The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) starring Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon, Patsy Kelly

and Harry Davenport as Uncle Hannibal Smith and a young Walter Brennan as Sugar

from IMDB “A lonely socialite masquerades as a maid and meets an unpretentious, plain-spoken cowboy who is unaware of her true identity.”

I put this movie on expecting to watch only the first few minutes. Well, Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon are wonderful to watch. They made me care about their characters and unsure of how the story would end. Harry Davenport was wonderful as Uncle Hannibal Smith.