Tag Archive: Ranald MacDougall

Aug 07

Episode 6: Mildred Pierce

Mildred PierceWe’re back with more Joan Crawford, because in this episode, we discuss her Oscar-winning performance in Mildred Pierce!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we spoil the hell out of it. The film can be currently be found for streaming rental on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu, and Netflix has it on DVD if you still have their disc program.

Our next episode will be our first foray into the world of Humphrey Bogart: Key Largo! Look for it on August 21st!

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Mildred Pierce poster Rating: 8.0/10 (17,809 votes)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), James M. Cain (novel)
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden
Runtime: 111 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 20 Oct 1945
Plot: A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Jul 21

Episode 5: Possessed

Possessed

In this episode, we discuss the 1947 Joan Crawford psychodrama, Possessed! (This is in contrast to the 1931 Joan Crawford film named Possessed, which is very different.) The film also features the talents of Raymond Massey and Van Heflin, but really, it’s all Joan Crawford’s show.

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s great and we discuss many details about the plot. The film can be currently be found for rental on Google Play and Vudu, and an inexpensive DVD copy can be found on Amazon.

Our next episode will be another great Joan Crawford noir: Mildred Pierce! Look for it on August 7th!

Possessed (1947)
Possessed poster Rating: 7.2/10 (3,573 votes)
Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Writer: Silvia Richards (screenplay), Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), Rita Weiman (story)
Stars: Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks
Runtime: 108 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 26 Jul 1947
Plot: After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.