Wandering Through The Shelves loves romance so each week there will be something about romance. Who says romance is dead! It's all about travel this week snd there is a wealth of travel films. Most of us have had some travel romance whether it be a one night stand in the sand where one is scraping sand out of....um....well you know or romance with your spouse, we all have been there at least once. Even if you travel 20 minutes away, it's still travel. Ok, so decided to go for a cruise...romance on the high seas. I am not choosing the Love Bost sinking aka Titanic from 1997. I am going in other directions...
1. ONE WAY PASSAGE- 1932
I haven't seen this in a long time but it stars William Powell and Kay Francis ( at the height of her career and a once, very famous and voted best dressed star of that time) who meet on a cruise ship and fall in love neither one knowing their dark and sad secret. Its a short film and an early talkie but there is something about this weepie that makes me want to see it again. I'm usually not a romance movie gal but this one I like even though it's an early talkie but that never bothers me.
2. DODSWORTH 1936
This is an intelligent film that is not only a romance film but one about marriage with actors who are not 22 years old. Walter Huston is a married millionaire, married to Ruth Chatterton, who wants to take a cruise to Europe. They set sail where she starts to flirt with some young dudes. He meets a divorced lady, played by Mary Astor, and falls in love with her. It sounds simple but this is a well written story that ages well to this day. It is an excellent film about love, marriage and loss. During the making of this film, Mary Astor was going through a bitter, nasty divorce and custody battle where her diaries about her sexual escapades became public knowledge. She was living in her trailer for the time she made this film.
3. NOW, VOYAGER-1942
The music is famous, Betty Davis was at her peak, having a cigarette became very sensual( believe it or not) and sharing a sleeping bag got passed the censors. Bette plays a homely woman who lives under the thumb of her nasty mother. She is sent to a sanitarium run by Claude Rains who is a sympathetic psychiatrist who helps Bette overcome her own issues and bloom. Bette ends up on a ship traveling to South America where she meets the dashing Paul Henreid. When he lights 2 cigarettes in his mouth and gives one to her, she is in love. It is a Supreme woman's picture depicting a woman overcoming so much to blossom and find romance. Again, well acted with more to it than just a romance and worth the final smaltzy last words...those words always makes me sigh...lol.
Which travel romance films can you think of?