Female Buddy movies are not as popular as male buddies but they are gaining in strength which is great. Now, I have a feeling Thelma and Louise will be popular this week but I am just not a fan of this flick( hmmm, I just had a lightbulb go off for another post). Wandering through the Shelves always comes through with some great themes so, without further adieu, here are my 3...
1. STAGE DOOR-1937
I finally watched this film a couple of years ago and enjoyed it which had a, primarily, all female cast. Katherine Hepburn plays a well to do, wanna be actress who wants to be a star. She stays in this large boarding house filled with other actresses who don’t take kindly to Ms. Hepburn’s snooty airs and make it very well known. Ginger Rogers is her biggest critic along with others like the wonderful Eve Arden (who often plays the friend of the star). Eve Arden is readily known with her unique voice and who gets the best quips. This is a really good film about a bunch of ladies all trying to make a living in the vicious world of the Theatre. You will see a young Lucille Ball in this film as well.
2. MILDRED PIERCE-1945
Joan Crawford, who could cut logs with those shoulders, stars as the ever forgiving, wonderful mom( hit the laughter button) to a truly evil, mean bitch of a daughter. It starts with a dying man's last words- “Mildred” and cuts to the ever glamorous Crawford in a police station being questioned by the cops. She goes back to when she was married with 2 daughters, one nice and the other, well, you know. Her marriage crumbles and Mildred must get a job and finds one in a restaurant. There her boss, and eventual friend, Eve Arden, meet and Ms. Pierce learns the ropes of the restaurant business. Mildred opens up her own restaurant and soon has a whole slew of them with her trusty friend beside her. Of course, her brat of a daughter feels she deserves everything including her mom’s new husband. Eve Arden has one of the best lines when she says something like, “Crocodiles have the right idea, they eat their young.”
3. TEA FOR TWO-1950
Sorry Shady, this is a musical with the ever jubilant Doris Day and Gordon MacCrea in the lead roles. I haven’t seen this in years but from what I remember, Doris finds out her fiancée is being a no good for nuttin' two timer after she believes he will make her a star on Broadway. She gets the financial backing from her Uncle to do the show, but he won't give it to her unless she can say "no" to every question for the next 24 hours. When she meets the nice Gordon MacCrea, she is doing her best to say no. Eve Arden plays her friend who helps her through the times. It’s fun and sweet with some old fashioned tunes. Of course you can tell I decided to do a theme within a theme by choosing films where Eve Arden plays the best friend of the leads or semi lead. She is better know as Principal McGee from Grease and from the TV show, "Our Miss. Brooks", which I never did see. I think she always made any movie better because of her wit and style.
Maybe I stretched things a bit here because the films are not solely based on being buddies but I still think it works. So, which 3 would you choose?
The Wondrous Eve Arden