Salute to Dramatic Black & White Films – Doris Day

For those of you have read my previous posts-you know that I love drama, and I just saw that April 3 is Doris Day’s birthday.  First of all, Happy Birthday, Doris!  Second of all, many of you are probably asking what does Doris Day and my first sentence have in common?

One word:  JULIE 

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This was made in 1956 and stars Day, Louis Jordan & Barry Sullivan.

I grew up watching Doris Day in all the romantic comedies and found her to be a comedic genius. But a few years ago, TCM (my favorite channel) was running a marathon of her movies and the first one up was Julie.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is a short synopsis:  Julie (played by Doris) is married to a concert pianist named Lyle (played by Louis Jordan).  During the course of a very casual conversation with him, she begins to suspect that he murdered her first husband, whom she thought had killed himself. What happens next becomes a dangerous game of pursuit as Lyle relentlessly follows her from city to city, forcing her to go into hiding.  Now I won’t spoil it, but this movie is 99 minutes of nail-biting, knuckle-gripping, butt-clenching suspense from the very opening scene all the way to the credits.  It is a must see!

After watching this film, my appreciation for Ms. Day increased tenfold.  Her ability to do drama is as good as it gets, and she did another turn four years later with Midnight Lace (also spectacular, btw.)

Do you have a favorite drama that’s in black & white?  I’d love for you to tell me as I’m always looking for new ones to add to my collection.

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5 thoughts on “Salute to Dramatic Black & White Films – Doris Day

  1. “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

    – Humphrey Bogart to Claude Rains in “Casablanca,” the best black and white film ever made (with apologies to Citizen Kane).
    You might also try “The Third Man” with Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard, and Orson Welles.

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