Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mothers' Day with FXM Retro

Tomorrow is the second Sunday in May, which means Mothers' Day for those of us in the US. (I know you freaks over in the UK celebrate it in March.) TCM always runs movies related to the day, but with FXM Retro, you really never know what you're going to get, except that it's probably been run 20 times in the past month. Whether it was intentional or just a serendipitous coincidence, FXM Retor is actually going to have some movies that are appropriate for the occasion tomorrow.

First up, at 8:50 AM, is Blue Denim, which deals with unexpected motherhood, so I suppose it's kind of appropriate for the day, if not as appropriate as the following movies.

Whenever FXM shows Blue Denim, they seem to pair it with Teenage Rebel, so it should be unsurprising that this one shows up at 10:15 AM. Ginger Rogers plays a woman who tries to reconnect with the daughter she lost custody of when she divorced and remarried several years earlier. The daughter (Betty Lou Keim) bears a lot of resentment toward her mother.

A more traditional movie for the day might be Mother Is a Freshman, at 11:50 AM. This one has widow Loretta Young joining her daughter (Betty Lynn) in college thanks to a condition in a will. This, needless to say, makes life interesting for all involved.

Finally, at 1:15 PM, is The Gift of Love, a movie I don't think I've blogged about before. Lauren Bacall plays a woman who marries Robert Stack, and then finds out she's going to die young, so she tries to adopt a child in order that her husband will have somebody with him after she dies. Sounds selfish on Mom's part, if you ask me.

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