Thursday, February 2, 2023

Thursday Movie Picks, February 2, 2023: Travel Romance

This being Thursday, it's time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks, the blogathon run by Wandering Through the Shelves. This is my first time back after a little while, mostly because I couldn't think of any movies to fit the previous several themes. For February, the theme is romance in its various guises, and I should be able to come up with selections for the three movie-themed editions. Feb. 23, with its TV focus, might be a bit more difficult for me. Anyhow, the form of romance for this week's theme is "Travel romance". I had several ideas in mind, but thought about saving a movie or two for one of the other themes. Ultimately, I wound up with three movies from over 80 years ago, one of which I might have used quite some time ago:

One Way Passage (1932). William Powell plays a criminal who is being extradited from Asia back to America to face the death penalty. Kay Francis plays an heiress who is terminally ill. They're on the same boat, meet, and fall in love, each not knowing about the other's fate and not about to hurt the other by revealing their own fate.

They Met in Bombay (1941). Clark Gable is a jewel thief in Bombay trying to get one of those named jewels that were a big thing back in old-time movies. Rosalind Russell shows up, also with plans to steal the jewel. Although they're rivals, they have to help each other escape from India, which they do on Peter Lorre's steamer to China. Along the way, they fall in love. And then the Japanese invasion of China comes to them....

Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence (1939). A very young Glenn Ford decides he's going to beat the Depression by using the money he's saved up to buy some land in Arizona and become a farmer. However, he doesn't have enough money to get to Arizona, winding up as a hobo, which is how he meets Jean Rogers, a Spanish immigrant who is in the country illegally. By the time the two wind up at the farm in Arizona, they've fallen in love.

1 comment:

Birgit said...

We Match with One Way Passage. I enjoy these early films. I'd love to see the Gable Russell film. I'd also love to see the Glen Ford film. You always come up with great films