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Dec 18, 2020

For RKO 1934, we take an appreciative look at two unloved Katharine Hepburn movies (now, although the public liked them well enough at the time): John Cromwell's Spitfire and Richard Wallace's The Little Minister, based on a novel by J. M. Barrie of Peter Pan fame. Dave suggests an alternate trajectory for Hepburn's 30s box office decline. Elise rambles on about Barrie's tragic and sinister life. We compare Spitfire to Dreyer's Day of Wrath and Henry King's Song of Bernadette; and agree that The Little Minister is one of the great romance movies (with intimations of her Bringing Up Baby performance in the bargain). 

Time Codes:

0h 01m 00s:            Katharine Hepburn & Pandro Berman at the Box Office        

0h 13m 09s:            Spitfire [dir: John Cromwell]

0h 40m 41s:            The Little Minister [dir: Richard Wallace]


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