Thursday, June 24, 2010
Donna Reed: Classic Movie Goddess Part 4
Here are what I feel are the must see films and TV work of Donna that have to be seen. Her essentials.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) Of course the holiday classic film that paired her with James Stewart. Her character Mary Bailey is one of cinema's best character as she is able to lend solid support to her fractured husband George. Not your typical fun and uplifting Christmas movie, but still a must see. Though I imagine everyone in the world has seen it at least once.
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) Some might say Donna is not that effective in her role as Gladys Hallward and she is just there to provide decoration. But as one of her mainstream films she is actually quite good. More attention might have been paid to Angela Lansbury, who got an Oscar nomination and George Sanders, but the film itself is a solid piece of work and adds nicely to Reed's resume.
THE DONNA REED SHOW (1958-1966) Donna firmly established herself as one of the queens of TV with her classic self titled long running series. One of the best sitcoms in TV history.