Costume Design: Why I’ll Watch an Old Movie Even if It’s Bad!

Unless it’s really long, I will usually finish watching an old movie even if it’s bad, something I don’t usually do with current movies. The reason is that I can usually find something to like about it just because I love that time period so much or often times I will discover a new actor, director, or costume designer that I want to learn more about.

For instance, last night I watched the movie Homicide for Three (1948) on Netflix Instant. I was looking for a short movie to watch, and it was only 60 minutes long. When I found out that it was set in a hotel, I decided to watch it figuring at least the sets might be fun to look at.

Well, the story itself was a bit far-fetched and the acting was somewhat stiff and corny but some of the set designs and one particular outfit actually made the movie worth watching for me. One person from the movie whose acting was decent was actress Audrey Long, who appeared in some really good movies such as Born to Kill and Desperate (both from 1947). Continue reading →