“What’re you watching?”
Karen steps into the living room, glances at the TV, and tries to figure out what movie is playing on TCM. Usually, I’m watching a 30s screwball comedy, or a silent film from the 20s. But this film is from the 50s. Not my favorite decade. The lighting is dead flat, the sets are flimsy, and after barely a minute Karen can tell that the blonde actress in the scary bullet bra is up on the screen for only one reason. Actually, two reasons.
“That’s Mamie Van Doren in Girls Town, AKA the Innocent and the Damed,” I say.
Though trained as a psychologist, Karen has been around the film business long enough to recognize bad acting from, well, wretched acting.
“I’ve never seen a Mamie Van Doren film, ” I confess/explain/justify.