In honor of today's holiday we have a 1950's classic that is set exactly on Labor Day, and is one of the rare movies that's worth seeing for one incredible scene in the middle of the film, where William Holden dances with Kim Novak to the classic song "Moonglow." It's one of the those magical movie moments, and to be honest the rest of the film is notable as a kind of time capsule, because a lot of it's pretty dated. It's one of those overwrought melodramas that were so common in this decade and were never really made after it- but sometimes those kinds of movies can be fascinating in their own way, as a product of its time and an example of the kind of movie that was once so popular with audiences. Rosalind Russell is really good though, as an aging teacher who despairs that her life is passing her by while all the townspeople around her are oblivious and overly concerned with Holden's arrival in their perfect neighborhood as the mysterious drifter. It's worth a look anyway, especially on this long holiday weekend. Happy Labor Day everybody!
Original 1955 Trailer: