Joan and Jimmy say... You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)
When Joan Fontaine passed away in 2013, I felt heartbroken. I've adored Joan ever since I first saw her in Rebecca , the film that sealed my love for Hitchcock. She projected such vulnerability and insecurity, yet she was strong and quietly fierce. Underneath her femininity and grace, there was a steely backbone. If you think that Joan was delicate, you've clearly misread her. I was surprised at how hard her death hit me, but I didn't go light candles and wear black for a week -- instead, I watched the only DVD of hers that I had: You Gotta Stay Happy . The irony of that title isn't lost on me. The hilarity and the sweetness of the movie weren't lost, either. It instantly made me feel better and it felt like a fitting way to say goodbye to Joan. Watching her in a romantic comedy with Jimmy Stewart was the best thing I could have done. Vastly underrated and wholly charming, You Gotta Stay Happy is sadly an obscure title. Hopefully after reading this, you'