30’s movies marathon – part 27

Gulliver’s Travels (1939, USA) – Paramount imitates Disney, with an animated feature based on Jonathan Swift’s heartwarming children’s tale, (ahem). Snow White was terrible, but in a polished way. This is just bad. Watched: 17 minutes, then fast forwarded to the end, where there are no yahoos. One IMDB reviewer calls it “one of the best Literary Films of 1939 [..] and I think I would like to read the original novel sometime”. She’s in for a surprise.

The Lion has Wings (1939, UK) – Britain is the awesomest country in the world. Is all this to end simply because one man wants to conquer Europe? No! Fine propaganda movie, which makes the British case for war with a stiff upper lip and dry humor. Watched it all.

Only Angels Have Wings (1939, USA) – A movie made by and for people who find airplanes sexy and interesting. Watched: 20 minutes. (Observant readers will note that its title contradicts the previous one. They are of course both wrong: Lions don’t have wings, and angels don’t exist.)

Dark Victory (1939, USA) – Dr. House treats Bette Davis for a horrible brain disease, but she’s doomed .. doomed .. doomed! Watched: 45 minutes, (there’s a reason why all medical dramas these days are in the format of 43 minute TV episodes, not feature-length movies.)

Frontier Horizon (1939, USA) – Another dreadful western. Watched: 5 minutes.

The Rules of the Game (1939, France) – Everybody is cheating with everybody in decadent Paris. Watched: 18 minutes.

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