40’s movies marathon – part 43

Shadow of a Doubt (1943, USA) – Nice uncle Charlie comes to visit his small-town relatives. He brings large wads of cash, jewelry with other people’s names on it, and a nihilistic philosophy of life. Watched it all.

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943, USA) – Self-congratulatory musical about Hollywood actors. Watched: 10 minutes, then fast-forwarded through the rest to see if it’s also a patriotic war musical. Doesn’t seem to be, but one can never be too sure.

Destination Tokyo (1943, USA) – Whenever I see Cary Grant I expect him to crack a joke and offer a drink. Which makes it hard to take him seriously as a submarine captain. Watched: 11 minutes.

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943, UK) – Opens with a raven with a taste for blood. How cool is that? But the rest isn’t so impressive. Watched: 15 minutes.

Son of Dracula (1943, USA) – The 1943 idea of horror was to play ghostly music while a bat flies across the screen. Watched: 11 minutes.

Whistling in Brooklyn (1943, USA) – A serial killer story, the first in this marathon. I hate serial killer stories. Watched: 4 minutes.

Private SNAFU (1943-45, USA) – A series of educational cartoons for soldiers, made by Frank Capra, Dr. Seuss, Fritz Freleng, Chuck Jones – and Mel Blanc. Which means they’re also hilarious. Here’s my favorite, which explains that even if you are a super-awesome super-soldier with super-powers, you still maybe ought to read the field manual. “The Americans are on our side, you know.”

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