40’s movies marathon – part 65
January 19, 2010 2 Comments
Dillinger (1945, USA, Nosseck) – The legend of John Dillinger. A hard, brutal B-movie that gets everything right. Watched it all.
Enfants du Paradis (1945, France, Carné) – Various Frenchmen live and work in a street in Paris. Watched: 21 minutes, at which point a mime who has witnessed a crime tells the police what he saw by miming. Incredibly, nobody murders him.
Johnny Frenchman (1945, UK, Frend) – Two Cornish and Breton villages are rivals for fishing grounds, but the war brings them together. It’s all a bit heavy-handed, but I just love that Ealing feeling. Watched it all.
Blood on the Sun (1945, USA, Lloyd) – James Cagney gets on the bad side of the pre-war Japanese government by revealing their nefarious plans for world domination. He’s also, highly improbably, some kind of judo master. Watched: 17 minutes. IMDB reviewers claim this movie has an anti-racist message, which just goes to show that people will go to any length to find excuses for a movie they enjoy.
Cornered (1945, USA, Dmytryk) – Dick Powell returns to liberated France to take revenge on the Vichy official who executed his wife. He goes about it a bit stupidly, especially for the kind of devious noir world he inhabits, but it’s fun to see the birth of the post-war “Nazi in hiding in South America” theme. Watched it all.
Pride of the Marines (1945, USA, Daves) – If I hear the Marines’ Hymn one more time in a movie, I’ll .. be very tired of it, that’s for sure. Watched: 12 minutes.