40’s movies marathon – part 88
March 21, 2010 2 Comments
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, USA, Capra) – An angel teaches James Stewart that if you’re the warmest, kindest, most giving person in town, you shouldn’t kill yourself, because people will miss you. Also that you should give loans to people who can’t afford them, or your town will become a fun place to hang out. Watched it all. Actually, another message here is that you don’t need a government program to do good. The good deeds done here are inspiring precisely because they are done voluntarily, by individuals. Btw, I love the current state of colorization technology. It looks perfect – not technicolorful, which would be distracting, but just right.
The Yearling (1946, USA, Brown) – A boy grows up among all the happy woodland critters, accompanied by uplifting choir music. Watched: 9 minutes.
Shock (1946, USA, Werker) – Nervous wreck Anabel Shaw witnesses a murder and goes into a state of “shock”, a diagnosis about as plausible as Padmé dying from grief, but it allows us to see Vincent Price being EVIL, which is about time. One first step towards this. Watched it all.
The Truth About Murder (1946, USA, Landers) – Ah, the quaint old 1940’s, when people thought the magic power of a “lie detector” could be used to tell when people were lying! Watched: 3 minutes.
The Time of Their Lives (1946, USA, Barton) – Was I unfair to Abbott and Costello when I said earlier that the Marx Brothers were the only comedy team of the 30’s and 40’s that was actually funny? No, I don’t think I was. Watched: 8 minutes.