40’s movies marathon – part 94
April 18, 2010 1 Comment
Brighton Rock (1947, UK, Boulting) – A journalist runs into trouble with the Brighton Mafia, which is run by a sadistic 17-year old. I think this is the earliest English gangster movie I’ve seen – and right from the start they make it their own. It feels dirtier than the American counterparts. Watched it all.
The Long Night (1947, USA, Litvak) – One of my favorite things about watching a movie is when I gradually realize that it’s a remake of something I’ve seen before, and I’m trying to remember which one. I don’t know why, it’s just a wonderful feeling. In this case, it’s Le Jour se Lève from 1939, which was pretty good, and this is more or less the same movie. Watched: 18 minutes.
The Senator was Indiscreet (1947, USA, Kaufman) – Senile old fool William Powell wants to become president, with only the help of his vaguely statesmanlike looks, a public relations expert, and a diary full of embarassing secrets. Watched it all.
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947, USA, Lewin) – George Sanders seems to have been typecast as the arrogant 19th century gentleman. Every time he opens his mouth it sounds like he’s bored and secretly thinking depraved thoughts about the dimwitted woman he’s talking to. Watched: 24 minutes.
My Favorite Brunette (1947, USA, Nugent) – According to Britannica, Bob Hope represented “the comic tastes of the World War II generation, by whom wit and wordplay were highly valued”. That is so sad. So very very sad. But at least they won the war. Watched: 5 minutes.