40’s movies marathon – part 96
April 26, 2010 2 Comments
Out of the Past (1947, USA, Tourneur) – Kirk Douglas hires Robert Mitchum to find his girl, who has run away because he’s a creep. Watched it all. Robert Mitchum feels out of place in the 40’s, like he’s just hanging around, waiting for the 50’s to arrive.
Intrigue (1947, USA, Marin) – An ex-pilot gone rogue walks into the headquarters of a Shanghai mafia and tells the sexy female boss that because women are too soft and gentle to be good at crime, she should partner up with him, and they’ll share the profits fifty-fifty. She accepts, and kisses him. Wow, these male fantasies sure can get stupid. Watched: 26 minutes.
Dead Reckoning (1947, USA, Cromwell) – Some guy has a shady past of some kind, and Humphrey Bogart’s not going to stand for it. Watched: 14 minutes.
The Lady From Shanghai (1947, USA, Welles) – Rita Hayworth is so taken with Orson Welles that she sends her husband to hire him to work on her yacht. Kinky! Also suspicious. Watched it all, but I’m not sure I like it. It’s a bit self-conscious, as if making a regular noir wasn’t good enough, so Welles had to show off with nuclear-age existensialism and an unusually implausible murder plot.
Carnegie Hall (1947, USA, Ulmer) – Even the cleaning women at Carnegie Hall are morally elevated by working in such culturally superior surroundings. Watched: 7 minutes.
Magic Town (1947, USA, Wellman) – Pollster James Stewart discovers a statistician’s utopia: A town where everyone thinks exactly like the nation as a whole. Phase 3: Profit! Watched: 12 minutes.