40’s movies marathon – part 103
May 30, 2010 2 Comments
Railroaded! (1947, USA, Mann) – Another tight, mean Anthony Mann noir. When he made bad movies (which was long ago, the previous year), he was still pretty interesting – and now he’s making good ones. Watched it all. Favorite scene: The good guy’s sister beating up the femme fatale.
Unconquered (1947, USA, DeMille) – Didn’t Gary Cooper promise to stay away from costume dramas? The opening scene could have been a Monty Python sketch, but it’s meant seriously: A woman defends herself in a 1763 court for killing a press gang officer that tried to press her brother. It’s the way she adds “but, my brother was killed too!” at the end that is just hilarious. Watched: 12 minutes.
Good News (1947, USA, Walters) – There’s something that’s been missing from most of the musicals so far. Now I know what it is: It’s whatever this movie has. It’s ridiculously artificial, but with a hard satirical edge. Watched it all. Actually, what this movie has that earlier musicals didn’t was the writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who a few years later made Singin’ in the Rain. Favorite scene: Pass That Peace Pipe, seen above, which just makes me really happy.
Variety Girl (1947, USA, Marshall) – I wonder if the studios would sometimes notice that a bunch of their stars were hanging around without anything to do, and say “Hey, let’s put them all together in an all-star movie! Script? Ah, just throw something together.” Watched: 12 minutes.