1950s movies marathon – part 13

The Scarf (1951, USA, Dupont)

This is what I love about the 50’s – so far.  Suddenly you’ve got low-key dramas with interesting characters who talk and act in unpredictable ways.  It’s like a new door has been opened, and a bit of honesty was let in.  Watched it all.

I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951, USA)

That commie Dad you’re so ashamed of is actually an undercover FBI agent. One day you’ll understand.  Watched: 5 minutes, then fast-forwarded to the end, where a stirring testimony for the House Un-American Activities Committee reveals those labor activists for the slimy red traitors they are.  This is followed by the undercover agent punching a commie in the face. Hell, yeah!  Er .. I mean, how uncivilized.

Strangers on a Train (1951, USA, Hitchcock)

Some nice guy’s life is made difficult by an assortment of annoying psychopaths.  Watched it before, but less so this time.  The more I see of the really good movies of this time, particularly Anthony Mann’s thrillers, the less interesting I find Hitchcock’s.   The only emotion he knows is tension.

The African Queen (1951, USA, Huston)

Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn have never looked uglier.  That’s probably intentional, but it all feels pretty awkward.  Bogart’s massive stomach rumbling scene, the ev0l Germans burning down a village for no reason.  It’s like all the effort went into actually getting a technicolor movied filmed in Africa, and everything else was secondary.  Watched: 14 minutes, then fast-forwarded to the end, where a German ship accidentally sails straight onto a stationary torpedo.  Oh come on.

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