1950s movies marathon – part 20
February 18, 2011 1 Comment
The Man in the White Suit (1951, UK, Mackendrick)
Matter hacker Alec Guinness sneaks about in laboratories, testing his theories right under the noses of the chemical priesthood that shuns him. He invents a new material that will revolutionize the textile industry, and Big Capital and Big Labor unite to suppress it. Watched it all. Yes there really seems to have been something libertarian in the air at Ealing Studios.
Mask of the Dragon (1951, USA)
Wait, is that a Hammond organ they’re using as the soundtrack to these ridiculous Korean stereotypes? It’s a disaster. I don’t think they even bothered to write a score. They just asked someone to play around on the organ for an hour. “And here comes a chase scene, so step up the tempo a bit. No, not that fast – we don’t want it to be too exciting.” Watched: 2 minutes.
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951, USA)
Bob Hope again. I’m going to get that hack one day. Just wait and see. Watched: 2 minutes. (It’s strange how angry I get about these awful old comedians. What did they ever do to me, apart from destroying my illusions about the greatest generation’s sense of humor?)
Death of a Salesman (1951, USA)
There’s a salesman. He’s sad. And everything is awful. Well, I won’t say the title didn’t warn me. Watched: 10 minutes.