1950s movies marathon – part 27
April 4, 2011 2 Comments
Eight Iron Men (1952, USA, Dmytryk)
There are basically three types of war movies at this point: The sentimental ones that open with the Marine Corps hymn and feature John Wayne as the sergeant, the cheerful ones where the title has or might as well have multiple exclamation points, and the down to earth ones, like this: Just eight desperate characters stuck in a very bad place. Watched it all.
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952, USA)
It’s very convenient for a crime writer to have the trainspotting bookkeeper Claude Raines turn into a strangler when the plot calls for it, but I don’t believe it. Watched: 22 minutes. This actually feels a lot like an episode of Columbo, which isn’t such a bad thing, as crime goes, but not so special either.
The Wild Heart (1952, UK/USA)
David Selznick’s butchered version of the odd but unforgettable Powell & Pressburger movie Gone to Earth, which turned Zelnick’s wife Jennifer Jones into some sort of doomed faerie creature. Zelznick didn’t get it, and decided to “improve it” for the US release. Not even my favorite scene is intact.
Sailor Beware (1952, USA)
This is that movie where Jerry Lewis overcomes his nerdiness by signing up for military service, a concept so inherently funny that he and Dean Martin reused the plot again and again, and saw no need for adding additional jokes. Watched: 8 minutes.