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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » April 19th, 2019, 10:01 pm

46. King of the Zombies (1941 / Jean Yarbrough) 6+/10
47. The Mummy’s Hand (1940 / Christy Cabanne) 7/10
48. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942 / Harold Young) 5+/10

It’s not the coffee, it’s the bunk.Show
1. The Great Lie (1941 / Edmund Goulding) FTV 7+/10
2. Captive Wild Woman (1943 / Edward Dmytryk) FTV 6/10
3. Jungle Woman (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) FTV 4+/10
4. Man Made Monster (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 7+/10
5. Horror Island (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
6. Drums of the Desert (1940 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
7. The Black Cat (1941 / Albert S. Rogell) FTV 7/10
8. Night Monster (1942 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6+/10
9. Jungle Man (1941 / Harry Fraser) FTV 5+/10
10. Waterloo Bridge (1940 / Mervyn Le Roy) FTV 7+/10
11. That Hamilton Woman (1941 / Alexander Korda) FTV 7+/10
12. Background to Danger (1943 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8/10
13. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
14. Three Strangers (1946 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
15. The Verdict (1946 / Don Siegel) FTV 8/10
16. Jungle Siren (1942 / Sam Newfield) FTV 6+/10
17. Arabian Nights (1942 / John Rawlins) FTV 7/10
18. The Mark of Zorro (1940 / Rouben Mamoulian) 8+/10
19. Blood and Sand (1941 / Rouben Mamoulian) FTV 8/10
20. Lucky Ghost (1942 / William Beaudine) FTV 6+/10
21. Jungle Jim (1948 / William Berke) FTV 6+/10
22. Find the Blackmailer (1943 / D. Ross Lederman) FTV 6/10
23. You’re Out of Luck (1941 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
24. The Lost Tribe (1949 / William Berke) FTV 6/10
25. Wake of the Red Witch (1948 / Edward Ludwig) FTV 6/10
26. Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942 / John Cromwell) FTV 8/10
27. The Black Swan (1942 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
28. Captain from Castille (1947 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
29. Prince of Foxes (1949 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
30. Dr. Cyclops (1940 / Ernest B. Schoedsack) FTV 6+/10
31-39, a-b. Serials {542 min. total}
a. Batman and Robin (1949 / Spencer Gordon Bennet) FTV 6+/10 {264 min.}
b. Holt of the Secret Service (1941 / James W. Horne) FTV 7/10 {278 min.}
40. Topper Returns (1941 / Roy Del Ruth) FTV 7/10
41. Chasing Trouble (1940 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
42. The Smiling Ghost (1941 / Lewis Seilor) FTV 6/10
43. Revenge of the Zombies (1943 / Steve Sekely) 6/10
44. The Hidden Hand (1942 / Ben Stoloff) FTV 7/10
45. The Ape Man (1943 / William Beaudine) 7/10

46. King of the Zombies (1941 / Jean Yarbrough) 6+/10
47. The Mummy’s Hand (1940 / Christy Cabanne) 7/10
48. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942 / Harold Young) 5+/10


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Post by Lonewolf2003 » April 19th, 2019, 11:34 pm

OldAle1 wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 10:00 pm

2. The Gang's All Here (Busby Berkely, 1943)

I'll get the bad out of the way first - none of the songs are all that memorable apart from Carmen Miranda's showstopper "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat" and "Brazil" - the latter song not original to this film - and leads Alice Faye and James Ellison really aren't that scintillating. These aren't really huge issues though as, being a Busby Berkeley film, it's more notable for the dancing, choreography, and staging than for the singing, and the rest of the cast, including Miranda, Edward Everett Horton, Charlotte Greenwood and Eugene Pallette, makes up for the relative dullness of the leads. Oh, and the color, the truly outstanding color cinematography by 7-time Oscar nominee Edward Cronjager. There weren't a lot of color features made during the war so we need to savor the ones we have and this delightful frothy comedy dance musical, despite some faults, certainly deserves to be remembered.
What did you think about the ending? I loved how Busby takes it to totally another realm there and show no intention to resolve the plot any further.
4. Panique (Julien Duvivier, 1946)

I saw Monsier Hire when it was first released in the US almost 30 years ago, and my memory is awfully dim, so I'm not sure I would have recognized this as the earlier version of the same story - apart from the name of the title character of course, played in this film by the great Michel Simon in an uncharacteristically melancholy, almost subdued performance. He still manages to totally dominate the screen and give a "big" performance despite the lack of overt gusto - a tribute to the actor and to Duvivier's careful filmmaking I think. Essentially this is one of those "somebody's been murdered, let's blame the weird guy who's not like the rest of us" story, with Simon's Mr. Hire a rather misanthropic, sometimes rude intellectual and mystic who keeps to himself and resists the friendship of others or any real sense of community. One interesting element - never overt as I recall - is the origin of M. Hire - whose real name is "Hirovich". One year after the war, and I don't think many French filmmakers wanted to deal with antisemitism, and the possible hounding of someone to death merely for his (perceived) Jewishness - so it is little remarked upon, but it is there. It's all beautifully done, very noir I guess in many respects, though I can't say it bowled me over.
Are you going to copy-paste this to the FotW thread also? Those threads need a the life support they can get ;)

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Post by Simba63 » April 20th, 2019, 2:31 am

9. Random Harvest (1942) - 6/10

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Post by weirdboy » April 20th, 2019, 3:23 am

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1. 49th Parallel (1942) - Michael Powell 6/10
2. Pitfall (1948) - Andre De Toth 6/10
3. He Walked By Night (1948) - Alfred Werker 7/10
4. Hollow Triumph AKA The Scar (1948) - Steve Sekely 6/10
5. Dark Mirror (1946) - Robert Siodmak 6/10
6. The Paradine Case (1947) - Alfred Hitchcock 6/10
7. The Little Foxes (1941) - William Wyler 6/10
8. Random Harvest (1942) - Mervyn LeRoy 8/10
9. My Name is Julia Ross (1946) - Joseph H. Lewis 6/10
10. So Dark the Night (1946) - Joseph H. Lewis 6/10
11. Oliver Twist (1948) - David Lean 8/10
12. Chichi ariki 父ありき AKA There Was a Father (1942) - Yasujiro Ozu 7/10
13. The Long Voyage Home (1940) - John Ford 6/10
14. Riso amaro AKA Bitter Rice (1949) - Guiseppe De Santis 8/10
15. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) - Boris Ingster 6/10
16. I Remember Mama (1948) - George Stevens 7/10
17. Ride the Pink Horse (1947) - Robert Montgomery 8/10
18. Arch of Triumph (1948) - Lewis Milestone 5/10
19. Went the Day Well? (1942) - Alberto Cavalcanti 7/10
20. The Gang's All Here (1943) - Busby Berkeley 7/10
21. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) - Gabriel Pascal 5/10
22. Act of Violence (1949) - Fred Zimmerman 7/10
23. Panique (1946) - Julien Duvivier 8/10
24. They Knew What They Wanted (1940) - Garson Kanin 6/10
25. Lady in the Lake (1947) - Robert Montgomery 6/10
26. My Gal Sal (1942) - Irving Cummings 6/10
27. Border Incident (1949) - Anthony Mann 6/10
28. Remorques (1941) - Jean Gremillon 6/10

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Post by Traveller » April 20th, 2019, 8:52 am

44. A Matter of Style (1949) - 4/10
45. Man Hunt (1941) - 7/10
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Post by Tarris1 » April 20th, 2019, 2:16 pm

24. Gaslight (1940) 7/10
23. Riso Amaro (1949) 7/10
22. The Stranger (1946) 8.5/10
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21. Kanzashi (1941) 7/10
20. The Uninvited (1944) 7.5/10
19. Kiss of Death (1947) 7/10
18. Fallen Angel (1945) 7/10
17. He Walked By Night (1948) 7.5/10
16. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) 7/10
15. I Wake Up Screaming (1941) 8/10
14. Whisky Galore! (1949) 7/10
13. Caught (1949) 7/10
12. Remorques (1941) 6/10
11. Suspicion (1941) 8/10
10. Jour de Fête (1949) 8/10
9. Act of Violence (1949) 8/10
8. Le Silence de la Mer (1949) 7.5/10
7. Brighton Rock (1948) 8/10
6. The Spiral Staircase (1946) 6/10
5. The Long Voyage Home (1940) 8/10
4. My Favorite Blonde (1942) 7/10
3. 4 passi fra le nuvole (1942) 8/10
2. Jane Eyre (1943) 8/10
1. A Mortal Storm (1940) 8/10
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Post by Traveller » April 20th, 2019, 5:32 pm

46. Raw Deal (1948) - 7/10
47. Road to Morocco (1942) - 6/10
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » April 20th, 2019, 10:24 pm

49. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) 5+/10
50. Desperate Journey (1942 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8+/10
51. The Invisible Man Returns (1940 / Joe May) 7/10
52. Return of the Ape Man (1944 / Phil Rosen) FTV 6+/10

It’s not the coffee, it’s the bunk.Show
1. The Great Lie (1941 / Edmund Goulding) FTV 7+/10
2. Captive Wild Woman (1943 / Edward Dmytryk) FTV 6/10
3. Jungle Woman (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) FTV 4+/10
4. Man Made Monster (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 7+/10
5. Horror Island (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
6. Drums of the Desert (1940 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
7. The Black Cat (1941 / Albert S. Rogell) FTV 7/10
8. Night Monster (1942 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6+/10
9. Jungle Man (1941 / Harry Fraser) FTV 5+/10
10. Waterloo Bridge (1940 / Mervyn Le Roy) FTV 7+/10
11. That Hamilton Woman (1941 / Alexander Korda) FTV 7+/10
12. Background to Danger (1943 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8/10
13. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
14. Three Strangers (1946 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
15. The Verdict (1946 / Don Siegel) FTV 8/10
16. Jungle Siren (1942 / Sam Newfield) FTV 6+/10
17. Arabian Nights (1942 / John Rawlins) FTV 7/10
18. The Mark of Zorro (1940 / Rouben Mamoulian) 8+/10
19. Blood and Sand (1941 / Rouben Mamoulian) FTV 8/10
20. Lucky Ghost (1942 / William Beaudine) FTV 6+/10
21. Jungle Jim (1948 / William Berke) FTV 6+/10
22. Find the Blackmailer (1943 / D. Ross Lederman) FTV 6/10
23. You’re Out of Luck (1941 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
24. The Lost Tribe (1949 / William Berke) FTV 6/10
25. Wake of the Red Witch (1948 / Edward Ludwig) FTV 6/10
26. Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942 / John Cromwell) FTV 8/10
27. The Black Swan (1942 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
28. Captain from Castille (1947 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
29. Prince of Foxes (1949 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
30. Dr. Cyclops (1940 / Ernest B. Schoedsack) FTV 6+/10
31-39, a-b. Serials {542 min. total}
a. Batman and Robin (1949 / Spencer Gordon Bennet) FTV 6+/10 {264 min.}
b. Holt of the Secret Service (1941 / James W. Horne) FTV 7/10 {278 min.}
40. Topper Returns (1941 / Roy Del Ruth) FTV 7/10
41. Chasing Trouble (1940 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
42. The Smiling Ghost (1941 / Lewis Seilor) FTV 6/10
43. Revenge of the Zombies (1943 / Steve Sekely) 6/10
44. The Hidden Hand (1942 / Ben Stoloff) FTV 7/10
45. The Ape Man (1943 / William Beaudine) 7/10
46. King of the Zombies (1941 / Jean Yarbrough) 6+/10
47. The Mummy’s Hand (1940 / Christy Cabanne) 7/10
48. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942 / Harold Young) 5+/10

49. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) 5+/10
50. Desperate Journey (1942 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8+/10
51. The Invisible Man Returns (1940 / Joe May) 7/10
52. Return of the Ape Man (1944 / Phil Rosen) FTV 6+/10


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Post by India Istanbul » April 21st, 2019, 1:51 am

13. Return of the Ape Man (1944)
14. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
15. Return of the Vampire (1943)
16. Son of Dracula (1943)
17. House of Dracula (1945)
18. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
19. Voodoo Man (1944)
20. The Hidden Hand (1942)
21. Shadow on the Stairs (1941)

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1. Double Indemnity (1944)
2. The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
3. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
4. Bluebeard (1944)
5. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
6. Blonde Ice (1948)
7. Shock (1946)
8. The Invisible Wall (1947)
9. The Guilty (1947)
10. Life With Father (1947)
11. Zombies on Broadway (1945)
12. Bowery at Midnight (1942)

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Post by India Istanbul » April 21st, 2019, 1:55 am

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 10:24 pm
49. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) 5+/10
50. Desperate Journey (1942 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8+/10
51. The Invisible Man Returns (1940 / Joe May) 7/10
52. Return of the Ape Man (1944 / Phil Rosen) FTV 6+/10

It’s not the coffee, it’s the bunk.Show
1. The Great Lie (1941 / Edmund Goulding) FTV 7+/10
2. Captive Wild Woman (1943 / Edward Dmytryk) FTV 6/10
3. Jungle Woman (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) FTV 4+/10
4. Man Made Monster (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 7+/10
5. Horror Island (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
6. Drums of the Desert (1940 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
7. The Black Cat (1941 / Albert S. Rogell) FTV 7/10
8. Night Monster (1942 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6+/10
9. Jungle Man (1941 / Harry Fraser) FTV 5+/10
10. Waterloo Bridge (1940 / Mervyn Le Roy) FTV 7+/10
11. That Hamilton Woman (1941 / Alexander Korda) FTV 7+/10
12. Background to Danger (1943 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8/10
13. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
14. Three Strangers (1946 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
15. The Verdict (1946 / Don Siegel) FTV 8/10
16. Jungle Siren (1942 / Sam Newfield) FTV 6+/10
17. Arabian Nights (1942 / John Rawlins) FTV 7/10
18. The Mark of Zorro (1940 / Rouben Mamoulian) 8+/10
19. Blood and Sand (1941 / Rouben Mamoulian) FTV 8/10
20. Lucky Ghost (1942 / William Beaudine) FTV 6+/10
21. Jungle Jim (1948 / William Berke) FTV 6+/10
22. Find the Blackmailer (1943 / D. Ross Lederman) FTV 6/10
23. You’re Out of Luck (1941 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
24. The Lost Tribe (1949 / William Berke) FTV 6/10
25. Wake of the Red Witch (1948 / Edward Ludwig) FTV 6/10
26. Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942 / John Cromwell) FTV 8/10
27. The Black Swan (1942 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
28. Captain from Castille (1947 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
29. Prince of Foxes (1949 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
30. Dr. Cyclops (1940 / Ernest B. Schoedsack) FTV 6+/10
31-39, a-b. Serials {542 min. total}
a. Batman and Robin (1949 / Spencer Gordon Bennet) FTV 6+/10 {264 min.}
b. Holt of the Secret Service (1941 / James W. Horne) FTV 7/10 {278 min.}
40. Topper Returns (1941 / Roy Del Ruth) FTV 7/10
41. Chasing Trouble (1940 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
42. The Smiling Ghost (1941 / Lewis Seilor) FTV 6/10
43. Revenge of the Zombies (1943 / Steve Sekely) 6/10
44. The Hidden Hand (1942 / Ben Stoloff) FTV 7/10
45. The Ape Man (1943 / William Beaudine) 7/10
46. King of the Zombies (1941 / Jean Yarbrough) 6+/10
47. The Mummy’s Hand (1940 / Christy Cabanne) 7/10
48. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942 / Harold Young) 5+/10

49. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) 5+/10
50. Desperate Journey (1942 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8+/10
51. The Invisible Man Returns (1940 / Joe May) 7/10
52. Return of the Ape Man (1944 / Phil Rosen) FTV 6+/10

I have wondered about that Batman and Robin serial since I first heard of it. Is 6+ a very good rating?

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Post by sol » April 21st, 2019, 6:34 am

Out of the PastShow
1. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
2. The Street with No Name (1948)
3. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
4. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
5a. Know for Sure (1941) 22min
5b. The Cage (1947) 28min and
5c. At Land (1946) 15m = 65min
6. The Dancing Masters (1943)
7. Give Us This Day (1949)
8. To Each His Own (1946)
9. The Wicked Lady (1945)
10. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
11. Caught in the Draft (1941)
12. Bell-Bottom George (1944)
13. The Face of Marble (1946)
14. Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)
15. The Way of All Flesh (1940)
16. King of the Zombies (1941)
17. Louisiana Purchase (1941)
18. Louisiana Story (1948)
19. Spare a Copper (1940)

20. Blood and Sand (1941)

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This melodrama won an Oscar for its colour photography and some shots are certainly as pretty as picture (see above), but everything is so overwrought and formulaic as a drama that it is hard to warm to it. The initial scenes of the protagonist as an ambitious kid are actually the best, with him foolishly playing matador to a train and romancing a cute Ann Todd; playing the characters as adults, Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell fare less well with the roles. Some of the bullfights are certainly well filmed though and Rita Hayworth looking stunning in colour at least.
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Post by Traveller » April 21st, 2019, 8:33 am

48. Crossfire (1947) - 5/10
49. Phantom Lady (1944) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by hurluberlu » April 21st, 2019, 8:56 am

9. The Talk of the Town (George Stevens, 1942) 5+

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1. Western Union (Fritz Lang, 1941) 6
2. The Stars Look Down (Carol Reed, 1940) 6
3. Northwest Passage (King Vidor, Jack Conway, 1940) 5
4. Drunken Angel / Yoidore tenshi (Akira Kurosawa, 1948) [DTC Nom'] 7
5. The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise, 1945) 7-
6. Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, 1945) [DTC Nom] 7
7. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944) [DTC Nom] 7
8. [61min shorts]
[15 min] Darek (Jirí Trnka, Jirí Krejcík, 1946) 6
[20 min] Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947) 5+
[8 min] King-size Canary (Tex Avery, 1947) 6+
[7 min] Red Hot Riding Hood (Tex Avery, 1943) 8
[11 min] They Caught the Ferry / De nåede færgen (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1948) 7-
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Post by 72allinncallme » April 21st, 2019, 9:11 am

4. Voice in the Wind (1944)
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1. Moontide (1942)
2. Panique (1946)
3. Act of Violence (1949)
4. Voice in the Wind (1944)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » April 21st, 2019, 10:32 am

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10. 'He Found a Star' / 1941, John Paddy Carstairs / 6/10
11. 'One Exciting Night' / 1944, Walter Forde / 8/10
12. 'Brief Encounter' / 1945, David Lean / 9/10
13. 'Impact' / 1949, Arthur Lubin / 7/10
14. 'Silent Dust' / 1949, Lance Comfort / 7/10
15. 'Too Late for Tears' / 1949, Byron Haskin / 7.5/10

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Post by sol » April 21st, 2019, 11:42 am

Out of the PastShow
1. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
2. The Street with No Name (1948)
3. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
4. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
5a. Know for Sure (1941) 22min
5b. The Cage (1947) 28min and
5c. At Land (1946) 15m = 65min
6. The Dancing Masters (1943)
7. Give Us This Day (1949)
8. To Each His Own (1946)
9. The Wicked Lady (1945)
10. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
11. Caught in the Draft (1941)
12. Bell-Bottom George (1944)
13. The Face of Marble (1946)
14. Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)
15. The Way of All Flesh (1940)
16. King of the Zombies (1941)
17. Louisiana Purchase (1941)
18. Louisiana Story (1948)
19. Spare a Copper (1940)
20. Blood and Sand (1941)

21. Madame Curie (1943)

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Greer Garson has some strong moments in the title role with her passion for discovering radium heartfelt; cast opposite her as her husband, Walter Pidgeon is a tad wooden, but has a great proposal scene as he compares their relationship to sodium chloride before popping the question (!). The science scenes are unquestionably the strength of the film with lots of intriguing intellectual debate and some rather eerie shots of the radioactive material that we now know to be so dangerous. The on/off voiceover narration is a little awkward though and arguably not necessary.
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Post by zzzorf » April 21st, 2019, 1:35 pm

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1. 40,000 Horsemen (1940) - 3/10 (double)
2. The Rats of Tobruk (1944) - 7/10 (double)

3. Smithy (1946) - 9/10 (double)

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Post by Traveller » April 21st, 2019, 3:18 pm

50. Under the Bridges (1946) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by shugs » April 21st, 2019, 7:02 pm

12. The Little Foxes (William Wyler, 1941) - 10/10
13. Panique (Julien Duvivier, 1946) - 8/10
14. Murder, My Sweet (Edward Dmytryk, 1944) - 8/10
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1. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944) - 9/10
2. Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945) - 7/10
3. Call Northside 777 (Henry Hathaway, 1948) - 6/10
4. Hollow Triumph (Steve Sekely, Paul Henreid, 1948) - 6/10
5. Det regnar på vår kärlek aka It Rains on Our Love (Ingmar Bergman, 1946) - 9/10
6. T-Men (Anthony Mann, 1947) - 7.5/10
7. My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946) - 10/10
8. Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) - 5/10
9. My Name Is Julia Ross (Joseph H. Lewis, 1945) - 7/10
10. So Dark the Night (Joseph H. Lewis, 1946) - 6/10
11. Duel in the Sun (King Vidor, 1946) - 8/10

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Post by albajos » April 21st, 2019, 9:58 pm

34. Bush Christmas (1947) Australia | UK 199 checks [double]

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01. Force of Evil (1948) USA 12 official lists 1 573 checks [double]
02. Scarlet Street (1945) USA 9 official lists 2 503 checks
03. The Little Foxes (1941) USA 6 official lists 1 425 checks
04. The Big Steal (1949) USA 1 official list 411 checks [double]
05. Now, Voyager (1942) USA 10 official lists 2 540 checks
06. The Long Voyage Home (1940) USA 3 official lists 576 checks [double]
07. Random Harvest (1942) USA 6 official lists 915 checks
08. I Remember Mama (1948) USA 2 official lists 811 checks
09. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) USA 4 official lists 969 checks
10. Secret Beyond the Door... (1947) USA 2 official lists 925 checks [double]
11. Monsieur Verdoux (1947) USA 11 official lists 2 944 checks [Platinum on 1940s]
12. This Gun for Hire (1942) USA 4 official lists 1 282 checks [double]
13. Brute Force (1947) USA 5 official lists 1 613 checks [double]
14. Nazi Concentration Camps (1945) USA 121 checks [double]
15. The Strawberry Blonde (1941) USA 1 official list 446 checks [double]
16. None But the Lonely Heart (1944) USA 1 official list 288 checks
17. In Which We Serve (1942) UK 6 official lists 856 checks
18. The True Glory (1945) USA | UK 2 official lists 134 checks
19. Oliver Twist (1948) UK 7 official lists 4 194 checks [double]
20. Brighton Rock (1948) UK 8 official lists 1 269 checks [double]
21. The Lady from Shanghai (1947) USA 9 official lists 5 162 checks
22. Night Monster (1942) USA 1 official list 90 checks
23. The Outlaw (1943) USA 2 official lists 425 checks
24. The More the Merrier (1943) USA 5 official lists 859 checks [double]
25. Det regnar på vår kärlek (1946) Sweden 179 checks
26. Act of Violence (1949) USA 3 official lists 752 checks [double]
27. The Web (1947) USA 1 official list 137 checks [double]
28. Moontide (1942) USA 1 official list 173 checks [double]
29. The Gang's All Here (1943) USA 3 official lists 344 checks [double]
30. The Fountainhead (1949) USA 1 official list 993 checks [double]
31. Voice in the Wind (1944) USA 1 official list 59 checks [double]
32. Undertow (1949) USA 1 official list 54 checks
33. Pattes blanches (1949) France 1 official list 21 checks

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Post by Traveller » April 22nd, 2019, 7:43 am

51. Murderers Among Us (1946) - 7/10
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Post by sebby » April 22nd, 2019, 8:34 am

09 stormy weather 1943 6/10
10 adam's rib 1949 6/10
11 ivan the terrible part 1 1944 5/10
12 this gun for hire 1942 5/10
13 whisky galore 1949 2/10
14 the more the merrier 1943 6/10


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01 Quai des Orfèvres 1947 5/10
02 my darling clemtine 1946 4.5/10
03 brighton rock 1948 5/10
04 on the town 1949 4/10
05 meet me in st louis 1944 3/10
06 the thief of baghdad 1940 3.5/10
07 the ghost and mrs muir 1947 4/10
08 duel in the sun 1946 4/10
09 stormy weather 1943 6/10
10 adam's rib 1949 6/10
11 ivan the terrible part 1 1944 5/10
12 this gun for hire 1942 5/10
13 whisky galore 1949 2/10
14 the more the merrier 1943 6/10

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Post by sol » April 22nd, 2019, 9:02 am

Out of the PastShow
1. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
2. The Street with No Name (1948)
3. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
4. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
5a. Know for Sure (1941) 22min
5b. The Cage (1947) 28min and
5c. At Land (1946) 15m = 65min
6. The Dancing Masters (1943)
7. Give Us This Day (1949)
8. To Each His Own (1946)
9. The Wicked Lady (1945)
10. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
11. Caught in the Draft (1941)
12. Bell-Bottom George (1944)
13. The Face of Marble (1946)
14. Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)
15. The Way of All Flesh (1940)
16. King of the Zombies (1941)
17. Louisiana Purchase (1941)
18. Louisiana Story (1948)
19. Spare a Copper (1940)
20. Blood and Sand (1941)
21. Madame Curie (1943)

22. Before I Hang (1940)

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Under heavy makeup, Boris Karloff is well cast here as an elderly doctor permitted to carry on his human life extending experiments while he awaits execution for performing euthanasia. The pseudoscience is fascinating as Karloff waxes poetic about ageing merely being a curable disease and the first third of the film is very gripping as Karloff ends up trying his procedure on himself with unexpected results. Alas, the final two third of the film are heavy in horror clichés and tiresome mad doctor tropes with the blood of a convicted killer transforming Karloff into a murderer himself.
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Post by flavo5000 » April 22nd, 2019, 3:13 pm

4. The Fountainhead (1949)
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1. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
2. Mahal (1949)
3. Bush Christmas (1947)
4. The Fountainhead (1949)

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Post by sol » April 22nd, 2019, 3:57 pm

Out of the PastShow
1. The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
2. The Street with No Name (1948)
3. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
4. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
5a. Know for Sure (1941) 22min
5b. The Cage (1947) 28min and
5c. At Land (1946) 15m = 65min
6. The Dancing Masters (1943)
7. Give Us This Day (1949)
8. To Each His Own (1946)
9. The Wicked Lady (1945)
10. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)
11. Caught in the Draft (1941)
12. Bell-Bottom George (1944)
13. The Face of Marble (1946)
14. Monsieur Beaucaire (1946)
15. The Way of All Flesh (1940)
16. King of the Zombies (1941)
17. Louisiana Purchase (1941)
18. Louisiana Story (1948)
19. Spare a Copper (1940)
20. Blood and Sand (1941)
21. Madame Curie (1943)
22. Before I Hang (1940)

23. Voodoo Man (1944)

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Bela Lugosi rises to the challenge of making his villain here creepy yet eloquent and somewhat sympathetic with his futile failed attempts to bring his wife back to life via voodoo. John Carradine is also on hand as a wacky bug-eyed servant, there are some neat stop motion effects with a rope and a cool bit predating modern technology as Lugosi has his house wired up with security cameras connected to a big screen. The plot is pretty threadbare and the good guy characters are very bland, but there's surprisingly quite a bit to like here and the self-referential final line is awesome.

24. Saps at Sea (1940)

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This Laurel and Hardy comedy suffers from a roundabout plot and mostly feels like a series of loosely connected skits, yet I would rate this is one of the comic duo's better (if not best) films. There are some very daring stunts this time round - notably Ollie falling out of a window - and the always funny James Finlayson has a deliciously large supporting role as Ollie's doctor; his home visit is a real highlight. There are also some amusing moments thanks to a well-trained goat. Some of the movie's lamer gags run for a little too long though - especially the eating scene towards the end.
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Post by maxwelldeux » April 22nd, 2019, 4:21 pm

Anything happen this decade?Show
1. The Battle of Russia (1943)
2. Force of Evil (1948)
3. Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)
4. They Live by Night (1948)
5. Detour (1945)
6. Side Street (1949)
7. Great Expectations (1946)
8. Black Narcissus (1947)
9. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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Post by Traveller » April 22nd, 2019, 4:42 pm

52. Woman of the Year (1942) - 5/10
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Post by 72allinncallme » April 22nd, 2019, 4:59 pm

5. Soldaten og Jenny (1947) [rewatch] (l)
Now with English subs :whistling:
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1. Moontide (1942)
2. Panique (1946)
3. Act of Violence (1949)
4. Voice in the Wind (1944)
5. Soldaten og Jenny (1947) [rewatch] (l)

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Post by jeroeno » April 22nd, 2019, 7:32 pm

07. The Way to the Stars (1945)
08. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
09. The Lost Moment (1947)
10. Crossroads (1942)
11. Dear Murderer (1947)
12. For You I Die (1947)
13. My Favorite Blonde (1942)
14. Whispering City (1947)
15. My Learned Friend (1943)
16. Saps at Sea (1940)
17a. Donald's Dog Laundry (1940) (8 min)
17b. Donald's Vacation (1940) (8 min)
17c. Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip (1940) (8 min)
17d. Elmer's Candid Camera (1940) (8 min)
17e. The Milky Way (1940) (8 min)
17f. Puss Gets the Boot (1940) (9 min)
17g. Inspirace (1949) (11 min)
18. Domingo de carnaval (1945)

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Post by India Istanbul » April 22nd, 2019, 7:34 pm

22. Cat People (1942)
23. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
24. The Leopard Man (1943)
25. The Seventh Victim (1943)
26. The Ghost Ship (1943)
27. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
28. The Body Snatcher (1945)
29. Isle of the Dead (1945)
30. Bedlam (1946)

Total: 30 points
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1. Double Indemnity (1944)
2. The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
3. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
4. Bluebeard (1944)
5. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
6. Blonde Ice (1948)
7. Shock (1946)
8. The Invisible Wall (1947)
9. The Guilty (1947)
10. Life With Father (1947)
11. Zombies on Broadway (1945)
12. Bowery at Midnight (1942)
13. Return of the Ape Man (1944)
14. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
15. Return of the Vampire (1943)
16. Son of Dracula (1943)
17. House of Dracula (1945)
18. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
19. Voodoo Man (1944)
20. The Hidden Hand (1942)
21. Shadow on the Stairs (1941)
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Post by India Istanbul » April 22nd, 2019, 7:43 pm

India Istanbul wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 7:34 pm
22. Cat People (1942)
23. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
24. The Leopard Man (1943)
25. The Seventh Victim (1943)
26. The Ghost Ship (1943)
27. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
28. The Body Snatcher (1945)
29. Isle of the Dead (1945)
30. Bedlam (1946)
31. Decoy (1946)
32. Detour (1945)

Total: 32 points
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1. Double Indemnity (1944)
2. The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
3. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
4. Bluebeard (1944)
5. The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
6. Blonde Ice (1948)
7. Shock (1946)
8. The Invisible Wall (1947)
9. The Guilty (1947)
10. Life With Father (1947)
11. Zombies on Broadway (1945)
12. Bowery at Midnight (1942)
13. Return of the Ape Man (1944)
14. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
15. Return of the Vampire (1943)
16. Son of Dracula (1943)
17. House of Dracula (1945)
18. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
19. Voodoo Man (1944)
20. The Hidden Hand (1942)
21. Shadow on the Stairs (1941)
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Post by Tarris1 » April 22nd, 2019, 8:14 pm

28. Hollow Triumph (1948) 7/10
27. Yoidore Tenshi (1948) 7/10
26. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) 7/10
25. Phantom Lady (1944) 7/10
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24. Gaslight (1940) 7/10
23. Riso Amaro (1949) 7/10
22. The Stranger (1946) 8.5/10
21. Kanzashi (1941) 7/10
20. The Uninvited (1944) 7.5/10
19. Kiss of Death (1947) 7/10
18. Fallen Angel (1945) 7/10
17. He Walked By Night (1948) 7.5/10
16. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) 7/10
15. I Wake Up Screaming (1941) 8/10
14. Whisky Galore! (1949) 7/10
13. Caught (1949) 7/10
12. Remorques (1941) 6/10
11. Suspicion (1941) 8/10
10. Jour de Fête (1949) 8/10
9. Act of Violence (1949) 8/10
8. Le Silence de la Mer (1949) 7.5/10
7. Brighton Rock (1948) 8/10
6. The Spiral Staircase (1946) 6/10
5. The Long Voyage Home (1940) 8/10
4. My Favorite Blonde (1942) 7/10
3. 4 passi fra le nuvole (1942) 8/10
2. Jane Eyre (1943) 8/10
1. A Mortal Storm (1940) 8/10
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Post by AB537 » April 23rd, 2019, 2:50 am

13. The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942). I have to admit I don't entirely understand the very high rankings for this one on TSPDT, Sight & Sound etc. It's the second time I've watched it and for me it's one of Welles' weaker efforts.

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Post by peeptoad » April 23rd, 2019, 9:37 am

19. The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) 7
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1. The Mummy’s Hand (1940) 7*
2. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) 6
3. Son of Dracula (1943) 6
4. House of Dracula (1945) 6
5. King of the Zombies (1941) 6
6. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 8*
7. Strangler of the Swamp (1946) 6
8. The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) 6
9. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) 7
10. Before I Hang (1940) 6
11. Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)
12. Bluebeard (1944) 4
13. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) 7
14. Dr. Cyclops (1940) 7
15. The Devil Bat (1940) 5
16. Return of the Vampire (1943) 7
17. Le corbeau (1943) The Raven 8
18. Phantom of the Opera (1943) 4

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Post by hurluberlu » April 23rd, 2019, 10:03 am

10. The Record of a Tenement Gentleman / Nagaya shinshiroku (Yasujirô Ozu, 1947) 7-

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1. Western Union (Fritz Lang, 1941) 6
2. The Stars Look Down (Carol Reed, 1940) 6
3. Northwest Passage (King Vidor, Jack Conway, 1940) 5
4. Drunken Angel / Yoidore tenshi (Akira Kurosawa, 1948) [DTC Nom'] 7
5. The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise, 1945) 7-
6. Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, 1945) [DTC Nom] 7
7. Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944) [DTC Nom] 7
8. [61min shorts]
[15 min] Darek (Jirí Trnka, Jirí Krejcík, 1946) 6
[20 min] Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947) 5+
[8 min] King-size Canary (Tex Avery, 1947) 6+
[7 min] Red Hot Riding Hood (Tex Avery, 1943) 8
[11 min] They Caught the Ferry / De nåede færgen (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1948) 7-
9. The Talk of the Town (George Stevens, 1942) 5+
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Post by cinephage » April 23rd, 2019, 1:31 pm

04. L'assassinat du Père Noël, by Christian-Jacque (1941) 7/10

Interesting setting, disappointing ending... Still, Christian-Jacque's style is interesting...
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01. 'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers), by King Vidor (1940) 7,5/10
02. Topper Returns, by Roy del Ruth (1941) 7,5/10
03. The Big Steal, by Don Siegel (1949) 6,5/10

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » April 23rd, 2019, 3:37 pm

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16. 'Address Unknown' / 1944, William Cameron Menzies / 7 or 7.5/10
17. 'The Rats of Tobruk' / 1944, Charles Chauvel / 6 or 6.5/10
18. 'Doll Face' / 1945, Lewis Seiler / 7/10
19. 'Night Boat to Dublin' / 1946, Lawrence Huntington / 6/10
20. 'It Happened on Fifth Avenue' / 1947, Roy Del Ruth / 9/10

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » April 23rd, 2019, 5:44 pm

India Istanbul wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 1:55 am
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 10:24 pm
49. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) 5+/10
50. Desperate Journey (1942 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8+/10
51. The Invisible Man Returns (1940 / Joe May) 7/10
52. Return of the Ape Man (1944 / Phil Rosen) FTV 6+/10

It’s not the coffee, it’s the bunk.Show
1. The Great Lie (1941 / Edmund Goulding) FTV 7+/10
2. Captive Wild Woman (1943 / Edward Dmytryk) FTV 6/10
3. Jungle Woman (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) FTV 4+/10
4. Man Made Monster (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 7+/10
5. Horror Island (1941 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
6. Drums of the Desert (1940 / George Waggner) FTV 5/10
7. The Black Cat (1941 / Albert S. Rogell) FTV 7/10
8. Night Monster (1942 / Ford Beebe) FTV 6+/10
9. Jungle Man (1941 / Harry Fraser) FTV 5+/10
10. Waterloo Bridge (1940 / Mervyn Le Roy) FTV 7+/10
11. That Hamilton Woman (1941 / Alexander Korda) FTV 7+/10
12. Background to Danger (1943 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8/10
13. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
14. Three Strangers (1946 / Jean Negulesco) FTV 7+/10
15. The Verdict (1946 / Don Siegel) FTV 8/10
16. Jungle Siren (1942 / Sam Newfield) FTV 6+/10
17. Arabian Nights (1942 / John Rawlins) FTV 7/10
18. The Mark of Zorro (1940 / Rouben Mamoulian) 8+/10
19. Blood and Sand (1941 / Rouben Mamoulian) FTV 8/10
20. Lucky Ghost (1942 / William Beaudine) FTV 6+/10
21. Jungle Jim (1948 / William Berke) FTV 6+/10
22. Find the Blackmailer (1943 / D. Ross Lederman) FTV 6/10
23. You’re Out of Luck (1941 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
24. The Lost Tribe (1949 / William Berke) FTV 6/10
25. Wake of the Red Witch (1948 / Edward Ludwig) FTV 6/10
26. Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942 / John Cromwell) FTV 8/10
27. The Black Swan (1942 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
28. Captain from Castille (1947 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
29. Prince of Foxes (1949 / Henry King) FTV 7+/10
30. Dr. Cyclops (1940 / Ernest B. Schoedsack) FTV 6+/10
31-39, a-b. Serials {542 min. total}
a. Batman and Robin (1949 / Spencer Gordon Bennet) FTV 6+/10 {264 min.}
b. Holt of the Secret Service (1941 / James W. Horne) FTV 7/10 {278 min.}
40. Topper Returns (1941 / Roy Del Ruth) FTV 7/10
41. Chasing Trouble (1940 / Howard Bretherton) FTV 6/10
42. The Smiling Ghost (1941 / Lewis Seilor) FTV 6/10
43. Revenge of the Zombies (1943 / Steve Sekely) 6/10
44. The Hidden Hand (1942 / Ben Stoloff) FTV 7/10
45. The Ape Man (1943 / William Beaudine) 7/10
46. King of the Zombies (1941 / Jean Yarbrough) 6+/10
47. The Mummy’s Hand (1940 / Christy Cabanne) 7/10
48. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942 / Harold Young) 5+/10

49. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944 / Reginald Le Borg) 5+/10
50. Desperate Journey (1942 / Raoul Walsh) FTV 8+/10
51. The Invisible Man Returns (1940 / Joe May) 7/10
52. Return of the Ape Man (1944 / Phil Rosen) FTV 6+/10

I have wondered about that Batman and Robin serial since I first heard of it. Is 6+ a very good rating?
Batman and robin has slow stretches and the cliffhangers are fairly uninspired but it was still fun. It was not all that faithful to the Batman comics - probably due to budget contraints but a few of the Bat gadgets survive. There are much better superhero serials - Adventures of Captain Marvel is one of the best serials period - with great stunts and cliffhangers. And Holt of the Secret Service - the second serial I watched this month - is also a lot of fun. Jack Holt is the personification of hardboiled tough guy and Evelyn Brent matches him as a sassy, tough chick who he is partnered with. Rarely are the lead performances in serials as watchable as these two.

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Post by Traveller » April 23rd, 2019, 6:00 pm

53. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) - 7/10
54. Thieves' Highway (1949) - 5/10
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Post by OldAle1 » April 23rd, 2019, 9:52 pm

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April 19th, 2019, 11:34 pm
OldAle1 wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 10:00 pm

2. The Gang's All Here (Busby Berkely, 1943)

I'll get the bad out of the way first - none of the songs are all that memorable apart from Carmen Miranda's showstopper "The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat" and "Brazil" - the latter song not original to this film - and leads Alice Faye and James Ellison really aren't that scintillating. These aren't really huge issues though as, being a Busby Berkeley film, it's more notable for the dancing, choreography, and staging than for the singing, and the rest of the cast, including Miranda, Edward Everett Horton, Charlotte Greenwood and Eugene Pallette, makes up for the relative dullness of the leads. Oh, and the color, the truly outstanding color cinematography by 7-time Oscar nominee Edward Cronjager. There weren't a lot of color features made during the war so we need to savor the ones we have and this delightful frothy comedy dance musical, despite some faults, certainly deserves to be remembered.
What did you think about the ending? I loved how Busby takes it to totally another realm there and show no intention to resolve the plot any further.
4. Panique (Julien Duvivier, 1946)

I saw Monsier Hire when it was first released in the US almost 30 years ago, and my memory is awfully dim, so I'm not sure I would have recognized this as the earlier version of the same story - apart from the name of the title character of course, played in this film by the great Michel Simon in an uncharacteristically melancholy, almost subdued performance. He still manages to totally dominate the screen and give a "big" performance despite the lack of overt gusto - a tribute to the actor and to Duvivier's careful filmmaking I think. Essentially this is one of those "somebody's been murdered, let's blame the weird guy who's not like the rest of us" story, with Simon's Mr. Hire a rather misanthropic, sometimes rude intellectual and mystic who keeps to himself and resists the friendship of others or any real sense of community. One interesting element - never overt as I recall - is the origin of M. Hire - whose real name is "Hirovich". One year after the war, and I don't think many French filmmakers wanted to deal with antisemitism, and the possible hounding of someone to death merely for his (perceived) Jewishness - so it is little remarked upon, but it is there. It's all beautifully done, very noir I guess in many respects, though I can't say it bowled me over.
Are you going to copy-paste this to the FotW thread also? Those threads need a the life support they can get ;)
Sorry for the very late reply, it's been tough for me to get through my backlog of writing/posting, and other shit the last week or so. Yeah I liked the ending to the Berkeley film, almost seems to dispense with narrative - actually that's not uncommon in his films, sometimes the musical numbers go on so long and are so varied I forget what's going on - and don't care.

OK I'll paste to FOTW though it's late there also - I try to post there when I've seen the film though I can't usually make time to watch things that are current to the threads - something else that would be nice to make time for but that I just can't seem to do.

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