30′s movies marathon – part 28

Destry Rides Again (1939, USA) – A good western, finally! Bottleneck is the dirtiest town in the West. The drunkard sheriff sends for James Stewart, a gunslinger’s son who doesn’t like guns. The result is a quieter Blazing Saddles. Watched it all.

Jamaica Inn (1939, UK) – A gang in Cornwall lures ships onto land, where they murder the crews and steal their cargo. One of the darkest movies in the marathon so far, made by someone who likes to see ugly bandits slobber over pretty women. Watched it all.

My Love for Yours (1939, USA) – The message here seems to be that successful business woman Gail Allen should give up her silly hobby and settle down in some sweet-talking guy’s kitchen. Watched: 40 minutes.

Gjest Baardsen (1939, Norway) – Gjest Baardsen, a trickster thief and escape artist, befuddles the police and rescues Maid Marian from the claws of Guy of Gisbourne. Watched it all.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, USA) – I hope the scene where “everybody” in 1482 knows the world is flat is Hollywood’s invention, not Victor Hugo’s. I know I should still give the movie a chance, but don’t you find it hard to get back into a movie after it has caused you to slap your forehead? Watched: 10 minutes.

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939, USA) – Bette Devis plays Elizabeth I well, but the prospect of watching a whole movie with even a non-swashbuckling Errol Flynn is intolerable. Watched: 19 minutes.

2 thoughts on “30′s movies marathon – part 28

  1. Dan Gosse

    I’m shocked you never watched THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. If you saw one movie with Laughton, you’d immediately know that any dramatic work with him is going to be engaging, intelligent and entertaining. His performance here is one of the greatest cinematic performances of all time.

    On separate note, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS is pure fucking captivating cinema from beginning to end.

  2. Bjørn Stærk

    I probably make a lot of bad decisions while doing this marathon. That’s the price of speeding through so many movies. An unfair bad impression can cause me to lose out on a really good movie.

    My favorite Laughton movie is This Land is Mine.

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