The Thief of Bagdad (1940, UK) – Have you read the Sandman story where Harun al-Rashid asks to have Baghdad moved into the world of dreams, where its wonders can be preserved against decay and death forever, pure and impossible? Well, this is that place, captured perfectly. Watched it all.
I Love You Again (1940, USA) – William Powell, an upstanding citizen, anti-vice fundraiser and overall tee-totalling bore, gets knocked over the head, and wakes up as William Powell, a charming crook. His wife Myrna Loy finds this quite an improvement. Watched it all.
Slightly Honorable (1940, USA) – There are several sparks of life in this movie, including the description of a Pacific island paradise that leads up to the picture above, but that doesn’t prevent it from being bad. Watched: 14 minutes.
Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1940, USA) – Crime movie that verges hesitantly on the edge of noir. Now just replace the friendly detective with Humphrey Boghart, and the nice young woman who has an endearing gambling problem with a femme fatale.. Watched: 15 minutes.
The Stranger on the Third Floor (1940, USA) – Something tells me that the obviously guilty defendant is innocent, and that the so far unintroduced Peter Lorre is both strange, murderous, and residing on the third floor. Watched: 12 minutes.