Sunday, September 27, 2009

40's movies marathon - part 28

The Palm Beach Story (1942, USA) - Claudette Colbert wants to use her good looks to charm money and other gifts out of rich men. Her husband would rather that she didn't, so she runs away for a divorce. Contains my favourite resolution of a confused identity love farce. Watched it all. Best scene, (despite the racism):

The Black Swan (1942, USA) - No relation to Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This movie is about pirates, the amusing kind, who murder and rape like other pirates, (at least we see them walk out of a burning city carrying tied up women, so we can assume that murder came before this scene, and rape afterwards), but it's all in good fun. They're such charming bastards, really, and English patriots too. Watched: 13 minutes.

Tales of Manhattan (1942, USA) - Brotherhood of the traveling suit. Charles Boyer is preposterous in the first tale, and I'm not staying for the rest. Watched: 10 minutes.

The Mummy's Tomb (1942, USA) - When did horror movies start becoming good? Even the classics are bad, and this isn't a classic. Watched: 4 minutes.

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942, USA) - Like I said. I can't even be bothered to make the obligatory "the peasants, they are revolting" joke. Watched: 6 minutes.

Mrs Miniver (1942, USA) - In England in the distant and carefree year 1939, Mrs Miniver buys a hat. My mind wandered off at that point, but there may also have been a conversation with a vicar. Watched: 7 minutes.

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