Up in Arms (1944, USA, Nugent) – Hypocondriac Danny Kaye gets drafted, and goes through an adventure of song and music and beautiful nurses. Admittedly this is a patriotic war musical, but it’s mostly just very very silly, so I approve anyway. Watched it all.
Passage to Marseille (1944, USA, Curtiz) – The Free French are wonderful people. There’s no friction with the other Allies at all. Watched: 10 minutes.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944, USA, Lubin) – The rightful ruler of Bagdad fights for freedom .. I mean FREEDOM! I deliberately ignore Errol Flynn movies in this marathon, because I hate him. This isn’t an Errol Flynn movie, but it might as well be. Watched: 12 minutes.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944, USA, Sturges) – It’s settled: Preston Sturges is my second favorite 40′s Hollywood director. A marine who’s been discharged because of chronic hayfever comes home to a hero’s welcome. The more he tells his townspeople that he’s no hero, the more they worship him. Watched it all.
Janie (1944, USA, Curtiz) – Teenage kids drive their parents crazy. The first movie in this marathon to present teenagers as having a culture of their own, with strange customs and incomprehensible slang. Watched: 12 minutes.
The Fighting Seabees (1944, USA, Ludwig) – An officer just back from the Pacific: “We’re not fighting people any more. We’re fighting animals.” Ouch, let’s hope nobody gives someone like that some kind of incredible super weapon. Watched: 5 minutes.