A Bell for Adano (1945, USA, King) – An American major takes over the civil administration of a recently conquered Italian town. He governs it like Iraq should have been governed 60 years later, and the Americans are treated like they wanted to be treated in Iraq. There’s an imperial dream hiding beneath the surface here: The dream of the benevolent proconsul who cleans things up. Watched it all.
The House on 92nd Street (1945, USA, Hathaway) – Rah-rah docudrama about the counter-espionage work of the FBI. Includes actual footage of people sinisterly walking into and out of Germany’s Washington embassy. Watched: 8 minutes.
Zombies on Broadway (1945, USA, Douglas) – A gangster wants a real live zombie for the opening show of his new nightclub, and sends two henchmen off to a tropical island to find some. Old-time zombies are usually pretty lame, but this is actually a perfect little comedy. Watched it all.
Thrill of a Romance (1945, USA, Thorpe) – A rich guy sees a beautiful woman on the street, and puts all his resources into finding out her name, address and life story. This being a movie, she doesn’t find this the least bit frightening at all, and they’re practically engaged by the end of the first date. Watched: 14 minutes.
Place of One’s Own (1945, UK, Knowles) – A boring retired couple moves into a house that has been empty for 40 years, so I guess it’s haunted or something stupid like that. Watched: 9 minutes.