The Story of G.I. Joe (1945, USA, Wellman) – Journalist Ernie Pyle embeds with the troops in North Africa, and gets to see how they live. Despite the title, this is a down to earth and realistic movie that has a lot in common with Generation Kill. There’s little plot, just infantry soldiers marching and fighting and marching, through desert and mud and hills, losing friends and becoming veterans along the way. Best line: “You know, when this war is over I’m gonna find me a map and find out where I’ve been.” Watched it all.
The Valley of Decision (1945, USA, Garnett) – The poor Irish immigrant workers at a Pittsburgh steel factory are surprisingly sympathetic to the principles of capitalism, all except that one angry guy who rants about “unions”. Watched: 6 minutes.
House of Dracula (1945, USA, Kenton) – Count Dracula asks a doctor for help to cure his vampirism, which turns out to be caused by midichlorians in the bloodstream. Watched: 10 minutes.
Pillow to Post (1945, USA, Sherman) – An oil tycoon loses all his salesmen to the military, and his spoiled daughter gets the preposterous idea that maybe a woman might just possibly attempt to do the job. It doesn’t start well, and I expect she’ll end up with a husband instead. Watched: 8 minutes.
She Wouldn’t Say Yes (1945, USA, Hall) – A bit of shell shock is no match for a few encouraging words from psychiatrist Rosalind Russell. Watched: 7 minutes.