House of Horrors (1946, USA, Yarbrough) – An artist finds inspiration in the deformed face of a killer, and uses him to act out his rage against the critics who mock him. Beauty is virtue: The bad guy looks creepy and makes grotesque statues. The good guy is good looking and paints pretty pictures of pretty pin-up girls. I, for one, cheer for the bad guy. Watched it all.
The Hoodlum Saint (1946, USA, Taurog) – William Powell returns from the war, (the previous one), and finds he’s got no job or money. But he has friends, and a wise neighbourhood priest, so he’ll be allright. Watched: 11 minutes.
Kris (1946, Sweden, Bergman) – A girl who’s been adopted by a respectable small town family is visited by her fun-loving biological mother and a no-good dandy, who teach her to boogie woogie. It’s a clash of small-town and big-town values, with a little of good and bad in both, but the small-town values come out ahead. Watched it all.
California (1946, USA, Farrow) – The scourge of state-named movies continues. There’s been maybe ten so far, so I guess there are fourty left. This one shows how California was founded by Barbara Stanwyck, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Watched: 12 minutes.
Beauty and the Beast (1946, France, Cocteau) – The French insist on making these odd, unappealing dramedies. There must be a reason for this. Watched: 11 minutes. IMDB reviewers argue that “Cocteau’s attempt to socialize his female viewers and alleviate their fear of sex is clear through textual analysis”.