Great Expectations (1946, UK, Lean) – John Mills has a Dickensian childhood in alternate, gothic England, and after a series of rather unlikely events he gets married and lives happily ever after. Watched it all.
The Overlanders (1946, UK, Watt) – Australians evacuate the Northern Territory, because the Japs may be coming. Finally an Ealing movie that isn’t particularly good, perhaps because it isn’t about the English National Character. Watched: 8 minutes.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946, USA, Milestone) – Barbara Stanwyck kills her aunt in a fit of juvenile delinquency, and ends up married to Kirk Douglas, a cowardly alcoholic. Life sucks all around, but at least they’ve got money and power and an entire little town to boss around. Watched it all.
Anna and the King of Siam (1946, USA, Cromwell) – Welcome to the half-barbaric land of Siam! (Cue dramatic music by Bernard Herrmann.) Watched: 6 minutes.
Gilda (1946, USA, Vidor) – Glenn Ford is the cynical gambler who makes his own luck. Rita Hayworth is the boss’s wife who sleeps around. They’re headed for love/hate, murder and ruin etc. These noir plots are beginning to get predictable, but oddly enough that actually makes them more enjoyable. Watched it all.
Without Reservations (1946, USA, LeRoy) – Claudette Colbert has written a popular inspirational novel that makes everyone feel all warm inside despite the cover looking just a tiny bit like a Nazi propaganda poster. She wants Cary Grant to star in the movie version, but will probably have to settle for John Wayne. Watched: 13 minutes.