Sunday, November 1, 2009

40's movies marathon - part 38

Yellow Canary (1943, UK) - An English woman makes everyone uncomfortable by being pro-Nazi, and possibly a traitor. She's exiled to Canada(?!), and spies and eye-patch-wearing Nazis follow along on the trip. Best line, spoken by a rich old woman to her husband, while their boat is being boarded by Germans: "Wouldn't it be nice to do something violent?" Watched it all.

Air Force (1943, USA) - Wholesome pilots set out for the Pacific. Watched: 8 minutes.

Thousands Cheer (1943, USA) - The patriotic war musical is a repulsive concept. Patriotic war movies can be good. So can musicals. But mix them together, and the result is quite demonic. Watched: 8 minutes, then fast-forwarded through the musical numbers, which were all spawned in the hell-pit of Satan.

The Man from Down Under (1943, USA) - An Australian soldier adopts two orphans after the Great War, because one of them is good at boxing. That seems like a unbelievable thing to do. Watched: 11 minutes.

I Walked with a Zombie (1943, USA) - I can't figure out these old zombie movies, where the zombies are just reanimated corpses without a will of their own. This one aims for a classy feel, as if there's a message here, possibly about slavery. Watched: 17 minutes.

Stage Door Canteen (1943, USA) - I have a horrible suspicion that those troops on the train are headed into a patriotic war musical. Dear God no! Watched: 6 minutes.

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