Friday, November 20, 2009

40's movies marathon - part 44

Old Acquaintance (1943, USA) - Bette Davis writes thoughtful books that critics love but readers don't. Miriam Hopkins writes romantic trash that sells well. They're the greatest of friends, but you just know that a Bette Davis movie is going to turn out bitter, and so it does. Watched it all. Based on a play by John Van Druten, who apparently saw nothing odd in writing a play about a critically acclaimed playwright who happens to be a wonderful person, and her stupid friend who makes tons of money.

Ladies' Day (1943, USA) - Meet a team of baseball players and their loud, nasally voiced dames. Watched: 14 minutes.

Ghost on the Loose (1943, USA) - The East Side Kids and Bela Lugosi have certainly fallen far since the 30's. Watched: 4 minutes.

Millions Like Us (1943, UK) - An ordinary family in wartime London. Perhaps a little too ordinary. Watched: 19 minutes.

The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943, USA) - Life in Nazi Austria, as imagined by someone who has vaguely heard about it in the news. Watched: 6 minutes, then fast forwarded to see the strange death, in which a Mel Brooks lookalike dressed as a Hitler double is shot.

Corvette K-225 (1943, USA) - Sailors on the Atlantic etc. No chance of seeing car chases, the Corvette in question is a ship. Watched: 5 minutes.

Tonight We Raid Calais (1943, USA) - Spy infiltrates France, after a miraculous escape from the laws of bullet physics. Watched: 6 minutes.

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