Captain Kidd (1945, USA, Lee) – Charles Laughton commands a crew of pardoned pirates through the dangerous waters of the Madagascar. There’s a mad gleam in his eyes that is especially unsettling because it’s not over the top, movie pirate style. Unfortunately Laughton is the only good thing about this movie, and the end is disappointingly ordinary, with a lost heir, a silly romance, and a happy ending. Kidd is so deliciously evil that he deserves to win, goddammit! Watched it all.
Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945, USA, Thorpe) – An honest bellboy with an honest girlfriend tries to make an honest living in the big city, along with his retarded thug friend. But temptations lurk everywhere. Watched: 13 minutes.
A Walk in the Sun (1945, USA, Milestone) – I’m getting pretty tired of war movies, but this is one of the best ones yet, maybe even better than The Story of G. I. Joe. Watched it all. I have a theory about World War II movies: Despite the lack of blood, swearing, etc., they were at their most realistic when they were made by people who had actually been there. Today you expect a WW2 movie to be epic, because Hitler was teh evil and all that. There’s nothing epic about these contemporary movies.
Tonight and Every Night (1945, USA, Saville) – A music hall stays open every night during the London Blitz. And no wonder, for what damage can bombs possibly do against such an abundance of vibrant technicolors and short skirts? Watched: 13 minutes.