The Killers (1946, USA, Siodmak) – Two Tarantino-awesome professional killers arrive in a small town and murder a guy. An insurance claims investigator (well, why not?) looks into the death, and puzzles together the life of the victim, a good boy gone bad. A woman is to blame, though all she seems to do throughout the movie is lie seductively in the background. Watched it all.
Devil Bat’s Daughter (1946, USA, Wisbar) – Devil Bat’s dead, daughter arrives in town, yada yada. On a completely unrelated note, I miss MST3K. Watched: 8 minutes.
Cluny Brown (1946, USA, Lubitsch) – Holly Golightly pretends to be a plumber in pre-war London. Watched: 14 minutes.
The Verdict (1946, USA, Siegel) – A Scotland Yard superintendent hangs an innocent man in foggy, 1890′s London, loses his job, and falls to pieces. A locked-room murder mystery gives him the opportunity to play the Holmes to his successor’s Lestrade, while Peter Lorre hangs about being Lorreish. Watched it all.
Road to Utopia (1946, USA, Walker) – Bob Hope and Bing Crosby tell dirty jokes and parody the movies, none of it funny. Watched: 9 minutes.
Badman’s Territory (1946, USA, Whelan) – I’m not against voiceover in movies, but two minutes of it is too much, especially when it’s just to inform us that we’re in a lawless town where one lone journalist stands up for the cause of Freedom. Also I prefer the “absolutely true historical fact!” section of a movie intro not to be completely made up. Watched: 11 minutes.