The Big Sleep (1946, USA, Hawks) – Humphrey Bogart runs around L.A. getting involved with beautiful women. Meanwhile somebody is doing something wrong to somebody, for some reason. The details are unclear, but whatever it is, Bogart’s not going to stand for it. Watched it all.
The Diary of a Chambermaid (1946, USA, Renoir) – Paulette Goddard learns to think for herself and question authority. Yay! Watched: 11 minutes.
The Brute Man (1946, USA, Yarbrough) – The Creeper creeps again. See House of Horrors instead. Watched: 4 minutes. Rondo Hatton was so ugly that his film studio invented a super-villain’s origin story for him: He had suffered a gas attack during World War I, which transformed him into a movie monster.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, USA, Wyler) – The boys come home from war, some broken on the outside, and some on the inside, and they realize they’ll have to spend the rest of their lives as soda jerks and bank functionaries. Watched it all.
The Secret Heart (1946, USA, Leonard) – June Allyson likes to be alone and play the piano. Her psychiatrist takes us back into flashback mode to learn why. Watched: 8 minutes.
Song of the South (1946, USA) – In the post-Civil War south, former slaves live in harmony with their former masters, and entertain themselves with fairy tales. Disney was concerned about wandering into racial controversy here, but the larger problem is how dull this is. Enough live-action now, Walt. Watched: 25 minutes.
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The Big Sleep: Totally incomprehensible, totally cool Bogart, totally beautiful Bacall. Classic.