40′s movies marathon – best of 1949

What an awful year in movies that was, especially for Hollywood, but the ‘49 movies that are good, are real good, and unique in a way earlier movies weren’t.  The end of the “golden age” was the end of one size fits all movies, and the beginning of “let’s try anything that could possibly draw some viewers away from television”.

Working class heroes

Thieves’ Highway

Give Us This Day

Libertarian rabblerousers

The Fountainhead

Passport to Pimlico

Old violence with a new edge

White Heat

Reign of Terror

Lust for Gold


Neo-realists can make okay movies too

Gategutter / Boys From the Streets

War, death and other humorous subjects

I Was a Male War Bride

The Barkleys of Broadway

Kind Hearts and Coronets

The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend

Mr Belvedere Goes to College

Stalin extravaganza

The Fall of Berlin

Quiet intensity

Stray Dog

A Letter to Three Wives

The Small Back Room

The Third Man

The Quiet Duel