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Category: 1940’s

So Proudly We Hail (1943)

If Kristina from Speakeasy has set a personal goal to get me reaching for a box of kleenex at multiple times during a film of her choosing, then she has […]

Nightmare Alley : Where’s the Gun

This article appeared in the November/December issue of The Dark Pages which is dedicated the world of Noir films. The entire issue was dedicated to the Tyrone Power film released […]

Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

One question. Where’s Peter Lorre’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actor? If Anthony Quinn can win the award for a similarly short role in Lust For Life then surely the Academy […]

China (1943) Alan Ladd Day 4 of 5

Alan Ladd proves himself Expendable material here as an American doing business with the Japanese in war torn China before the United States declared war upon Japan following the bombing […]

The Invisible Agent (1942)

If I were to be called upon to serve my country as a spy during a world war, I can’t think of a better cover than to be invisible. Sans […]

My Friend Flicka (1943)

Child Star, leading man, character actor, Cornelius the Chimp. All of these can be used to describe the talent that is known as Roddy McDowall. Roddy was a natural born […]

The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

From the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne comes this wonderful film from Universal Studios. Before going any further I have to admit I have never read the novel so my enjoyment […]

Road House (1948)

“One thrill at a time.” So says Richard Widmark after telling Ida Lupino he has a marriage license in their names sending the plot spiraling into dangerous territory. 20th Century […]

Texas (1941)

From Columbia pictures comes this early film in the career of two actors who would rise to prominence in the fifties. William Holden and Glenn Ford. Playing a couple of […]

Behind Locked Doors (1948)

When you don’t have that much time but want to sneak a “quickie in” this isn’t such a bad way to go at a running time of 62 minutes . […]

The Naked City (1948)

Here’s a title proposed to me by movie pal Kristina at Speakeasy as part of our monthly Mad Movie Challenge. It’s one of those films that for some strange reason […]

The Amazing Mr. X (1948)

Here is an independent production from Eagle Lion Films that is a low budget gem worth seeking out. Lynn Bari is a grieving widow whose sister Cathy O’Donnell is urging […]

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