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Category: 1940’s

Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

Of all the film genres available to me I find it’s the musical that I don’t watch many of despite finding them quite enjoyable. I have seen most of the […]

The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)

Just before Bud Abbott and Lou Costello began battling Universal Studios’ stable of Classic Monsters they faced off against Marjorie Main in full Ma Kettle mode in this western frontier […]

Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1948)

Lucille Ball stars here in a film that almost seems like a training film for her eventual role as Lucy Ricardo. This Columbia production sets her up from the opening […]

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 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 […]

Salty O’Rourke (1945)

Alan Ladd stars once again alongside his faithful companion William Bendix in this tale of…….. HOLD ON, scratch that. Make that Alan Ladd stars alongside William Demarest subbing in on […]

The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Kicking off my salute to five straight days of Alan Ladd films I thought it best to start with one of his signature styled roles opposite the woman he is most associated […]

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 […]

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