Tag Archives: 1940s
U.S. Marshals Nevada Jack McKenzie and Sandy Hopkins ride into Big Piney Basin at the request of Ann Jordan, daughter of a rancher who has been killed and whose cattle have been rustled. At Ann’s home, they find Ted Connors, the only surviving member of the Connors brothers, the other two having been killed the previous night.
Trail of the Yukon (1949) William Beaudine, Kirby Grant, Suzanne Dalbert, Bill Edwards, Adventure, Romance, Western
Matt Blaine and his son, Jim, and their men, rob John Dawson’s bank, although Jim doesn’t approve, even though Dawson jumped Matt’s mining claim. Their accomplices double-cross them and the Blaines escape by canoe. They are followed and meet Royal Candian Mounted Policeman Bob McDonald, who helps them fight until all three men are wounded. Aided by Chinook, McDonald’s dog, they escape but Matt dies. McDonald then sets out to prove that Dawson was the real culprit.
Abner Weaver, a small-town mayor in the Ozarks, through the music of performers from ‘The Grand Ole Opry,” and the antics and help of his family and the local citizens, manages to pass a legislative bill to help the farmers, and also wins the election for state government from a group of crooked politicians.
Maddalena… zero in condotta / Maddalena, Zero for Conduct (1940) Vittorio De Sica, Vera Bergman, Carla Del Poggio, Comedy
A young man studying in an academy secretarial practice makes writing letters addressed to an imaginary recipient who supposedly lives in Rome. One day, just for fun, it gets to write a love letter and, by chance, that letter is mailed and arrives at the hands of someone who, moved by curiosity, decided to inform the sender.
Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton’s former fiancée Julie?
The Beginning or the End (1947) Norman Taurog, Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake, Biography, Drama, History
Docudrama on the development of the first atomic bomb. Told from the perspective of a film recovered from a time capsule several hundred years into the future, the story is narrated by Robert Oppenheimer (Hume Cronyn) and Major General Leslie Groves (Brian Donlevy) beginning with the Nazis stated goal of developing an atomic bomb. Along with Britain and Canada, the U.S. reacts by beginning its own atomic program. The major developments are all presented: Fermi’s successful atomic chain reaction; building the huge complex at Oak Ridge, Tenn.; the production of the first supply of plutonium; the testing in the Nevada desert; and finally the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
In 1924, stage-struck Boston blueblood Hannah Adams picks up musical star Tim O’Connor and takes him home for dinner. One thing leads to another, and when Tim’s show rolls on to Chicago a new Mrs. O’Connor comes along as incompetent chorus girl. Hollywood beckons, and we follow the star careers of the O’Connor family in silents and talkies. Includes good imitation “silents” with classic cameo by Buster Keaton.
John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy published. John and Julie go to Elliott Morgan Publishing to discuss his book. Being that it is highly technical and boring, Nellie wants to focus on the small part about couples that she thinks will sell. But it soon becomes apparent that everyone is more intrigued by Julie than the book. Elliott tries to make advances on Julie while Nellie is more interested in John than his book. Julie, however, is worried about John, while John, who wrote the book on jealousy, seems oblivious to it and thinks that he knows everything about jealousy.