Tag Archives: 1940s

Five Graves to Cairo (1943) Billy Wilder, Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Thriller, War

Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
June, 1942. The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border–Corporal John Bramble, who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel…soon to be German HQ. To survive, Bramble assumes an identity which proves perilous. The new guest of honor is none other than Rommel, hinting of his secret strategy, code-named ‘five graves.’ And the fate of the British in Egypt depends on whether a humble corporal can penetrate the secret…

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Amanti senza amore / Prelude to Madness (1948) Gianni Franciolini, Clara Calamai, Roldano Lupi, Maria Melvin, Drama

Amanti senza amore (1948)
Free film adaptation of the short story “The Kreutzer Sonata,” by Tolstoy, the film by Gianni Franciolini is the story of Elena (Clara Calamai), charming upper-middle class woman, who in a few months is conquered by the renowned doctor Piero Leonardi (Roldano Lupi) and marries him. Their union is made mostly of carnal passion, so much so that, when they both realize not to have anything in common, the marriage seems to collapse like a house of cards. The jealousy of Piero is fueled by the presence of a famous musician, Enrico Miller (Jean Servais), who awakes in Elena the love for art for a long time dormant …

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The Hucksters (1947) Jack Conway, Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet, Drama, Comedy, Romance

The Hucksters (Jack Conway, 1947)
Victor Norman is just out of the service and looking for a job in advertising. By playing hard to get, he figures that he can get a good job and a large salary. The first thing he has to do is get a war widow to endorse Beautee Soap – a client of the Kimberly Agency. He meets with Kay Dorrance and gets the endorsement and Mr. Evans, the head of Beautee Soap is temporarily happy. Victors job is now to work with Mr. Evans, a man who is a strict and demanding client. Everything should be rosy, but Victor, a bachelor, finds himself more attracted to Kay, a widow, than young single Jean Ogilvie.

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Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942) Edward Dmytryk, James Craig, Bonita Granville, Frank Jenks, Action, Drama

Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942)
After Pearl Harbor, convicts at Alcatraz prison live in fear of bomb attacks, driving Champ Larkin and his pal Jimbo to a desperate escape attempt which lands them on a tiny lighthouse island, where they take over. The five inhabitants are stymied in their efforts to summon aid. But the island also figures in the schemes of a big Nazi spy ring; which will win out, the gangsters’ greed or their patriotism?

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So Proudly We Hail! (1943) Mark Sandrich, Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Drama, Romance, War

So Proudly We Hail! (Mark Sandrich, 1943)
A group of U.S. Army nurses leaves San Francisco for their tour of duty in Hawaii in December 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor changes their destination, and their lives. Sent to Bataan, in the Philippines, the nurses are led by Lt. Janet Davidson. She is faced with untested nurses who expected an easy time in Honolulu, but who quickly become battle-weary veterans dealing with daily bombardments by the Japanese, overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded, and dwindling supplies. Some of “Davey’s” unit also have to deal with romantic entanglements with men they met onboard ship. When Bataan falls, the American forces flee to the offshore island of Corregidor, where they find the Japanese assault just as intense.

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