Told in flashback from a preface in which the main character visits Paramount to sell his story! Romanian-French gigolo Georges Iscovescu wishes to enter the USA. Stopped in Mexico by the quota system, he decides to marry an American, then desert her and join his old partner Anita, who’s done likewise. But after sweeping teacher Emmy Brown off her feet, he finds her so sweet that love and jealousy endanger his plans.
Tag Archives: 1940s
Boule de suif / Angel and Sinner (1945) Christian-Jaque, Micheline Presle, Berthe Bovy, Louise Conte, Drama
This film is an adaptation of two stories by Guy de Maupassant, Tallow Ball and Mademoiselle Fifi. The trip by stagecoach to a frightened group of inhabitants of Rouen. The girl said Rousset, “suet ball” makes them a signal service, she encounters their stupidity and their sufficiency. Later, “suet ball” kills the dreaded Prussian lieutenant that his friends had nicknamed Fifi and shamelessly spread his love of plunder and his sadistic inclinations. It is a very patriotic film, directed to the liberation of France and is far from being detached from the context.
Dragon Seed (1944) Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway, Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Drama, History, War
Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang’s two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er’s wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930’s China. Tang’s only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy.
Un Revenant / A Lover’s Return (1946) Christian-Jaque, Louis Jouvet, Gaby Morlay, François Périer, Drama
That Lady in Ermine (1948) Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger, Betty Grable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cesar Romero, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Circa 1861, Angelina, ruling countess of an Italian principality, is at a loss when invaded by a Hungarian army. Her lookalike ancestress Francesca, who saved a similar situation 300 years before, comes to life from a portrait to help her descendant. Complicating factor: the newlywed countess feels strangely drawn to the handsome invader…
No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) St. John Legh Clowes, Jack La Rue, Hugh McDermott, Linden Travers, Crime, Drama
John Blandish is worth $100 million. His heiress daughter is soon to be wed to Foster Harvey, who believes she’s a cold, unfeeling woman, despite loving her. Her cold emotional state is in large part due to leading a restricted life. A low level thug named Johnny overhears their secret wedding night plans, and peddles the idea of robbing her of the $100,000 worth of diamond jewelry with which she will be adorned to two groups of his gangster acquaintances, who are in competition with each other. The robbery doesn’t go quite according to plan, with Miss Blandish ultimately being kidnapped and held under the eye of Slim Grisson, the heir apparent as head of the violent Grisson gang, currently run by Ma Grisson. Kidnapping holds higher risk but possible greater reward as everyone figures they can get at least $1 million for her. Ma has no plans of letting her go, killing her after getting the money.
Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Mervyn LeRoy, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, Biography, Drama, Romance
Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats children who are without parents and decides to do something about it. She opens a home for foundlings and orphans and begins to place children in good homes, despite the opposition of “conservative” citizens, who would condemn illegitimate children for being born out of wedlock. Eventually Edna leads a fight in the Texas legislature to remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records in that state, while continuing to be an advocate for homeless children.
When Strangers Marry (1944) William Castle, Robert Mitchum, Kim Hunter, Dean Jagger, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
Valamit visz a viz / Something Is in the Water (1944) Gusztáv Oláh, Lajos Zilahy, Pál Jávor, Klára Pápai, Gyula Koltai, Drama
John, his wife and son live happily next to the river in a small but cozy house. John is a fisherman, loves nature and his family. But something unusual disturbs the idyll: a mysterious woman reaching the shore …
Macadam / Back Streets of Paris (1946) Jacques Feyder, Marcel Blistène, Françoise Rosay, Andrée Clément, Simone Signoret, Crime, Drama
Madame Rose runs a seedy hotel in a suburb of Paris. Strong-minded but without the least moral scruple, she once killed her husband whose honesty was a hindrance to her business. Under a suspended sentence, she now indulges in smuggling. One day, Victor, one of her former accomplices hounded by the police, finds sanctuary with her. During a drinking spree, he has the bad idea to entrust to her a suitcase filled with bank notes, a loot with which Victor hopes to rebuild his life in South America. But Rose, lured by temptation, betrays Victor, who is arrested by the police. However, he manages to escape with only one thing in mind, to take revenge on Rose…