Tag Archives: 1940s

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947) Stuart Heisler, Susan Hayward, Lee Bowman, Marsha Hunt, Drama, Film-Noir, Music

Smash-Up The Story of a Woman (1947)
Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping radio crooner, Angie is forced into idle luxury which proves her downfall. Her potential alcoholism burgeons and Ken remains clueless concerning his responsibility for her problems.
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They All Kissed the Bride (1942) Alexander Hall, Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young, Comedy, Romance

They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
Margaret Drew runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time for men, the effect an attractive stranger has on her at her sister’s wedding is unnerving. When it turns out this is the hated writer, she starts seriously to lose her bearings. Surely it can’t become Maggie and Mike?
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Desperate (1947) Anthony Mann, Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Desperate (1947)
When mobster Walt Radak tries to trick independent trucker Steve Randall into transporting stolen furs, Steve alerts the police, and Walt’s young brother Al is caught and held for a cop-killing. When ruthless Radak tries to extort Steve’s help in clearing Al, Steve and his young wife flee for their lives, only to find that the police are also in pursuit. With every man’s hand against them, Steve and Anne must repeatedly abandon their temporary refuges. Finally, one midnight, the showdown…
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Cielo sulla palude / Heaven Over the Marshes (1949) Augusto Genina, Rubi D’Alma, Michele Malaspina, Domenico Viglione Borghese, Drama

Cielo sulla palude (1949)
The scene is the Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region. The year is 1902. Maria Goretti, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her parents, poor farm hands, in the house of Serenelli, a heavy drinker who has offered them board and lodging. The farmer has a son, Alessandro, aged eighteen, who is sexually attracted to the pious girl. Maria resists his advances. One day the young man can’t help it anymore: he rapes Maria before murdering her. Before she dies, Maria forgives her assailant. After her death she is canonized as a saint.
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Quai des Orfèvres / Quay of the Goldsmiths (1947) Henri-Georges Clouzot, Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier, Crime, Drama, Music

Quai des Orfevres (1947)
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in order to get some engagements, he looses his temper and threatens Brignon with death. But Jenny went anyway to a rendez-vous at the old man’s, who is murdered the same evening. The criminal investigations are lead by Inspector Antoine…
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Les portes de la nuit / Gates of the Night (1946) Marcel Carné, Pierre Brasseur, Serge Reggiani, Yves Montand, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Les portes de la nuit (1946)
It’s Paris in the winter after its liberation. A tramp, pretending to be Destiny, predicts that Jean Diego will fall in love with a beautiful girl. The same evening, Jean meets Malou. Not only does he soon discover that she’s married but also that during the Nazi occupation her brother Guy gave Jean’s best friend Raymond away to the Gestapo.
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