Richard Dix as Dan Taylor and Preston S. Foster as Paxton Bryce are two longtime friends seeking their fortune in Texas after the war. The two men decide, not without problems, to establish a cattle empire. Paxton becoming too ambitious, distances himself from Dan and Abby, Paxton’s wife. It will only be after a personal tragedy that he will come back to his senses.
Tag Archives: 1940s
Wiener Blut / Viennese Spirit (1942) Willi Forst, Willy Fritsch, Maria Holst, Hans Moser, Comedy, Music
Willy Forst of course is famous for looking back on the ‘old Vienna’ in a mixture of nostalgia and gentle irony in his films, but “Wiener Blut” may be the one which most highlights the question of what makes the ‘true’ Viennese style. We get a first answer right at the beginning, when Forst himself masqueraded as a medieval alchemist mixes the ingredients for the brew of this film, which are ‘humour’, ‘frivolity’, ‘heart’, ‘history’ and most of all, ‘music’. And the film gets this mixture right.
La Main du Diable / Carnival of Sinners (1943) Maurice Tourneur, Pierre Fresnay, Josseline Gaël, Noël Roquevert, Fantasy, Horror
A man arrives at an isolated mountain inn clutching a small box. The man is panic-struck when, during a sudden blackout, the box disappears. To the assembled guests at the inn he tells his tragic story. The man, Roland Brissot, was once a penniless artist who, one day, bought a talisman from the owner of a restaurant for one franc.
Am Abend nach der Oper / In the Evening After the Opera (1945) Arthur Maria Rabenalt, Gusti Huber, Siegfried Breuer, Robert Lindner, Drama, Romance
This totally forgotten film is adapted from a story by Franz Nabl who also provided the basis for Der verzauberte Tag. The story is about a rich murderer (Siegfried Breuer) who killed his wife out of jealousy nd tries to start a new life. He meets a young woman (Gusti Huber) and marries her without telling her the secret directly.
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) Preston Sturges, Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, Comedy, Romance, War
Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town girl with a soft spot for American soldiers, wakes up the morning after a wild farewell party for the troops to find that she married someone she can’t remember–and she’s pregnant. Norval Jones, the 4-F local boy who’s been in love with Trudy for years, tries to help her find a way out of her predicament. Trudy complicates matters further by falling for Norval, and events snowball from there.
Selskaya uchitelnitsa / The Village Teacher (1947) Mark Donskoy, Vera Maretskaya, Pavel Olenev, Daniil Sagal, Drama
Eve of the First World War. After graduating from high school in St. Petersburg, Varya is going to teach peasant children. Severely meets a young teacher remote village. It appears serving in Siberia term friend in St. Petersburg – a Bolshevik Martynov.
My Reputation (1946) Curtis Bernhardt, Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Warner Anderson, Drama, Romance
Zwischen gestern und morgen / Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (1947) Harald Braun, Hildegard Knef, Winnie Markus, Sybille Schmitz, Drama, Romance, War
A group of people gathers back in the post-war ruins of a luxurious Munich hotel they inhabited at one point or another years before; each trying to cope with the tragic consequences of the war and their own actions.
Thousands Cheer (1943) George Sidney, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Mary Astor, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel’s pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie’s also plagued by fear of having an accident during his family’s trapeze act in the army variety show, which also features a gallery of MGM stars.
Neptune’s Daughter (1949) Edward Buzzell, Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Scatterbrained Betty Barrett mistakes masseur Jack Spratt for Jose O’Rourke, the captain of the South American polo team. Spratt goes along with the charade, but the situation becomes more complicated when they fall in love.