Tag Archives: 1940s

The Invisible Woman (1940) A. Edward Sutherland, Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, John Howard, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

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Eccentric Professor Gibbs, brilliant but impractical, invents an invisibility machine and advertises for a guinea pig. What he gets is Kitty Carroll, an attractive, adventurous model, who thinks being invisible would help her settle a few scores. Complications arise when three comic gangsters steal the machine to use on their boss. But they fail to reckon with the Revenge of the Invisible Woman!

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Paisan / Paisà (1946) Roberto Rossellini, Carmela Sazio, Gar Moore, William Tubbs, Drama, War

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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: he’s cynical, she’s a prostitute. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po.

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Film Without A Name / Film ohne Titel (1948) Rudolf Jugert, Hans Söhnker, Hildegard Knef, Irene von Meyendorff, Comedy, Romance

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Jugert’s “film without title” features an elaborate script by Helmut Käutner about a screenwriter, a director and a star (Willy Fritsch) who try to conceive a story of its time and heavily disagree. When a couple visits them, the director tells them about a love story in the final days of the Third Reich and the time afterwards, he an upper class man of letters she a peasent girl working as maid.

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The Desperadoes (1943) Charles Vidor, Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford, Action, Comedy, Romance

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Popular mailcoach driver Uncle Willie is in fact in league with the town’s crooked banker. They plan to have the bank robbed after emptying it, and when Willie’s choice for this doesn’t show in time, he gets some local boys to do it. When his man does turn up he decides to stick around, as he is pals with the sheriff and also takes a shine to Willie’s daughter Allison. This gives the bad men several new problems.

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I Walk Alone (1948) Byron Haskin, Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Frankie Madison returns to New York after 14 years in prison. Noll Turner, Frankie’s former partner in bootlegging, is now a wealthy nightclub manager, and Frankie is expecting him to honor a verbal ’50:50′ agreement they made when he was caught and Noll got away. Fat chance! Can Frankie, who knows only the strong-arm methods of Prohibition, win out against Big Business? It’ll be tough…even with the unlikely alliance of torch singer Kay (Noll’s ex-girlfriend).

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