In the absence of the biological mother, too busy pursuing her theatrical career, we see the glorification of the maternal surrogate, a woman who is a paragon of sacrifice and self-abnegation. La Fuggitiva is also a film in which a child actress takes a prominent role.
Tag Archives: 1940s
My Brother’s Keeper (1948) Alfred Roome, Jack Warner, Jane Hylton, David Tomlinson, Crime, Drama, Thriller
War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the police, and the press in hot pursuit, George has to find a way of breaking loose from Willie, and to make his escape.
Out of the Past (1947) Jacques Tourneur, Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller, Drama
Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he’s ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco…where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling… Back in the present, Whit’s new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff’s precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed…
Madame Curie (1943) Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Biography, Drama, Romance
Biopic of the famed scientist and the work she did with her husband Pierre in the discovery of radium. Marie was a student at the Sorbonne studying for her Master’s degree in physics when they first met. She received permission to use space in Professor Pierre Curie’s laboratory. They soon fall in love and are married, working together on trying to isolate a radioactive substance Marie has identified as radium. Years of painstaking research and experimentation led to success and Marie and Pierre Curie shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. Sadly, Pierre was killed crossing the street in the rain when he was run over by a horse and wagon. Marie continued to work and make major contributions to science.
The Perils of Pauline (1947) George Marshall, Betty Hutton, John Lund, Billy De Wolfe, Biography, Comedy
Square Dance Jubilee (1949) Paul Landres, Don ‘Red’ Barry, Mary Beth Hughes, Wally Vernon, Musical, Western
In the early days of television, Don Blake and partner Sam are sent west to look for musicians and singers for the TV show Square Dance Jubilee. In their search they run into a gang of rustlers that change brands and then sell the cattle.
Sweethearts of the U.S.A. (1944) Lewis D. Collins, Una Merkel, Harry Parke, Donald Novis, Musical, Comedy
While working in a defense plant, Patsy (Merkel) is rendered unconscious-or at least, more unconscious than usual. While knocked out, she dreams that she’s a fearless detective, teamed with tangle-tongued Parkyakarkus on the trail of bank robbers.
Ziegfeld Follies (1945) Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Comedy, Musical
In heaven, showman Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. fondly recalls his first Broadway revue, the Ziegfeld Follies of 1907. Even from heaven, he is hoping that he can, for one last time, create that same magic by mounting one last follies.
A police detective investigating a jewel robbery discovers evidence that points to his girlfriend as the culprit, although she claims she was framed. He arrests her anyway, and she is convicted and serves several years in prison. Finally out on parole, she is soon mixed up in a murder.