Tag Archives: 1940s

Les Inconnus dans la Maison / Strangers in the House (1942) Henri Decoin, Raimu, Juliette Faber, Gabrielle Fontan, Crime, Drama

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Since his wife left him, almost twenty years ago, the once brilliant lawyer Loursat has slumped into a life of despondency and drunkenness. He lives in a vast empty house with his teenage daughter, Nicole, with whom he hardly communicates. One fateful day, something happens which pulls Loursat back from the abyss: he discovers a dead body in his house. When his daughter and her group of rebellious young friends are charged with the murder, Loursat decides to take charge of the case.

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The Man from Morocco (1945) Mutz Greenbaum, Anton Walbrook, Margaretta Scott, Mary Morris, Action, Adventure

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A story of war, mystery, love and adventure following a group of members of the International Brigade and his artist captain fighting in the Spanish Civil War who undergo internment in a French camp, forced work in Sahara, carrying vital information to England and fighting a Nazi espionage web which will eventually take the captain back to Morocco, while searching for his loved one.

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Princess O’Rourke (1943) Norman Krasna, Olivia de Havilland, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Comedy, Romance

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Poor Princess Maria is visiting New York, but she’s not having any fun. So her uncle suggests she spend a few days in San Francisco. Unfortunately she’s nervous about going by plane. To calm her jitters, she takes a sleeping pill before the plane takes off. Sensing her nervousness, the pilot, navigator and stewardess all secretly give her pills. When bad weather forces the plane to head back to New York, the sleepy princess is left in the care of pilot Edward O’Rourke who takes her to his apartment to spend the night. When she comes to the next day, she finds a note left by O’Rourke asking her to meet him after work. The princess decides to find out what she’s been missing and sneaks off to him. To keep her identity a secret, she tells O’Rourke that she’s a poor waif sent from Europe to work as a maid in San Francisco. What she doesn’t count on is that before the day is through O’Rourke will ask her to marry him.

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The Monster and the Girl (1941) Stuart Heisler, Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas, Crime, Drama, Horror

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Scot Webster tries to save his sister Susan from the clutches of gangster W.S. Bruhl. When Scot comes to Bruhl’s rented room, one of the gangster’s henchmen collapses into his hands, killed by a gunman. The murderer tosses his gun to Scot and disappears. Since all the evidence points at him, Scot is arrested, tried and sentenced to death. A mad scientist uses his brain to transplant it into a gorilla. After the operation Scot wakes up in the body of a gorilla, eager to get his revenge…

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House of Strangers (1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe, Tony and Pietro Monetti and promises revenge to them. Then he visits his lover Irene Bennett that asks him to forget the past and start a new life. Max recalls the early 30s, when he is the favorite son of his father Gino Monetti, who has a bank in the East Side. Gino is a tyrannical and egocentric self-made man that raises his family in an environment of hatred and Max is a competent lawyer engaged with Maria Domenico. When Max meets the confident Irene, he has a troubled love affair with her. In 1933, with the new Banking Act reaches Gino for misapplication of funds. Max plots a plan to help his father but is betrayed by his brothers. Now Max will see his brothers that have also being raised under the motto “Never Forgive, Never Forget”.

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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1946) Spencer Williams, Francine Everett, Don Wilson, Katherine Moore, Drama

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An all-black Caribbean island resort welcomes flashy dancer Gertie La Rue, forced to perform in this remote spot because she two-timed Al, her Harlem lover and backer, once too often. As Gertie amuses herself by dazzling the local men with her sex appeal, sanctimonious Mr. Christian (shades of ‘Rain’) schemes to either reform her or have her thrown off the island. On opening night, her sensuous performance exceeds Christian’s worst fears…but more serious trouble awaits.

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The Blood of Jesus (1941) Cathryn Caviness, Spencer Williams, Juanita Riley, Drama, Fantasy

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In the rural south of the United States, a godly young woman is accidently wounded by her unchurched husband. She succumbs to the injuries, whereupon a good angel bids her to journey with him to the Crossroads of Life. Before she can travel far, the devil lures her with the temptations of juke joints and the city. Can she regain the straight and narrow before it’s too late? And what is to become of those she left behind?

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Song of Russia (1944) Gregory Ratoff, Robert Taylor, Susan Peters, John Hodiak, Drama, Music, Romance

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In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky was born. John meets Nadya (Susan Peters), a sweet peasant girl with an ear for classical music and they soon get married. When war breaks out, John want to flee back to the USA, but Nadya wants to stay and fight the invading Germans who are closing in on the village.

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Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) Don Hartman, Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Franchot Tone, Comedy

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Sales clerk Anabel Sims believes Every Girl Should be Married. And she has the target, er, groom picked out: pediatrician Madison Brown. Unfortunately, Dr. Brown is not interested in marriage or in Anabel. But not to worry – Anabel’s sure she can outmaneuver any mere male. And she’ll employ every ruse, stratagem and ploy in a marriage-minded maiden’s bag of tricks to land the elusive American bachelor. Romantic-comedy icon Cary Grant and film-debuting Betsy Drake team in this frothy, funny paean to postwar domesticity. The sparkle between the two is delightful – and genuine: Soon after the film premiered they became real-life husband and wife. Hmm. Sounds like Anabel just may have been right!

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