Compassionate small-town lawyer Richard Clarke moves to New York City to seek his fortune, but is unsuccessful until he takes a friend’s advice and tries to convince the world he’s a ruthless heel. Suddenly he’s the most popular lawyer in town — but he could lose his fiancée.
Tag Archives: 1940s
Where Are Your Children? (1943) William Nigh, Jackie Cooper, Gale Storm, Patricia Morison, Crime, Drama
Judy Wilson (Gale Storm), feeling neglected because both of her parents are working in defense plants, meets and falls in love with Danny Chester (Jackie Cooper)who enlists in the Navy and is sent to San Diego for training. She accepts an invitation to go on a ride to San Diego with her friends Herb (Neyle Morrow), Opal (Evelyn Eaton)and Jerry (Jimmy Zahner) but doesn’t know the car has been stolen. Along the way, Herb assaults a gas station attendant who later dies.
Her Cardboard Lover (1942) George Cukor, Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, George Sanders, Comedy, Romance
A wealthy woman, trying to discourage a former boyfriend from pursuing her, hires a young songwriter who needs money to pay off his gambling debts to pretend to be her boyfriend. The problem is that the “phony” boyfriend is actually really in love with her.
Race Street (1948) Edwin L. Marin, George Raft, William Bendix, Marilyn Maxwell, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Nice-guy bookie Dan Gannin plans to quit the racket; he’s opening a new night club with his torch-singing sister as main attraction. But Dan’s best friend Hal runs afoul of “protection” crooks, and Dan goes after them like a one-man police force despite the admonishments of Lt. Barney Runson. But there’s one thing Dan didn’t bargain on…
The Amazing Mr. X (1948) Bernard Vorhaus, Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell, Film-Noir, Thriller
On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf…then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things. After more ghostly manifestations, Christine and younger sister Janet become enmeshed in the eerie artifices of Alexis; but he in turn finds himself manipulated into deeper deviltry than he had in mind…
A small bus company run by a father/daughter team comes under attack by a group of “wildcatters” who want to put the company out of business so they can take over the profitable Los Angeles-to-San Francisco route.
Wonder Man (1945) H. Bruce Humberstone, Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Vera-Ellen, Comedy, Musical, Fantasy
Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson. One night, two of Jackson’s thugs kill Buzzy and dump his body in the lake at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Buzzy comes back as a ghost and summons his bookworm twin, Edwin Dingle, to Prospect Park so that he can help the police nail Jackson.
Two Virginians are heading for a new life in Texas when they witness a stagecoach being held up. They decide to rob the robbers and make off with the loot. To escape a posse, they split up and don’t see each other again for a long time. When they do meet up again, they find themselves on different sides of the law. This leads to the increasing estrangement of the two men, who once thought of themselves as brothers.
Love and Learn (1947) Frederick De Cordova, Jack Carson, Robert Hutton, Martha Vickers, Comedy, Music
Jack Carson and Robert Hutton make a curious but copacetic comedy duo in the Warner Bros. musical Love and Learn. The stars are cast as Jingles and Bob, a pair of would-be songwriters hoping to get a break on Broadway. Along comes Barbara Wyngate (Martha Vickers), a wealthy young woman who hopes to make it on her own in the Big Apple.
The Blue Dahlia (1946) George Marshall, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When Johnny comes home from the navy he finds his wife Helen kissing her substitute boyfriend Eddie, the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. Helen admits her drunkenness caused their son’s death. He pulls a gun on her but decides she’s not worth it. Later, Helen is found dead and Johnny is the prime suspect.