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Phil Karlson – Ladies of the Chorus (1949)

Andrea Passafiume wrote:
Ladies of the Chorus
Marilyn Monroe makes an early big screen appearance in director Phil Karlson’s 1949 entertaining B musical Ladies of the Chorus. In her first starring role, Monroe plays Peggy Martin, a young chorus girl in a burlesque show who works alongside her mother, Mae (Adele Jergens). When Peggy is pursued by wealthy society man Randy Carroll (Rand Brooks), Mae worries that class differences will doom the relationship and tries to protect her daughter from heartbreak. Read More »

Emilio Fernández – Río Escondido AKA Hidden River (1948)

allmovie.com review
Filmed in 1947, Emilio Fernandez’ Hidden River (originally Rio Escondido) was distributed in the U.S. three years later. The matchless Maria Felix stars as Rosaura, an idealistic Mexican schoolteacher who does her best to educate the illiterate Indians in her native land. Rosaura is opposed by several authority figures who have no intention of losing their hold over the Indians, but she finds support in the form of a kindly priest. Director Fernandez’ understanding of and sensitivity towards Mexico’s teeming millions of unfortunates enables Hidden River to rise above its occasional cliches and unsubtleties. The cinematography is by Gabriel Figueroa, who like Emilio Fernandez and Maria Felix is a legendary figure in the Mexican cinema. Read More »

Joseph L. Mankiewicz – All About Eve (1950)

Synopsis : “Eve. Eve, the golden girl. The cover girl. The girl next door. The girl on the moon. Time has been good to Eve. Life goes where she goes. She’s been profiled, covered, revealed, reported — what she eats and what she wears, whom she knows and where she was, and when and where she’s going. Eve. You all know all about Eve. What can there be to know that you don’t know?”
-Addison DeWitt, Theatre critic Read More »

George Seaton & Edmund Goulding – The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

Plot:
In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms them all, especially the handsome young head of the company. Their romance gets sidetracked when she becomes involved in the Women’s Suffrage movement. Read More »

Lloyd Bacon – An Innocent Affair (1948)

From start to finish this little known throwback to the best mad-cap screwball comedies of the 1930s is guaranteed to tickle the most jaded funny bone. Vincent Doane, played by Fred MacMurray, is a successful advertising executive who has come under severe scrutiny by his wife of five years, Paula, played by the gorgeous Madeleine Carroll, for the simple reason that he has been keeping rather late nights trying to woo a rather wealthy client, a Mr. Fraser, into signing a lucrative contract. The problem is Paula has serious doubts about the veracity of her husband’s story, thinking that Mr. Fraser is in reality, well, you guessed it. In order to cover up the real identity of his client–and it really is a client–Vincent goes to great lengths, entangling himself further and further into a hilarious web of lies and misadventures that, in the hands of a master comedian like Fred MacMurray, are simply unforgettable. Read More »

Elia Kazan – Pinky (1949)

synopsis
Elia Kazan directed this, one of Hollywood’s early attacks on racism, starring Jeanne Crain as Patricia “Pinky” Johnson. Patricia is a light-skinned black woman who is studying nursing at a New England medical institute. A white doctor, Thomas Adams (William Lundigan), has fallen in love with Patricia and wants to marry her, but Patricia refuses his proposal. Convinced their interracial union would never work out, Patricia believes Thomas would never be able to endure the acrimony that would be heaped upon their marriage. Read More »

William C. Thomas – Big Town After Dark (1947)

After replacing ace police reporter Lorelei Kilbourne (Hillary Brooke) at her uncle’s newspaper, a young gambling addict named Susan (Ann Gillis) is kidnapped and held for ransom. When Lorelei investigates the girl’s disappearance, she stumbles upon a web of dark secrets. Full of mystery, intrigue and romance, William C. Thomas’s classic crime drama co-stars Phillip Reed, Richard Travis and Vince Barnett. Read More »