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Joe May – The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Synopsis:
Clifford Pyncheon’s (Vincent Price) father, Gerald (Gilbert Emery), decides that in his dying days, the family’s mansion must be sold to clear their debts. Gerald also believes it will remove the family of a curse — a result of their many misdeeds over the years that allowed their once-prominent lifestyle. However, Gerald’s other son, Jaffrey (George Sanders), has different ideas as to what should be done with the property, and frames Clifford for murder in an attempt to keep the mansion. Read More »

Jean Dréville – Copie conforme (1947) (HD)

Synopsis:
No one would think that Manuel Ismora, an esteemed society photographer, is an audacious thief and con artist. The newspapers are ?lled with accounts of Ismora’s criminal exploits, which involve the fraudulent sale of a château and the theft of some valuable jewels, but the police are slow in bringing him to justice. Instead, it is Gabriel Dupon, a modest button salesman who bears a remarkable physical resemblance to Imora, who ends up being taken into custody. Positively identi?ed by Imora’s many victims, Dupon is branded a criminal, and even when he is released by the police through lack of evidence, his reputation is in tatters. Read More »

Tex Avery – Who Killed Who? (1943)

STORYLINE:
A man is murdered, and the detective tries to find out whodunit. But the house he’s investigating is decidedly haunted, and he never knows just what’s round the next corner… Read More »

John Farrow – California (1947)

Quote:
“Wicked” Lily Bishop joins a wagon train to California, led by Michael Fabian and Johnny Trumbo, but news of the Gold Rush scatters the train. When Johnny and Michael finally arrive, Lily is rich from her saloon and storekeeper (former slaver) Pharaoh Coffin is bleeding the miners dry. But worse troubles are ahead: California is inching toward statehood, and certain people want to make it their private empire. Read More »

Raoul Walsh – The Man I Love (1947)

Quote:
Tough torch singer Petey Brown, visiting her family, finds a nest of troubles: her sister, brother, and the neighbor’s wife are involved in various ways with shady nightclub owner Nicky Toresca. Sexy Petey has what it takes to handle Nicky, but then she meets San Thomas, formerly great jazz pianist now on the skids, and falls for him hard. Read More »

René Clément – Le mura di Malapaga AKA The Walls of Malapaga AKA Beyond the Gates (1949)

Synopsis:
After murdering his mistress and being hunted by the authorities in France, Pierre (Jean Gabin) stows away aboard a ship bound for Genoa, Italy. Though he’s immediately robbed after arriving, things look up for Pierre when he meets Cecchina (Vera Talchi), a kind-hearted young girl who introduces him to her mother, Marta (Isa Miranda). Pierre and Marta fall in love, but the French police are closing in on him and the new couple may not have much time left. Read More »

Clarence Brown – Song of Love (1947)

Quote:

Undeniably one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses, Katharine Hepburn nonetheless only had one voice. She used it to massive effect but anything that really warranted an utterly different accent tended to make her look horribly miscast. Of all the great actors she was the one who seemed to be horribly miscast most often, whether it be as a Chinese peasant girl, a queen of Scotland or a backwoods hillbilly. Here, playing the nineteenth century pianist and composer Clara Schumann, I expected another horrible miscasting, but found that the film’s very human story utterly engaging regardless what accents are brought to bear. Read More »