Tag Archives: 1940s

Robert Siodmak – Criss Cross (1949)

Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster) returns home after a few years of knocking around the country following his divorce from good-time girl Anna (Yvonne De Carlo). Getting his old job back driving an armored car, and not even convincing himself that he’s making a new start, he also wants his old wife back. Read More »

Rafael Gil – Don Quijote de la Mancha (1947)

Quote:
The first sound film version in Spanish of the great classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. A huge undertaking for Spanish cinema in its day, it was the longest film version of the novel up to that time, and very likely the most faithful, reverently following the book in its dialogue and order of episodes. Read More »

Gordon Douglas – Zombies on Broadway (1945)

Two inept press agents are ordered to the island of San Sebastian to get a zombie for an opening night publicity stunt of a nightclub. They find a likely source in Dr. Paul Renault, who has spent much time studying (and experimenting) on the subject, but Renault has other ideas. Read More »

Hal Walker – Duffy’s Tavern (1945)

From original nfo:
“Duffy’s Tavern” was a hugely popular radio show of the 1940s and
early 1950s. When Ed Gardner decided to launch the program, he could
find no one that could speak New York bartender as well as he. So, he
cast himself in the lead as Archie the bartender. Each episode began
with Archie answering the telephone and saying, “Hello – Duffy’s
Tavern where the elite meet to eat, Archie the manager speakin’, Duffy
ain’t here. Oh, hellow Duffy.” As was not unusual for popular radio
shows of the time, Paramount contracted to bring “Duffy’s Tavern” to
film and this was the result. Archie mangles the language at every
turn and a full complement of Paramount stars is present to join in
the fun. The hightlights are energetic performances by Betty Hutton
and Cass Daley, as well as the closing number with Bing Crosby and his
family. Read More »

Rolf Hansen – Der Weg ins Freie AKA The Way to Freedom (1941)

Synopsis:
‘In Vienna, during the 1848 Revolution, opera singer Antonia Corvelli marries Detlev von Blossin, a rich landowner. But, as she refuses to give up her career, her infuriated husband returns to Pomerania without her. After falling into the clutches of the cruel and wicked count Stefan Oginski, whose lover she unfortunately becomes, Antonia has no other choice but to pass for dead in order to escape him. She then returns to Italy where she joins small theater companies under various aliases. Until one day she is overtaken by her fate…’
– Guy Bellinger Read More »

Nils Poppe – Pengar – en tragikomisk saga AKA Money (1946)

Harry Orvar Larsson is a poor vagabond, walking the country roads and living on nothing but sunshine and generosity. To get some money in his pocket he becomes a helping hand for seven lumberjackers way out in the sticks. What Orvar does not know that he stands to inherit a large fortune – if he declares himself on time… Read More »

Arthur Maria Rabenalt – Martina (1949)

Plot (A little bumpy because google translator):
The young Martina gets towards the end of the war of World War II to a pimp and so she goes first to the juvenile court and then in the care. Here she meets her older sister Irene, who stretches out his friend Volker. First, they want to avoid the conflict and flees, then she comes back to reconciliation in the care. Her resolutions does not keep a long time and she goes back to prostitution. She becomes witness of a murder and gets to escape in an accident. Finally, Martina believes she has carried out the murder … Read More »