1941-1950

  • William Clemens – The Thirteenth Hour (1947)

    William Clemens1941-1950Film NoirMysteryUSA
    The Thirteenth Hour (1947)
    The Thirteenth Hour (1947)

    PLOT: In this drama, a trucker’s business is nearly destroyed after he is wrongfully accused of killing a policeman with whom he recently quarreled.Read More »

  • William Castle – Mysterious Intruder (1946)

    William Castle1941-1950CrimeFilm NoirUSA
    Mysterious Intruder (1946)
    Mysterious Intruder (1946)

    PLOT: A private detective is hired to find a young heiress but finds himself accused of murder.Read More »

  • Edward Dmytryk – Obsession AKA The Hidden Room (1949)

    Edward Dmytryk1941-1950Film NoirUSA
    Obsession (1949)
    Obsession (1949)

    Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
    Blacklisted in Hollywood, director Edward Dmytryk managed to find work in England. Dmytryk’s Obsession is based on Alec Coppel’s suspense play A Man About a Dog. Ignoring such niceties as subtlety and restraint, Robert Newton stars as Dr. Clive Riordan, the insanely jealous husband of Storm Riordan (Sally Gray). Not content with merely murdering Storm’s American lover Bill Kronin (Phil Brown), Riordan chains up the poor fellow in a deserted building. His reasoning: should the police accuse Riordan of Kronin’s murder, the doctor can always produce the live victim, who is blindfolded and has no idea who his captor is. Once the investigation into the man’s disappearance has subsided, Riordan intends to kill his victim and dispose of the body in an acid bath (something like this actually did take place in London in the postwar years). But the doctor is unaware that his wife’s pet dog has also been locked up with the helpless Kronin. Obsession was released in the U.S. as The Hidden Room.Read More »

  • Arthur Maria Rabenalt – Chemie und Liebe AKA Chemistry and Love (1948)

    Arthur Maria Rabenalt1941-1950ComedyGermanySci-Fi
    Chemie und Liebe (1948)
    Chemie und Liebe (1948)

    The first science fiction film of the DEFA: Futuristic comedy about a revolutionary invention.

    Synopsis:
    In the country “Kapitalia” Dr. Alland has made a breakthrough invention.
    The profit-hungry industrialist Da Costa tries to get to it by sending a series of alluring women towards him.Read More »

  • William Castle – The Whistler (1944)

    William Castle1941-1950Film NoirThrillerUSA
    The Whistler (1944)
    The Whistler (1944)

    PLOT: A depressed man hires an assassin to kill him when he least expects it, but when his life takes an upward turn, he finds he now wishes to live.Read More »

  • William Castle – The Mark of the Whistler (1944)

    William Castle1941-1950CrimeFilm NoirUSA
    The Mark of the Whistler (1944)
    The Mark of the Whistler (1944)

    PLOT: A drifter’s (Richard Dix) claim to a dead bank account interests a newswoman (Janis Carter), storekeeper (Porter Hall) and two brothers.Read More »

  • Slatan Dudow – Unser täglich Brot AKA Our Daily Bread (1949)

    Slatan Dudow1941-1950GermanyPolitics
    Unser täglich Brot (1949)
    Unser täglich Brot (1949)

    Quote:
    A story about a family after the Second World War. The petty bourgeois cashier Karl Weber of Berlin observes from a distance how his son Ernst participates in the building of a new socialist society. Karl does not understand Ernst’s visions, instead he confides in his other son Harry. However, Harry becomes involved in illicit business and Karl quickly realizes that it would be best to join his son Ernst in the citizen-owned factory. With this film, director Slatan Dudow (1903-1963) continued the traditions of proletarian German film from the Weimar Republic. As with his first feature film Kuhle Wampe, from a screenplay by Bertolt Brecht, Dudow wanted an art that “cultivates the viewer’s psyche.” His postwar films were intended to make the viewers realize the importance of supporting the “new order” in East Germany. Our Daily Bread became known as a premiere film of its day under the rubric of “socialist realism.” Slatan Dudow’s work was convincing mainly through his detailed descriptions of socialist everyday life. Music by Hanns Eisler was the centerpiece of contemporary review. After coming back from his exile in America, the composer created a score that challenged, thrilled, and focused. Berlin’s world of ruins is captured in almost documentary fashion.Read More »

  • Manuel Conde – Genghis Khan (1950)

    1941-1950AdventureClassicsManuel CondePhilippines
    Genghis Khan (1950)
    Genghis Khan (1950)

    Temujin, who later became Genghis Khan is wise, or sometimes cunning. He goes through several heroic episodes; competing at the Man of Men contest, falling in love with the enemy commander’s daughter, and struggling to restore his demolished hometown. Meanwhile his steps guide him to be a great conqueror. Khan’s witty, humorous side in his adolescent years before he takes the throne.Read More »

  • Jean Epstein – Le tempestaire AKA The Tempest (1947)

    Jean Epstein1941-1950FantasyFranceShort Film
    Le tempestaire (1947)
    Le tempestaire (1947)

    In a village in Brittany, a young maid and an old woman are spinning while the wind blows threateningly outdoors. In spite of the bad omen, the young maid’s boyfriend decides to sail away. Worried, the young maid ask for help to a mysterious old man and his magical crystal ball in order to calm down the rough seas.Read More »

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