Tuesday 24 March 2020


Union Station (1950 - b/w) - Generic noir, but a sinister turn from Barry Fitzgerald.
See also another Bill Holden noir, The Turning Point (1952 - b/w), and No Man of Her Own (1950 - b/w), Dark City (1950 - b/w), The Atomic City (1952 - b/w), Witness to Murder (1954 - b/w), Short Cut to Hell (1957 - b/w), The Scarlet Hour (1956 - b/w).

Riding High (1950 - b/w) - Bing Crosby works a horse to death, and seems pretty chipper about it. Clarence Muse is fun. He doesn't seem as stereotyped as some of his peers. He brings gravitas to the part. He's hamming it up, but in a theatrical way, not in a "black drama school" way.

Thief of Venice (1950 - b/w) - Italian Maria Montez nonsense. Horribly shot.

Bright Leaf (1950 - b/w) - A barely disguised western with Gary Cooper and Lauren Bacall and Pat Neal discussing tobacco.

For Heaven's Sake (1950 - b/w) - Mr. Belvedere is an angel in the west.

You're in the Navy Now (1951 - b/w) - Bland Gary Cooper vehicle.

The Model and The Marriage Broker (1951 - b/w) - Another tiresome Jeanne Crain vehicle.

The Mating Season (1951 - b/w) - Forgettable Gene Tierney comedy.

Dear Brat (1951 - b/w) - Bland comedy with Billy De Wolfe and Natalie Wood.

The Frogmen (1951 - b/w) - More naval nonsense, with Richard Widmark.
See also The Glory Boys (1953 - b/w), with Victor Mature, and In Love and War (1958).

Elopement (1951- b/w)/Dreamboat (1952 - b/w)/Holiday for Lovers (1959) - Basically the same Clifton Webb film with different settings. Also reminded that I had a crush age 9 on a girl with cerebral palsy who looked like Anne Francis.

Night Without Sleep (1952 - b/w) - Bland Roy Ward Baker noir.
See also The Steel Trap (1952 - b/w), A Blueprint for Murder (1953 - b/w), Dangerous Crossing (1953 - b/w), Vicki (1953 - b/w),  A Life in the Balance (1955 - b/w), The Way to the Gold (1957 - b/w), and populist war pics Three Came Home (1950 - b/w) and Decision Before Dawn (1951 - b/w).

My Pal Gus (1952 - b/w) - Another forgettable romcom, with Richard Widmark.

Off Limits (1953 - b/w) - Charmless Mickey Rooney and Bob Hope military buddy comedy.

It Happens Every Thursday (1953 - b/w) - Forgettable John Forsythe-Loretta Young vehicle.

I, The Jury (1953 - b/w) Directed by a George White, this is a poverty-row Mike Hammer. The highlight is Elisha Cook as Santa. Followed by Kiss Me Deadly and an even lesser version of My Gun is Quick (1957 - b/w).

Alaska Seas (1954 - b/w) - Rubbishy Arctic fishing nonsense.

Angela (1954 - b/w) - Rubbishy Italian noir with Dennis O'Keefe and Rossano Brazzi.

Seven Cities of Gold (1955) - Another Aztec saga. Michael Rennie a convincing monk.

I Died A Thousand Times (1955) - Jack Palance and Shelley Winters do High Sierra as a modern western. Instead of Willie Best, the annoying racial stereotype is changed to Mexican, so we get Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, and Lon Chaney Jr turns up.

Sincerely Yours (1955) - Liberace with his old face (he looks like a Yugoslavian grandmother) tries to convince he is straight, and a straight actor too. But it's Liberace. He's the walking essence of camp. Seeing him charmlessly romance Joanne Dru. Has a copy of Variety.

Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) - It looks and sounds great, but this Jack Webb passion project never gels.

Helen of Troy (1955) - Unexciting peplum nonsense, with the blandly attractive Rosanna Podesta.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) - James Dean annoys me. He screams petulance. Poor Sal Mineo.

A Prize of Gold (1955) - Richard Widmark in a bubble-car against shoddy rear projection of Germany. This is Warwick, but instead of Anthony Newley, you have George Cole. Thank god. Some nice old Guinness posters too. But a typical post-war British thriller. Going over the Third Man again.

The Seven Year Itch (1955)/Bus Stop (1956) - I don't get Marilyn Monroe. Sorry. I prefer her in support in films such as Monty Woolley's As Young As You Feel (1951). Maybe, she works better in B/W. But Love Nest (1951 - b/w) and Let's Make It Legal (1951 - costarring fellow conspiracy theory magnet Robert Wagner) disprove this.

Toward the Unknown (1956) - Another dry story about aircraft.
See also The McConnell Story (1955) and Gary Cooper in the non-Eastenders-or-country music-related The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955).

The Long Gray Line (1955) - Boring military school story about a teacher, played by Tyrone Power. The teacher is Marty Maher from Roscrea, Tipperary, a real figure. Power is ludicrous in his flat cap and trenchcoat, in his initial scenes as the Culchie.

The Proud and the Profane (1956 - b/w) - Forgettable war romance with Deborah Kerr and William Holden.
See also That Kind of Woman (1959 - b/w), the juvenile equivalent with the odd couple of Sophia Loren and Tab Hunter, plus Jack Warden and George Sanders.

The Three Faces of Eve (1957 - b/w) - Joanne Woodward moans to Joanne Woodward who moans to Lee J Cobb. Alistair Cooke hosts, and god, he is almost exactly Joe Flaherty's impression on SCTV.

Band of Angels (1957) - Clark Gable and Sidney Poitier fight in this overlong, tedious Civil War odyssey while Yvonne de Carlo moans that she has black blood.

The Violators (1957 - b/w) - Clearly a TV pilot, with star Arthur O'Connell, director John Newland and its New York locations.

Marjorie Morningstar (1958) - Tiring romance about musical theatre and Gene Kelly falling in love with Natalie Wood.

Tank Force (1958) - So generic this Warwick picture is that I'd sworn I'd logged it here already.
See also the Warwick Doctor in the House-in-the-Air-Force-esque High Flight (1957) with Tony bloody Newley. There's even a comedy drag ballet.

Indiscreet (1958) - Back when Piccadilly Circus shouted "Bovril", a typical genteel comedy with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman (see also Elena et les Hommes (1956) for more Bergman of this era).

Girls on The Loose (1958 - b/w)/Live Fast, Die Young (1959 - b/w) - Juvenile dreadfulness.
Not to be confused with the also-from-Universal Four Girls in Town (1957), which is just as bad, but has a copy of Variety.  Star Marianne Cook is actually German actress Marianne Koch, though she'd go under that name when she'd appear in A Fistful of Dollars.

The Prince and the Showgirl (1958)  - Typical Marilyn vehicle, but in England.

When Hell Broke Loose (1958 - b/w) - Grim war film with Charles Bronson.

FRAULEIN (1958) - Alongside the Blue Angel, another faux-German post-war saga from Fox.

The Little Savage (1959 - b/w) - Tired Lippert-produced pirate island tosh.
See also The Women of Pitcairn Island (1956 - b/w).

A Time To Love And A Time to Die (1959) - Sumptuous wartime melodrama from Universal. Helps by being shot in Germany, with the likes of Klaus Kinski popping up.

The Best of Everything (1959) - Feminist bonkbuster with Joan Crawford and Stephen Boyd.
See also other Fox melodramas like On The Threshold of Space (1955), Kirk Douglas in the Racers (1955), Anthony Quinn in The Magnificent Matador (1955), Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955 - Jennifer Jones silly as a Eurasian), Good Morning Miss Dove (1955), The Deep Blue Sea (1955 - Vivien Leigh and ad placement for Schweppes), The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956), Hilda Crane (1956), The Bottom of the Bottle (1956 - which segues into a western), The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956), The Long Hot Summer (1958), The Gift of Love (1958).

Up Periscope (1959) - James Garner stars in YET ANOTHER SUBMARINE FILM from the 50s.
See also The Naked and the Dead (1958) and The Deep Six (1958) and Submarine Command (1951 - b/w).

A Summer Place (1959) - Yes, and I didn't want to go there, but I did, and I still didn't want to go there. Slushy, and there's a reason why the only thing people remember is the theme.

It Happened To Jane (1949) - My mum's interest in Doris Day films instigated a dislike (bar the thrillers). This is no different.

Compulsion (1959 - b/w) - Well made, but rather dry, but the subject of Leopold/Loeb isn't a fun one.

The Mark (1961 - b/w) - Grim but well-made Irish-made paedophile drama set in Northern England, with Stuart Whitman, Rod Steiger getting his mouth around some kind of Geordie/Irish hybrid, and Maria Schell, and a Northern newspaper called the Northern Reporter, sponsored by Carlsberg.
Not to be confused with the Paul Newman military trial The Rack (1956 - b/w).

Looking for Love (1964) - Bland romcom with Jim Hutton and Connie Francis singing.

East of Sudan (1964) - Produced by Charles Schneer, this desert adventure feels like a Harryhausen movie or similar fantasy adventure with the fantasy elements cut out. Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, Derek Fowlds, 12-year-old Jenny Agutter (looking like a junior Rita Tushingham cosplayer), and Johnny Sekka fight off African tribes. It needs a giant monster to work.

Goodbye Charlie (1964) - Idiotic Debbie Reynolds/Tony Curtis bodyswap.

Oggi, domani, dopodomani (1965) - Nonsensical three-part comedy with Marcello Mastroianni.

Cactus Flower (1970) - Walter Matthau/Ingrid Bergman/Goldie Hawn countercultural folderol.

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