Wednesday 25 March 2020


Island of Lost Men (1939 - b/w) - I remember this poster in the Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion. It's a typical 30s B-cheapie with Anna May Wong and Anthony Quinn.

Wildcat Bus (1940 - b/w) - Forgettable RKO B with Fay Wray.

Northern Pursuit (1943 - b/w) - Errol Flynn Northern with Nazis.

In the Meantime, Darling (1944 - b/w) - Weird seeing Frank Latimore as a Fox leading man in this WW2 propaganda from Preminger. Latimore ended up a fixture of Italian B-films, as much in sound as in vision.

The Mighty McGurk (1947 - b/w) - Humdrum if charming comedy with Dean Stockwell and Wallace Beery.

Knock on Any Door (1949 - b/w) - Dreary Bogie courtroom drama. See also The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960), no, not that, the interchangeable Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960).

Saw a ton of tiresome 50s comedies  - Stella (1950 - b/w), A Millionaire for Christy (1951 - b/w), Mother Didn't Tell Me (1951 - b/w), Darling How Could You (1951 - b/w),  My Wife's Best Friend (1952 - b/w), We're Not Married (1952 - b/w), Something for the Birds (1952 - b/w), The Kid from Left Field (1953 - b/w), Forever Female (1953 - b/w), Sheree North vehicles How to be Very, Very Popular in College (1955)/The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956), The Buster Keaton Story (1957 - b/w - Donald ****** O'Connor), Kiss Them for Me (1957), I Married A Woman (1958 - Diana Dors USA), This Happy Feeling (1958), Teacher's Pet (1958 - b/w), The Matchmaker (1958 - b/w), The Man Who Understood Women (1959), Gidget (1959), Hounddog Man (1959), Operation Petticoat (1959), A Private's Affair (1959).

Chain Lightning (1950  - b/w) - Bogie flies a plane. Raymond Massey moans. More test pilot boredom.

Backfire (1950) - Slightly-above-average B-noir with Dane Clark and Virginia Mayo.

To Please A Lady (1950) - Dated--even-for-the-time car racing film, with Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck. Yes, this the film Gizmo becomes obsessed with in Gremlins.

The Red Badge of Courage (1951 - b/w) - It feels like an educational short.

Cause for Alarm! (1951 - b/w) - Bland suburban noir with Loretta Young.
See also Side Street (1950 - b/w), Shadow on the Wall (1950 - b/w), Dial 1119 (1950 - b/w), Highway 301 (1950 - b/w), Lightning Strikes Twice (1951 - b/w), This Side of the Law (1950 - b/w), Inside the Walls of Folson Prison (1951 - b/w), The Strip (1951 - b/w - Mickey Rooney and Louis Armstrong!), I Was A Communist for the FBI (1951 - B/W), The Sellout (1951 - b/w), The Unknown Man (1951 - b/w), No Questions Asked (1951 - b/w),  the rather neat sinister-kidflick Talk About  A Stranger (1952 - b/w), Jeopardy (1953 - b/w), Cry of the Hunted (1953 - b/w), The System (1953 - b/w), New York Confidential (1955 - b/w), Unchained (1955 -almost Corman-cheap, but now only remembered because of the theme song is yes, Unchained Melody), The Steel Jungle (1956 - b/w), A Cry in the Night (1956 - b/w) House of Numbers (1957 - b/w), Slander (1957 - b/w - the highlight being Van Johnson as a Woody's Roundup/Howdy Doody-type cowboy puppeteer)

Crisis (1950 - b/w) - South American noir, sure I'd seen this before, with José Ferrer and Cary Grant.

Storm Warning (1951 - b/w) - Seemingly typical B-rate noir, but then the climax is worth it. Doris Day and Ginger Rogers fighting a load of Klansmen in full hooded finery. Yes, really. Ronald Reagan's in it, too.
See also Julie (1956 - b/w) - a duff Day thriller.

Operation Pacific (1951 - b/w) - Forgettable John Wayne sub stuff.

Reunion in Reno (1951 - b/w)/The Lady Pays Off (1951 - b/w)/Week-End with Father (1951) - Interchangeable Uni kidflicks.

Retreat Hell (1951 - b/w) - I remember this on BBC2 when I was seven, and my mum being disappointed it was a Frank Lovejoy film, turning it off. It's nothing special. She was right.
See also Breakthrough (1950 -b/w) A Force of Arms (1951 - b/w, with Bill Holden), Bogie's Battle Circus (1953 - b/w, which makes it sound like a knockoff of It's A Knockout), Target Zero (1955 - b/w), Jump into Hell (1955 - b/w).

Go for Broke (1951 - b/w) - Documentary-esque Van Johnson-trains-Japanese-American-soldiers WW2er.

Up Front (1951 - b/w) - Forgettable comic strip adap comedy.

The Light Touch (1951 - b/w)  -Watchable art-theft story with Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli and George Sanders.

Carbine Williams (1952 - b/w) - James Stewart gun nonsense.

When in Rome (1952 - b/w) - Van Johnson is a priest in silly comedy-thriller.

Above and Beyond (1952 - b/w) - Robert Taylor aviation tedium.

Watch the Birdie (1952 - b/w)/The Great Diamond Robbery (1954  - b/w) - Red Skelton infuriates me.

Desperate Search (1952 - b/w) - Faux-Canadian wilderness tosh with Howard Keel.

Code Two (1953 - b/w) - Forgettable MGM police biker B-feature.

Plunder in the Sun (1953 - b/w) - Time-passing proto-Raiders with Glenn Ford and Francis L. Sullivan. Filmed at Churubusco and on location in Mexico, so at least its Mexican setting is authentic-looking.

South Seas Woman (1953 - b/w) - Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo in a marine-themed sexy comedy.
See also Errol Flynn in Mara Maru (1953 - b/w).

Blowing Wild (1953) - Another modern western about oil, with Gary Cooper.

Duffy of San Quentin (1954 - b/w) - Bland prison film with Louis Hayward.

Murder is my Beat (1955- b/w) - Edgar Ulmer helps make this Allied Artists Michael Shayne pic at least feel like a Warner Brothers cheapie.

Island of Lost Women (1959 - b/w) - Forgettable mad science exploitation.

Something of Value (1957 - b/w) - Preachy African odyssey despite good performances from Sidney Poitier and William Marshall.

The Green Eyed Blonde (1957 - b/w) - Forgettable reform school exploitation written by Dalton Trumbo.

The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957 - b/w) - Forgettable Jane Russell comedy.

Damn Yankees (1958) -Chintzy baseball musical.

The Beat Generation  (1958 - b/w) - Another tiresome all-star teen exploitation tirade from Al Zugsmith.

The Naked Maja (1958) - Bland Italian-made Goya biopic with Ava Gardner and Anthony Franciosa.

Underwater Warrior (1958 - b/w)  - Forgettable Dan Dailey naval action.

Onionhead (1958 - b/w)/No Time for Sergeants (1959 - b/w) - I don't find Andy Griffith funny at all. I think he was a brilliant serious actor, but he always seems threatening. He's a great heavy trapped in the form of a comic lead. There's a bit in Onionhead where his head is shaven, and he looks like Lex Luthor.

I Want to Live (1958  - b/w) - A typical efficient but predictable women's picture.

Cry Terror (1958 - b/w) - Turgid James Mason airline thriller.

Middle of the Night (1959 - b/w) - Fredric March and Kim Novak in tiring relationship drama.

This Earth is Mine (1959) - Dreary winery drama.

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