Tag Archives: 1940s

X Marks the Spot

“X Marks the Spot.” It’s a phrase that has become a cliche, an easy way to designate certain locations as being of significance. It immediately conjures up visions of treasure maps and hidden secrets. Given its inherent declaration of exciting … Continue reading

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Malice in the Palace

Today hasn’t left me a lot of time to watch or write anything, so it seems like a good time to bring out another classic Three Stooges short. 1949’s Malice in the Palace, directed and produced by Jules White, is … Continue reading

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One Body Too Many

One Body Too Many was released in 1944, and concerns the metaphorical and literal back-stabbing among a group of relatives concerning their late uncle’s will. Directed by Frank McDonald, it was made during the height of the film noir era, … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life

One of my goals this season was to finally watch Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Yes, I somehow made it to 33 years old without ever having seen it — though of course it’s impossible not to have a … Continue reading

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Morbid Curiosity Files: Scared to Death

Late night movie shows can be fun to watch as much for the host as for the show, at least in some cases. I was a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 as a kid, and I’ve occasionally caught other … Continue reading

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Jerks of All Trades

The Three Stooges are an American institution, an inimitable comedy act that several decades later are still remembered fondly and still watched by generations whose parents weren’t alive when their comedy shorts were originally released. Like a lot of people, … Continue reading

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Shock (1946)

I’ve commented before that when watching Vincent Price movies, at least other than those rare few where he’s playing a non-villainous character, I like to see what the Price-to-Murder time is; that is to say, how long it takes after … Continue reading

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The Great Dictator

It’s been remarked on by more than a few people that there was a passing resemblance between Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler, particularly brought on by the mustaches. Among the people who remarked on it was Alexander Korda, a filmmaker … Continue reading

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Notorious

It’s been a little while since we’ve talked about Alfred Hitchcock here, so I thought it was time to queue up another one of his films for review. This time it’s the 1946 film Notorious, starring Cary Grant and Ingrid … Continue reading

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Favorites Films: Fantasia & Fantasia 2000

…It’s my very pleasant duty to welcome you here on behalf of Walt Disney, Leopold Stokowski, and all the other artists and musicians whose combined talents went into the creation of this new form of entertainment, Fantasia. As Deems Taylor, … Continue reading

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