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|Back to Bataan||95||b||6||6||4||5||5||5||5|
|Bell for Adano, A||104||c||7||7||5||5||5|
|Dolly Sisters, The||114||c||5||5||6||7||5||5||5|
|Flame of Barbary Coast||91||b||5||5||4||4||5||5||4|
|Keep Your Powder Dry||93||b||5||4||4||5||5|
|Lady on a Train||94||b||6||6||5||9||6||5||4|
|Leave Her to Heaven||110||c||6||6||4||6||5||4|
|Molly and Me||77||b||6||6||4||5||5|
|Notorious Gentleman (The Rake's Progress)||120||b||7||6||5||5||5|
|Pardon My Past||88||b||6||6||5||5||4|
|Perfect Strangers (Vacation from Marriage)||93||b||6||6||6||5||5|
|Royal Scandal, A||94||b||5||5||4||5||4|
|Seventh Veil, The||94||b||7||7||6||6||7||5||5|
|Song to Remember, A||112||c||4||5||6||5||6||5||5|
|Spanish Main, The||100||c||5||5||5||5||5||4|
|Stork Club, The||98||b||5||5||4||4||5||4|
|Thin Man Goes Home, The||101||b||5||6||4||5||5||5|
|Thunderhead: Son of Flicka||78||c||5||5||5||5||5|
|Tonight and Every Night||92||c||6||6||4||5||5||5||4|
|Weekend at the Waldorf||129||b||6||6||5||5||6||5||4|
|Wicked Lady, The||104||b||5||5||5||3||4||5||4|
|Woman in Green, The||68||b||5||6||4||5||4||5||4|
Adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie and directed by Rene Clair, a mysterious Mr. U. N. Owen and his wife have invited Judge Frank J. Quinncannon (Barry Fitzgerald), Dr. Edward G. Armstrong (Walter Huston), Philip Lombard (Louis Hayward), detective William Henry Blore (Roland Young), Vera Claythorne (June Duprez), Nikita Starloff (Mischa Auer), General John Mandrake (C. Aubrey Smith), and Emily Brent (Judith Anderson) to an island home where they are served by Thomas Rogers (Richard Haydn) and his wife Ethel Rogers (Queenie Leonard) who were hired without having met Owen. A recording by Owen and a nursery rhyme suggest that each of the ten will die there for serious crimes they had committed.
Col. Joseph Madden (John Wayne) is ordered to stay in the Philippines and organize guerilla resistance and does so with help from Captain Andres Bonifacio (Anthony Quinn), Dolici Dalgado (Fely Franquelli), an American schoolteacher (Beulah Bondi), and her student Maximo (Ducky Louie) until US forces returned at Leyte on October 20, 1944.
This war propaganda is based on actual events but demonizes the Japanese occupation while glorifying the American military presence and Filipino resistance.
Based on John Hersey’s novel and directed by Henry King, Major Victor P. Joppolo (John Hodiak) is in charge of the US Army during its occupation of the Italian city of Adano. He is assisted by Sergeant Borth (William Bendix) and Captain Purvis (Harry Morgan) and the Italians Giuseppe (Monty Banks) and Father Pensovecchio (Hugo Haas). He is attracted to Tina Tomasino (Gene Tierney) and helps her father fish so that people will have more food. He countermands a military order to keep the only road into Adano clear at all times so that people can bring in food and water. The Navy Lt. Crosts Livingstone (Glenn Langan) helps him get a bell to replace the one that was taken by the Italian Army.
This war-time drama portrays a conscientious American officer doing what is best for the people of the town occupied and their problems and appreciation of his efforts.
Written by Frances Hyland and directed by Joseph Kane, at Christmas time the family of James C. Pidgeon (Eugene Pallette), his wife Clara Pidgeon (Billie Burke), their daughters Angela Pidgeon (Ann Gillis) and Therese Pidgeon (Ruth Terry), and the son Reggie Pidgeon (David Holt) invite a charity person to stay with them and bring home Anthony Marchand (Joseph Schildkraut). They also learn that a relative has left $5,000,000 to the actress who played Eva in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and that turns out to be Florie Watson (Ona Munson).
Based on Pearl Buck's novel, Dr. Sara Durand (Ruth Warrick) works in China, but Dr. Gray Thompson (Randolph Scott) returns with a jealous wife (Ellen Drew), who wants to leave and gets caught in an intrigue of Dr. Kim (Philip Ahn) and a wounded Japanese prisoner captured by the Chinese guerrilla leader Chen-Ta (Anthony Quinn).
This story depicts the Chinese trying to withstand Japanese attacks. The romantic triangle shows the contrast between selfish jealousy and the selfless work of the two American doctors.
A soldier (Robert Walker) has two days leave in New York and falls in love with Alice (Judy Garland), who marries him.
This extremely quick marriage reflects the frantic attempts of soldiers and lonely women to get together during their brief opportunities to be together.
An engineer (Humphrey Bogart) is in love with the sister (Alexis Smith) of his wife (Rose Hobart), who nags him and will not let him be free. He has an alibi and kills his wife; but his psychiatrist friend (Sydney Greenstreet) tells him murderers are egotists and rarely escape justice, and he is haunted by signs his wife is still alive.
In this murder mystery the audience knows who the murderer is and while identifying with him wonders if or how he will be caught. By this experience the audience may learn about the psychological misery of committing such a crime.
After getting out of the RAF, a pilot (Dick Powell) goes to France and Argentina to track down the fascist killer of his French wife with help from a local guide (Walter Slezak) and the man's wife (Micheline Cheirel). The evidence he uncovers in his reckless revenge helps a prosecutor (Morris Carnovsky) of war criminals.
This early depiction of chasing fascist criminals who had fled to South America shows in detective style the difficulty of apprehending such organized gangs.
Martin Goldsmith adapted his own novel about a piano player (Tom Neal) who hitch-hikes from New York to Los Angeles to marry his girl-friend; but he acquires a car when its owner (Edmund MacDonald) dies and then is coerced into teaming up with a scheming woman (Ann Savage).
This classic low-budget film noir captured the despair and random misfortune of modern life.
John Dillinger (Lawrence Tierney) robs a store and is put in prison, where he meets Specs Green (Edmund Lowe) and his gang. When he gets out, he robs a movie theater but is not turned in by Helen Rogers (Anne Jeffreys). Dillinger helps his friends to escape and gradually takes over the gang of bank robbers by using more violence.
This docudrama shows the dangers and futile life of a famous bank robber.
Directed by Irving Cummings, twin Hungarian sisters Jenny Dolly (Betty Grable) and Rosie Dolly (June Haver) arrive in America in 1904 as children and become a song and dance team. They meet composer and singer Harry Fox (John Payne) who falls in love with Jenny and marries her; but they are separated by his participation in the Great War. Department store owner Irving Netcher (Frank Latimore) woos Rosie, and they eventually marry too.
Duke (John Wayne) from Montana visits San Francisco, meets Flaxen (Ann Dvorak), who helps him win at gambling before he loses to boss Tito Morell. Duke sells his cattle and ranch, is taught how to play cards by Wolf Wylie (William Frawley), goes back in 1906, and wins enough money from Tito to set up a rival casino with Flaxen.
Conflict between the gamblers and more conservative business
interests underlies this struggle between two powerful individuals
over an entertaining woman and control of the Barbary Coast.
A veteran (Eric Porter) lives in past glory and escapes by drinking while his wife (Flora Robson) works with other women in community service. Their daughter (Sheila Sim) has been working for a well-off farmer and plans to marry him, but her boyfriend (Bob Tyndale) comes back on leave and does not want her to waste her life.
This domestic drama shows how the women in a small town
in England work together while most of the men are away in the
war. The symbol and object of this effort is Eleanor Roosevelt.
Based on Vicki Baum's novel, in the last phase of a losing war a general (Raymond Massey) hates Hitler; a Nazi leader (Henry Daniell) tries to get to America to continue his efforts; a resistance leader (Helmut Dantine) escapes and is joined by an alcoholic professor (Peter Lorre); and others are caught in the miserable situation.
A posh hotel is the scene that depicts the collapse of Nazi culture with various characters attempting to adapt to the fateful changes.
Directed by George Marshall, beautiful and enthusiastic Texas Guinan (Betty Hutton) leaves her entrepreneurial father (Barry Fitzgerald) to join the rodeo show of Cherokee Jim (Charles Ruggles). Her personality and singing talent make her a popular entertainer, and she falls in love with rodeo’s new owner Bill Romero Kilgannon (Arturo de Cordova); but they have difficulties getting together despite their love for each other.
This musical comedy biopic portrays the true story of Texas Guinan who entertained during the era of Prohibition.
The heiress Parks (Lana Turner), the military brat Rand (Laraine Day), and the soldier's wife Darrison (Susan Peters) join the WACS and go to Officer Candidate School. Parks and Rand have a running feud which Darrison helps to mediate.
This drama contrasts a military personality to a strong individualist, and they both learn from their confrontations in their pursuit of excellence. The film also was strong propaganda for military service.
Debutante Nikki Collins (Deanna Durbin) loves murder mysteries by Wayne Morgan (David Bruce) and while on a train she sees a murder through two windows. She fails to get police to believe her and tries to get Morgan to help her solve the case. The comical Mr. Haskell (Edward Everett Horton) is looking for her while she interacts with the wealthy family of the victim especially Jonathan Waring (Ralph Bellamy) and his brother Arnold Waring (Dan Duryea).
This murder mystery has twists and turns and is entertaining for its comedy, and Durbin sings “Silent Night,” “Give Me a Little Kiss,” and “Night and Day.”
Based on the novel by Ben Ames Williams, novelist Richard Harlan (Cornel Wilde) falls in love with beautiful Ellen (Gene Tierney), who substitutes him for her lost father and removes those around them out of possessive jealousy.
Beautiful outward surroundings are the setting for this
portrayal of a gorgeous woman who is psychologically lost and
Based on a novel by Christopher Massie, in the war Allen Quinton (Joseph Cotten) writes love letters for his friend Roger Moreland. After the war Allen discovers that Roger married the woman and then was murdered and that his wife Victoria has lost her memory and calls herself Singleton (Jennifer Jones). She falls in love with Allen, and they marry after getting permission from wealthy Beatrice Remington (Gladys Cooper) who had adopted her as a child.
This strange murder mystery and romance explores an unusual case of amnesia after a traumatic experience. Singleton has a joyful and spiritual way of living in the present and being true to herself. Allen learns how his deception of writing loving letters for another man caused a woman to marry the wrong man and experience tragic violence.
Adapted from Frances Marion's novel, entertainer Molly (Gracie Fields) knows the butler Peabody (Reginald Gardiner) and gets a job as a housekeeper for politician John Graham (Monty Woolley). She helps him get along better with his son Jimmy (Roddy McDowall) and hires her unemployed theater friends to replace the corrupt staff.
This comedy suggests that actors have sensitivities that
can help solve human problems, though it may be a fantasy that
they know how to do the work of people they can play.
Vivian Kenway (Rex Harrison) has a father (Godfrey Tearle) in Parliament and leads a carefree life of privilege as a playboy, seducing the wife (Jean Kent) of his Oxford friend (Griffith Jones), helping a Jew (Lilli Palmer) escape from Austria for money, and having an affair with his father's secretary (Margaret Johnston) before getting killed in the war.
This peculiar character portrait of a spoiled scoundrel reflects what can happen to someone who abuses the support he gets from his family by doing whatever he pleases without much thought for the consequences. Ironically the society that provided him with privileges took his life in war.
Based on Ruth Gordon’s play, 39-year-old editor Max Wharton (Alexander Knox) decides to enlist in the army during World War II over the objections of newspaper owner Robert Gow (Charles Coburn) who depends on him. Wife Paula Wharton (Irene Dunne) is a successful writer and helps out while Max is going through basic training.
This comedy depicts an older man joining the army during a major war in order to learn more about the world and improve his editorials. The difficulties a married couple undergoes during boot camp is explored with comic effects.
Eddie York (Fred McMurray) and his friend Chuck Gibson (William Demarest) have just got out of the Army and plan to start a mink farm; but bookie Jim Arnold (Akim Tamiroff) and his men mistakenly think Eddie is the wealthy alcoholic Francis Pemberton (Fred McMurray). Eddie and Chuck go to the home of Pemberton, and the servants, Joan (Marguerite Chapman), Grandpa Pemberton, the daughter Stephanie Pemberton (Karolyn Grimes), her mother Mary Pemberton (Rita Johnson), and Uncle Wills (Douglass Dumbrille) think he is Francis returned after two years in Mexico. As Eddie gradually learns about this family, he falls in love with helpful Joan.
Robert Wilson (Robert Donat) and his wife Catherine (Deborah Kerr) leave their flat in London to join the Navy in 1940. Both mature and change so much in three years that they are afraid their spouse will not be able to get along without them but dread going back to their boring life. They want to divorce. After quarrelling they come to realize that their marriage needs rebuilding, just as London does.
This story explores how the trials of war and military service can change people's personality and broaden their experience so much that they their previous life seems like another existence.
Louise Randall Pierson adapted her own biography about an ambitious woman (Rosalind Russell) who pushes away a conservative banker (Donald Woods) but attracts an impractical dreamer (Jack Carson) while raising five children and finding happiness amid disappointments with her second husband.
This realistic comedy shows how a positive attitude and hard work can help people overcome numerous set-backs and misfortunes.
Based on the play by Lajos Biro and Melchior Lengyel and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and Otto Preminger, Russia’s Queen Catherine the Great (Tallulah Bankhead) is advised by Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch (Charles Coburn) and Countess Anna Jaschikoff (Anne Baxter) who is engaged to Lt. Alexei Chernoff (William Eythe). Alexei sneaks into the palace to help Catherine, and she promotes him to commander of the guard as she accepts him as one of her lovers.
Clay Hardin (Errol Flynn) found evidence in Mexico that Roy Stuart (Paul Kelly) is a cattle rustler, and despite the danger he returns to San Antonio on a stagecoach with singer Jeanne Starr (Alexis Smith). Clay's friend Charlie Bell (John Litel) tries to look out for him, but Legare (Victor Francen) is involved in Stuart's crimes.
This colorful western reflects the usual theme of a good gunslinger challenging worse criminals while winning the heart of the pretty woman. The hero even admits that the west was settled by men who push others out of the way.
Based on the novel and play by Georges de la Fouchardiere and André Moulézy-Eon and the 1931 film La Chienne, cashier and painter Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) rescues pretty Kitty March (Joan Bennett) from her abusive boyfriend Johnny Prince (Dan Duryea) and falls in love with her. Christopher is married to the shrew Adele Cross (Rosalind Ivan) but wants to marry Kitty. Johnny uses Kitty to get money from Christopher.
A pianist (Ann Todd) attempts suicide and is treated by a psychiatrist (Herbert Lom) with hypnotherapy. Caned in school, she lives with her misogynist uncle (James Mason), who teaches her to be a concert pianist and tries to prevent her from marrying a musician (Hugh McDermott) or a painter (Albert Lieven).
Her uncle's cane provides the Freudian symbolism that she
fears male punishment, but how can one not doubt that the proclaimed
cure is an illusion?
Taught and guided by Professor Joseph Eisner (Paul Muni), the Polish pianist and composer Frederic Chopin (Cornel Wilde) goes to Paris where Louis Pleyel (George Coulouris) arranges concerts for him and publishes his music. Pianist Franz Liszt (Stephen Bekassy) and author George Sand (Merle Oberon) help the talented Chopin to become recognized, and he falls in love with her. Chopin also wants to help the Polish revolutionary cause, but he suffers from tuberculosis.
This fictitious biopic portrays Chopin as more revolutionary than he was and makes Eisner a more pervasive influence even though he did not go to Paris with Chopin. This dramatic version of a revolutionary spirit and his overbearing teacher is not accurate to his life, but he was proud of Poland and did have an affair with Sand and lived with her in Majorca as a treatment for his tuberculosis.
Captain Van Horn (Paul Henreid) is shipwrecked at Cartagena but escapes from its governor Alvarado (Walter Slezak) to become a pirate and capture Alvarado's intended bride, a contessa (Maureen O'Hara), whom he marries; but further violent complications ensue.
A beautiful aristocrat prefers a Dutch pirate to a fat and
imperious Spanish governor during a lawless era of international
Judy (Betty Hutton) saves Jerry (Barry Fitzgerald) from drowning and thinks he is a bum, but he is a millionaire and anonymously has his lawyer (Robert Benchley) give her expense accounts. Her boyfriend Danny (Don DeFore) comes back from the Marines to lead a band with her as singer, but he gets jealous that someone is providing for her.
This comedy brings about romantic reconciliations in two
different generations while fulfilling a pleasant fantasy of being
able to spend money freely. An underlying theme is that a marine
may have difficulty adjusting back into civilian culture.
Detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his wife Nora (Myrna Loy) visit his parents on vacation. When a man is murdered when Nick has answered the front door, he investigates and eventually solves the complicated murders. Nick finally gets a chance to show his father (Harry Davenport) what he can do.This comedy-mystery follows the pattern of previous Thin Man movies by combining charming characters and a complicated detective story brilliantly solved with the murderer only revealed at the end.
Based on Mary O'Hara's novel, a boy (Roddy McDowall) raises a spirited colt with support from his father (Preston Foster) and his mother (Rita Johnson).
Beautiful natural scenery is the setting for the story of
a wild horse and the boy who loves him in this escape entertainment
for the family.
Adapted from a play by Lesley Storm, the Music Box never misses a performance even during the blitz under the direction of May Tolliver (Florence Bates). The singing and dancing of Rosalind (Rita Hayworth), Judy (Janet Blair), and Tommy (Marc Platt) highlight the entertainment, and Rosalind falls in love with the pilot Paul (Lee Bowman).
This musical celebrates the show-must-go-on attitude of
theater people during the dark days of bombing in London.
Suggested by Vicki Baum's play, Grand Hotel, a lonely movie star (Ginger Rogers) discovers that a suspected jewel thief is a charming war correspondent (Walter Pidgeon); a soldier (Van Johnson) needing risky surgery woos a pretty secretary (Lana Turner); and a scheming business man (Edward Arnold) is exposed by a young reporter (Keenan Wynn).
These improbable events happen in two days at an expensive hotel but explore the personal emptiness of fame, the despair and hopelessness a veteran feels, and the greed to exploit the oil resources of Arabs.
Based on Magdalen King-Hall’s novel, in the 17th century wealthy Sir Ralph Skelton (Griffith Jones) is happy with Caroline (Patricia Roc) and is going to marry her when Barbara Worth (Margaret Lockwood) appears and quickly persuades Ralph that they love each other. Caroline stands aside, and Barbara weds Ralph and meets Kit Locksby (Michael Rennie) on her wedding night and falls in love with him; but he leaves suddenly. Barbara gets bored and turns to highway robbery with Captain Jerry Jackson (James Mason).
This adventure drama portrays a ruthless woman who loves danger and thus is free to act ruthlessly to get what she thinks she wants. For a time she messes up several people’s lives, but in the end only the wicked really suffer the most.
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) encounter hypnotism as used by Lydia Marlowe (Hillary Brooke) for Professor Moriarty (Henry Daniell) in this murder mystery.
Holmes represents the strength of mind and character that
prevents him from being hypnotized as others are, though one wonders
why he had to substitute another drug for Cannabis Japonica to
keep from being hypnotized.
A comic (Danny Kaye) is murdered so that he won't testify in a murder trial, and his intellectual twin brother is haunted by his ghost to impersonate the entertainer and catch the killers.
This fantasy provides comic relief as the genius talks with
his departed brother that only he can hear, confusing other characters.