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Tallulah Bankhead

Lifeboat (1944)
7/10
ha, listen to William Bendix’s new york accent- it’s basically the same as it is today, but this is 1944.. u could drop him in manhattan in 2018, and he would fit right in- he would just be curious why everyone was constantly on their handheld radios.. i’d like to see a conversation with a 1944 William Bendix and Michael Rappaport..

“i can outjibe the rest of those hip cats even with a bum gam” = 40’s speak for “i can dance better than those fools, even with a bad leg”

brandy mentioned again, as it has in every hitchcock film so far..

Hume Cronyn (Stanley) is an upsetting cross between harrison ford and rick moranis– in that he has the face of harrison ford, but the body and mannerisms of rick moranis.. your 2018 mind won’t know what to make of his face..

Tallulah Bankhead: “dying together is even more personal than living together”

holy shit, this mob beats the living shit out of him, and throws his ass overboard, in one of the more brutal scenes i’ve seen lately.. jesus.. their revenge was perfect, and afterwards hitchcock masterfully captures their satisfaction/disgust..

A Royal Scandal (1945)
4/10
This picture is about Catherine of Russia. Her people called her the “Mother of all the Russias.” Her biographers caller “The Great.” Our story takes place at the time of her life when she was not so much of a mother ~ but when she was especially great.

Stage Door Canteen (1943)
4/10
this blows, wtf.. a couple of cool scenes, only because i’m a movie dork– we see goerge raft early on.. guess what ladies? i’m single..

also this dude was decently funny in places in his monologue, then tap-danced his fucking ass off.. who is this guy? meh, doesn’t matter..

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Otto Kruger

Saboteur (1942)
6/10
brandy mentioned again- it’s been in every hitchcock film so far..

cool moment, and some high-level writing here, when both barry and the blind say they’re lucky, but it means different things to both- the blind man says he’s lucky (because he didn’t drop the log on his foot), but to Barry, he’s lucky because the guy’s blind and won’t be able to see the handcuffs and know he’s a fugitive.. now that’s some sophisticated writing..

lol @ the sex-obsessed bearded lady..

lol that one of the freaks is just a fat chick, who by today’s standards isn’t freakishly fat at all- it would be hard to go to walmart and not see at least several of these sized women..

lol that one of Priscilla Lane’s billboards is for “A Beautiful Funeral ~ $49.50”

a very “Eyes Wide Shut (1999)” vibe once Robert Cummings realzies the staff at the party is pointing him out and whispering to each other.. you immediately realize that only some shady fucking characters are at this exclusive party, and asking anyone for help is counterproductive.. very fucking cool moment..

the butler knocks the fuck out of Robert Cummings with that leather sap, then again as he’s collapsing, and went for a third strike before being called off.. jesus- each of those shots is irreparable brain damage..

Murder, My Sweet (1944)
5/10
“only reason i took the job was because my bank account was trying to crawl under a duck”

“she was a charming middle-aged lady, with a face like a bucket of mud”

cool note- driver’s lienses from this time had your right thumb print on it! biometrics in 1944!

“on the head, with a sap– if an elephant had steppend on his head, same effect”

“the rest of it was a crazy coked-up dream”

“ahh, skip it” (basically meaning “skip what you’re about to say, cuz i already know what you’re gonna say before u even say it, and i already disagree with it”)

“that’s what happens when you let a cop go to college- he gets too smart”

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Robert Montgomery

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
5/10
We heard a story the other day.. from a fellow named Max Corkle… as fantastic a yarn as was ever spun. You’ll say it couldn’t have happened. Anyway, this one was so fascinating, we thought we would pass it on to you.
It begins in Pleasant Valley… where all is Peace… and Harmony… and Love… and where two men are beating each other’s brains out..

They Were Expendable (1945)
5/10
Manila Bay
In the Year of Our Lord Nineteen hundred and Forty-one

these dudes were doing some bumpity bumps out here in the 40’s:
old guy: “how bout a little snort?”

there are some poignant scenes where the foreground sound effects get cut out and all we hear is the background sound (example- at the beach, we just hear the waves crashing as everyone stammers onto the beach).. very nicely crafted by John Ford..

gets somewhat propaganda-ish towards the end.. still, i felt this was watchable, especially considering it’s 2hr15min runtime

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
6/10
this definitely doesn’t feel like an Alfred Hitchcock film.. it’s got a zany soundtrack and sound effects.. it is a comedy, so maybe this is just Hitchcock’s interpretation of what a comedy is..

lol @ Carole Lombard not fitting into her old skirt– that ass is gettin fat:
Carole Lombard: “i can’t understand anything hanging in the closet shrinking so much”

the server decides whether he’ll go through the trouble of opening a table outside based on whether they get the 45 cent or 65 cent dinner..

a spaced out Robert Montgomery– “that cat knows something!”

what the hell is Robert Montgomery doing with the champagne? he’s spinning it vigorously in the ice, presumably to make it cool down more quickly– is this really a thing? too lazy to google it..

Carole Lombard: “i’ve always had a suspicion about you, so did my mother- your forehead slants back too much”

this is kinda starting to grow on me.. Robert Montgomery tries to undo the door chain with his pen, the maid closes it on him, and he bangs on the door “hey! what about my pen!”

manager: “as an aid to the unemployment crisis, it’s our policy not to employ married women”
head of the firm: “it’s not our policy to employ married women”

is this chick a cock-a-holic?
Robert Montgomery: “she likes my voice”
guy: “that isn’t all she’ll like” (he playfully shoves him)

brandy was considered medicine back then..

Robert Montgomery breaks the fourth wall to tell us:
Robert Montgomery: “you have just seen her in one of her quieter moments”

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Gary Cooper / Dir: Frank Borzage

A Farewell to Arms (1932)
5/10
Disaster as well as victory is written for every nation on the record of the World War, but high on the rolls of glory two names are inscribed — The Marne and The Piave.

ohh shit, my man gary cooper gets handsy with Helen Hayes, to where she had to slap a playa!

Desire (1936)
5/10
Paris

caught smuggling ciggies!

oh shit, my girl Marlene Dietrich says she’s gonna put her hand in gary cooper’s pocket, and his face turns pale white.. what a cuck..

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Charles Farrell / Minna Gombell / Dir: Frank Borzage

Liliom (1930)
8/10
In Budapest.

damn, my man Charles Farrell is feeling all up on them thighs during the carousel ride..

a genuine LOL moment, when she calls Charles Farrell a gentleman, and the police officer sarcastically bows to him.. laughed my ass off on that one, one of the few moments like this during this whole 30’s project..

this is quite well-written.. Charles Farrell accidentally knocks her down trying to shake his hand loose from hers as she tries to stop him from leaving:
Charles Farrell: “i didn’t mean to hurt you pidg’in.. what a dirty life i’m leading”
(he runs up the stairs)

lol @ the “the dumb police are on your trail” song.. really liking this more and more..

lol @ the john cena-looking stud-muffin she brought in to replace Charles Farrell..

this is also quite well-acted as well, i really like director Frank Borzage’s style.. this is one of only a handful of 8/10 i’ve given to movies of this time.. even the supporting parts are well acted..

lol @ Wolf’s face when she takes the picture..

this is a beautful film.. listen to this exchange:
Charles Farrell: “look at that sparrow”
“you’re looking at a bird?”
Charles Farrell: “the bird’s looking at me, too”

then later:
Charles Farrell: “judges?”
“yeah.. why not?”
Charles Farrell: “we’ll be up before one of them if that cashier gets–”
“not if u do what i say!”
Charles Farrell: “well what about the next world?”
“your mind is certainly wandering”
Charles Farrell: “when i come up before the lord, God, and he asks me about this robbery, what am i gonna say then?
“the likes of you will never come up before Him..”

this is extraordinarily precocious- this is 1930, and we have a shot of Rose Hobart grieving over Charles Farrell’s freshly stabbed/mangled body, and the cops callously ask one another their feelings on the new pay schedule..

“nobody’s right, they just think they’re right”

Chief Magistrate: “are you really as tough as you pretend?”
Charles Farrell: “tougher”

the plot takes such a strage turn, i love it.. it seems like movies of this time were scared to take risks like this..

this film is sending the wrong message- if you’re a young suicide you’ll be forgiven?

what message is this film sending to survivors of domestic abuse?
Rose Hobart: “it’s possible for someone to beat you, and beat you, and beat you, and not hurt you at all”

After Tomorrow (1932)
6/10
Charles Farrell again playing a playboy..

wife: “i quit thinking when i married you”
husband: “i suppose it is up to me to do the thinking for both of us”

“a sharp tongue is a penalty of a keen brain”

this isn’t quite as good as “Liliom (1930)” which came out of fucking nowhere to knock my fucking socks off..but u can still see director Frank Borzage’s skill shine through and elevate what may have been some run of the mill source matrial..

ohh no she didn’t!:
“i hate fat people, don’t you?”
“have you ever thought of dieting?”

Charles Farrell: “what’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is mine”

Bad Girl (1931)
5/10
the beginning of this is like a 1931 #MeToo testimonial..

smoooooth:
James Dunn: “oh look, there’s a fella’ tryin to kiss a girl!”
Sally Eilers: “where?”
James Dunn: “here”
(he kisses her)

“i bet that guy spends hours practicing hating me”

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Robert Young

Miracles for Sale (1939)
4/10
“new york is the only state you can learn to hate in one day”

lol @ their crude intranet, where the typewriter downstairs controls the typewriter upstairs using loops of thread.. their little monkey brains would explode at the thought of the internet..

lol they call contact lenses “invisible spectacles.. also crazy to think they had some form of contacts, even if they were in a very crude form..
“it’s those new invisible spectacles”

oh gawd with that ending.. corny..

Remember Last Night? (1935)
4/10
oh lord– why is everyone wearing blackface masks? i don’t get it..

he complains while sniffing at the air like a rat:
“this fresh air gets in your lungs and ties them all up”

“oh, go count the shingles on the roof” = 1930’s speak for “go fuck yourself”

oh shit, they found the bloody rag in the back of the Bugatti!

“any man who wouldn’t commit murder for you would be a sap”

“he don’t say nothin’, but he talks nice”

57:14

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Richard Cromwell / Lionel Atwill

One More River (1934)
5/10
reginald denny has a strange fucking voice- this isn’t a normal human voice.. he doesn’t have a weird accent, human beings don’t have this voice..

this old lady used to ride some shaft:
“i used to sleep on deck, but that was in the naughty 90’s”

“thick with him” = “close with him in a romantic way”

can you imagine this cross examination today? this lawyer would be sued for sexual harassment..

they used to say “sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander” instead of “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”

aww, is this true?:
Diana Wynyard: “even when they are not in love, women are grateful for being loved”

some more skilled wring:
reginald denny: “when a person is not in love, i don’t think they quite realize the feelings of one who is”

they even had “afterisms” in 1934:
Diana Wynyard: “you keep thinking of better answers after it’s too late”

The Road Back (1937)
4/10
“if you think the enemy’s going to waste any ammunition on a rotten soldier like you, you’re crazy”

The Wrong Road (1937)
6/10
very cool plot- those were crazy arrangements they made back then- letting people go 2 years into a 10 year sentence, but suspending their rights? then the auction sequence.. not bad..

the ending is a little preachy, but this is quite watchable, and has less than an hour runtime..