• Bagdad

    Bagdad

    ★★½

    With Maureen O'Hara in Technicolor and all that, Bagdad (1949) is a stunner to look at. But with so many mental games and so little action, I left with the feeling what was the point of this exotic escapism, besides being exotic escapism. Vincent Price at least gave off a slimy vibes.

  • Bad Boy

    Bad Boy

    ★★½

    Audie Murphy had only had a couple of smaller roles before he landed the lead as a Bad Boy (1949). Naturally the producers were banking on his fame as a war hero, but the guy did have some screen attitude. The film tries to figure out what triggers the kid to be a bad boy and Lloyd Nolan brings him to his Variety Club Ranch where juvenile delinquent are reformed. So it's both a inspirational story and marketing for this organization. And Murphy comes off looking good in the process. A little simplistic in it's take on reforming and fixing mental issues, but alright.

  • Anna Lucasta

    Anna Lucasta

    ★★

    Broderick Crawford was the key guy elevating this melodrama. Oskar Homolka also contributed in his own way, but for the most part I felt the acting in this one didn't work all that great, and that includes Paulette Goddard manic character, unfortunately. Something about it feeling too staged or not being framed right for the emotions to come across genuine. Story seemed interesting, so I'm looking forward to the 1958 black cast remake.

  • And Baby Makes Three

    And Baby Makes Three

    ★★½

    Silly rom-com with ex-wives, fiances and babies for Robert Young. Both Barbara Hale & Janis Carter were schemingly sweet, effective for such a light romantic nonsense. Delivers what it goes for.

  • An Old-Fashioned Girl

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

    ★★

    An example why adorable Gloria Jean's once promising movie career pretty much over after 1949. While An Old-Fashioned Girl (1949) is a decent low budget costume drama with some musical contributions, there isn't much appeal here. The story doesn't provide much reason to engage. And while there are beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses, the rest is rather dull.

  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff

    ★★★

    Too little Boris Karloff for a movie bearing his name, but at least they provided more than enough dead bodies for Abbott & Costello to run scared from! Became almost a one gag comedy, but with a bunch of wonderful one-lines underneath.

  • Africa Screams

    Africa Screams

    ★★½

    Features not one, but two real life adventurers from 1930s serials - Clyde Beatty & Frank Buck. Features not one, but two Three Stooges - Shemp Howard & Joe Besser. Features not one, but two Baers - boxing greats Max Baer & Buddy Baer. And features not one, but two numskulls trapped in the jungle with gorillas and pussycats. Namely Abbott & Costello. This was their least funny in years, but having Costello constantly running from trouble provided plenty of laughs.

  • Adam and Evelyne

    Adam and Evelyne

    ★★

    All about Stewart Granger falling in love with his adopted-ish daughter Jean Simmons. A little creepy, and they didn't get the gambling danger across very well, so it relied mainly on the sweet tones with Simmons. One of the lesser ones starring Granger.

  • A Kiss in the Dark

    A Kiss in the Dark

    ★★½

    More kisses for David Niven. This time A Kiss in the Dark (1949) and not with Corliss, but with Jane Wyman showing-off her legs. Struggles to find the big laughs. It's more the collective of characters that make this one enjoyable. Mainly Victor Moore, who probable should have been given top billing for his efforts in this one.

  • A Kiss for Corliss

    A Kiss for Corliss

    ★★

    The final sip of a Shirley Temple. She started her movie career at the ago of three, and gracefully bows out at the age of 21 with A Kiss for Corliss (1949). An extremely light affair, though David Niven being a bit of a prick did burst-out a few laughs. Not so memorable for Temple herself, but she still retained that personality that made her the sweetest thing in 1930s films.

  • Mr. Belvedere Goes to College

    Mr. Belvedere Goes to College

    ★★★

    I liked the first Mr. Belvedere movie with Clifton Webb. Here the helpful snob has to go to college to get his honorary award, and there he finds a rival in Shirley Temple. There ends-up being a "shocking" revelation and Mr. Belvedere tries to meddle in her affairs. Quite amusing in a sit-com'y way.

  • Adventure in Baltimore

    Adventure in Baltimore

    ★★½

    Got a pleasant feel, but it's not nearly as impactful as the subject matter might suggest. Shirley Temple was adorable, even as an adult, but as an actress she was lightweight. and the delivery from the studio was lightweight too. So if in the mood for something lighter and likable, look no further.