A Walk in the Sun, 1945, b&w, Lewis Milestone (dir.), Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne, John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges, Sterling Holloway, Huntz Hall. 1:57.
The walk is from the beach at Salerno to a farmhouse six miles inland; the time, the Allied invasion of Italy in World War II. Quite a good movie, with (as the sleeve says) â€œlong quiet stretches of talk with random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers.â€ Thereâ€™s some damage, but itâ€™s a fine war movie with good performances. $1.50.
The Most Dangerous Game, 1932, b&w, Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack (dirs.), Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong. 1:03.
Rich hunter on a boat trip; the buoys donâ€™t look quite right to the captain, but he insists they continueâ€”leading to a shipwreck which he alone survives. He winds up at a castle on a remote island, hosted by Count Zaroff, who recognizes him as a great hunter and boasts of hunting â€œthe most dangerous game.â€ Other than a bunch of Russian-only servants, the only other ones there are a couple (also survivors of a shipwreck), with the man a somewhat drunken mess. Eventually, it becomes clear just what the most dangerous game is. Scratchy soundtrack but an effective, fast-moving flick. $1.50.
The Stars Look Down, 1940, b&w, Carol Reed (dir.), Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Emlyn Williams. 1:50 [1:40]
British drama set in a coal mining community and apparently full of social implicationsâ€”the unionâ€™s pretty much deserted the working men, the mine ownerâ€™s hiding a map that indicates that the mine is in danger of being flooded, a strike doesnâ€™t help. Strike leaderâ€™s son goes off to university on scholarship but somehow drops out before the last year to marry a gold-digger heâ€™s barely metâ€”and who is, of course, desperately unhappy (and indolent) in the mining town. The problem is that the movie doesnâ€™t go anywhereâ€”sure, thereâ€™s the expected flood, sure, the conniving wife runs off with someone else, but thereâ€™s no sense of conclusion. Maybe the missing 10 minutes would help? $1.00.
The Bigamist, 1953, b&w, Ida Lupino (dir.), Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond Oâ€™Brien. 1:20.
Harry Graham is a traveling salesman for the company he and his wife run in San Francisco; he seems to spend most of his traveling time around LA. Heâ€™s grown a little distant from his wife of eight years, and somehow winds up in bed with Ida Lupino in LAâ€”and that one occasion, naturally, leaves her pregnant. Thus the title, and the film seems to say â€œwell, heâ€™s a decent man who got mixed up.â€ I could suggest that decent men donâ€™t cheat on their wives, but I suppose that would be Puritanical. Scratchy but well-acted (with Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino, what would you expect?). $1.25.