I have had some down time the last week, and the one positive thing I have gained from this down time besides getting to read some great posts and see some great photography; I have been watching some old movie greats.
I call myself a classic movie lover, but here are a few BIG classics I have never seen.
The Stranger: 1946 Orson Welles, Loretta Young, Edward G. Robinson; this film Noir as described here by IMDb;
Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler’s former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson’s only clue is Kindler’s fascination with antique clocks; but, though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in. Written by Rod Crawford
Loretta Young and Orson Welles played a great duo here where her innocence got the better of her trying to cover up for this very evil man she fell in love with.
The Maltese Falcon: 1941 Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astore, Peter Lorre. This is also a film noir and described here by IMDB Spade and Archer is the name of a San Francisco detective agency. That’s for Sam Spade and Miles Archer. The two men are partners, but Sam doesn’t like Miles much. A knockout, who goes by the name of Miss Wanderly, walks into their office; and by that night everything’s changed. Miles is dead. And so is a man named Floyd Thursby. It seems Miss Wanderly is surrounded by dangerous men. There’s Joel Cairo, who uses gardenia-scented calling cards. There’s Kasper Gutman, with his enormous girth and feigned civility. Her only hope of protection comes from Sam, who is suspected by the police of one or the other murder. More murders are yet to come, and it will all be because of these dangerous men — and their lust for a statuette of a bird: the Maltese Falcon. Written by J. Spurlin
Mildred Pierce: 1945 Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Monte Baragon, another film noir that was very sad to me. Sort of true to heart story of a mother trying to gain the approval of her very spoiled daughter. Best summarized here: Mildred Pierce dotes on her daughters while husband Bert looks to Maggie Binderhof for affection. They separate leaving Mildred to raise the girls on her own. Elder daughter Veda goads her mother about their lack of money and in response Mildred proposes opening a small restaurant. Realtor Wally Fay advises her while making numerous rebuffed passes and introduces her to Monte Baragon whose property becomes the first of a chain of restaurants. Mildred has an affair with Monte. Meanwhile, money-hungry Veda pretends to be pregnant by wealthy Ted Forrester in order to bilk his family of $10,000. Mildred tears up the check, is slapped by Veda, and orders her daughter to leave. After time away, Mildred returns to find Veda singing in a cheap club. Veda will return only if Mildred promises luxury, so Mildred agrees to marry Monte in exchange for a third of her businesses. It soon becomes clear that something is going on between Veda and Monte. Mildred learns of this only after Monte has sold… Written by Ed Stephan