1940s movies

Movie Picks | Blanche Fury (1948) | With her husband and boyfriend living under the same roof, things were bound to get ugly

Blanche Fury

When Blanche (Valerie Hobson) goes to live as a governess at her wealthy uncle’s massive estate, it isn’t long before she marries her cousin and becomes the mistress of the house. Things get complicated when she begins a love affair with Philip (Stewart Granger), an angst-ridden employee of the estate who also happens to be the illegitimate son of the estate’s former owner. Things take a dark turn when Philip announces his intentions to kill Blanche’s uncle and husband/cousin to gain control of the estate.

Written by Audrey Erskine-Lindop, Cecil McGivern, Hugh Mills (based on the novel by Joseph Shearing, which was actually a pseudonym for Marjorie Bowen)

Directed by Marc Allegret

Produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan

Released by Eagle Lion Films

 

Movie Picks | Mildred Pierce (1945) | Mo’ money, mo’ (man, parenting, and legal) problems

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When Mildred Pierce’s mediocre marriage falls apart, she (Joan Crawford) uses her mean pie-bakin’ skills to provide for her family and eventually becomes a successful restaurateur. Unfortunately, Mildred’s obsession of satisfying the insatiable materialistic cravings of her bratty, ungrateful daughter Veda threatens her own well-being. Her penchant for bad men doesn’t help either.

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (Uncredited: William Faulkner and Catherine Turney) (based on the 1941 novel Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain)
Produced by Jerry Wald
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures

Movie Picks | Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) | Where was caller ID when she needed it?

Classic Movie Pick: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

While home alone one night, rich Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck) dials a number and overhears two men plotting the murder of an unidentified woman. After piecing together some evidence, she begins to suspect she might be the target.

Directed by Anatole Litvak
Screenplay by Lucille Fletcher (based on her 1943 radio play Sorry, Wrong Number)
Produced by Anatole Litvak and Hal B. Wallis
Released by Paramount Pictures