The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Zorro is one of those characters I’m aware of, but have never actively watched any of the myriad films or television shows featuring him and his feared “Z” mark. Best known to fans in his 1957 Disney television series, Zorro is a Latin Robin Hood with a healthy dose of what would shape the character of…

All This, And Heaven Too (1940)

Often imitated, never duplicated, Gone with the Wind‘s massive success in 1939 saw every studio attempt to find their own literary epic to adapt in the hopes of sweeping up awards (and box office dollars). Warner Bros., known for its conservatism went full-steam ahead with their take on Rachel Field’s popular novel, All This, and Heaven Too…

Pitfall (1948)

There’s a formula to film noirs, and while not strictly enforced there are particular elements one looks for – the morally ambiguous hero, interplay between light and shadow, an evil femme fatale. It is both this adherence to and divergence from convention that makes director Andre de Toth’s Pitfall so special. Recently released on a…

June Bride (1948)

An actress not often associated with comedy (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane doesn’t count), Bette Davis allowed her dry wit to come into contact with a few rom-coms throughout her career, none of which succeed as much as June Bride. Attempting to make herself comfortable in a role she’s not quite suited for, Davis…

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)

Originally published December 6th, 2014 A series of comic miscommunications and mistaken identity lead to a fun holiday story perfect for the post-WWII family. It Happened on Fifth Avenue focuses on a problem common to several films made after 1945 – the housing crisis – but combines it with screwball antics to show wealthy people the…