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Storm Warning (1951) Classic Movie

Storm Warning (1951)
Ginger Rogers, a model, stops in a town to visit her sister (Doris Day) and witnesses a murder by the Klan. 
Starring Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran
There is a lot in this script to remind you of “Streetcar Named Desire.”  Sister arrives in town to discover secrets involving her sister and the sister’s husband.  It’s described as a “noir thriller.”
Written by Daniel Fuchs and Richard Brooks (Looking for Mr. Goodbar, In Cold Blood, Lord Jim, Sweet Bird of Youth, Elmer Gantry (screenplay), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (screenplay), Any Number Can Play (screenplay), Key Largo (screenplay).

Lady From Shanghai

Lady of Shanghai (1948)

Starring Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders
Directed by Orson Welles
Screenplay by Orson Welles based on a Sherwood King novel, “If I Die Before I Wake.” 
Orson Welles had trouble getting along with Hollywood studios from the beginning of his career.  Lady of Shanghai (1948), was no different.
Studio head Harry Cohn was so obsessed with Rita Hayworth he had her wiretapped.  When the studio gave Welles Hayworth to develop “Lady of Shanghai” around, they evidently wanted something like “Gilda.

Accidents Will Happen (1938)

Director: William Clemens
Writers: George Bricker and Anthony Coldeway (screen play) from a story by George Bricker
Starring: Ronald Reagan, Sheila Bromley, Gloria Blondell, Dick Purcell
Ronald Reagan as an insurance fraud investigator with a greedy wife who gets involved with a big fraud gang.
I had no idea Joan Blondell even had a sister until I happened on this film.  The lesser-known sister, Gloria, made something like two dozen Hollywood features.

Classic Movie Series

Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Director, Boris Ingster, Writer Frank Partos (story and screenplay)
Starring: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Elisha Cook, Jr.
A reporter is a witness in a murder trial and then starts to wonder if he did the right thing.  Haunting photography and dream sequences that show the influence of German expressionism.
This is a surprisingly engaging film for a 1940 B picture.  B pictures were lower-budget features between 50 and 77 minutes, using second level actors, or ex-stars on their way down.

Mrs. Danvers

Chapter 14
•        Chapter 14 contains the iconic confrontation between Mrs. Danvers and the narrator in Rebecca’s bedroom.
•        Rather than being covered with drop cloths, she finds the room “fully furnished, as though in use.”  There are flowers, Rebecca’s personal items like brushes and combs.
•        There is the scent of white azalea and a dressing gown that “had not been touched or laundered since it was last worn.

Rebecca Chapter 13 and George Sanders

We are doing our quarterly Novel/Movie Series for the public library online.  This month we are discussing "Rebecca" Daphne du Maurier's novel and the movie by Alfred Hithccock.

Chapter 13
·      It’s not difficult to understand the relief the narrator feels when Maxim finally leaves the house for once.  If you think about all the tension that is involved with worrying about what he thinks, what he is thinking about (Rebecca), and what somebody might say that would set him off, it’s exhausting.

Where to Watch Rebecca

Several people have asked where they could watch Rebecca (1940) since we're all confined. This is a site called Black and White Movies where you can watch on your computer.
If you have access to Netflix, I would strongly suggest you order the DVD. As I wrote the other day, the DVD includes a version in which there is narration throughout the entire movie about the making of the film. It's fascinating. In addition, there's an interview with Haskell, the film reviewer, which is also interesting.

Rebecca: Chapter 11

Chapter 11
•        The narrator talks about the sea, living near the sea in a way that I very much identify with.  “It has a mournful harping note sometimes, and the very persistence of it, that eternal roll and thunder and hiss, plays a jagged tune upon the nerves.”  I once stayed in a hotel on Isla Mujeres in Mexico where our room had a balcony right on some rocks where the waves crashed.  It seemed very romantic at first, but we were trying to write there and so were in the room a lot.

Netflix and Rebecca

If you have the version of Netflix that allows you to order a DVD, order the Rebecca. The version netflix sends out has a fascinating version of the film that includes a running narrative detailing stories from the production of the film and analysis of the film techniques used.
You can watch the film without interruption, but you can also watch the version with a running commentary by a film expert.
The narration includes so many things I never noticed about the film and includes stories I never heard or read about.

Rebeca; Chapter 9

The library on St. Simons Island does a novel/movie series every quarter.  This quarter we are doing our series "Hitchcock: Before and After Hollywood" online.  This month we are discussing the novel and movie "Rebecca."  This is a summary of Chapter 9

Chapter 9 
·      When Maxim’s sister, Beatrice, and her husband arrive, the narrator wants to “hide, to get out of the window into the garden…” despising herself as she seeks an escape.
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