Rogers, a model, stops in a town to visit her sister (Doris Day) and witnesses
a murder by the Klan.
Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran
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.”
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).
of Shanghai (1948)
Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders
by Orson Welles
by Orson Welles based on a Sherwood King novel, “If I Die Before I Wake.”
Welles had trouble getting along with Hollywood studios from the beginning of
his career. Lady of Shanghai (1948), was
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.
WILL HAPPEN (1938)
George Bricker and Anthony Coldeway (screen play) from a story by George
Ronald Reagan, Sheila Bromley, Gloria Blondell, Dick Purcell
Reagan as an insurance fraud investigator with a greedy wife who gets involved
with a big fraud gang.
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.
on the Third Floor (1940)
Boris Ingster, Writer Frank Partos (story and screenplay)
Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Elisha Cook, Jr.
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
· 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.
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.
• 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.
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.
narration includes so many things I never noticed about the film and
includes stories I never heard or read about.
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
· 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.