Movies from 1949

A Woman's Secret

A Woman's Secret (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

84 mins     Drama, Mystery, Thriller      

"A Woman's Secret" is, well I am not sure what it is because it isn't film-noir and technically as no one ends up dying it isn't a murder mystery either but it is a mystery. That mystery is to why Marian confesses to shooting...

Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

101 mins     Comedy, Drama, Romance      

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn made an impressive 9 movies together and out of those 9 "Adam's Rib" is one of the best. With Tracy and Hepburn paired up as a married couple who find themselves on different sides of the c...

The Barkleys of Broadway

The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

109 mins     Comedy, Musical      

"The Barkleys of Broadway" was the last movie which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together, although originally it was Judy Garland who was set to appear with Astaire not Ginger. And sadly whilst not a bad movie it is a...

The Big Steal

The Big Steal (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

71 mins     Thriller      

For some reason "The Big Steal" has over the years been called film-noir, maybe technically it is but from my own definition it is more of a light weight crime, road trip drama. I say that because there is plenty of humour go...


Champion (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

99 mins     Drama, Sport      

There have been many memorable boxing movies over the years, movies such as "Rocky" rank high amongst the most popular. But there are not so many which focus on the boxer himself rather than the sport of boxing. One of the ea...

The Fighting Kentuckian

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

100 mins     Western      

Whilst "The Fighting Kentuckian" is an entertaining movie, partly down to seeing Oliver Hardy partner up with John Wayne, there isn't anything stand out brilliant or memorable about it. In fact with out that unique set up of ...

The History of Mr. Polly

The History of Mr. Polly (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

95 mins     Comedy, Drama      

I've never read H.G. Wells novel from which "The History of Mr. Polly" is adapted from, in fact knowing Wells as only a writer of fantasy and science fiction it was a bit of surprise to see his name as the original source for...

Holiday Affair

Holiday Affair (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

87 mins     Comedy, Romance      

"Holiday Affair" from 1949 reminds me of a modern made for TV Christmas movie, not so much in story or style but for the simple fact that with it being set at Christmas blurs your vision to various issues. Basically what I'm ...

I Was a Male War Bride

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

105 mins     Comedy, Romance, War      

Adequate is not a bad word when describing movies because to be honest most movies are no more than adequate, plainly average. It's not just modern movies which are adequate, older ones are as well and of those older one whic...

The Inspector General

The Inspector General (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

102 mins     Comedy, Musical, Romance      

"The Inspector General" sounds right up my street; it's a comedy musical about mistaken identity and stars Danny Kaye. Sadly the experience certainly does not live up to expectations because it is a dull story, which is padde...

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

106 mins     Comedy, Crime, Drama      

Considering "Kind Hearts and Coronets" was released back in 1949 it is a surprisingly daring movie for the time. I say daring because "Kind Hearts and Coronets" is a dark comedy, one which is seriously dry and revolves around...

Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

94 mins     Adventure , Drama, Fantasy      

It's quite interesting when you read reviews of "Mighty Joe Young" as those who are not impressed with it often say it is inferior to "King Kong". The thing is that whilst "Mighty Joe Young" is made by the same team and has s...

On the Town

On the Town (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

98 mins     Comedy, Musical, Romance      

The voice of Frank Sinatra, the twinkle toes of Gene Kelly and the comedy of Jules Munshin along with the equally talented Vera Ellen, Betty Garrett and Ann Miller are the reasons why "On the Town" is not only a fun but also ...

Passport to Pimlico

Passport to Pimlico (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

84 mins     Comedy      

With the current British Government enforcing budget cuts on the UK you couldn't blame anyone for feeling a bit peeved and wishing for a bit of land, independent from the rest of the UK and the interference of the government....

The Red Pony

The Red Pony (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

89 mins     Drama, Family, Western      

"The Red Pony" is based upon a John Steinbeck story, in fact Steinbeck himself adapted in to the screenplay and whilst a relatively low key movie sporting a lot of talent it is none the less fascinating. In a way what is fasc...

Sands of Iwo Jima

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

100 mins     Drama, War      

It's over 60 years since "Sands of Iwo Jima" was released and in that time it has been heralded as one of the best WWII movies ever made. Despite now watching it for the first time I find myself pretty much agreeing, there ar...

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

103 mins     Western      

There is no denying that "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" is beautifully shot or that it features John Wayne delivering one of his finest performances but there is something about it which just doesn't work for me, does really gain...

The Third Man

The Third Man (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

104 mins     Thriller      

Admittedly I am not the biggest fan of film-noir and I think that comes down to when I read reviews of classic film-noir the reviewers seem to go over the top when it comes to the depth. At times these reviews border more on ...

Whisky Galore!

Whisky Galore! (1949)   4/54/54/54/54/5

82 mins     Comedy      

When you talk about Ealing Studios one movie often crops up, that movie is "Whisky Galore!" which whilst an Ealing Studio production was made as far away from the Studio as you could get whilst still being in Britain. Why doe...

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The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959)

George Fowler (Steve McQueen - The Towering Inferno), wanting to make a fresh start of his life and go to college agrees to be a getaway driver for a gang of robbers including his former girlfriend's brother Gino (David Clarke). But George only wants to drive the car, he doesn't want to do the stealing or holding up which is okay with gang leader John Egan (Crahan Denton). But with no money till they actually pull of the robbery George finds himself visiting Gino's sister Ann (Molly McCarthy) an...

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