A crisp melodrama is The Dark Past which Columbia remade from its 1939 release, Blind Alley [and the play of that title by James Warwick].
Picture teams Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan as co-stars and they prove to be a solid combination. Both turn in splendid performances in difficult parts that could easily have been overplayed.
Another Part of the Forest backtracks 20 years from The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman's play, showing the same family of Hubbards and how they got to be that way in Foxes.
Sleep, My Love manages a fair share of suspense and adds up to okay melodrama. Plot gets off to a strong start and windup is high melodrama that brings off the finale on a fast note.
Performances are of top quality all down the line, with Gable and Turner pacing the playing. Story line makes a direct play for the tear ducts and has heart. These two factors overcome some patness…
The Snake Pit is a standout among class melodramas. Based on Mary Jane Ward's novel, picture probes into the processes of mental illness with a razor-sharp forthrightness, giving an open-handed…
One Touch of Venus comes to the screen as a pleasant comedy fantasy. Ava Gardner steps into the top ranks as the goddess, Venus. Hers is a sock impression, bountifully physical and alluring…
The hard-hitting suspense of the chase formula is given topnotch presentation in Cry of the City. It's an exciting motion picture, credibly put together to wring out every bit of strong action and…
RKO has turned out an absorbing, sensitive story of tolerance and child understanding in The Boy with Green Hair.
La Terra Trema, Luchino Visconti's second directorial effort (after Ossessione), is a ponderous, fragmentary tale of Sicilian fishermen and their troubles [inspired by Giovanni Verga's novel I…