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Review: Memorable Films of the Forties
Friday, April 17, 2009  10:28:00 PM

by John Howard Reid



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Entitled, "One for Film Buffs", the following review by Doug Kennedy, appeared in "The Gold Coast Bulletin", February 6.

Why pay $19.95 for a movie book when you can obtain some (but by no means all) of its information free on the net? "Memorable Films of the Forties" is by no means as comprehensive a survey as the net, but not much about the films it covers is left out. In addition to the information the net provides, such as a synopsis, detailed cast and crew lists, release dates, title changes and running times, this book provides fascinating titbits and production information that cannot be found elsewhere.

Furthermore some of these details are more complete. For instance, for the acclaimed 1949 picture, "The Heiress", which won many awards that are not detailed on the net, the net only provides English-language release dates for the USA and Australia. Unaccountably, British release details are not provided – and not only for this picture but for many other films! This book also provides not only the USA general release date, but the New York date (which was several months before the general release) and the New York showcase (in this instance, the Radio City Music Hall).

Another important date the net never provides and this book always does, is the copyright date.

Of course, detailed information is not the only thing. This book’s strongest points lie in its interesting reviews of the movies themselves.

Furthermore, "Memorable Films of the Forties", doesn’t just concentrate on the headliners like Laura, Casablanca, Easter Parade, Meet Me in St Louis, Yankee Doodle Dandy, All About Eve, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Three Musketeers, All About Eve, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Paleface, and Gentleman’s Agreement, but also focuses on popular pictures like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Egg and I, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, Cobra Woman, The Accused, The Unsuspected, Panic in the Streets, Without Reservations, The Yellow Cab Man, Dark Waters, Forever Amber, The Glass Key, The Ghost Breakers, Belle Starr, The Breaking Point, and Home in Indiana.

All in all, this is a book that is bound to find a wide audience.   

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