THE BLUE DAHLIA
1946, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: George Marshall

Hard-luck WWII vet Alan Ladd returns to Los Angeles only to become the prime suspect in the murder of his two-timing wife (Doris Dowling). Fortunately, plucky Veronica Lake is around to help him navigate the twists and turns of Raymond Chandler’s Oscar-nominated screenplay. Ladd is accompanied by his faithful dogface pal William Bendix and a pre-Ward Cleaver Hugh Beaumont. An exquisite time capsule of 1940s L.A. hardboiled style, featuring the impeccable wardrobe stylings of Edith Head. Script by Raymond Chandler.


DESTINATION MOON
1950, Wade Williams, 91 min, USA, Dir: Irving Pichel

Producer George Pal’s rarely screened classic helped usher in the sci-fi boom of the 1950s and featured amazingly realistic depictions (for the time) of manned space flight and lunar landing, aided by German rocket expert Hermann Oberth (who worked on Fritz Lang’s similarly futuristic DIE FRAU IM MOND in 1929). Starring John Archer (WHITE HEAT), Warner Anderson and Tom Powers. Academy Award winner for Best Special Effects.


GOING MY WAY
1944, Universal, 126 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

In his most famous movie role, Bing Crosby plays Father Chuck O’Malley, a young priest sent to take over a troubled New York City parish from the aging Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), who doesn’t know he’s being replaced. Undeniably sentimental yet undeniably moving, this feel-good comedy-drama earned seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Crosby), Supporting Actor (Fitzgerald) and Song (“Swinging on a Star”).


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