FIVE FILMS OF THE 1940s
My favourite five films from the 1940s...
#5. Jane Eyre (1943)
The melodrama! ♥
#4. Double Indemnity (1944)
The perfect tale of greed and selfishness, with Barbara Stanwyck starring as a money hungry vamp who convinces an insurance salesman to help kill her husband. And, thanks to the restrictions of the code, we get the satisfaction of seeing everyone get their comeuppance.
#3. Rebecca (1940)
I love Hitchcock at the best of times, and this one is just extra special. It has the perfect gothic novel atmosphere, and Judith Anderson's Mrs Danvers is especially - delightfully - creepy.
#2. I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
I'm a sucker for a good rom-com, and Cary Grant attempting to pass as a war bride in the midst of endless zany mishaps is perfect screwball material.
#1. Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
This is the second Barbara Stanwyck film on the list; I make no apology! I was so impressed with this when I first watched it, and even when I rewatch it I'm still swept away by how cleverly the story all slots together. The suspense is really well done, and I just love the ideas of fate, coincidence and conscious choice driving the action.