Hard drinking Dupin (Joseph Cotton) befriends a sweet, young Frenchwoman (Leslie Caron) newly arrived in New York from Paris. Caron is hoping that a rich, debilitated old man (Louis Calhern) can be persuaded to leave his money to his grandson, Caron’s fiancé, whose Paris crusade for human rights and dignity, could use an input of money. Also hoping to inherit Calhern’s money are Barbara Stanwyck and Joe De Santis who have served as Calhern’s attendants for the previous ten years…
Virginia Mayo is attracted to gambler Bruce Bennett. She does not know that Bennett is a murderous gangster. Bennett kills Mayo’s brother who has learned about Bennett’s role in a murder. Convinced by the police of Bennett’s role in her brother’s death, she goes undercover to expose and trap him, putting her own life in danger.
Ida Lupino was a marvelous actress, but perhaps even a better director. She might have been given more resources nowadays, but even with low budgets and relatively minor stars, she made extremely powerful films. This may be the best, a gritty, extremely modern tale about the rape of a young, pretty woman in a small town and the failure of society to in any way to prevent the rape or help her deal with it. The police want to catch…
Carnival in Flanders (La Kermesse heroique, 1936) is unusual in many ways. How many films dealing with the occupation of a city by elements of an invading army are comedies? How many movies have ever been set in Seventeenth Century Flanders? Where the heck is Flanders? (For those not knowing the answer to the last question, Flanders is the Dutch-speaking northern portion of today’s Belgium.)
The year is 1616 and Spain has invaded and occupied the Low Countries. A courier…