An old movie I found a bit too old-fashioned, though Mickey Rooney does give one of his best performances in MGM’s The Human Comedy (1943). Story by William Saroyan. Produced and directed by Clarence Brown. Also includes strong acting from Frank Morgan and James Cra
The Purple Heart (1944), directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Dana Andrews, is a World War II courtroom drama imagining the trial and fate of captured Doolittle Raid fliers before the world knew exactly what had happened to them. Part of the Dana Andrews blogathon.
A brief blurb in a 1940 newspaper reports that London is short on Movie Star Photos. Here are the five Hollywood stars most requested by overseas soldiers.
Olivia de Havilland is Smokey Allard in RKO’s Government Girl (1943). Far from perfect and suffering greatly in comparison to other home front titles such as The More the Merrier, Government Girl is still an interesting slice of history.
A page from Liberty Magazine, November 10, 1946, shows a seated Bette Davis bracing to receive a pie to the face from dancer Johnny Coy, all in the spirit of celebrating V-J Day.