I wrote in a blogpost a few days ago about the films my mum went to see in 1947. She recorded the details of some of them in her diary. I've been collecting the posters and trailers for them on a Pinterest board.
I've only recently started adding interesting items to Pinterest but am already finding it to be a fantastic way to save and organise your researches. Here are a few more 1940s films I've added to the collection.
On February 26th, despite heavy snowfalls in the night, Doreen went to see The Hamaland Mystery. I can't find any reference to this anywhere on the Internet so can only conclude that her spelling was inaccurate; although the diary is so small and her handwriting so tiny it's almost illegible in places. Any suggestions as to what the film might have been?
On 3rd March she went to see Love Story which she thought was Very Good. This was a 1944 movie starring Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger. It seems like a wonderfully romantic film; ideal for a nineteen year old on a cold, wintery night. (Remember this was the worst winter on record.) Lockwood plays Lissa Campbell, a concert pianist with a serious heart problem who is determined to enjoy what time she has left. She goes on holiday and meets a pilot (Granger) who is probably going to lose his sight as the result of an explosion. You can read the outline of the story here: a real tear-jerker! "We're all living dangerously. There isn't any certainty anymore. It's just today and the hope of tomorrow. Oh, darling, please, let's take all the happiness we can…."
When she went to see A Matter of Life and Death a few days later she thought it was smashing. The film was the surprise hit of 1946 and has come to be regarded as one of Powell and Pressburger's best films. Set in England during the Second World War, it stars David Niven, Marius Goring and Kim Hunter in a romantic, fantasy film released in U.S.A. with the title Stairway To Heaven.
On 15th March she was off to see Renegade at The Ace Cinema which she decided was not a bad film. My efforts to track it down have been fruitless unless she meant a 1936 film version of Custer's Last Stand but that doesn't seem very likely.
Then, on 3rd April, at the start of the Easter weekend, she went to see Great Expectations at the Empire. This David Lean classic has stood the test of time and is as well regarded now as it was then. Check out the official trailer on Youtube and if by any chance you've never seen it, put it on your bucket list. Doreen really enjoyed it: another film she thought was smashing!