40’s Channel

Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) [Drama]

“Cheers for Miss Bishop” is a film based on the novel “Miss Bishop” by Bess Streeter Aldrich. This film marked the debut of Rosemary De Camp. Miss Ella Bishop is a teacher at a small town Midwestern college. The story is told in flashback and takes place over many years, from the 1880s to the […]

Blonde Ice (1948) [Film Noir] [Crime] [Drama]

“Blonde Ice” is a 1948 American femme fatale crime film directed by Jack Bernhard and starring Leslie Brooks, Robert Paige and Michael Whalen. It was based on a novel by Whitman Chambers. Claire is a society reporter who will do whatever she has to for a story. Claire manages to keep herself in the headlines […]

Trapped (1949) [Film Noir] [Drama] [Crime]

The film tells the story of the U.S. Treasury Department who, with the aid of a counterfeiter, try to track down and stop of counterfeiting ring. The counterfeiter, Tris Stewart (Lloyd Bridges) serving time in prison, is released under the agreement that he will assist in the capture of the phoney money printers. — Directed […]

The Bashful Bachelor (1942) [Comedy]

The Bashful Bachelor is a 1942 American film directed by Malcolm St. Clair. The movie is about Lum Edwards, who’s annoyed with his partner in Pine Ridge’s Jot-’em-Down general store, Abner Peabody, because Abner has swapped their delivery car for a racehorse. Lum is also too timid to propose to Geraldine, so he involves Abner […]

Phantom of Chinatown (1940) [Action] Crime] [Mystery]

In the middle of a pictorial lecture on his recent expedition to the Mongolian Desert, Dr. John Benton (Charles Miller) the famous explorer, drinks from the water bottle on his lecture table, collapses and dies. His last words “Eternal Fire” are the only clue Chinese detective Jimmy Wong (Keye Luke) and Captain Street (Grant Withers) […]

Lady of Burlesque (1943) [Comedy] [Horror]

Lady of Burlesque (also known as “The G-String Murders” and in the UK, “Striptease Lady”) is a 1943 American mystery film, based on the novel The “G-String Murders” written by strip tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee (with ghost-writing assistance from mystery writer Craig Rice). The plot concerns the murder of two strippers, backstage of a […]

Killer Dill (1947) [Comedy] [Crime]

“Killer Dill” is an American film directed by Lewis D. Collins. The movie is about the Door-to-door salesman Johnny Dill, an exact double of a notorious gangster, who finds himself struck between the forces of good and evil. — Directed by Lewis D. Collins, produced by Max M. King, written by Alan Friedman (story) and […]

Agatha Christie | And Then There Were None (1945) [Crime] [Mystery]

“And Then There Were None” is a 1945 film adaption of Agatha Christie’s best-selling mystery novel “And Then There Were None” directed by René Clair. The film changes certain characters’ names and adheres to the ending of the play rather than that of the novel. Though its subject matter is dark, the screenplay injects considerable […]

City without Men (1943) [Drama]

A young woman’s husband has been imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. In order to be near him to try to help him get his sentence overturned, she moves into a boardinghouse near the prison whose residents are the wives of inmates. — Directed by Sidney Salkow, produced bySamuel Bronston (executive producer) and B.P. […]

Lady in the Death House (1944) [Film Noir] [Drama]

Mary Kirk Logan is led from her cell to the electric chair, to be “killed by the hand of the man I love.” A psychologist and criminologist, Charles Finch, tells her story. They first meet in a bar when Mary’s dress catches fire. Dr. Bradford, having drinks with Finch, helps extinguish the fire. He takes […]

Invisible Ghost (1941) [Horror] [Thriller]

“Invisible Ghost” is a horror film starring Bela Lugosi, shot in black and white, and directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Lugosi plays Kessler, a man controlled by homicidal impulses beyond his control. He is being controlled by his wife, who had left him for another man. She was involved in a car accident that has […]

King of the Zombies (1941) [Horror]

During World War II, a Capelis XC-12 plane somewhere over the Caribbean runs low on fuel and is blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crash-land on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The quick-witted yet easily-frightened […]