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Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger. Dir: William Dieterle.

Tugs at the heart-strings. A compassion-laden film about a true-life German Doctor seeking the cure to some of the world's worst ailments, including syphilis, polio and influenza.

When an epidemic hits the country, he goes about pulling out all the stops to find a so-called "magic bullet" as a veritable cure-all, and finally accomplishes his goal in pill 606, named after the number of tries to perfect this ideal drug. After some unfortunate losses in a few allergic reactions, despite his own warnings to the medical community that there still needed some tests to be done, he is vindicated and is eventually and rightfully awarded the Nobel Prize.

There are some really moving and inspiring moments in the film, with the contemplation of nobility, ingenuity, and the passionate pursuit of knowlege. It is all worth it in the end when you see the faces of those formerly ill children and grown-ups beaming with healthy life again.

Saturday's Children (1940)
Cast: John Garfield, Claude Rains, Anne Shirley. Dir: Vincent Sherman.

A charming and rather riveting tale about a newlywed couple who struggle through some financial hardships, yet their incessant love for eachother wins out in the end, and the money naturally follows such passion.

They meet on a bus of all places, where they are immediately attracted towards one another, and allow themselves various "coincidences" to meet up again on the street - he is an inventor of such quirky gadgets like the doorlock which engages like a safe, and an instant cigarette-rolling apparatus.

After a rough arguement, the two temporarily part ways, and through a supremely noble sacrifice by a relative, rejoin their inevitable love. He subsequently rejects a gig in The Phillipines for their union, and all finally balances out.

The Reformer And The Redhead (1950)
Cast: Dick Powell, June Allyson, Cecil Kellaway. Dir: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank.

A small-town Politician falls for a tom-boyish redhead {sporting a very Rosemary's Baby hairdo}, who just so happens to help run a zoo out in the countryside. He meets "Herman", a loveably affable lion whom he is initially terrified of, which sends him literally up a wall, until he eventually gets used to the whole likeable menagerie and falls in love. She whole-heartedly supports her man, gathering up all the local orphans to support the party's cause, which eventually takes him to international travels, at one point forgetting where he was at, which leads to an embarassing yet most amusing scene, with relief in the end.

Unfortunately their love becomes tainted when a despicable plan is revealed by a drunken co-worker, and his public standing is threatened with ill-repute. She is obviously hurt by this betryal, yet his honesty leads to reconciliation, while right around the same time, another lion escapes from the zoo - that 'ol man eater Caesar, who the poor man believes is actually mild-mannered Herman, which displays another one of the more entertaining scenes when he manages to get the lion into the car.

He gets his girl, she gets her man, and all is well in the humanimal kingdom.

Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Fred MacMurray, Howard Keel. Dir: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama.

A spoof on the massive western trend of Hopalong Cassidy and the like.

When a western character comes into favor with the masses, a film company initiates a frantic search to find the original actor who portrayed that icon of wholesome American heroism, but when there are no leads, they decide on a good-hearted yokle who just so happens to resemble the cowboy of yore, and offer him a substantial salary if he will bring the character back to life for all the little kiddies who look up to him so admirably.

By and by, an investigator manages to locate the original Callaway, who had taken residence in Mexico with some spicy senoritas and his chronic alcohol consumption. Now a rather grizzled version of his former self, he refuses to leave his lifestyle of excess, so the investigator plans on literally kidnapping him after he passes out to catch a ship back to the states. He reluctantly agrees to assume his former role, much to the chagrin of the female chapperone accompanying the new cowboy, as she takes quite a fancy for him as he does with her, who after travelling across the country, become, shall we say, 'very well acquainted'. A fight eventually ensues between the cowboys, and the real one wins out over the drunk.

Amusing scenes include: in an effort to bring the drunken cowboy back to shape, he hides bottles of booze in various locations throughout this health ranch, including in a well bucket, and in a rock while jogging out on the trail.

The well-meaning impersonator manages to gain possession of all of the money the character had been generating up to that point and sets up a fund for clinically ill children, after feeling deeply guilty since a stern woman admonished him about their conditions. He eventually grows to embody the Callaway icon, and assumes the role whole-heartedly.

Betrayal From The East (1945)
Cast: Lee Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Loo. Dir: William Berke.

A compelling WW2-era propaganda film dealing with Japanese and American espionage, where a carnival showman becomes mixed up in it all, as he decides to foil Jap plans to sabotage the Panama Canal. This takes him oversees where he was to be a patsy, but ends up a hero instead. After a long and nasty fight with a Japanese military official disguised as a shipman, he becomes a rather martyred character for the glory of the stars and stripes. A special message for audiences awaits at the end.

The Story of Mankind (1957)
Cast: Vincent Price, Ronald Coleman, Heddy Lamaar. Dir: Irwin Allen.

Stars Vincent Price as The Devil, and what an appropriate representation! Few can portray The Prince of Darkness so well as he, a master of horror, where Lucifer acts as prosecutor to the human race, pointing out all of its foibles and innately evil nature. The defense does a pretty good job in attempting to point out the positive points of man's existence, yet somehow seems to fall short. As accuser, The Devil is assuredly a motivating force to prod mankind towards bettering itself.

In My opinion, a marvellous combination for a veritable "Satanic Channel" would basically be TCM with some of our documentary material interspersed throughout. Herein is found a rememberance of past orthodoxies, a superior and elegant aesthetic, and is actually repleat with de-facto Satanic ethical principles. Those who are Satanists will be able to detect this immediately, innately.

It seems to Me that with the onset of the 60's, with hippie culture turning into ghetto culture, with human garbage of every shape and size and color and creed being programmed to emulate the lowest sub-human traits through the media and The Letharginator, it would be a desirable 'trend' for this broadcast to become more preferrable; with the exception of technological advances and a choice few other elements, what has transpired since The Noir Era has largely been a de-evolution of the culture. which needs to be reformed.

Tags: film review, spechtreum

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