Movies Tagged ‘Drama’
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
Torture Ship is a 1939 American film directed by Victor Halperin.
A well known doctor is indicted for his experiments concerning the curing of the criminal mind. Needing to continue his work and hoping that success will clear him, he buys a boat, loads it with several high profile criminals hoping to escape the law and heads out to sea.
At least that’s the plan, but things start to go wrong and things are revealed to be not what they seemed at first…
Lyle Talbot as Lt. Bob Bennett
Irving Pichel as Dr. Herbert Stander
Julie Bishop as Joan Martel
Sheila Bromley as Poison Mary Slavish
Anthony Averill as Dirk – Stander’s Aide
Russell Hopton as Harry “The Carver” Bogard
Julian Madison as Paul – Stander’s Aide
Eddie Holden as Ole Olson
Wheeler Oakman as John Ritter
Stanley Blystone as Captain Mike Briggs
Leander De Cordova as Ezra Matthews
Demetrius Alexis as Steve Murano
Skelton Knaggs as Jesse Bixel
Friday, April 30th, 2010
Joyless Street (German: Die freudlose Gasse, 1925) is a film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst in Germany, based on the novel by Hugo Bettauer, and is one of the first films of the “New Objectivity“ movement. It stars Greta Garbo in her second starring role and bringing her international fame.The film is often described as a morality story in which the ‘fallen woman’ suffers for her sins, while the more virtuous woman gets the happy end.”
In 1921 in the poverty-stricken part of town called Melchiorgasse in Austria inhabited by impoverished gentry and blue-collar workers Mrs. Greifer runs a fashion boutique and a nightclub patronized by the wealthier class of Vienna. Annexed to the nightclub is “Merkl“ hotel, a by-the-hour establishment, in which the women of the nightclub prostitute themselves in order to pay back their debts to Frau Greifer.
The film follows the plights of two women from the same neighborhood in their attempts to pull themselves out of the rubble of postwar hyperinflation: Marie, who lives in abject poverty, succumbs to the lure of prostitution. Grete, from a struggling family used to better circumstances, takes the higher road.