If you haven’t, you should watch A Matter of Life and Death. It was released in the US under the title of Stairway to Heaven. It’s a charming story about a pilot who dies after being shot down in a plane and whether love can save him. It’s got David Niven and a very cute Kim Hunter. This is a charming story. One interesting thing is that like the Wizard of Oz, it’s shot in color and black and white, but the scenes on Earth are in color and heaven is in black and white.
Chemists working on a super gasoline for aircraft encounter a Nazi spy ring bent on theft and murder.
Edward G. Robinson pursues a nazi war criminal named Franz Kindler. He thinks it’s the kindly college professor played by Orson Welles. Only a dead man can link him to the crimes… or is it his own obsessions that will finally be his undoing. If you haven’t caught this film, this is a keeper in the realm of public domain films.
67 years ago today, Marines took Surubachi and got the upper hand in the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. This is a 1945 Technicolor film by the US government about the events of that day. Four of the cameramen that shot this film died, including Bill Genaust who shot the famous flag raising.
Jim Taggert, a ships engineered is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan, a gangster who was running away from trouble at home. Jim finds out Morgan is in league with the Nazis and he’s been selling them weapons.
After the Japanese invade China in WW 2, a young woman (Anna May Wong) leads a band of partisans against the occupying troops.
Glenn Ford stars as an American paratrooper GI who travels to France after the end of WWII to try and recover a jewel encrusted glove that had been stolen from a country church during the war. His quest leads him to a beautiful young tour guide (Geraldine Brooks), and a Nazi collaborator (George Macready) whom he had fought during the war. The movie was shot mostly on location in France and Monaco.