1947 in Review


Nominees that didn’t make it:
5. Gentleman’s Agreement-how did Kazan go from naturalism to this
4. Bishop’s Wife-hokey fable nonsense with terrible logic

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52. Cinderella
Gorgeous and hammy Russian nonsense.
Favorite Moment: The weirdly hyper specific comments about how many compliments Cinderella deserves.
51. Sea of Grass
Kazan + Hepburn…and then there’s Tracy.
Favorite Moment: Shot of the two in the wild.
50. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman
Hayward carries this through the fact that it’s a walking cliche.
Favorite Moment: Opening number.
49. Boomerang
Amusing enough courtroom drama with plenty of speeches and unusual docufiction elements.
Favorite Moment: Ending.
48. Mourning Becomes Electra
Well, I suppose I am grateful this exists, but is it built for movies directed by middling talents?
Favorite Moment: Visiting the scene of the crime.
47. The Egg and I
Needs more edge, but as a light pleasure it does the job.
Favorite Moment: Tree falls on coop.
46. The Paradine Case
Not without interest, but starchy and poorly cast.
Favorite Moment: Confrontation over marriage.
45. The Fugitive
John Ford’s Silence, but his race issues make this sort of impossible.
Favorite Moment: Ending.
44. Lady in the Lake
Has some neat images, but it’s exhausting on the plot level, and the lead is an owl.
Favorite Moment: Knocked out haze.
43. Railroaded
Not quite on the level of Naked Spur, but potent.
Favorite Moment: Opening.
42. A Double Life
Avoids a whole lot of problems, but the concept is fairly dumb.
Favorite Moment: First meeting with Shelley Winters.
41. T-Men
Enjoyably shady, but lacks a certain sense of stakes.
Favorite Moment: Opening.
40. Ride the Pink Horse
Of interest, but incoherence overcomes oddity nature.
Favorite Moment: Opening.
39. Desire Me
Seams don’t show as much as expected, enjoyable enough if paced oddly.
Favorite Moment: Opening.
38. Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Deranged and pretty, but flaccid and reliant on a slightly charmless performer.
Favorite Moment: Cards.
37. Ramrod
Feels a little like a Sullivan’s Travels reunion in the West, albeit one that McCrea didn’t want.
Favorite Moment: Opening shootout.
36. Love of the Actress Sumako
Goes from being specific to being a parody of Mizoguchi tropes.
Favorite Moment: Discussion of Ibsen adaptation.
35. Forever Amber
Gorgeous, but Preminger and Selznick clash too much where Fleming/Cukor/etc made it work and Vidor/etc turned it into dementedness.
Favorite Moment: Opening battle.
34. The Devil Thumbs a Ride
Needed to be darker, longer, and funnier. Great concepts abound, though.
Favorite Moment: Picking up the women.
33. Lured
Oddball Sirk, lighthearted noir. Shame Ball never worked under him during his high point.
Favorite Moment: Phone call.
32. Seven Journeys
Struggles to be an epic thanks to quirk meeting a genuine sense of sadness and doom over what happened in the war. A worthy effort.
Favorite Moment: Couple with the baby.
31. The Kneeling Goddess
Gavaldon’s direction of weak material is strong, although it’s no La Otra. Also enjoyed Felix’s singing.
Favorite Moment: Musical number.
30. Pursued
Mitchum and Wright are a surprisingly decent match. Walsh isn’t doing much of note, though.
Favorite Moment: Ending.
29. Born to Kill
Enjoyably dark and trashy. Wise can’t keep control of bipolar characterization, though.
Favorite Moment: Opening.
28. Dark Passage
Star chemistry in a bottle.
Favorite Moment: POV car fight.
27. Brute Force
Backstories unnecessary, but the direction is pretty impeccable throughout.
Favorite Moment: Arrival at prison in rain.
26. Crossfire
Simultaneously very clean (too easy in tackling prejudice) and very dirty (performances are incredibly grim).
Favorite Moment: Lamp gets knocked over.

For my Top 25 of 1947 click here.

BEST ACTING (Finalists in bold)
Nominees that didn’t make it (Actor):
5. William Powell, Life With Father-loud and in one-joke mode
4. Gregory Peck, Gentleman’s Agreement-everything he normally does badly, really

Nominees that didn’t make it (Actress):
5. Loretta Young, Farmer’s Daughter-can’t overcome accent or lousy comedy
4. Dorothy McGuire, Gentleman’s Agreement-stuck in Kazan’s rut

Nominees that didn’t make it (S. Actor):
5. Charles Bickford, Farmer’s Daughter-one of the most depressing “right actor wrong performance” picks ever
4. Thomas Gomez, Ride the Pink Horse-a stereotype, for better and for worse

Nominees that didn’t make it (S. Actress):
None, good job Academy.

Dana Andrews, Daisy Kenyon
Richard Attenborough, Brighton Rock
Charles Chaplin, Monsieur Verdoux
Ronald Colman, A Double Life-a bit much, but surprisingly noir in his attitudes
Henry Fonda, Daisy Kenyon
John Garfield, Body and Soul-strips through cliches of struggling brutes
Rex Harrison, Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Van Heflin, Possessed
Franco Interlenghi, Shoeshine
Roger Livesey, I Know Where I’m Going
Jean Marais, La Belle et La Bete
James Mason, Odd Man Out
Robert Mitchum, Out of the Past
Masayuki Mori, Ball at Anjo House
Isao Numasaki, One Wonderful Sunday
Tyrone Power, Nightmare Alley
Michael Redgrave, Mourning Becomes Electra-infirm in many ways
Robert Ryan, Woman on the Beach
George Sanders, Lured
George Sanders, Private Affairs of Bel Ami
Michel Simon, Panique
Rinaldo Smordoni, Shoeshine

Hermione Baddeley, Brighton Rock
Lucille Ball, Lured
Joan Bennett, Woman on the Beach
Joan Crawford, Daisy Kenyon
Joan Crawford, Possessed-loopy but carries it off
Josette Day, La Belle et La Bete
Maria Felix, Kneeling Goddess
Jane Greer, Out of the Past
Setsuko Hara, Ball at Anjo House
Susan Hayward, Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman-having a ball with cliches
Wendy Hiller, I Know Where I’m Going
Choko Iida, Record of a Tenement Gentleman
Deborah Kerr, Black Narcissus
Regina Linnanheimo, In the Grip of Passion
Ida Lupino, The Man I Love
Chieko Nakakita, One Wonderful Sunday
Rosalind Russell, Mourning Becomes Electra-some sort of perverse Williams creation
Gene Tierney, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Loretta Young, The Bishop’s Wife

Robert Alda, The Man I Love
Charles Bickford, Woman on the Beach
Kirk Douglas, Out of the Past
David Farrar, Black Narcissus
Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34th Street-nicely rides the ambiguity line while still being sensitive
Ian Keith, Nightmare Alley
Raymond Massey, Mourning Becomes Electra
F.J. McCormick, Odd Man Out
Robert Ryan, Crossfire-appropriately grimy for a Poverty Row production
George Sanders, Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Richard Widmark, Kiss of Death-remember when impersonating the Joker was legitimately creepy

Ethel Barrymore, Paradine Case-an enjoyable flutterer in a dry work
Joan Blondell, Nightmare Alley
Hazel Brooks, Body and Soul
Kathleen Byron, Black Narcissus
Rhonda Fleming, Out of the Past
Gloria Grahame, Crossfire-pulpy and grim
Coleen Gray, Kiss of Death
Virginia Gregg, Body and Soul
Celeste Holm, Gentleman’s Agreement-easily the high point of this dull movie
Martita Hunt, Great Expectations
Freda Jackson, Great Expectations
Angela Lansbury, Private Affairs of Bel Ami
Marjorie Main, The Egg and I-her standard agony aunt, but she did it so well
Carol Marsh, Brighton Rock
Lilli Palmer, Body and Soul
Martha Raye, Monsieur Verdoux
Anne Revere, Body and Soul
Anne Revere, Gentleman’s Agreement-solid supporting motherhood, as usual
Flora Robson, Black Narcissus
Jean Simmons, Great Expectations
Shelley Winters, A Double Life
Natalie Wood, Miracle on 34th Street


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