THE FALLEN SPARROW
1943, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Richard Wallace

Scripted by Warren Duff, from the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. This convoluted but compelling story, told in creepy Val Lewton style, stars John Garfield as a Spanish Civil War veteran being driven crazy by stateside fascists. Is porcelain-gorgeous Maureen O’Hara his only ally … or his enemy? Stunning photography by RKO’s in-house noir master, Nicholas Musuraca. With Walter Slezak, Patricia Morison and Martha O’Driscoll.


CRAZY HOUSE
1943, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: Edward F. Cline

Vaudeville comedy team Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson want to make a movie; when Universal won’t have them, they try to make it themselves with aspiring producer Patric Knowles. The result is a series of rapid-fire gags a la the duo’s earlier HELLZAPOPPIN’ interspersed with musical numbers and hilarious cameos from seemingly everyone on the Universal lot.


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