May 1940: Our Town

Our Town. Sam Wood. 1940.

I hadn’t quite realised how many of films from the early 40s were based on theatre plays. I think so far it’s been… all of them? Almost all of them? This is another one.

This was nominated for all the Oscar awards, including “best sound, recording”, and the sound is horrible. But perhaps “recording” doesn’t mean the actual sound on the film? I can barely make out what they’re saying.

Could be the transfer. I watched the Amazon Prime version, and those are frequently astoundingly awful.

It didn’t win any.

It’s a pretty unique movie. It’s a cod-serious presentation of the town interspersed with “dramatic” scenes. Very sentimental… but it really works, I think.

But my enjoyment was serious impaired by the sound quality, so the dice rolled lower than it would otherwise, I think.

Popular movies in May 1940 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
sc-tt0033238.jpg 7198 7.8 Waterloo Bridge
sc-tt0032326.jpg 928 7.7 Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise
sc-tt0029284.jpg 7317 7.4 My Favorite Wife
sc-tt0032432.jpg 1204 7.1 Edison, the Man
sc-tt0033175.jpg 980 6.9 Torrid Zone
sc-tt0032881.jpg 1762 6.8 Our Town
sc-tt0032247.jpg 885 6.7 Beyond Tomorrow
sc-tt0032710.jpg 306 6.7 Lillian Russell
sc-tt0033013.jpg 428 6.6 The Saint Takes Over

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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