January 1943: The Hard Way

Opening with an attempted suicide, that’s not what you expect when imdb says that this is a romantiv musical. The scenes of industrial grime in a factory town are stunning.

imdb is on acid, of course. This is a movie about struggling out of property and the hard-nosed grift needed. Ida Lupino is brilliant as the schemer and Joan Leslie is perfect as the ingenue.

But… the last half, when we get The Moral, just isn’t very exciting. “Oh, yeah, being relentlessly ruthless might perhaps not be healthy. Got it.”

Basically: The first half hour is great, and then it’s off into very clichéd territory. I love melodrama, but this goes all kitch.

The Hard Way. Vincent Sherman. 1943.

Popular movies in January 1943 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
47154 8.0 Shadow of a Doubt
291 7.6 The Adventures of Smilin’ Jack
431 7.3 Forever and a Day
810 7.2 The Hard Way
554 7.0 No Time for Love
1740 7.0 Tarzan Triumphs
627 6.7 Immortal Sergeant
379 6.6 The Crystal Ball
672 6.4 Hitler’s Children

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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