UC Berkeley Library

1940-1949

Jud Suß (Germany, 1940)

Directed by Veit Harlan. Cast: Ferdinand Marian, Werner Krauss, Henrich George, Kristina Soderbaum. Produced in 1938, but not released until 1940, "Jud Suss" was the film that made the wearing of the Jewish Star of David in Europe mandatory. This is the Nazi version of the novel of the same title by Lion Feuchtwanger. It is based on the real historical character of Josef Suss Oppenheimer who was tax advisor to Karl Alexander during the early 1700's and was publicly executed in Stuttgart for manipulation of state funds.

Juke Joint (1947)

Director, Spencer Williams. Cast: SpencerWilliams, July Jones, Inez Newell, LeonardDuncan, Dauphine Moore, Melody Duncan,Katherine Moore, Tilford Patterson, AlbertSmith, Howard Galloway, Clifford Beamon,Frances McHugh, Don Gilbert, Mac and Ace, Kitand Kert, The Jitterbug Johnnies, Duncan'sBeauty Show Girls. Two slick talking traveling"thespians" seek a room at the home of MamaHoliday and become embroiled in her family'saffairs. Mama is at odds with her dreamerhusband & glamour-seeking daughters, one ofwhom is propositioned by the owner of the localjuke joint.

June Moon (TV, 1949)

Directed by Walter Hart. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Eva Marie Saint, Edward Andrews, Glenda Farrell, Jean Carson, Joshua Shelley, Philip Sterling. One of the most enduring jazz age satires, stemming out of Ring Lardner's own disillusionment with song publishers rejecting his sardonic lyrics in favor of mindless ditties. It tells the story of brash, aspiring songwriter Fred M. Stevens, bound for New York City and success. Adapted by Gerald Goode from the 1929 play by Ring W. Lardner, Jr. and George S. Kaufman. Originally broadcast on the television series Studio One on June 22, 1949.

Killer Diller (1948)

Directed by Josh Binney. Cast: Dusty Fletcher,George Wiltshire, Butterfly McQueen, NellieHill, Freddie Robinson, William Campbell, EdgarMartin, Sid Easton, Gus Smith, Jackie Mabley,Ken Renard. The story of a magician who doesdisappearing acts between stage performances ofa variety program. This musical includesperformances by Dusty Fletcher, the King ColeTrio, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Andy Kirk and hisorchestra. Considered one of the best earlycomedies starring an all-black cast. 70 min.;

Let There Be Light (1946)

Documentary. Directed by John Huston. Made for the United States Army by John Huston that shows the treatment of combat neuropsychiatric patients in an Army hospital. The film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Considered to be too controversial and disturbing, the film was suppressed by the military (confiscated by the Army Signal Corps), until it premiered in New York and at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. 1946. 58 min.

Long is the Road (Lang ist der Weg)(Germany / USA, 1946)

Directed by Herbert B. Fredersdorf and Marek Goldstein. Cast: Israel Becker, Bettina Moissi, Bertha Litwina, Jacob Fischer, Otto Wernicke, Paul Dahlke, Alex Bardini, David Hart, Mischa Nathan, H.L. Fischer. A forgotten classic and a film of passionate restraint, made by and about Jewish Displaced Persons. Produced in the American zone of occupied Germany in the aftermath of World War II, this first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view has the power of a collective self-portrait.

Lost Boundaries (1949)

Director, Alfred L. Werker. Cast: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer,Susan Douglas, Canada Lee, Richard Hylton. Based on true eventssurrounding a light-skinned black family who pass for white in aNew Hampshire town. Dr. Scott Carter is unable to secure a job as aphysician because of his race so he decides "For one year of hislife" to pass as a white man, but the one year becomes twenty.Eventually he and his family must confront the racism of theidyllic New Hampshire town he's served for decades. Based on thebook by William Lindsay White. 99 min.

Lost Boundaries (1949)

Director, Alfred L. Werker. Cast: Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, Canada Lee, Richard Hylton. Based on true events surrounding a light-skinned black family who pass for white in a New Hampshire town. Dr. Scott Carter is unable to secure a job as a physician because of his race so he decides "For one year of his life" to pass as a white man, but the one year becomes twenty. Eventually he and his family must confront the racism of the idyllic New Hampshire town he's served for decades. Based on the book by William Lindsay White. 99 min.

Lost in a Harem (1944)

Director, Charles Reisner. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marilyn Maxwell, John Conte, Douglass Dumbrille, Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra. Peter Johnson and Harvey Garvey, bumbling magicians stranded in the desert domain of Barabeeha, are asked by handsome prince Ramo to help him regain his throne from wicked Uncle Nimativ. This perilous task takes them deep inside the sultan's inner sanctum, where the madcap adventure really begins. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Manon (France, 1949)

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Serge Reggiani, Michel Auclair, Cecile Aubry, Gabrille Dorziat. In this adaptation of Abbe Prevost's novel 'Manon Lescaut' (updated to post-World War II France), a former French Resistance activist rescues Manon from villagers who want to lynch her for collaborating with the Nazis. She becomes involved in the black market, passes from man to man, and eventually ends up being shot by Arabs in the Sarah desert. The story involves the complex background of post-war France and the illegal immigration of Jews into Palestine.

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