Captain America the First Avenger DVD cover

Captain America: The First Avenger

 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Haley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan

Review of Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America (Chris Evans) rescuing the Allied soldiers from Hydra
Captain America (Chris Evans) rescuing the Allied soldiers from Hydra

First and foremost, I’d like to point out the obvious: Captain America: The First Avenger works because of Steve Rogers. Long before his transformation, he’s a likeable character that the entire audience is rooting for. He’s also multi-dimensional.

All Through the Night (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre

All Through the Night [Humphrey Bogart]

All Through the Night (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre

Synopsis

In All Through the Night, Humphrey Bogart plays a New Yorker with underworld connections who battle Nazi saboteurs planning to sink a battleship.

Flight Command, starring Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, Walter Pidgeon

Flight Command

Flight Command (1940) starring Robert Taylor, Walter Pidgeon, Ruth Hussey, Red Skelton



I originally watched  Flight Command because it was one of Red Skelton‘s earliest movie roles — which is technically true; Red’s in the film as part of the Hellcats squadron, acting as the class clown, but he’s definitely a secondary character.  Flight Command is primarily about a brash young pilot, Alan Drake (played by Robert Taylor) who’s recruited straight out of college to join the premier squad of Navy Hellcats.  He has trouble fitting in at first, although the flight commander (played by a young and dashing Walter Pidgeon) tries to help — as does the commander’s wife (played by Ruth Hussey). There’s a suspected romantic triangle between Drake and the commander’s wife (which was only him trying to console her on the death of her brother) — but all turns out well in the end.

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) starring C.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Edward Everett Horton, Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie

Thank Your Lucky Stars [Eddie Cantor]

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) starring C.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, Edward Everett Horton, Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie

Synopsis of Thank Your Lucky Stars

In Thank Your Lucky Stars, theater producers (Horton and Sakall) are staging a wartime charity program.  However, the production is taken over by their egotistical star (Eddie Cantor). Meanwhile, an aspiring singer (Dennis Morgan) and his songwriter girlfriend (Joan Leslie) conspire to get into the charity program by replacing Cantor with their look-alike friend, tour bus driver Joe Simpson (Eddie Cantor).

Invisible Agent

Invisible Agent (1942) starring John Hall,  Ilona Massey, Peter Lorre,  Cedric Hardwicke,  J. Edward Bromberg,  Albert Bassermann

 

Invisible Agent is an entry in the Invisible Man series, set just before the United States entered World War II. The film begins with a Nazi undercover agent Conrad Stauffer ( played extremely well by Cedric Hardwicke) and Japanese agent  Baron Ikito (played well by Peter Lorre), entering a print shop owned by Frank Raymond (Jon Hall) — who is actually the grandson of the original Invisible Man

The Secret Invasion

The Secret Invasion

The Secret Invasion (1964), starring Stewart Granger, Mickey Rooney, Raf Vallone, Henry Silva, Edd Byrnes, directed by Roger Corman

Synopsis of The Secret Invasion

The Secret Invasion is the story of British Intelligence using criminals to work behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia during World War II.

Twelve O'Clock High, starring Gregory Peck, Dean Jager

Twelve O’Clock High

Twelve O’Clock High, starring Gregory Peck, Dean Jager

Synopsis of Twelve O’Clock High

An Allied flight commander and his successor run daylight bombing raids out of England. Directed by Henry King. Best supporting Oscar for Dean Jagger.

Destination Tokyo (1943) starring Gary Cooper, John Garfield

Destination Tokyo

Destination Tokyo (1943) starring Gary Cooper, John GarfieldDestination Tokyo (1943) starring Cary Grant, John Garfield

Synopsis of Destination Tokyo

buy-from-amazon  It’s a daring and dangerous underwater adventure with Oscar-winner Cary Grant (The Awful Truth, Suspicion, North by Northwest) as the captain of a U.S. submarine bound for a search and destroy mission in Tokyo harbor during WWII. Co-starring Oscar-nominee John Garfield (Gentleman’s Agreement, The Postman Always Rings Twice). Look for the screen debut of young John Forsythe (TV’s Dynasty  and the voice of Charlie on Charlie’s Angels). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Battle of the Bulge, starring Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, Robert Shaw, James MacArthur, Telly Savalas

Battle of the Bulge

Product description of  Battle of the Bulge, starring Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, Robert Shaw, James MacArthur, Telly Savalas

Buy Battle of the Bulge from Amazon.comHenry Fonda stars in this epic story of one of the deciding battles of World War II. By December, 1944 the Allies believe that the Nazi Army is on the brink of total collapse. But the Germans counterattack, pushing the American Army back in a bloody offensive. Now in a battle that could decide the outcome of the war, victory or defeat depends on fuel, without which the German tanks are powerless–and the fate of the world hangs on the outcome of one small, determined fight for a single fuel depot.