Format: TCM Noir Alley
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
I'd had this one burning a hole in my DVR and it seemed like a good way to kill the 90 minutes before I planned to go to bed. It was actually a B movie in the traditional sense - only 65 minutes or something - so it really fit the bill.
The plot is whackadoodle and I loved the set up. Rich-ish jerks go about recruiting a young woman into a job as a secretary, then abscond with her and gaslight her, telling her "no, you're not Julia Ross. You're Mrs. Hughes" (ie: the wife of the guy she thought was her employer) "and you're crazy. Sometimes you get these kooky thoughts you're someone else."
Place spunky woman in gothic mansion on a seaside cliff, add paranoia, gaslighting and dickery, and you have a groovy movie. And, man, is it a cast of FACES. George Macready, May Whitty, Anita Sharp-Bolster, and even Joy Harington. Our star is Nina Foch, with whom I'm not terribly well acquainted, but she's terrific.
Anyway - I'm kinda shocked of the two movies I watched last night, this was the one that had me the most jazzed.