Ceremony Year (1948)

Movies Came Out In (1947)


Gentleman’s Agreement – Just watched recently and really loved this movie (surprised that I had never heard of it).  A reporter pretends to be Jewish to expose anti-Semitism and discovers a lot about hatred and bigotry.  Has some powerful scenes & lessons and is applicable today as it was in 1947.  Highly recommend this film.

The Bishop’s Wife – Just watched recently and I’d classify this film as an inspirational romance movie.  Cary Grant is an angel sent to help guide a bishop (David Niven) with his quest to build a cathedral.  The angel helps the bishop realize what’s important in life, rather than just a building.  I could definitely see Jimmy Stewart in the role of the angel, to be honest.  It was a little hokey in that regard, but typical of these types of movies where angels/ghost are sent to properly guide the living.  All in all, not a terrible film, but not great either.

Crossfire – Watched recently and this is a film noir drama where a Jewish man is murdered and some army men on leave are the prime suspects and it deals with the theme of anti-Semitism.  I don’t want to give too much away because the film is pretty decent and worth watching.  Good acting, interesting plot, I would recommend viewing if you get the chance.

Great Expectations – I read this Dicken’s novel when I was in high school, but I had never seen this film version.  I was surprisingly entertained.  I enjoyed this movie much more than the book.  The story is pretty much the same (orphan boy, grows up and has some intriguing encounters and eventually finds love in the end), so no surprises there.  But the film didn’t drag, was straightforward and was actually pretty entertaining.

Miracle on 34th Street – Seen a dozen times, always on at the holidays.  Never really thought it was that great, but I suppose it’s a “classic”.

Brian’s Winner:

Gentleman’s Agreement, definitely the best this year.



Ceremony Year (1948) – Movies Came Out In (1947)