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The 1944 Smackdown is coming. Watch these five movies!

Travel back in time with us to 1944 for the next SMACKDOWN (November 5th)

Get to watching and e-mail us your votes with "44 Smackdown" as subject ranking each performance on a scale of 1 to 5 hearts. Your votes are due by Saturday morning, November 4th The Smackdown hits Sunday, November 5th.

Those five films received 24 Oscar nominations between them with Gaslight and Since You Went Away both nominated for Best Picture as well. Since You Went Away is a getting a new Blu-Ray/DVD edition in late November. Not in time for the Smackdown alas but something to look forward to.

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I hope nick is involved this time, i would really love to hear his opinion about these particular performances and movies.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Jennifer Jones! Yes.

October 11, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Is Farran Nehme finally joining the panel? :D

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSanty C.


October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Lewis

yay! I like this lineup. Angela's first nomination! I think it might come down to Jones or Barrymore. I love Jones -as Brookesboy will contend- but Barrymore gave a great performance dispite being in a terrible movie. I will have to make up my mind soon.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Let's do 1987 afterwards so you can all vote for Ann Sothern.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Santy -- she is. shhhhhhh

Peter -- unfortunately Nick is not available for panels until 2018.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

1944 was a particularly rich year supporting actress wise. Of the actual nominees, I'd say Lansbury, so delicious in "Gaslight", definitely deserved to be there. But for the other four slots, I'd have preferred any of the following marvelous options:
Mary Astor "Meet Me in St. Louis"
Judith Anderson "Laura"
Hillary Brooke "Jane Eyre"
Julia Dean "Curse of the Cat People"
Peggy Ann Garner "Jane Eyre"
Rosalind Ivan "The Suspect"
Diana Lynn "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek"
Agnes Moorehead "Since You Went Away"
Elizabeth Russell "Curse of the Cat People"
Dame May Whitty "Gaslight"

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Since You Went Away is on YouTube in full, so you can watch it there before someone takes it down:

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterClarence

Won't miss out on this one as I had to on the last. Good year though I would have rather seen several other actresses in the running than those there....and Dragon Seed-UGH! I'm going to have to rely on my memory for that one! I could endure another view.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Is there any way to watch NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART online? I'm bummed I haven't seen it yet, especially as a longtime fan of Cary Grant's.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

The thought of revisiting DRAGON SEED and Hepburn's career-worst performance gives me the willies - but for the Smackdown, I shall!

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Carden

I saw Dragon Seed for the first time for the Smackdown and it was even more offensive than I anticipated. I've never heard so many favorable references to beating women in 2 1/2 hours, though I think maybe they were there to demonstrate the supposed savagery of the Asian people to the audience. Either way, UGH.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Nathaniel - <3

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSanty C.

None but the Lonely Heart is most definitely available online. Just nowhere of repute, is how I might phrase it.

Ken, thanks for recommending so many other films to watch! On face value I'm already scared of Dragon Seed and Mrs. Parkington, it's nice to know about some life preservers in the category from this year.

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNick T

I was never a big fan of Ethel Barrymore. She was too theatrical, just like her brother Lionel. In all honesty, I should revisit None But the Lonely Heart. But Jennifer Jones was so sweet in SYWA... I'd give the Oscar to her. Then Ingrid Bergamn could have won in 1943 and Barbara Stanwyck in 1944.

Agnes Moorehead had the plus that she was also quite good in SYWA. And don't get me started on Dragon Seed! So offensive, and not just by today's standards. The Good Earth, by comparison, is much better.

Finally, everyone, don't miss SYWA. The copy on Youtube is impeccable. I've watched it several times and it never fails to make me cry, and I mean cry...

October 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

While my father is the reason I saw so many "classic" films of the '70s and '80s, I'm not familiar with ANY of these films (or really this era at all). I feel like an excited nerdy student!

October 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJakey

I LOVE Jennifer Jones. This isn't necessarily one of my favourites of hers but she's generally an interesting and unique actress, almost surreal at times.

October 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

I have Since You Went Away on my DVR, and I'm taking this as an excuse to finally see it!

October 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Aline McMahon in DRAGONSEED is one of my Top 3 least deserving nominees in Best Supporting Actress history.

October 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

I've only seen Gaslight and can't really be bothered seeing the other ones, but I'll chime in on Lansbury lol. A lot of people see this as a wasted nomination and maybe it is, she's barely in it and has no arc, rather just serving to flesh out the tapestry of compound pressures that are accelerating Bergman's character's mental downturn, but I think she's integral to balancing the mood of the film's first half by grounding her character in the reality that Nancy isn't sinister in any preternaturally gothic sense... she's truly just kind of a bitch.

As National Velvet ended up in contention for 1945 and deservedly got Anne Revere an Oscar I'll throw some bones to Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis and the hilarious Diana Lynn in The Miracle of Morgan's Creek as also-rans for 1944.

October 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterslayton

Saw Dragon Seed not too long ago. Aline McMahon, I thought, was surprisingly free and modern in her portrayal. Would go with her.

November 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStéphane

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