Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Million Dollar Weekend (1948)


Director: Gene Raymond 

Writers: Charles Belden (screenplay)

Stars: Gene Raymond, Osa Massen, Francis Lederer    

This is a film about a thief, a murder and a blackmailer, or is it? As the story opens we enter the office of Nicholas Lawrence (Gene Raymond) a stockbroker who is about to steal a million dollars from the company. His plan is to fly to Shanghai under an assumed name. On his flight a young woman (Osa Massen) is seen being blackmailed by a friend for the murder of her husband. What's that got to do with the stockbroker? Well you just have to watch the movie to find out. Million Dollar Weekend is a film noir that was also directed by the star Gene Raymond. Raymond was a fine actor who started in show business as a child, he had his greatest popularity in the '30s and early '40s. Raymond was also a decorated bomber pilot in World War II. Raymond was married to the singer/actress Jeanette MacDonald. The sultry Osa Massen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and in the early 1930's was a newspaper photographer. This was not the greatest film noir but it held my interest and is worth a watch. ★★★
Gene Raymond

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