1939’s Stanley and Livingstone is remarkable for rejecting the imperialism and casual racism that afflicted so many Hollywood movies set in the “Dark Continent.” It’s also a hugely satisfying adventure yarn.
Every now and then an actor becomes inseparable from a role. Don Ameche will always be known for playing Alexander Graham Bell. The movie was so popular that for nearly 20 years after it was common to substitute the word “Ameche” for “telephone.”
Dark Victory is one of those old-fashioned weepies that sophisticated film goers hate to love. Ever since its release, it's left audiences torn between sobbing and resentment over the picture's emotional manipulation.