Collector’s Corner: Movie morsels from The New Yorker, October 16, 1943

One of the more recent additions to my magazine collection was a 1943 issue of The New Yorker — the October 16, 1943 edition, to be precise. This was my first time buying a vintage New Yorker, so I wasn’t sure whether I’d find much movie-related content inside.

There wasn’t much, but I did find a few little morsels. Like most popular mags, The New Yorker includes a small section of movie reviews, which was entertaining to read as their reviewer didn’t seem to like anything!

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The column noted “room for improvement” in the then-current roster of films:

  • Behind the Rising Sun was dragged for its sensationalism and use of poorly-done make-up on white actors playing Japanese characters.
  • Hostages got mild props for its performances, but is described as having an odd tone shift.
  • Phantom of the Opera didn’t measure up to the Lon Chaney version.
  • Lassie Come Home was described as good for kids, but with one major problem: the humans were “constantly stooging for this collie in the most shameless fashion”!

Other than these brief reviews, the mag’s movie coverage focuses on what’s playing in New York City. A column called “Goings On About the Town” shared the motion picture offerings. New attractions included:

  • The Adventures of Tartu
  • The Constant Nymph
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • This Is the Army
  • Watch on the Rhine

There were also some revivial screenings of note:

  • Algiers
  • All That Money Can Buy
  • Catherine the Great
  • The Ghost Goes West
  • The Long Voyage Home
  • Meet John Doe
  • The Private Life of Henry VIII
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Stolen Life
  • The Woman Alone

Some special silent/pre-code programming at the Museum of Modern Art is mentioned, running from the 14th through 23rd:

  • October 14:
    Hands Up! (1926)
    Two Tars (1928)
  • October 15 & 16:
    The Italian Straw Hat (1928)
  • October 17 & 18:
    The General (1927)
    Big Business (1929)
  • October 19 & 20:
    Blonde Crazy (1931)
  • October 21 & 22:
    Trouble in Paradise (1932)
  • October 23:
    A Nous La Liberte (1932)

What a week to be a movie fan in New York City! (Then again, is there any bad week to be a movie buff in that town?)

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