And for Monday, a mystery woman…..
And for Tuesday, a mystery fellow.
Please congratulate Mike Hawks and Claire Lockhart for identifying our mystery woman and the mystery film!
And for Wednesday, a mystery fellow and a mystery companion.
Please congratulate Gary Martin and Pat in Michigan for identifying our mystery film and cast.
Gary says: XXXXX is the most underrated great actor of the 20th century: see XXXXX in which he plays XXXXX’s doppelganger.
And for Thursday, a mystery gent.
Dewey Webb, Mary Mallory and Gregory Moore have identified our mystery movie and cast. Mike Hawks has identified our mystery fellows for Tuesday and Wednesday.
And for Friday, our mystery chap has a mystery companion.
Please congratulate Patrick and Barbara Klein for identifying our mystery film and cast!
Yes, this is the Italian version of “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” by Luchino Visconti, released in 1943.
According to an Aug. 18, 1963 New York Times article (behind a paywall):
Since the film was made in Mussolini’s Italy in 1942, Mr. Visconti, understandably enough, neglected to do anything about the American copyright. In 1946, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with full legal approval of the author and publishers, produced a version of “The Postman” with Lana Turner. Mr. Visconti’s film was never released in America, and may be shown only illegally in most parts of the world.
It was reviewed by Vincent Canby in the New York Times (behind a paywall) in 1976, when a 35-millimeter print was shown in the U.S. for the first time during the New York Film Festival.
“Comparing the Visconti ‘Ossessione’ with the [Tay] Garnett ‘Postman’ is to stand a production of ‘Traviata’ next to a McDonald’s commercial, which is not meant to underrate the American film that is as effectively steamy, tough and terse as the Hollywood law allowed in those days.”