This image is from the 1949 comedy I Was A Male War Bride starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan. In it, Grant plays Captain Henri Rochard, a French army officer stationed in post-war Germany. He is sent on a mission paired with Sheridan's character, American Lieutenant Catherine Gates. After a rather bumpy and acrimonious start, the two gradually fall in love and then get married. The second half of the film deals with the frustrating amount of red tape- military and civilian- which must be gone through when two army officers from different countries decide to be wed. Right after the wedding, Catherine's unit receives word that they are being shipped back to the States and she is ordered back to base. Because there is no provision on the military base for married couples, Henri ends up spending his wedding night sleeping in a bathtub (see above). Worse, because he has not yet been granted an American passport, it looks like Catherine will have to go back to the USA without him. Then they learn that it's possible to obtain a visa under the War Brides Act, designed for wives that American soldiers married during or after the war. Shenanigans ensue as Henri must pass himself off as a female army nurse to get aboard the ship with Catherine.
This image is from the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Basil Rathbone. The Robin Hood story has been filmed many times, with varying degrees of success; this is the definitive version beside which all others pale in comparison. In the scene pictured above, Prince John- played with sleazy perfection by Claude Rains- has intercepted a letter from Lady Marion Fitzwalter (Maid Marion) to Robin Hood, warning him of the plot being hatched by John, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and the Sheriff of Nottingham to murder the returning King Richard. Prince John has Marion arrested and intends to have her executed for treason once Richard is out of the way and he has declared himself King of England. Lady Marion has a few choice words for him.
The above image is from the 1950 western Winchester '73 starring James Stewart. The film follows two plot threads: Stewart's character -Lin McAdam- tracking down a man to exact revenge, and the path of the titular Winchester '73 rifle as it changes hands and owners multiple times. These two threads occasionally overlap until they are interwoven at the end of the film. In the scene above, McAdam is engaged in a deadly struggle with unhinged criminal Waco Johnnie Dean (played by the always excellent Dan Duryea) who is in cahoots with the enemy Lin is trying to find: Dutch Henry Brown. Winchester '73 isn't my favourite western, but it's definitely worth watching, especially for Stewart's performance which removes all doubt- if any existed- that he was able to play darker, more morally ambiguous characters.
The above image is from the 1937 movie Shall We Dance starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In it, Astaire is Petrov, a famous ballet dancer who secretly wishes to blend classical and modern dance together. He sees and falls for Rogers' character Linda Keane, a popular tap dancer. The two of them are travelling to New York on the same ocean liner and Petrov wants to become acquainted with Linda but she keeps snubbing him. Petrov observes that she is a dog owner and walks her dog daily during the time allotted for passengers to exercise their pets. Thinking that this is a good way to "bump" into Keane, Petrov rents someone else's dog so that he can have one to walk as well. His persistence and ingenuity eventually pay off as Linda goes from being annoyed, to amused, and then intrigued by Petrov's antics. The music in this film is by the Gershwins, and the number of hits jammed into it is staggering- Slap That Bass, They All Laughed, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, They Can't Take That Away From Me... to name a few. Even the instrumental number that this scene is set to, called- appropriately enough- Walking The Dog, became a hit and has been recorded many times.
The above image is from the 1929 silent film Big Business starring Laurel & Hardy. In it, the duo are trying to make money by selling Christmas trees, eventually arriving at the home of a rather cranky man played by James Findlayson. Annoyed by their persistent badgering, he emerges from his house with hedge clippers and chops the top off the tree Laurel & Hardy are trying to sell him. They retaliate by vandalising his door... he then damages their clothes... the altercation escalates rapidly as the man's house is destroyed by Laurel & Hardy. Meanwhile, as they smash out his windows, destroy his piano, etc., he takes an axe to their car, eventually ripping it apart with his bare hands. A crowd gathers to watch the melee, and things take another turn as a police officer arrives and gets in the way of flying debris.
This image is from the 1944 film noir Laura, starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb. In it, police detective Mark McPherson is called to investigate the murder of society girl Laura Hunt, who was brutally murdered with a shotgun blast to the face when she opened the door of her apartment. As his investigation proceeds, McPherson discovers that a lot of Laura's friends were not really her friends and he himself is becoming oddly obsessed with the dead woman. Then... **Spoilers Ahead** it turns out that Laura isn't actually dead. Not only that, but the unknown-now faceless- woman killed was having an affair with Laura's fiance, Shelby Carpenter; he was meeting her at Laura's apartment while she was away in the countryside. In this scene, McPherson has taken Laura Hunt in for questioning about the murder... and a few other, more personal things: