This being Thursday, it's time for another edition of the Thursday Movie Picks Blogathon, run by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's edition is Remakes and Sequels. I'm going to post about some movies with interesting characters and endings, where I've wondered what happened to the characters after the ending.
Night Nurse (1931). Barbara Stanwyck plays a nurse who treats a gangster (Ben Lyon) and then gets a private nursing job taking care of two kids in a rich lady's house. She discovers that the chauffeur (Clark Gable) is having the kids slowly starved to death so that he and his pals can inherit the trust fund; the mother is kept downstars drunk so she doesn't see what's going on. The movie winds up with Stanwyck and her boyfriend having saved the day in a rather shocking way. Also shocking is the Stanwyck mentions to Lyon that the maid is going on about giving the kids a milk bath, and in the next scene you see Lyon doing a smash-and-grab at a dairy!
Red-Headed Woman (1932). Jean Harlow plays a brazen hussy who decides she's going to marry her way into polite society. She marries Chester Morris, but the marriage doesn't go so well; all the time she's carrying on with the chauffeur (a very young Charles Boyer). The movie ends with her having divorced Morris, moving to France, and having a relationship with a rich Frenchman -- and Boyer still as her chauffeur. There's also a shocking scene when Morris slaps Harlow:
Casablanca (1943). Every time I think about Casablanca, I think about the Simpsons parody of the ending. Bart and Lisa are using a metal detector, and find an old movie reel labelled "Casablanca alternative ending, which they take to Grampa and his elderly friends:
As Bart points out, the ending leaves things open for a sequel.
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