Women in Danger: 1950s Thrillers from Universal/TCM exclusive to Movies Unlimited and TCM Shop to be released June 4.
Titles include: Woman in Hiding (1950), Female on the Beach (1955), The Unguarded Moment (1956), The Price of Fear (1956)
You guys are cracking me up!!!!
I learned my lesson, I will be ordering from movies unlimited!
It is great to see some Universal noir getting some releases. God knows they are sitting on a gold mine!
Edit: Unguarded Moment is in technicolor with Ester Williams (of all people). While the other 3 may be noir (Female on the Beach is a stretch... the other two certainly are); I think The Unguarded Moment isn't.
mmm... now that I look at the trailer it may indeed be a bit noir. Looks like the plot for The Accused with Loretta Young.
Am I the only one here to be decidedly underwhelmed by the content of TCM's Film Noir Classics III box?
I thought My Name Is Julia Ross and The Mob were both fine entries... but the rest felt like scraping the bottom of the barrel -- at least in terms of what is NOIR and what isn't. Drive A Crooked Road was interesting and felt tense in certain parts, but the resolution felt deflated. I had previously seen The Burglar and thought it a very decent noir... but reviewing it again, I found myself feeling mostly bored and unattached.
Final verdict: an acceptable enough set which perhaps because it lacks any really high-profile films seems not as exciting as its predecessors.
Granted this is pure fantasy, but Sony would go out on a noir high note if they were to put together a last Noir Classics box with Losey's M, THE RECKLESS MOMENT, JOHNNY O'CLOCK, BETWEEN MIDNIGHT & DAWN, UNDERCOVER MAN, and FRAMED. Too bad Eddie M says no more noir on real DVDs is likely from the Columbia catalogue, though (plus there's rumors of legal complications with M and THE RECKLESS MOMENT).
Last edited by Arthur Bannister; 03-18-2012 at 01:13 PM.
I wouldn't recommend TCM's (Columbia Pictures) Film Noir Classics III to anyone. I liked the THE MOB, but that was about it. I haven't seen THE BURGLAR as that disc won't play, and I'll be waiting most likely for months before a replacement is received. The problem with this boxset for me is that the films aren't very noir, but rather police crime dramas and one film (Julia Ross) which is something completely different.
I enjoyed every film in Film Noir Classics III set-to varying degrees. Broderick Crawford is terrifically entertaining in The Mob -it got a great audience response at Noir City Chicago. If you cannot get over the idea of Mickey Rooney in a noir, you probably won't like Drive a Crooked Road. I had never seen him in much before and I thought he did a good job in playing his role. Sure, it's sunny most of the time, but there are dark noir themes present. I've seen "true noir" with much happier (and annoying endings). I also enjoyed seeing Kevin McCarthy as such a scoundrel. My Name is Julia Ross may be more mystery/suspense than noir, but it's close enough for me. Besides, it's a taut, well-made, entertaining thriller worth seeing whether you consider it noir, noirish, or not noir at all. This was the first time I had seen The Burglar and thought it was a decent movie. Duryea was solid as always. I suppose Vickers is kinda annoying. Tight Spot was new to me as well. Kinda like Narrow Margin set in a hotel room. Ginger Rogers did a pretty good job, but at times was a little over the top with her world-weary, seen-it-all attitude. Brian Keith is okay. To me he's a poor man's Robert Mitchum-he's got the droopy eyes, but he sure doesn't have a lot of charisma. A serviceable performance. The plot twist at the end really boosted my overall enjoyment of what otherwise was just an okay film.
This set is not something I would recommend a new noir enthusiast run out and buy-there's so much more to see first. But if you're reading this thread because you are constantly looking to buy noir DVD's you don't have-this set might be for you. To me, it would be worth it for Crooked, Julia, and The Mob. Picture and audio are good. A couple of short Scorcese introductions are included.
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