Murder My Sweet"
Both of which star the Divine Esther Howard, who played aging floozies and beer lushes like no one else. Too bad she wasn't used to greater effect in CAGED, where she was seen, very briefly, but not heard.
Visconti's Ossessione. A rather curious and, at times, strange, film. It seemed to jump suddenly here and there; thought at first that my Korean import DVD was missing scenes but it finished at about 1 hour and 50 minutes so maybe that's how Luchino intended it. Anyways, I enjoyed the fim in sequences, but the whole movie together seemed to lack something coherent and concrete.
Watched that ice-skating noir, SUSPENSE, and Joseph Lewis' UNDERCOVER MAN last night.
Tonight it's gonna be STREET OF CHANCE, I think... maybe HELL'S ISLAND!
Born to Kill
That Korean DVD seems to be missing at least 23 minutes. No wonder it seems to jump. The Image Entertainment version clocks in at 2hrs and 13 minutes.
Last night I watched Fall Guy, a B-noir based on a Cornell Woolrich story. Some good cinematography and a nice turn by noir stalwart Elisha Cook Jr. as a sleazy elevator operator.
Today I watched an interesting noir-scifi hybird, an amnesia-themed Dark City (Not the 50 version with Charlton Heston and Lizabeth Scott). Good perfs by Kiefer Sutherland and William Hurt as a hardboiled cop. Visually stunnig, they did a great creation of a noir cityscape.
Scandal Sheet (Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed)
Shield For Murder
On friday i watched 'The big heat' and last night 'The sniper' both from the 'Columbia film noir set',first time i have seen the sniper(good locations in SF),will get round to watching the others soon having not seen them before.
Last night I re-watched The Scar (Hollow Triumph) for the first time in awhile. I had forgotten how good it is, especially the John Alton cinematography.
Watched The Killer That Stalked New York and Two of a Kind last night from the Bad Girls of Noir, Vol 1 dvd. The former has some marvellous location shooting of the city, but feels like a pale imitation of Kazan's Panic in the Streets. The latter flick started off with a lot of promise (especially liked the scene where Liz Scott deliberately breaks Ed O'Brien's finger in a car door) but thought it went down hill pretty much after that. Both were fun to watch, if not essential or all that great.
Race Street tonight with George Raft, William Bendix, and Frank Faylen (Dobie Gillis' Dad)
Re-watched the great 'Criss Cross'.. I love how menacing Duryea is despite his doing very little to
prove it. You just FEEL it.
just saw "Road house" for the 1st time , really good film , i just kept thinking through 3/4th of the film "is this really noir?" then it all went to hell !! ...... great cast in this one for sure ....... Also watched "hot rods to hell" which is not noir but has Dana Andrews & Jeanne Crain who are always great ....
Last night I watched the low-budget, low-profile, low-quality 60s noir 'Night Of Evil'. Interesting premise (young gang-rape victim
relocates and meets man of her dreams, only to find that he's a vicious armed-robber), but poor execution. The fact that it was
an Alpha dvd didn't help any - it seemed like I was watching it while intoxicated (blurry picture, bad sound).. Skip it.
I am currently watching Under The Gun with Richard Conte, Sam Jaffee, and Audrey Totter. Conte's a New York gangster stuck in a prison work camp in the Deep South. Jaffee is great as usual, and with a Southern accent to boot.
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