I watched The Hitch-Hiker recently myself. Another great desert noir highlighted by great performances by William Talman, Edmond O'Brien, and Frank Lovejoy.
After seeing the recent posting of The Bribe trailer, I dug out an old VHS copy I taped off of TNT years ago. It's an absorbing noir featuring a good voice-over narration and plenty of shadows and swirling fans.
Watched The Killer That Stalked New York last night and liked it very much. Definitely the best film in the Bad Girls sets. What was interesting was the trailer has part of a scene not in the film. In the trailer, Evelyn is on the ledge and tells the doctor to stay away. In the film, she's in a daze and doesn't say anything.
Clouzot's Le Corbeau (1943), which is a mostly satisfying mystery film with some excellent directorial flourishes. Not as good as some of his later films, but for an early effort from a great director I really like this film.
The Thief (Rouse, 1952), took me a bit by surprise; wasn't expecting a wordless movie and got a bit restless after 20 minutes or so. But when the concept sunk in I really enjoyed this film and enjoyed the fact that a golden age hollywood noir was bereft of cliches and formula (except for the ending). Had to admire the performances, too; like a good silent movie, the actor's mannerisms and facial expressions had to convincingly take the place of the dialogue. I think they all subtly pulled it off. Besides that, the direction was absolutely compelling and creative; really loved the sequence atop the Empire State Building.
The Crooked Way (Florey, 1949), is obviously similar to Somewhere in the Night released in 1946 but nowhere near as good on almost all levels, sans the scenes of L.A. and cinematography. (Alton always wins in noir!) John Payne doesn't fit his role as an amnesiac Italian gangster and he's not surrounded by as superlative a group of supporting actors, 'tho Percy Helton's performance cannot be faulted. Still, when watching this flick I kept thinking that a few more viewings may cause me to appreciate it more.
Tonight's double feature;
I'll Get You
Fingerprints Don't lie
..and I'm looking forward to 'em.
Tonight finds me revisiting Crack-Up from '46 and the all too brief Hunt the Man Down from '50. Nice "B" fare...
The Crooked Way (Florey, 1949), is obviously similar to Somewhere in the Night released in 1946 but nowhere near as good on almost all levels, sans the scenes of L.A. and cinematography. (Alton always wins in noir!) John Payne doesn't fit his role as an amnesiac Italian gangster and he's not surrounded by as superlative a group of supporting actors, 'tho Percy Helton's performance cannot be faulted. Still, when watching this flick I kept thinking that a few more viewings may cause me to appreciate it more.[/QUOTE]
You're right about the repeated viewings, Crooked Way has become one of my favorites and I watch it annually. Alton's portrayal of LA just knocks me out. Helton is great and I have come to appreciate Payne in this and others (Kansas City Confidential, 99 River Street, Hell's Island) I believe, he like Dick Powell, was transformed from crooner to tough guy.
Watched "Kiss of death" last night , my local store had a "buy one get one free" used dvd sale a few days ago & i was able to fill some holes in my collection ...... Really liked the Combo of Mature/Gray , great movie .
Last night I watched Siodmak's Christmas Holiday for the first time. A quirky psychological noir with Gene Kelly playing well against type. It bears re-watching.
back in the mid-90s. I heard that it was being shown at a small arthouse on 2nd ave, and when we got there
the person introducing it (to an audience of about 10) told us that it was the only existing print in the Western
hemisphere. As a relatively new noirhead I was thrilled to add this rarity to my list of noirs seen...
This "Christmas Holiday" i have seen it floating around on dvd , Guessing it's out of print as it runs $30 , is it worth the $30 ??
Last night i watched "Black angel" , I really loved this film , well worth owning in your collection for sure , got a new copy off an ebay seller for $5 , well worth it .... I was hoping it has a commentary on it , but none on this one .
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