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#641 jamesjazzguitar

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 01:54 PM

By the way, Richard Basehart's in another noir coming up in this program: Tension. I don't want to say too much about it, in case you haven't seen it. But it's really good. It's about a pharmacist, a bad marriage, and a secret identity. Plus, how can you go wrong with Audrey Totter?  She's got such a fun line in this film:

"Well, baby, we're all laughed out !"  

 

Actually, going slightly off-topic here:  I love Audrey Totter. She's got such a tough, mean, yet sexy demeanour   (sorry couldn't resist.)  But here's the thing - I think she's funny ! She always makes me laugh. And I don't think it's unintentional on Audrey's part. Her face is not only pretty, it's very expressive, as is her voice. I think she uses these qualities to comic effect sometimes. Just look at her in the heroic but unsuccessful Lady in the Lake: she's hilarious !

 

Anyway, I recommend Tension; great fun,  - oh, Cyd Charisse is in it too, sans dancing. And Basehart looks  good in nerdy glasses.

 

Thanks for the tip on Tension.   I have only seen clips of this film (e.g. a beach scene with Totter,  Basehart and some other actor who I believe was Totter's new playmate) and that peaked my interest.    

 

Look forward to crossing this one off my list.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 11:46 AM

(after a quick trip to imdb)

 

i had forgotten about FOURTEEN HOURS (1951) with BASEhart. that one is good.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 11:37 AM

Coincidentally, both Richard Dysart and Richard Basehart had supporting roles in BEING THERE (1979).

 

Yeah, and I think Dysart once played one of the guest monsters on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea too.

 

(...but you'd have to ask NipkowDisc if I'm right about this)

 

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 11:37 AM

oh snap!

i hang my head in shame!

thanks for the correction.

(shame)

 

No need for shame.

 

I always recall the difference as Basehart pretended to bounce around a plastic toy submarine for several years, while Dysart had his arms bitten off by The Thing. :D


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 11:32 AM

L.A. Law had Richard Dysart. Richard Basehart was dead a couple of years before Law premiered.

 

 

oh snap!

i hang my head in shame!

thanks for the correction.

(shame)



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 11:24 AM

L.A. Law had Richard Dysart. Richard Basehart was dead a couple of years before Law premiered.

 

 

Basehart

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Dysart

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Coincidentally, both Richard Dysart and Richard Basehart had supporting roles in BEING THERE (1979).


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 11:24 AM

Don't have one. Too complicated for me.

I use a DVD recorder, which is no longer available.  When it fails, I will go to DVR I guess.  

Of course the DVR just increases the already high cable bill.

I like being able to make a permanent DVD that I can play whenever and wherever I want.

Also, can use DVD-RW for a very long time before it "wears out."


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 11:11 AM

the primary thing i recall about RICHARD BASEHART is that Gypsy from Mystery Science Theater had such a crush on him.

oh, and the LA LAW thing...

 

L.A. Law had Richard Dysart. Richard Basehart was dead a couple of years before Law premiered.

 

 

Basehart

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Dysart

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:57 AM

By the way, Richard Basehart's in another noir coming up in this program: Tension. I don't want to say too much about it, in case you haven't seen it. But it's really good. It's about a pharmacist, a bad marriage, and a secret identity. Plus, how can you go wrong with Audrey Totter?  She's got such a fun line in this film:

"Well, baby, we're all laughed out !"  

 

Actually, going slightly off-topic here:  I love Audrey Totter. She's got such a tough, mean, yet sexy demeanour   (sorry couldn't resist.)  But here's the thing - I think she's funny ! She always makes me laugh. And I don't think it's unintentional on Audrey's part. Her face is not only pretty, it's very expressive, as is her voice. I think she uses these qualities to comic effect sometimes. Just look at her in the heroic but unsuccessful Lady in the Lake: she's hilarious !

 

Anyway, I recommend Tension; great fun,  - oh, Cyd Charisse is in it too, sans dancing. And Basehart looks  good in nerdy glasses.


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#650 LornaHansonForbes

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:37 AM

the primary thing i recall about RICHARD BASEHART is that Gypsy from Mystery Science Theater had such a crush on him.

oh, and the LA LAW thing...



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:35 AM

Don't have one. Too complicated for me.

 

well, if you ever do "upgrade" (voluntarily or not) to "better" tv/cable, it's a pretty cool function worth having.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:33 AM

Lorna, I add my voice to the others here who've recommended He Walked By Night. I mean, aside from anything else, ya gotta love that title.

It is, however, as someone ( sorry to not give credit to them, I don't want to take the time to scroll back and check who it was)  here said, more what is called a "police procedural" than a noir. Still, it has many noirish elements, including beautiful b &  w cinematography  (ok, hardly unique to this film) and deliciously dark and mysterious settings, including a finale that precedes the one in The Third Man.  

 

Yikes, hope that isn't a spoiler of sorts.

 

Also, anything starring Richard Basehart is worth a look.  I don't know why this actor isn't more well-known....he certainly deserves to be. (anyone seen the lovely and heartbreaking La Strada ?)

 

Here's a wonderful shot from HWBN  - just look at those venetian blind shadows !  And Basehart's face.

 

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#653 DownGoesFrazier

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:30 AM

you've got DVR, yes?

i used to gripe about them scheduling stuff at bad times, but then i figured mine out and it's pretty cool.

it's basically a VCR in your TV that never spits the tape out.

Don't have one. Too complicated for me.


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:29 AM

At 10 AM, I'm right in the middle of a spinning class, and I don't get home until after 2.  Why can't they run this stuff later Sunday afternoon?

 

you've got DVR, yes?

i used to gripe about them scheduling stuff at bad times, but then i figured mine out and it's pretty cool.

it's basically a VCR in your TV that never spits the tape out.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:23 AM

Great time. I'll be sleeping the sleep of the innocent at 10 a.m.

Sunday and I'll be missing that repetitive bore at the same time.

Sweet. :)

At 10 AM, I'm right in the middle of a spinning class, and I don't get home until after 2.  Why can't they run this stuff later Sunday afternoon?



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:16 AM

also tangentially related, there is apparently a double edition Criterion DVD of the 1946 film THE KILLERS and its later "Ronald Reagan Remake" (which i have never seen.)

 

(damn, it wont let me post the cover image.)



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 09:08 AM

 

 

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This is what's waiting at the other end of 90% of the personal ads on Craigslist....


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 01:45 AM

Brute Force is excellent. (Some people may be put off by Hume Cronyn in his undershirt, however.)

 

Yeah, well...in that regard, the rubber hose doesn't help much either, ya know Fedya! ;)

 

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(...well, I suppose unless you're into that sort'a thing anyway)



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 04:56 PM

They must have picked Sunday morning as everyone who isn't noirish is out at church.
 
I could do a rant about Brute Force not being real noir but will spare everyone the details. They start off with an awesome one in Detour, but Brute Force is dreck by comparison.

Brute Force is excellent. (Some people may be put off by Hume Cronyn in his undershirt, however.)
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Posted 09 February 2017 - 04:53 PM

Will Tiffany be co-hosting?

Nope; Debbie Gibson will be the co-host.
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