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  1. Cause he knows he's a worthless POS without it.
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    Which Lost Film Would You Love to See?

    Alan Baron's followup film to Blast Of Silence, Terror in the City (aka Pie In The Sky)
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    Any suggestions for Nazi movies?

    Howard W. Campbell, Jr., an American expatriate playwright, Nazi radio propagandist, and Allied spy, writes his memoirs during his pre-trial confinement in 1961 Haifa and learns that people are what they pretend to be.
  4. The Whorehouse Showdown....
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    I Just Watched...

    Yes definitely, there's more that we can site if we think of them. 😎 Ace in the Hole (1951) and Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) are others
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    I Just Watched...

    It a great Neo Noir sort of an amalgam of Police Procedurals like M (1931), He Walked by Night (1948), The Naked City (1948), The Blue Lamp (1950) The Big Heat (1953) and a Newspaper Noirs like Scandal Sheet (1952), Call Northside 777 (1948), etc., etc., with a lot of style.
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    Mollycoddle - a pampered or effeminate man or boy
  8. I enjoy hearing archaic expressions in films of the past, some are decipherable some to me at least are not. If you are old enough you'll know the origins of these two: "I kick started the jalopy", or "I stepped on the starter." I heard one character telling another that "I'll do him like Dempsey." If you didn't know who Dempsey was you may not get the reference. "Jack" Dempsey, nicknamed "Kid ****" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. here are a few more: double clutch smoke wrench ice box now you're cooking with gas dressed to the nines no-talent hack slaphappy do a Brodie I'll think of others and post them here. Now how about the rest of you out there, got any?
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    Why I love TCM

    I like TCM for both of the reasons mentioned so far.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    Sling TV ($35 per month) and casting is the way to go as long as you have a high speed cable and a wifi. Your most expensive upgrade is the flat screen TV with HDMI connections if you don't have one. You can cast right to the TV on the newest ones if' they are "smart TVs" they already got wifi. Roku Box ($35 one time)+/- Sling or Hulu gets you TCM & On Demand Chromecast ($35 one time) cast anything to your TV that you can play on your laptop or on your phone. Amazon Prime - from this, there are a lot of films that you can watch fro free whenever you want or either pay a rental fee of $1.99 or $2.99 for a set so many hours of watching time available. A lot of times while looking a film up on IMDb there will be a box below the title telling me it's free to watch on Amazon Prime or available to rent or available on a disc to purchase. Also have... A Sony Blu/DVD player that is region free ($150) that is already set up for Netflix & Youtube and other stuff again through wifi that I haven't even looked at yet. And an old Sony VHS player that connects to the TV where your coaxial cable used to connect so we can still play the few VHS tapes we still have. If you just like to watch movies this is the way to go. If you have to sports the sling package for that will cost you more. I just have the movie package the basic sling gets some fox sports. It's the only drawback.
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    Noir Alley

    All Crime/Noir Night tonight Dillinger (1945) 7:45 PM Detour (1945) 9:30 PM Set-Up, The (1949) 11:00 PM Big Steal, The (1949) 12:17 AM Narrow Margin, The (1952) 3:15 AM Hoodlum, The (1951) 4:18 AM Threat, The (1949) 5:45 AM Journey Into Fear (1942)
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    I Just Watched...

    Could be, I'd have to read a bio and check it out.
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    It was in an earlier film today in fact, either Cagney said it to someone or someone said it to Cagney
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    Archaic Expressions in Films

    She's got a nice pair of pins - Legs a nice pair of legs
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    I Just Watched...

    52 Pickup (1986) This is a John Frankenheimer film, and that should have meant something. Frankenhieimer gave us some great Transitional Noirs, In the early 60s he was on fire. Those Transitional Noirs were All Fall Down, The Manchurian Candidate, and Seconds. He also directed Seven Days in May, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Train, and Grand Prix which I believe was his first color film. Then he just sort of disappeared below my horizon, I don't remember much of note, maybe he didn't like working in color, who knows? He kept making films. Films that made some blips on the radar screen. I haven't seen all of them but those I did somewhat like were Ronin, Reindeer Games and this one 52 Pickup. It was written by Elmore Leonard and based on his novel. Cinematography was by Jost Vacano and Stephen Ramsey (uncredited). Music was by Gary Chang. The film stars Roy Scheider as Harry Mitchell, Ann-Margret as Barbara Mitchell, Vanity as Doreen, John Glover as Alan Raimy, Clarence Williams III as Bobby Shy, Lonny Chapman as Jim O'Boyle, Kelly Preston as Cini, Robert Trebor as Leo Franks, Doug McClure as Mark Arveson, and real porn stars Ron Jeremy and Amber Lynn as Party Goers. 52 Pickup suffers from a real lack of any character development so you don't really care enough for any of the cast to get emotionally sucked into the story. The film proceeds in a pedestrian by the book manner without a lot of heart or very much of a memorable style and it feels like it's from another era. Ann-Margaret is underused. I was hoping to see her in at least one good Noir/Neo Noir. It also suffers from the lack of a very strong villain. It diffuses the villainy among three characters. It needed an over the top protagonist. Remember at the same time 52 Pickup came out we already had films by those that would be the new torch bearers setting new benchmarks, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch were making their marks and pushing the envelope. The Coen's Blood Simple (1984), Wim Wenders Paris, Texas (1984), Eastwood's Tightrope (1984), William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), and Alan Parker's Angel Heart (1987). Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs was just five years down the road. Full review with screen caps in Fiim Noir/Gangster pages. Watchable 6-7/10
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    Recently watched Noir

    52 Pickup (1986) This is a John Frankenheimer film, and that should have meant something. Frankenhieimer gave us some great Transitional Noirs, In the early 60s he was on fire. The Noirs were All Fall Down, The Manchurian Candidate, and Seconds. He also directed Seven Days in May, Birdman of Alcatraz, The Train, and Grand Prix which I believe was his first color film. Then he just sort of disappeared below my horizon, I don't remember much of note, maybe he didn't like working in color, who knows? He kept making films. Films that made some blips on the radar screen. I haven't seen all of them but those I did somewhat like were Ronin, Reindeer Games and this one 52 Pickup. It was written by Elmore Leonard and based on his novel. Leonard penned a few hits Jackie Brown, Get Shorty, Mr. Majestyk, Joe Kidd, Valdez Is Coming, Hombre, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Tall T. Cinematography was by Jost Vacano and Stephen Ramsey (uncredited). Music was by Gary Chang. The film stars Roy Scheider as Harry Mitchell, Ann-Margret as Barbara Mitchell, Vanity as Doreen, John Glover as Alan Raimy, Clarence Williams III as Bobby Shy, Lonny Chapman as Jim O'Boyle, Kelly Preston as Cini, Robert Trebor as Leo Franks, Doug McClure as Mark Arveson, and real porn stars Ron Jeremy and Amber Lynn as Party Goers. Roy Scheider as Harry Mitchell Harry Mitchell (Roy Scheider) is a guy who runs a metal fabrication business. They have a way to fuse steel to other metals through planned explosions. He drives around in a very cool '65 Jaguar XKE 1965 Jaguar XK-E His wife Barbara (Ann-Margret) is a politician running for the Los Angeles City Council. Ann-Margret as Barbara Mitchell Harry is two-timing Barbara. He's shacking up on the side with Cini (Kelly Preston). Cini poses as a model. She is a "live nude girl." Her specialty is posing nude for drooling pervs with cameras. The joint even rents Polaroid cameras for those that need them. They get to keep their whack off keepsakes for their photo albums. Cini was used by three low rent blackmailers to lure Harry to a motel room containing hidden cameras. One of them is her boss Leo Franks (Robert Trebor) the others are Alan Raimy (John Glover) and his muscle Bobby Shy (Clarence Williams III). Raimy is a pornographer and the brains of the scheme. Harry arriving for his scheduled session with Cini is confronted by three masked men instead. They show him a tape they made of Harry doing Cini. They want a payment of $100,000 or they are going to show the tape to Barbara. Harry refuses to pay. The blackmailers get **** off and kill Cini with Harry's own gun to frame him for the murder. They video taped the murder and again show Harry. Now they want a payment of $105,000 a year for life. Harry tells them that he doesn't have that much money. He offers to show Raimy his books to prove it. When Raimy sees that Harry is telling the truth he accepts Harry's offer of $52,000. John Glover as Alan Raimy This buys Harry time to turn the blackmailers against each other. He starts with Leo, the weakest link. Things in Noirsville unravel quickly. Noirsville Kelly Preston as Cini Robert Trebor as Leo Franks Clarence Williams III as Bobby Shy Lonny Chapman as Jim O'Boyle 52 Pickup suffers from a real lack of any character development so you don't really care enough for any of the cast to get emotionally sucked into the story. The film proceeds in a pedestrian by the book manner without a lot of heart or very much of a memorable style and it feels like it's from another era. Ann-Margaret is underused. I was hoping to see her in at least one good Noir/Neo Noir. It also suffers from the lack of a very strong villain. It diffuses the villainy among three characters. It needed an over the top protagonist. Remember at the same time 52 Pickup came out we already had films by those that would be the new torch bearers setting new benchmarks, the Coen Brothers and David Lynch were making their marks and pushing the envelope. The Coen's Blood Simple (1984), Wim Wenders Paris, Texas (1984), Eastwood's Tightrope (1984), William Friedkin'x To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), and Alan Parker's Angel Heart (1987). Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs was just five years down the road. Full review with screen caps at Noirsville. Watchable 6-7/10
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    Recently watched Noir

    Appointment with Danger (1951) Director, Lewis Allen with Alan Ladd, Phyllis Calvert, Paul Steward, Jan Sterling, Jack Webb, Stacy Harris, Harry Morgan, David Wolfe, Dan Riss, Geraldine Wall, and George J. Lewis. Great opening sequence of a body disposal in the pouring rain I was hooked from the get go. Also some nice railroad/railyard footage and industrial landscapes of Gary Indiana steel mills. Alan Ladd is Al Goddard, a USPS special investigator sent to Gary, Ind., to solve a postal detective's murder. A young nun Sister Augustine (Phyllis Calvert) is the sole witness. With her aid Ladd learns the identity of the men and uncovers the gang's plot to pull off a million-dollar mail heist. Jan Sterling plays gang leaders floozy jazz loving girlfriend Dodie La Verne. Jack Webb plays a loose cannon creep and Harry Morgan a slow witted goon. Very enjoyable 8/10. Down Three Dark Streets (1954) directed by Arnold Laven with Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer, Marisa Pavan, Max Showalter (Niagara), Kenneth Tobey, Gene Reynolds, and William Johnstone. Sort of a police procedural, quasi-documentary, stars Broderick Crawford as FBI Agent John Ripley.When fellow G-man Zack Stewart is murdered, Ripley takes over the trio of cases Stewart had been working on assuming one of them will reveal his killer. This one is also entertaining but its a bit fuzzy in logic with the motives of the actual murderer the connection of why he killed the FBI man and his girlfriend? or whatever she was is never connected. Martha Hyer is a cute mobsters girlfriend. It does have some great location shots of LA and the streetcar system and ends up with a great set piece at the base of the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign. Entertaining, but the lack of plot connection explained above drops this to a 7/10
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    PHENAKISTOSCOPE

    Far out!
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    Noir Alley

    Reg above: Wanna be bad girls like bad guys. But in Clash By Night Stanwyck's Mae didn't come off believable. She didn't act like a mother. Didn't have that brave mothering instinct on display. It just seems weird that she was acting as if there was no baby. It just seams that no matter what drama was going on in her life that mothering instinct should be there. If not it's unnatural. It made the dynamics of every thing else in the depictions of the relationships off. Does that seem like a fault to anybody else? It bothers me in that respect.

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