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  1. misswonderly3

    Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)

    If anybody here knows their movies, it's lavenderblue. This is a sharp-witted lady who would certainly not have mixed up the two titles. Let's give some of the smartest posters here some credit.
  2. If you listen to the lyrics of that song I think you'll find that it's definitely meant to be complimentary to Miss Davis. The girl the singer's singing about is supposed to be irresistibly attractive. Come on Sepia, haven't you ever really listened to the song? ps: There's at least one other song that mentions Bette Davis, although it does not allude to her appearance in any way. It's Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row". I've always liked this line: "...she puts her hands in her back pockets / Bette Davis style"
  3. Whaaat? I think you must have a pretty narrow definition of "beauty". Not everyone has Barbie Doll boring perfect faces, that's what makes great actresses like Bette Davis and Angela Lansbury interesting looking. And beautiful, just not in a "one size fits all" kind of way. There are many different ways of being beautiful. And certainly, in their prime, both Bette Davis and Angela Lansbury were beautiful, in their own unique ways.
  4. misswonderly3

    Noir Alley

    What frigging expletives ?
  5. misswonderly3

    Noir Alley

    SPOILERS Damn ! You is right, Hibi baby. Of course I believed you, but just because I had it so firmly in my mind that Marshall was the bad guy, I went and read the whole plot synopsis. So...interesting, here I've seen Crack Up about three times, yet I still remember it incorrectly. Oops, I look pretty dumb on this one, I'm afraid. All I can say is - anyone agree with me at least on this? -- that Herbert Marshall seems like a candidate to be the film's bad guy throughout much of the film; it's a surprise when you find out he's not (the bad guy), he's a detective. I dunno, I think I wanted him to be the villain. ps: I do remember this: that the real "bad guy" just did it all because he loved the paintings and coveted the originals, something like that. He wasn't doing it for the money. (or am I wrong about that too? hope not....)
  6. misswonderly3

    Noir Alley

    Some SPOILERS I like Crack-Up, too, Hibi. Although Pat O'Brien is not exactly an ideal noir protagonist, he's actually believable in this film. Any anyway, Pat O'Brien: what's not to like? I also enjoyed Herbert Marshall as the villain. Herbert Marshall actually seems to have specialized in playing seeming good guys who turn out, near movie's end, to be bad guys. (As in Foreign Correspondent, for example...) I thought the semi-romantic relationship between Pat and Clare was kind of sweet, maybe because it was so tentative. I also liked the whole "world of art" that the film depicted. And that gaming gallery, complete with pinball etc., was fun - shows that even back then a lot of people had a thing about those kinds of games (well, the 1940s version of them.)
  7. misswonderly3

    Noir Alley

    I've seen Detour a few times. I disliked it the first time I saw it, but wanted to give it another chance, as so many noir fans seem to revere it (notice I didn't say "love" it, as it's not a lovable film...) But with each subsequent viewing, I disliked it as much as ever. I kind of like my noirs to be "fun" (which is possible ! Sergeant, don't start arguing with me about this, please !), and Detour is one of the least fun noirs I've ever seen. Plus, once those two get stuck in that dingey hotel room, or rented apartment, or whatever it is, it's just such a claustrophobic experience (and yes, I know, "claustrophobia" is often cited as a potential element of film noir.) I cant' stand the Anne Savage character; Miss Savage herself is very good, it's not her acting I have a problem with. And there are many female characters (I suppose we could call her a "femme fatale") in noir who are nasty and selfish and evil, but I tend to like them; they're entertaining and fun to watch. But Vera's more a harpy than a femme fatale - she's no fun ! ...Hey, good thing phones with long cords (or any kind of cord) are now almost obsolete, eh? Anyway, sorry to come off as a grouch...Just sayin', I can't get excited about any version of that film, Detour. "That said", it was comradely and nice of cigarjoe to give us all a heads up about this new release of that film. I'm sure many here appreciated it.
  8. misswonderly3

    Noir Alley

    Lorna, I've seen Crack-Up a couple of times, but missed the airing on Noir Alley. Which means I missed Eddie's comments. I was curious about whoever "Roseanna Mckoy" is, and looked her up. As far as I can tell, she doesn't have any connection to Crack Up or to film at all. I think I must have missed something, something Eddie must have said about her in his "intro " or "outro" commentaries. Can you enlighten me please? Who's "Roseanna McKoy" and what does she have to do with the film Crack- Up ?
  9. misswonderly3

    That's ONE way to put it I've not heard before...

    Who the frig is Polly of the Precodes? I only ask because I keep noticing she responds to posts here, but has never posted anything herself (on this thread, anyway.) Polly, come out where ever you are. (Crackers optional.)
  10. misswonderly3

    That's ONE way to put it I've not heard before...

    I was. ...although I am aware that there have been a few film versions of it. The whole thing about "Macbeth" came up because of the sort of thing TB is suggesting, as below: What I've been trying to say on this thread for a while is, of course, of course, literature and stories throughout the ages have had "darkness" in them, themes of betrayal, murder, oppression, alienation, madness, you name it - all great stories tell in some way of the evil in the world and in human beings. Nothing new. What I've been thinking is, a lot of people just like to use the word "noir" in place of "darkness". That's basically what TB is saying...just retroactively substitute "noir" instead of "darkness", and there you go. I suppose so, if you want. But to me the phrase "film noir" refers specifically to film. If I want to talk about all the dark themes in Shakespeare (or Euripides or Dante or Dickens or Thomas Hardy- - the list is endless) I'll call it "evil" or "malevolence" or "darkness"; I'd feel a bit pretentious calling them "noir". But hey, maybe that's just because I'm not French.
  11. misswonderly3

    That's ONE way to put it I've not heard before...

    I'd never heard of Joe MacBeth. I looked it up. Now I'd like to see it, anyone know if TCM has ever aired it? Now, one film based on "Macbeth" that I have seen is Men of Respect, from 1990, starring John Turturro and Stanley Tucci (among others) two actors I really like. And yes, based on what I remember about it, I'd say it was a "neo noir".
  12. misswonderly3

    That's ONE way to put it I've not heard before...

    Thanks, Sgt.M. Oh, I think I was just being kind of "hey pay attention to me"-ish, which unfortunately I get like sometimes. It was clear to me you were addressing my question to you about "The Blue Dahlia", and I suppose that's what counts. It must be frustrating to have technical issues when trying to post here (or anywhere on the net, for that matter.) I still don't know or use all the functions on this site, just the basic ones....Although, hey, I see you've mastered the emoji options ! 🙂
  13. misswonderly3

    That's ONE way to put it I've not heard before...

    Sergeant M., I have to assume that the post above is in response to my question to you a page or two back, where I asked, "You say that you don't regard The Blue Dahlia as a true noir, (despite its having all the requisite "ingredients"), but you don't say why. " I have to wonder why you didn't quote me , then reply as you did in the above post (where I've quoted you.) This is a very active thread, with a lot going on in it, a lot of different posters and comments etc. One way we can clarify if we're addressing a particular poster's questions or comments on the thread is to first quote them, then reply. To me it's almost a courtesy. It took me a minute or two to read this and realize that you were responding to my question as to why you don't regard this film as a noir. Just wondering if there were a reason why you did not quote me first (sometimes I feel like a second class citizen on these boards. Now that's sad noir.)
  14. misswonderly3

    That's ONE way to put it I've not heard before...

    There's a lot to address here. Thanks for the quote from noir researcher Charles O'Brien. That's really interesting, that the term was used by French critics before those guys (also French) in the late 40s came up with it. It's always interesting and useful to know this kind of stuff - the more knowledge we have, the better. It can only enhance our enjoyment of movies (or music, or whatever one is, uh, enjoying.) For me, enlightening though that info about those earlier French critics is, film noir will always be primarily those "gritty" black and white crime films from the 40s and 50s that the slightly later French cineastes were talking about. As for your comment about my point about how some are just substituting the word "darkness" for "noir", and that a film with "darkness" in it is not necessarily a noir, I still say just that -- That a lot of people who seem to be fascinated with this term "noir" and like to use it a lot, simply stick that word onto any story or movie that has any kind of "bad" characters or actions. You say, (to paraphrase you), "Well, yeah...if someone sees /feels/ tunes to the darkness in a movie, then for them, it's a noir". I'm not sure I can go with that. I agree with that "tuning fork to noir" idea, but I guess only up to a point. And to say something like Shakespeare's Macbeth is a noir (uh, I guess a play not a film), and that the "label" , the idea of "Noir" just hadn't yet been conceived in 1606, is silly to me. Lots of stories, going back millennia, are about evil, evil doings and evil people, alienation, mental illness, obsession, despair, and on and on. Film noir was not the first art form (or storytelling form, if "art" sounds pretentious) to explore themes around the darkness in the world and in human beings. But for me, it just feels extreme to apply that word "noir" to any story that was written (or told) before film was invented. For me, the very word "noir" applies to movies. I feel as though I'm getting lost in my own verbiage, and am in danger of repeating myself (probably already have) so I'll leave it at that. edit" "And to say something like Shakespeare's Macbeth is a noir..." Not that you were the one who said that, C.J.
  15. misswonderly3

    That's ONE way to put it I've not heard before...

    I'm flattered you quoted me on this, james, especially because it was a post I made on another thread altogether (the Noir Alley one). And basically that's how I feel, although I was deliberately being a bit silly at the time, I think I said "I don't know much about noir, but I know what I like" ( as in, "I don't know much about art but I know what I like".) Because sometimes all this earnest - albeit fascinating and fun - discussion and debate and parsing seems beside the point, which is, for me, I love a certain kind of old movie which is usually termed "film noir".

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