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    Dark City, USA
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    Gardening, macrame, lies, deception, blackmail, the Dark Arts, the Nekronomicon, Olympic Shade-Throwing, innapropriate humor, bad taste.
    Fightin' for that lousy buck everyone sneers at but slugs to get.

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    (I love that gif.)
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    I Just Watched...

    I finally made it thru PRIVATE LIVES (1931) on TCM on HULU. (Third attempt, & it helped that I paused it and went to work and then watched the rest this evening) It is not a bad movie, but a taxing and decidedly antiquated one. It’s the witty and effervescent story of a divorced wealthy couple, each of whom is SEVERELY BIPOLAR, who realize (as the result of a chance meeting on their honeymoons with their new spouses) that, while their now-defunct union was not perfect, at least their manic mood swings and periodic outbursts of uncontrollable rage were on the same cycle, and readjusting is just so darn hard....So they run off together and the second act is like watching WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? as directed by ERNST LUBITSCH. (All kidding aside, some violent stuff goes down between these two and I’m not entirely sure the world wouldn’t be better off with them living a time zone or six apart. ) As taxing as the film was, both the leads – Robert Montgomery And Norma Shearer- were excellent. Shearer especially handles reams and reams of difficult dialogue and manages to make a difficult character somewhat sympathetic. She was a very gutsy actress, and even though her style is somewhat dated, the courage and commitment to her work always comes across. They both do some really impressive, highly proficient work here...But still, weird movie, man.
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    Mankiewicz Tactful in His Landis Career Overview

    I would not have been. (Tactful.) He should be in jail. (Landis)
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    HOW COULD I FORGET?!?! Virginia Bruce was also in KONGO and her role is SCANDALOUS!
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    FRIEDA INESCORT Is in three films of the 1940s that I have seen several times apiece: RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE. THE LETTER and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, And I like her very much in each one, but she plays a very similar type – an icy, patrician, stiff upper lip Englishwoman. She starts out that way in, THE GARDEN MURDER CASE but her character starts to unravel mentally and she did a wonderful job, I absolutely bought her desperation. I had no idea she could show such a vulnerability or had such range.
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    And if you’ve seen and liked GOSFORD PARK or any of DOWNTON ABBEY it’ll really appeal to you.
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    DOWNSTAIRS (1932?) comes immediately to mind.
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    I woke up extra early this morning and watched THE GARDEN MURDER CASE (1936) another PHILO VANCE picture, but one worth the hour and two minutes because it's pretty compelling and a real roster of 30's players that film nurds like you and I know right off- NAT PENDLETON, FRIEDA INESCORT, GRANT MITCHELL and GENE LOCKHART, DOUGLAS WALTON, JESSE RALPH and others- EDMUND "CHANDU" LOWE is VANCE and he's lacking something, but VIRGINIA BRUCE as his love interest (who may well be a murderess) gives the surprise strongest performance in the movie, really making you root for her character.
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    I remember kinda sorta in a way maybe liking SWITCH (1991) but I was 13 at the time. ...Jimmy Smits.
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    thank you, for some reason I thought BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT came before WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS.
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    When I was little, my parents used to tell me that if anyone ever kidnapped me, "it would be like THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF."
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    I watched WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956)- I think this was Fritz Lang's final film...? I had seen it before online and was kinda eh on it, this time around I liked it much better- although the cast is so distractingly good, you wonder why some of the actors got such [relatively] small parts (THOMAS MITCHELL and IDA LUPINO, for example.) Is it just me or was DANA ANDREWS completely SOUSED every minute he is onscreen in this movie? I've read he had a bad drinking problem (that he eventually overcame) and while the script called for his character to be boozy, he was slurring his words like a 70's Peter Lawford throughout the entire pic and his efforts during a foot chase scene near the end of the movie were downright laughable. (He ran like Lillian Gish.)
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    In a way, that’s true of most of Blake Edwards’s comedies....at least all the ones that aren’t the first PINK PANTHER and A SHOT IN THE DARK. edit- or VICTOR/VICTORIA
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    HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM

    Tonight (12/9)'s SILENT SUNDAY feature is BEN HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST, the 1925(?) version that is VASTLY SUPERIOR (but just as gay) in every single respect to the 1959 hunk o'trash.

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