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    Newspaper Noirs

    Ah well. A rose by any other name....
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    Newspaper Noirs

    Sometimes I think that the phrase "film noir" was coined by someone who wanted to promote 1940s and 1950s thrillers. If that's the case, sure worked!
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    Newspaper Noirs

    I doubt that these qualify as noir, but I'll mention them anyway: Picture Snatcher (1933) The Murder Man (1935) The Torchy Blane films.
  4. Ah, I'm sure that I know about classic mysteries more than my parents do. (I was born in the seventies and they in the forties.) I'm just more into classics than they are. My mom is into reality shows. The few times I've mentioned classics in their presence, they just gave me blank looks. So some young adult has never heard of Bryan Adams. I like Bryan Adams (he's one of the few post-1980 singers I like), but frankly, he's too modern for me. Some of my favourite singers are Bobby Curtola, Jack Scott, Johnny Tillotson, and the Beau-Marks. (Despite the fact that so many Canadian females my mom's age were big fans of Bobby Curtola in the sixties, I'm a bigger fan of this singer than my mom.) I have yet to come across any kind of scientific evidence that it's only the older folks who are into classics and (on a similar note) still into pre-Beatles music. Back on the IMDb message boards, some posters were completely convinced that the older entertainment is only enjoyed by the older crowds, but none of them could produce any kind of results of any study on this topic. Not sure if anyone on this forum has ever been able to do so.
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    Another "Best Years" query....

    Lots of interesting comments on this thread, about an absolutely terrific film! I just want to address a few points here: 1. Why would "Hortense" have to be shortened? By the way, I'm assuming that she's Fred's stepmother, or much older sister still living with her dad. If the name were to be shortened, I would think that Tess would be the logical choice. But why shorten it? 2. Peggy had a job at the hospital. When Al asks Millie if Millie has talked to Peggy about the facts of life, Millie even says something like, "She's worked two years at the hospital. She knows more than you and I will ever know." 3. Wilma appeared to be a stay-at-home young lady, waiting to get married. Homer had the job at the bank, doing insurance or whatever. He would be able to support her. I got the impression that their parents would help if necessary. 4. Al had no objections to Fred dating Peggy, except for the fact that Fred was married. Once he knew that Fred was single again, he had no reason to object to Fred and Peggy dating. Why should he? He liked Fred and he could see that Fred was willing to work. 5. Good point about the reversal of roles. Fred was ranked higher than Al in the war, but aside from the war, Al was much "higher up" in the work world. Also, later Al gets the upper hand when he asks Fred to keep away from Peggy. Eventually, Al would become Fred's father-in-law. (I wonder how Fred got such a prestigious position in the war?) 6. What I consider a lost opportunity: Peggy's brother should have had a bigger part in this film. He and Homer would have clicked nicely, in my opinion. The two of them seemed like they could become friends, if they met.
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    Thrillers which are radio plays

    Wow! Quite the list! Thanks!
  7. I can't seem to find any threads here about radio plays, so I'll start one about radio play thrillers. Here are some favourites of mine which I have heard a number of times (and again recently): From Suspense: Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr, starring Peter Lorre. Here, an evil math prof explains to his wife what exactly he has in store for her. From Suspense: The Devil's Saint by John Dickson Carr, starring Peter Lorre. A young man wants to marry a woman he's just met, but first he has to "get past" her eccentric and creepy uncle by following certain instructions which he has for the young man. From Suspense: Will You Make a Bet With Death? by John Dickson Carr. A man is on a slow boat ride at a carnival with a woman, and he is explaining to her a bet which he made with his nasty stepfather...a bet about death. From Suspense: Want Ad, starring Robert Cummings. Brilliant inverted whodunit about a crook who gets exactly what's coming to him. Of all the inverted whodunits I've seen, or read, or heard on radio, this one I think has the best ending. Highly recommended. From Suspense: The Doctor Prescribed Death, starring Bela Lugosi. A doctor has an unusual psychological theory: someone who is suicidal can be convinced to murder someone else, and he decides to find someone suicidal to "convert", so to speak. From Suspense: The Fountain Plays, by Dorothy Sayers, starring Edmund Gwenn. A terrific story about blackmail and skeletons in the closet of a rich British homeowner. One of her best, for sure. From Campbell's Playhouse: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie. Orson Welles plays both Poirot and Doctor Sheppard. Edna May Oliver plays the doctor's sister. I really like Orson Welles' introduction: he has some kind words to say about murder mysteries! From The Weird Circle: A Terrible Night. Here's an example of what can happen to those who get lost in the Canadian wilderness... haha. Be aware! From Inner Sanctum: The Voice on the Wire. A widow on an island is being terrorized by mysterious phone calls where the same person keeps telling her that she only has a few hours to live.
  8. Here are some of my favourite British classic films: Laughter in Paradise: a rich relative has died, and in order to inherit a share of his fortune, his four relatives have to complete certain tasks. Very funny film! The Happiest Days of Your Life: there is some confusion at a boys' private school. A girls' private school has been sent to the same location for an indefinite amount of time. Also an amusing film. An Inspector Calls: a sad story about the events which led up to a young woman's death. It's mentioned at the start of the film that she died. Green for Danger: wonderful post-WWII whodunit. Kind Hearts and Coronets: a snubbed relative seeks revenge on his snobby family by murdering them off, one by one, in order to inherit a title which he can't inherit unless those other relatives are dead. Yours?
  9. Of the ones that really made an impression on me, here are my faves: 1. The Seventh Juror (1960s): a fairly recent discovery. I can watch this one over and over again. The final minute of this movie really floored me, but the movie offers a lot more than just a surprise ending. Very highly recommended. 2. Elevator to the Gallows (1950s): very good noir, with a touch of dark comedy to it. I've seen this several times over the past 10 years or so. 3. Rififi (1950s): an excellent gangster-heist movie which reminds me a bit of The Asphalt Jungle. 4. The Murder Lives at Number 21 (1940s): the mystery itself is good, but the film is a bit spoiled with excessive annoying humor. 5. Diaboliques (1950s): perhaps relies a bit too much on the ending (which is a tad predictable). I remember having my suspicions the first time I saw this. More could have been done to show the horrors the kids endured at the school. Still a good thriller.
  10. In Charade, Audrey Hepburn's character gets a request from Walter Matthau's character to help find the money which her late husband supposedly left with her... I can't say any more than that about this film without giving away the story.
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    Remakes, Sequels & Adaptations

    Remakes: I have no problem with them. Quite often, the original film is based on literature, so in fact, all the versions are just different interpretations of the same original source material. There have been some crappy remakes out there, but also a lot of decent ones (mostly classics). Also, I think that a lot of people might not realize that some of their faves are actually remakes (for example, the 1961 film The Parent Trap is a remake). Sequels: In almost all cases, the sequels aren't nearly as good as the first film. Over the years, I've noticed that, with sequels, the filmmakers are trying to beat a dead horse. Some of the worst sequels are the sequels to the original The Pink Panther. Oy...what were the filmmakers thinking? What was Peter Sellers thinking? The first film is a masterpiece... Adaptations: Quite a few films are adaptations of literature. I'm fine with this, but sometimes the changes made from the literature to the film are ridiculous. With mysteries, I've noticed that the changes usually result in major plot holes. If they're going to adapt a story, they should stick to the story instead of trying to be oh-so creative.
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    Quicksand (1950)

    Quicksand is a fun film. Yup, it's amazing just how quickly a little crime can spiral out of control and turn into a big crime. This film captured that idea very well.
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    M (1931)

    It's a terrific film. I also like the 1950s remake, starring David Wayne. Both Peter Lorre and David Wayne were top-notch actors, in my opinion. By the way, there are quite a few terrific foreign language thrillers out there. Following the subtitles isn't tough at all.
  14. I've loved the film Sabrina (1954) ever since I first saw it about 13 years ago. Since then, I've seen it many times. I especially love the music in this film, along with the clothes. The film seems to have a "fantasy world" feel to it, which I like. Seems like there are a lot of complaints about the leading actors (Humphrey Bogart, William Holden). I have no problem with their performances. They were both well cast, in my opinion. Does anyone else feel this way? Or do others think that others should have played the parts of the Larrabee brothers?
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    The League of Gentlemen (1960)

    Yes, terrific review. Thanks for that! I agree about the great casting and the pacing. I don't think that the film drags at any point.
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    Now, that's the way to die!

    --- the final moments of Sorry Wrong Number --- the final moments of The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Thank you, Barbara Stanwyck!) --- Agnes Moorehead in Dark Passage --- the characters played by Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets --- the crooks in Charade....very gruesome scenes! --- Hitchcock films with memorable death scenes: Blackmail, Rope, Dial M For Murder, etc. --- the murder victim in the French film The Seventh Juror
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    The League of Gentlemen (1960)

    Probably an editing error. Or, like you suggested, they had their Code and the film had to wrap up quickly. Still, the film wouldn't have been much longer if the friend had shown up before ANY of the fellows left.
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    The League of Gentlemen (1960)

    Oh, I think that the cops were onto them before the heist even took place. Remember that the one cop got the license plate of the leader's car when they were in the warehouse. The cop might have seen more than they realized. Therefore, the cops knew that some sort of heist would take place. They didn't know where or when, but they were on their toes. When the heist took place, the cops checked on that license plate right away. The bit about the boy recording license plate numbers was a bit far-fetched, but there was nothing unfair about it. Still, I think it would have been better if Bunny (the friend) had shown up to the house before any of the guys left with their share of the money. Then it could be assumed that it took the cops longer to get there.
  19. Some great British thrillers came out during this era, such as: The Terror The Ghost Camera The Mystery of Mr. X Death at Broadcasting House Green for Danger ....and I know there are more. I just can't think of them just now! I'm also a very big fan of Kind Hearts and Coronets. I'd give anything to see all the films in which Austin Trevor plays Poirot, such as the 1934 film Lord Edgware Dies.
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    The League of Gentlemen (1960)

    I did rewatch this film a few days ago. Still great, in my opinion, but I'm wondering about one thing: SPOILERS about the ending.............. How did the leader's old friend get past all those cops who surrounded the house shortly after they all walked in? The cops must have arrived shortly after the criminals did, because they started to arrest those guys as they walked out with the money. A couple of them walked out even before that friend arrived. Didn't that friend notice the cops? Didn't the cops see that friend (who of course was innocent)?
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    Mary Carlisle 1914-2018

    I really liked her in One Frightened Night. May she rest in peace.
  22. Ha ha...yup, some girls use that technique to get a guy's attention. I'm still hoping for email notifications, but they don't seem to be arriving anymore. *sigh* Gotta "love" the internet sometimes....
  23. Not sure where Sabrina would have gone to school. Maybe she was home-schooled? She didn't seem to have any friends outside the other servants and her social skills at the start of the film left a lot to be desired. It's possible that she carpooled with her dad and Linus to the city. Maybe her dad dropped her off at some public school before/after dropping off Linus at work. In this film, Audrey was so charming when Sabrina underwent the transformation from girl to woman. In reality, I doubt that too many young women would be quite so childish as young adults. Most young ladies, if interested in a guy, will do at least something to get his attention. Stylish haircut, flirting, etc. This is one of those many situations in which what's charming in a movie wouldn't work in real life at all. What young woman would think that hiding in a tree would do the trick, anyway? (By the way, is anyone else not getting the email notifications for this thread? I've just been checking on this thread on my own.)
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    The League of Gentlemen (1960)

    What a great film! It's been a couple of years since I've seen it. Time for a rewatch, for sure.
  25. By the way, I think that Sabrina would have had more luck getting David's attention before she went to Paris if she had just presented herself a bit differently. I mean, in the early scenes, she was wearing a dress which looked like something that elementary school girls would have worn to school back then. The ponytail wasn't in style in the early fifties. And why was she climbing that tree, anyway? That's something kids do.

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