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  1. Looney

    Noir Alley

    REALLY?! I already have HULU, but I've never seen any mention. I will investigate immediately. THANKS and thanks Dr. Somnabula for the Cord Cutters link. 👍
  2. Saw it Thursday evening. It was exactly what I expected. Did NOT care for it, but I would LOVE to see them try to spin a Batman Sequel out of this and with a ninety three million dollar opening weekend I'm sure they might try. I can't see LEAF Phoenix's Joker being much of a foil for any incarnation of Batman. I gotta say that I do have a problem with them pointing to him being seriously mentally ill, but I am glad that he knew it. Would I ever sit through this again. NOPE. And honestly I think with Phoenix's acting chops this could have been better. I blame Todd Phillips. He should not have attempted to direct anything like this.
  3. Looney

    Noir Alley

    TRAPPED (1949) I really enjoyed it. I admit that Bridges disappearance does create a shift, but I also see it as an interesting twist - at least structurally. I admit that the having Sylvester (James Todd) be the vanquished villain was lacking, but it was still a decent idea for an On-The-Fly turn of events due to Bridges' illness. I have to admit that my favorite part of the film, and the aspect that may lead to me purchasing this little gem, was John Hoyt. His performance was good, but just the fact that he was playing against his typecasting thrilled me. LOL OKAY TCM FANS LOONEY HAS A TCM PROBLEM. It looks like I will very soon, as in possibly later this week, be canceling Sling TV. I believe I've stated before that I only have Sling TV for certain channels and Sling has been forced to drop ALL of those channels, except TCM. I can't justify spending thirty dollars a month just to have TCM and Sling has no intention of dropping their rates. It is ridiculous. They have lost most of their sports networks and they refuse to lower the price of having the sports networks package. (BTW, this isn't just me watching. The sports are mostly for someone else to watch, but I can't justify thirty dollars monthly just so I can watch TCM.) I refuse to go back to Cable or Dish. Who can tell me some alternatives so, at a minimum, I don't miss any Noir Alley episodes? And does anyone know another thread I should mention this in that might garner more responses from knowledgeable TCM fans? (Not that fans in this thread aren't knowledgeable. I am just trying to get as many responses as possible.)
  4. Looney

    Noir Alley

    THE HARDER THEY FALL (1956) I admit I have seen this one a few times. Predictable, but WOW that is a hell of a movie. The acting is so fabulous and I LOVE so many of those pretty pictures of the cities. The script is fantastic. I do understand how some could get bored with the subject matter, but it is just so well done. So many things one could discuss, but I think one of the most unique things about this movie is the scene where Nick (Steiger) tries to get Beth (Sterling) to play ball. Most of the rest of the movie is following a pretty well formulated and predictable structure. The only thing that makes it stand out is some great dialogue, fantastic acting and a few scenes like this one. The little unexpected moments like this that almost point to the fact that they are following a set planned structure within the fantasy world of the film and as well as the reality of the structured film narrative. Here is a moment where Nick is saying this is the time where you go meet your husband and start to question what he is doing after you see it first hand then try to force him out of my little scheme. The character is pointing to the way the story of the movie predictably should unfold as well as the story of the reality setup up within the fictional movie world. It is a fantastic scene that adds a unique twist. There are other such moments, but you get my point. The real tough part of this film is knowing what Bogart is going through and seeing it all over his face.
  5. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Prejudice. It was basically a re-reading of the movie script with some slight alterations. Another change I remember was Steve Brodie was not Floyd Bowers. Bowers was voiced by someone else.
  6. Looney

    Noir Alley

    I don't know if the hour long SUSPENSE CROSSFIRE is better than the movie, but I also don't know how you could tell. I can't believe how much of what is in the movie made it into the radio program. It seemed like almost everything was the same. One place I noticed seemed a bit more rushed was when Montgomery kills Floyd. If I remember correctly there was more dialogue in the movie before the actual act. I'm sure there was more abbreviation than that in the SUSPENSE play, but that is the only thing I can remember off the top of my head. It was excellent.
  7. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Thanks to some internet issues I was unable to watch NOCTURN (1946) when it aired on NOIR ALLEY last weekend. I watched it Friday night, here were my thoughts. NOCTURN (1946) Tonight I learned I am NOT a George Raft fan. I guess this movie just rubbed me the wrong way, especially Raft. I saw no glimmer of talent in him, though I assume there must be – or at least he can dance. LOL The rest of the cast was really good, but Raft just blah. My other big issues would be some of the logic involved. I feel there was no indication that Joe was acting differently as a detective than he had ever acted before, so why was it creating so many problems at work all of the sudden? I also knew who the killer was as soon as he became a character. I thought to myself, “If he says more than a few passing lines then he is the killer.” I see no reason I’d ever watch this again, but there were some really AWESOME shots in the movie. Speaking of shots, the scene where Joe finds Shawn’s body. When he is walking up the path to the front door there is a woman walking up the adjacent path. This isn’t a sidewalk. There are clearly two walkways leading from the sidewalk to Shawn’s front door. Did anyone else notice this? I assume it is a deleted scene. When Joe gets to the front door in the next shot he is alone. I noticed there are credits on IMDB for people who were in deleted scenes. So after reading everyone’s comments I guess I have to sit through THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940) to find out Raft does have a spark worth watching. LOL WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1947) Wow what can I say here. So much to like and so much to scratch my head at. I assumed I would love this movie because it was a Robert Ryan flick I hadn’t seen yet. I was mistaken. It was okay, but I think my impressions were tainted by Eddie’s intro. All I kept thinking was, “This wasn’t what was originally intended.” I hate knowing there was a different cut or deleted scenes. Like the first scene when Scott awakens from his nightmare. He is explaining the situation to Wernecke and the scene ends on a note that you can tell more was said. Ryan delivers his line and there is just a fade to the next scene. There was obviously more to that scene. I don’t want to sound harsh here because there is a lot to like about this movie; I just wish I liked more of it. I thought all of the performances were great and there were flashes of brilliance here and there, but for the most part it just didn’t really capture my interest. I did feel totally vindicated in the outro when Eddie explained the thing about dubbing Joan Bennett’s voice. It was great. The whole time I was watching the movie I kept thinking her voice sounded unnaturally low. LOL So staying on Robert Ryan as a topic. I have been listening to old SUSPENSE radio programs on my way to work every day. The next one up is an hour long show titled CROSSFIRE starring the cast of the film, including Ryan, as the characters they played in the movie. I am so excited. I think I have to find time to re-watch the movie before I listen just so I’m sure I know exactly what they edit out for the hour long radio drama.
  8. Looney

    Noir Alley

    For those who follow such things, after Saturday night I put this Blu-Ray on my wishlist and yesterday I noticed Amazon dropped the price from $39.99 to . . . . https://www.amazon.com/Big-Clock-Blu-ray-Ray-Milland/dp/B07NHPLHTG/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=the+big+clock&qid=1568226329&s=gateway&sr=8-4 . . . . so yeah I immediately made that purchase. Thought everyone should know because that is a great movie. The DVD price isn't too bad either.
  9. Looney

    Noir Alley

    THE BIG CLOCK (1948) All I needed to hear was Charles Laughton and I knew I was in for a treat, but then add Elsa Lanchester and there is pretty much no way I was falling asleep last night. What and "absolute treat" indeed. I loved it start to finish. The only way it could have been better was more Laughton and Lanchester. And mysterious Henry (Harry) Morgan was great too, but I wish there had been a bit more to his character. And I love seeing Philip Van Zandt in anything. Not only do I enjoy his work, but I immediately think of The Three Stooges. That is probably not something Mr. Van Zandt wanted to be remembered for, but he should be grateful there is a reason he is still remembered by someone in 2019. So glad NOIR ALLEY is back.
  10. Looney

    Noir Alley

    You say that as if I am not worthy. I will certainly admit that I have not seen enough Noir and I claim no expertise. For some reason the only thing that stands out where Andrews really impressed me was THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (1942). It is true, though, I've only seen a handful of Andrew's films. And in my humble defense of not seeing enough Noir or Andrews films, I pretty much watch everything. I am only lacking in the Noir category because there are FAR too many categories to cover. The only reason I post so much here is because Noir Alley has become a TCM event I can usually fit into my schedule every week. If I didn't have to work or be around other people I would likely spend 8 hours a day watching TCM and coming to these boards to talk about various films and genres. But we can't always have what we wish for so I try to focus on this because I love the films so much as well as Eddie's comments . . . . oh and I like all of you . . . well most of you. (I'm not going to lie I literally had to fight the urge to laugh out loud after writing that. Sometimes I amuse myself WAY too much. I hope you all take that for the joke it was, except . . . LOL)
  11. Looney

    Noir Alley

    WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) I was disappointed on soooo many levels. I love Vincent Price and Ida Lupino. The fact that they were both in this film was about the only highlight. Definitely feel this is my least favorite Lang film. I think my big issue is that there is a great plot here and it is relegated to being a subplot. Focusing on a contest between people I had no interest in really spoiled it. I don't think they should have focused on the killer, but I didn't really like the people they focused on so it wasn't very interesting. Somewhere in the middle there is a place where I feel these two plots could have merged better. Complaints aside I thought most of the performances were really good. The only disappointing part about Lupino and Price's performances were that they weren't in the film enough. I haven't seen much of Dana Andrews' work and this film definitely did not inspire me to see more. After saying all that I think I would watch this again just to see if I misjudged it. I probably didn't, but who knows?! It was late on a Saturday night after I'd had a long day. As of right now the measure is that after I watch a movie with even a hint of Price I immediately have an urge to buy it. I did not feel that urge when this one was done.
  12. Looney

    Noir Alley

    I don't know what you people are talking about. I've never been to New York, but I've seen MANY movies that have shown me this is exactly what it looks like. I think you all got confused. Some of these scenes were taking place very late at night, after people put all of their cars away in their garages. THE PEOPLE AGAINST O'HARA (1951) I enjoyed this one, but not so much Tracy. He was okay, but I honestly felt he seemed a bit drunk the whole time. This might be the first time I wish Eddie hadn't said anything in the prologue. Maybe the fact that he mentioned Tracy drinking skewed my interpretation. I don't know. Moving past that I thought the rest of the cast was fantastic. I think I liked subdued Ricks (Pat O'Brien) the best. And say what you will about the setting, I loved a lot of the pictures I saw.
  13. Looney

    Noir Alley

    THE TATTOOED STRANGER (1950) Well let me just say that I think the poster is more interesting than the film , but the film was okay. I liked the plot, but as misswonderly3 pointed out I would have liked more closure. There is a lot behind this stranger and we never really get to know him. I do feel this plot deserved better than some of the weaker performances, but I am also glad it wasn't overly melodramatic. All and all I am very glad I saw it if only for some of those great shots cigarjoe pointed out. I won't be adding this one to my collection, but it was an interesting exercise. Oh and I agree with Eddie that Corrigan (Walter Kinsella) was probably the most entertaining performer in the film.
  14. Looney

    Hollywood Memorabilia and Collecting

    Yeah things were so much easier when I lived in L.A. (from a collectibles standpoint.)
  15. Looney

    Collecting Autographs Advice

    WOW! Thanks for all the responses. I have many collectibles and a meager autograph collection, but what my brother purchased is beyond most anything I have so I want to be certain things are done correctly. As yanceycravat said above, "we are merely custodians". That is definitely true for what my brother bought. He bought real pieces of history, not just a signature. So glad I revived this thread because I will be coming back to it. My next question might be about spotting forgeries. (And how you find addresses to mail a request letter in this day and age?)

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