Looney

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  1. Looney

    Noir Alley

    The more details are depressing. Just know that it is not fun to be out with such a woman and watch her rub her **** on literally every person on a dance floor, but you for hours. Well briefly you, but only briefly. The rest of the time she tried to get rid of you. Until she needed you again for a ride. And again later when she needed you to possibly bail her out of jail. That is the briefest outline of what happened. (This is a basic outline of Looney's entire life experience.) Oooo TCM Edit. How about "booty" TCM?
  2. Looney

    Noir Alley

    So I was scanning what I have missed in the passed several weeks and saw this, but never saw that laffite was given and answer and I didn't answer sooooo. LOL When I originally signed up for Sling there was a $20 package, so with TCM it would have been $25. There was also a $25 package - which I have-, with TCM $30. Of course I don't know what their current pricing is, but I probably should. (Note I did go looking from pricing and what I found says the pricing is as I stated, but that wasn't actually on Sling's site so I don't know if it is still accurate.) THIS GUN FOR HIRE (1942) - I can't say much about this one. The intro and the outro were the most interesting points for me. I just wasn't in the mood to sit through it that night. FORCE OF EVIL (1948) - Totally missed this one due to having one of the worst nights of my life. 44 year old men should not go out with 23 year old insane sexpot women. (It wasn't a date. She is a co-worker and it originally started as a group outing.) SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) - What a movie. I loved every minute of it. I hate people like the people in this movie. LOL But WOW is that a fantastic movie that should have won MANY awards. JOHNNY EAGER (1941) - I did not get into this movie at all. I watched the excellent intro. The first twenty minutes. Let myself fall asleep and thankfully woke back up to hear the closing remarks. THE HITCH-HIKER (1953) - Since it seems like I watched it just a few short months ago I didn't bother to put the effort in. So as you can see Looney is still around, but not paying too much attention. Sorry. I wish I had the energy and motivation to keep current, but I haven't lately. I hope that will change soon.
  3. Looney

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    Do you know the reasons the Programs were canceled? I am too lazy to look it up myself.
  4. Looney

    Noir Alley

    Okay so just to add to what I already started. I can't really justify even a dollar a day for a streaming service just to access TCM. I am already paying for, HULUPLUS, Netflix Streaming AND DVD service, Amazon Prime, MLBTV, on top of $30 a month for Sling. That is also why all of the options people have given me are not panning out so far. They are even more expensive than Sling and for instance Hulu Live doesn't have any sports. Like I said, it isn't just me watching. If it were just me I wouldn't worry about the sports and put the MLB money into Sling. LOL CLASH BY NIGHT (1952) That is one hell of a good script. I mean some seriously great dialogue and acting, but what the hell happened at the end? Was it suggesting she take the kid and go or that he was just going to live with never trusting her again? I watched the ending twice and I still don't quite get it. I am starting to find it odd how many female characters in movies are exactly like Mae Doyle (Stanwyck). It felt like the script is a rehash of sooooooooo many similar stories - not the dialogue though, it was superb. I can only assume it was meant to appeal to female audience members who felt trapped in lives they chose for security rather than real love and passion. I don't even know what I am trying to say. I think part of the problem is an overall issue with stories where the heroine falls for the wrong kind of guy. I mean hundreds and hundreds of movies where she is going to choose the wrong guy for better or worse. Even the ones that have happy endings you know that you could probably logically predict in reality they would not have happy endings in the long run. LOL Another factor might be that I may have met my own Mae Doyle recently and it is driving me crazy. I'm worried she would settle for me and I'd gladly accept that burden and torture.
  5. 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. 👍
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Looney

    Hollywood Memorabilia and Collecting

    Yeah things were so much easier when I lived in L.A. (from a collectibles standpoint.)
  19. 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?)
  20. Looney

    Collecting Autographs Advice

    My brother recently acquired two ULTRA-RARE autographed scripts from the 1950's. I told him I would investigate proper storage and preservation options. Any opinions or fact based knowledge on how to preserve these pieces of history? I want to make sure this is done correctly because they are each one of a kind. If anyone knows what I need to do or where I need to turn to find out what I need to do please don't hesitate to speak up. I will be evaluating all options.
  21. Looney

    Hollywood Memorabilia and Collecting

    Does anyone know a lot about serious collecting? My brother recently acquired a couple of ULTRA-RARE autographed scripts from the 1950's and I told him I would investigate proper storage and preservation. If anyone has any knowledge or could at least point me in a good general direction it would be greatly appreciated.
  22. Looney

    Noir Alley

    ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1951) First time for Looney and I loved it . . . . except the way the ending was handled. I wouldn't have minded the end if it had been worked better and not as overly soft as it was. I was fine with him going back to the farm, but I just didn't feel it was done correctly, like there was too much of an immediate emotional response or something. Having said that Ryan and Lupino in the same movie was going to have to try pretty hard for me to not like it. I LOVED the Ryan transition and what the change of scenery and change of cast did. I think a big key is that Jim Wilson (Ryan) is not only taken out of his environment and thrust into an completely alien domain of unfamiliarity on a physical level, but also a psychological level. Think how early in the movie he is basically able to, for lack of a better term, bully his way toward whatever goal he is after. His mere presence intimidates so many he comes into contact with - even his partners to a degree. Take him out of that environment and introduce him to the Brent's. Immediately a victims family who doesn't want to talk to him or recognize his authority. Then Walter Brent bursts on the scene and tries to put Wilson in a subordinate position. Not only is Wilson out of his element he now has to deal with someone whom immediately announces he doesn't recognize his authority. The tables are reversed and he is now a subject someone else is trying to bully and intimidate. Add that with the touch of Lupino and the formula for Jim Wilson to have an epiphany was complete. It was fantastic.
  23. Looney

    Noir Alley

    HA! I can't believe I forgot about THE CLAY PIGEON (1949). Thanks for the catch Dargo.
  24. Looney

    Noir Alley

    I ordered it from Amazon as soon as Eddie mentioned she was in it. Thanks for the info. I saw her in THE FALCON IN HOLLYWOOD (1944) and I caught a bit of THE FALCON OUT WEST (1944), but that is it other than Perry. I think one could write quite an extensive paper or book on Perry and Della. I'd call it "Beautiful Beards", but that is just me. HAHAHA! When I went to IMDB to get the years for those FALCON movies I was reminded she was born in Dekalb, IL just like Cindy Crawford. Must be something in the water. Looks like I was born in the wrong section of this state.
  25. Looney

    Noir Alley

    I am certainly glad I have a wide visual palate; I think they're all beautiful. I mean there might be varying levels of beauty versus attraction, but none of them got where they were because they were tough to look at. And side note, every time I see her it surprises me Barbara Hale didn't become a bigger star because I have to admit, she really sends me. Of course she did become a star. Perry Mason was a big show, but I mean in the moving pictures. Having said that, I haven't seen much of her work outside of Perry Mason and honestly she wasn't required to deliver a wide range of emotions in any episode I've ever seen and I've seen most of them.

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