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also tangentially related, there is apparently a double edition Criterion DVD of the 1946 film THE KILLERS and its later "Ronald Reagan Remake" (which i have never seen.)

 

(damn, it wont let me post the cover image.)

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Great time. I'll be sleeping the sleep of the innocent at 10 a.m.

Sunday and I'll be missing that repetitive bore at the same time.

Sweet. :)

At 10 AM, I'm right in the middle of a spinning class, and I don't get home until after 2.  Why can't they run this stuff later Sunday afternoon?

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At 10 AM, I'm right in the middle of a spinning class, and I don't get home until after 2.  Why can't they run this stuff later Sunday afternoon?

 

you've got DVR, yes?

i used to gripe about them scheduling stuff at bad times, but then i figured mine out and it's pretty cool.

it's basically a VCR in your TV that never spits the tape out.

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you've got DVR, yes?

i used to gripe about them scheduling stuff at bad times, but then i figured mine out and it's pretty cool.

it's basically a VCR in your TV that never spits the tape out.

Don't have one. Too complicated for me.

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Lorna, I add my voice to the others here who've recommended He Walked By Night. I mean, aside from anything else, ya gotta love that title.

It is, however, as someone ( sorry to not give credit to them, I don't want to take the time to scroll back and check who it was)  here said, more what is called a "police procedural" than a noir. Still, it has many noirish elements, including beautiful b &  w cinematography  (ok, hardly unique to this film) and deliciously dark and mysterious settings, including a finale that precedes the one in The Third Man.  

 

Yikes, hope that isn't a spoiler of sorts.

 

Also, anything starring Richard Basehart is worth a look.  I don't know why this actor isn't more well-known....he certainly deserves to be. (anyone seen the lovely and heartbreaking La Strada ?)

 

Here's a wonderful shot from HWBN  - just look at those venetian blind shadows !  And Basehart's face.

 

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By the way, Richard Basehart's in another noir coming up in this program: Tension. I don't want to say too much about it, in case you haven't seen it. But it's really good. It's about a pharmacist, a bad marriage, and a secret identity. Plus, how can you go wrong with Audrey Totter?  She's got such a fun line in this film:

"Well, baby, we're all laughed out !"  

 

Actually, going slightly off-topic here:  I love Audrey Totter. She's got such a tough, mean, yet sexy demeanour   (sorry couldn't resist.)  But here's the thing - I think she's funny ! She always makes me laugh. And I don't think it's unintentional on Audrey's part. Her face is not only pretty, it's very expressive, as is her voice. I think she uses these qualities to comic effect sometimes. Just look at her in the heroic but unsuccessful Lady in the Lake: she's hilarious !

 

Anyway, I recommend Tension; great fun,  - oh, Cyd Charisse is in it too, sans dancing. And Basehart looks  good in nerdy glasses.

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the primary thing i recall about RICHARD BASEHART is that Gypsy from Mystery Science Theater had such a crush on him.

oh, and the LA LAW thing...

 

L.A. Law had Richard Dysart. Richard Basehart was dead a couple of years before Law premiered.

 

 

Basehart

richard3.jpg

 

Dysart

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Don't have one. Too complicated for me.

I use a DVD recorder, which is no longer available.  When it fails, I will go to DVR I guess.  

Of course the DVR just increases the already high cable bill.

I like being able to make a permanent DVD that I can play whenever and wherever I want.

Also, can use DVD-RW for a very long time before it "wears out."

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L.A. Law had Richard Dysart. Richard Basehart was dead a couple of years before Law premiered.

 

 

Basehart

richard3.jpg

 

Dysart

richard-dysart-2.9.jpg

 

Coincidentally, both Richard Dysart and Richard Basehart had supporting roles in BEING THERE (1979).

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oh snap!

i hang my head in shame!

thanks for the correction.

(shame)

 

No need for shame.

 

I always recall the difference as Basehart pretended to bounce around a plastic toy submarine for several years, while Dysart had his arms bitten off by The Thing. :D

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Coincidentally, both Richard Dysart and Richard Basehart had supporting roles in BEING THERE (1979).

 

Yeah, and I think Dysart once played one of the guest monsters on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea too.

 

(...but you'd have to ask NipkowDisc if I'm right about this)

 

;)

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By the way, Richard Basehart's in another noir coming up in this program: Tension. I don't want to say too much about it, in case you haven't seen it. But it's really good. It's about a pharmacist, a bad marriage, and a secret identity. Plus, how can you go wrong with Audrey Totter?  She's got such a fun line in this film:

"Well, baby, we're all laughed out !"  

 

Actually, going slightly off-topic here:  I love Audrey Totter. She's got such a tough, mean, yet sexy demeanour   (sorry couldn't resist.)  But here's the thing - I think she's funny ! She always makes me laugh. And I don't think it's unintentional on Audrey's part. Her face is not only pretty, it's very expressive, as is her voice. I think she uses these qualities to comic effect sometimes. Just look at her in the heroic but unsuccessful Lady in the Lake: she's hilarious !

 

Anyway, I recommend Tension; great fun,  - oh, Cyd Charisse is in it too, sans dancing. And Basehart looks  good in nerdy glasses.

 

Thanks for the tip on Tension.   I have only seen clips of this film (e.g. a beach scene with Totter,  Basehart and some other actor who I believe was Totter's new playmate) and that peaked my interest.    

 

Look forward to crossing this one off my list.

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L.A. Law had Richard Dysart. Richard Basehart was dead a couple of years before Law premiered.

 

 

Basehart

richard3.jpg

 

Dysart

richard-dysart-2.9.jpg

 

Lawrence, I don't know what image of Richard Dysart you selected to post here, but when I click it, it comes up "Forbidden".

 

I found another pic of him - hopefully this one will be "allowed".

 

richard_a_dysart.jpg

 

 

Richard Dysart  ( I think)

 

 

Hmm, not sure why this gentleman would be crush-worthy. However, we are all entitled to swoon over whomever we wish.

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Lawrence, I don't know what image of Richard Dysart you selected to post here, but when I click it, it comes up "Forbidden".

 

I found another pic of him - hopefully this one will be "allowed".

 

richard_a_dysart.jpg

 

 

Richard Dysart  ( I think)

 

 

Hmm, not sure why this gentleman would be crush-worthy. However, we are all entitled to swoon over whomever we wish.

 

My pic shows up fine for me. It's very similar to the one you posted. It's probably a browser issue, or maybe one of those pesky Canadian restrictions. 

 

I don't think anyone said Dysart was swoon-worthy. It was Basehart that the MST3K person was swooning over.

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At 10 AM, I'm right in the middle of a spinning class, and I don't get home until after 2.  Why can't they run this stuff later Sunday afternoon?

Maybe it's one of those against the grain programming decisions.

Running dark depressing flicks on a sunny Sunday morning instead

of one a.m. at night. There are tons of these movies on YT, all

without verbal commentary. 

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Maybe it's one of those against the grain programming decisions.

Running dark depressing flicks on a sunny Sunday morning instead

of one a.m. at night. There are tons of these movies on YT, all

without verbal commentary. 

 

Maybe it's me, but I don't find film noir movies depressing. In fact, I find most of them utterly entertaining, and sometimes even downright fun. 

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Maybe it's me, but I don't find film noir movies depressing. In fact, I find most of them utterly entertaining, and sometimes even downright fun. 

 

I literally CANNOT think of or watch the ending of KISS ME DEADLY and not be utterly elated.

it tickles me thoroughly.

cinematic anti-depressant.

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I literally CANNOT think of or watch the ending of KISS ME DEADLY and not be utterly elated.

it tickles me thoroughly.

cinematic anti-depressant.

 

SPOILER

 

Ok, ok, smarty-pants. There's always exceptions to everything. Nobody enjoys the idea of a nuclear bomb going off on a California beach.   ( Or anywhere, for that matter.) But hey, you have to admit that that nosey chick kind of deserved what she got - - it's just too bad everyone else had to be vapourized along with her.

 

...or maybe not. 

Nah, I guess you can hardly accuse Kiss Me Deadly of having an ambiguous ending. And, yup, a depressing one.

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