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  1. > {quote:title=mrroberts wrote:}{quote} > How about "Night and the City" with Richard Widmark and Gene Tierney? That's a great one, one of the best noirs of all time. I think Widmark gives perhaps his most nuanced performance in any noir, and the entire supporting cast is terrific (although Gene Tierney, as great as she is to look at, seems a bit miscast). In addition, Dassin uses the London backdrop to great effect, as well as any director ever used any American city. I highly recommend this one.
  2. > {quote:title=tomagain77 wrote:}{quote} > One of the best ever - period. I wanted to correct some glaring typos in my last post. The last sentence in the first paragraph should read: He even more than held his own in every scene he had in Patton with that larger-than-life actor, George C. Scott.
  3. > {quote:title=tomagain77 wrote:}{quote} > One of the best ever - period. I agree; he had this terrific talent of turning just about every character he played into something very substantial, from the sympathetic friend in Streetcar to the priest in Waterfront; from the warden in Birdman in Alcatraz to the dealer in The Cincinnati Kid. He even more than held his won in every scene he had in Patton with that larger-than-life actor that George C. Scott. One little interesting bit of Malden trivia: as a tribute to his family heritage and name (and as a bit of superstition), Mal
  4. > {quote:title=redriver wrote:}{quote} > I'm so glad you shared that. I've never met anyone else who's read it! You can add me to the list of those who have also read it; in fact, as a big Woolrich fan, I can proudly say I've read his entire "Black" series of six novels, (as well as several others of his books)five of which have been turned into films noir, with varying degrees of success. Most noir fans know these films, but for those who may be unfamiliar with them, the title and adaptations are: The Black Curtain= Street of Chance (1942), with Burgess Meredith as the a
  5. > {quote:title=RainingViolets101 wrote:}{quote} > And not a word about her stunning performance in "SUDDEN FEAR" as Irene Neeves > > she and Palance plot to do in Joan, and she is glorious in the courtroom scene... Hi RainingViolets, I recently saw Sudden Fear and completely agree with you...Gloria is stunning. However, what "courtroom scene" are you referring to? There is no courtroom scene in the movie. Are you perhaps confusing it with another Grahame movie?
  6. Hi Dewey, I just wanted to chime in and say I was able to make it into the City for two of the double bills and thoroughly enjoyed all four films. I caught the Saturday matinees for Raw Deal and Railroaded and then The Burglar and Witness to Murder. I hadn't seen any of the four, and all of them were definitely worth seeing, especially in a theater with excellent prints. Raw Deal lived up to FrankG's' (and some other noir fans) praises, in story, excellent performances, and John Alton's great cinematography. Railroaded and The Burglar had fine performances, right down to all the supportin
  7. > {quote:title=FrankGrimes wrote:}{quote} > [u> > What's up, Rick? -- > > To quote one great line from Chandler's essay where he extolled the virtues of Hammett's writing in comparison to the authors of earlier 20th century mysteries, Chandler wrote, > "Hammett took murder out of the Venetian vase and dropped it into the alley; it doesn't > have to stay there forever, but it looked like a good idea to get as far as possible from > Emily Post's idea of how a well-bred debutante gnaws a chicken wing." > > That's definitely more my speed. I get th
  8. > {quote:title=feaito wrote:}{quote} > Definitely Barbara Stanwyck. That says it all. . .in just three words.
  9. > {quote:title=Dewey1960 wrote:}{quote} > Rick, if you should make your way to the Roxie for this show, make sure you say hello! You too, Holly! Dewey, I guess I've been in "the dark" here (sorry, bad pun), but I had no idea until a few minutes ago that you're the curator of this program. Congratulations, you've put together a terrific series. I'm going to try to make it up at least once or twice, especially for Raw Deal, which I've never seen, and which FrankG has raved about (and I believe you as well). Anyway, I'll make sure and take a minute or two of your time and say he
  10. > {quote:title=lzcutter wrote:}{quote} > HGL, > > If you go, I hope you'll post about it. They have some very rare noir films in the line-up. Hi lzcuutter, You're right, it looks like a great program. I'm hoping to catch at least a few of the titles, since I'm just down the road from the Roxie. Anyone else posting here planning to attend?
  11. > {quote:title=HollywoodGolightly wrote:}{quote} > > { > Hi Rick, > I've only watched Murder on the Orient Express only once, but I enjoyed it quite a bit for what it is. Nonetheless, I would agree it's very different from noir. Where can I find this Chandler essay you mention? Is it in some collection somewhere? Can it be found online? I'd really like to read that one of these days. Hi HollywoodGolightly, The Chandler essay has been printed a few times in book form, both in trade and quality paperback, over the past several decades. The Simple Art of Murder cont
  12. > {quote:title=FrankGrimes wrote:}{quote} > > > Well, there have been a lot of them over the years, also called "drawing room mysteries." > The characters are so clever, erudite, and loquacious...and very boring. And the plots have > some of the most incredible coincidences and off-the-wall solutions that they make most > films noir look like the most logical crime plots you've ever seen. > > Ohhh, now I get it. So would you call films like The Thin Man to be on this > level? What about the Chan flicks? I always think of "mystery" films to be "no
  13. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote} > Your listing of top 25 film noirs is excellent, but how about 'The Dark Corner" and "The Big Heat"? Hi finance, Glad you liked my list. I think very highly of both The Dark Corner and The Big Heat. Both would definitely make my top 50 (probably between 30-40), although it's been so long since I've seen The Big Heat I'd have to see it again to pick the right spot for it. Why don't you get on board and let us see your top 25? (or Top 10, or 50, or whatever)
  14. > {quote:title=FrankGrimes wrote:}{quote} > > So you like 'em bleak, huh? I also like the very dark ending to Scarlet Street. I think > it's absolutely brilliant and I'm amazed it passed the Code. I agree, I'm very surprised, too, because in addition to forbidding explicit sexual content, the Code also had a very strict adherence to people paying the ultimate penalty if they committed serious crimes, i.e. murder. And of course at the end, Edward G. gets away with it; the only thing I can think of is that it passed through because he's such a broken, half-crazed man, th
  15. > > As for "Macao"...who'm I kidding, we're talking about Gloria. Hell, how lucky was Robert Mitchum? He was luckier than Gable in "Mogambo" don'cha think?? Hi Cinemaven, Well, let's think about that for a second. Considering that Mogambo was a remake of Red Dust, I'd say Gable was a pretty darn lucky fellow. The first time, he wound up with Jean Harlow, after dallying with (and then rejecting) Mary Astor; then, he wound up with Ava Gardner, after dallying with (and then rejecting) Grace Kelly. And to top it off, he was 21 years older on the second-go-around. . .and of cours
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