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About blackhangman

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  1. I recently got a bunch of these titles--BOUGHT, THOSE WHO DANCE, LADY WHO DARED, THREE FACDES EAST, RECAPTURED LOVE, NUMBERED MEN, WIDE OPEN and THE GREAT DIVIDE. I've only watched a couple--BOUGHT, which I liked a lot. Constance Bennett gives a good performance as does Ben Lyon. LADY WHO DARED was ok--THOSE WHO DANCE I liked. William "Stage" Boyd as "Diamond Joe" Jennings was particularly good--a read nasty in this one. Monte Blue was only so-so as the hero of the piece.
  2. I'd be curious to know if TCM even has these titles. Just because they own the rights doesn't mean that they have a print.
  3. Any problem you can email me. Email is in my profile.
  4. The film is PIMPERNEL SMITH which starred Leslie Howard as Horatio Smith, an absentminded Oxford prof who actually rescues political prisoners from under the Nazi's noses. Great movie. Francis Sullivan plays the Gestapo chief hot on his trail. Highly recommended. Howard, of course, played the SCARLET PIMPERNEL several years earlier.
  5. If any of you are interested, just email me. My email is listed in my profile. Glad you enjoyed the post.
  6. Monogram Pictures, while best remembered for its Chans, East Side Kids, Bowery Boys and Bela Lugosi cheapies, also did some remarkably nice mystery/noir films in the mid and late 1940's. Some of the productions were their own and others were independent productions with the studio doing the release. Some very interesting titles here that are hard to find but worth the effort. Since none of these have been discussed before, I thought I'd post on a few to see if anyone else has seen these (or would like to). VIOLENCE, from 1947, is a taut little mystery thriller which stars former Warner Brothers actress Nancy Coleman as an East Coast magazine reporter who travels to the West Coast to infiltrate an organization called "The United Defenders". She secures a job as secretary to the head man and is soon massing evidence to prove that the organization is nothing but a front for a gang of vicious racketeers. Also in the mix is Michael O'Shea as an investigator who also penetrates the group and has to deal with head henchman Sheldon Leonard as one of the underlings mysteriously vanishes. Leonard is great in the role of the oily killer and Emory Parnell as the head of the group is particularly nasty. All in all, a neat little film which deserves to be seen. Another title from the studio, 1948's I WOULDN'T BE IN YOUR SHOES, is based on Cornell Woolrich's novel DEATH CELL NO. 5. This time a married couple, professional dancers by trade, are having a hard time making ends meet. One night during an argument, the husband, played by Don Castle, gets annoyed at a noisy cat outside their apartment window and carelessly throws one of his dancing shoes at the animal. He goes outside to fetch it, but can't find it and returns. The next morning, the shoe is outside his door. But that's where his trouble begins. It seems a recluse who lived close by has been found murdered and a rather large stash of money he reportedly had hidden in his shabby digs is gone. And the only clue is a footprint, made by a professional dancing shoe. As to the rest, the wife, nicely played by Elyse Knox, teams up with a homicide detective to try and save her husband from execution. Regis Toomey gives good support as the detective. This is a well written little noir that will keep you on the edge of your seat. FALL GUY, from 1947, stars Leonard Penn as a man who is picked up by the police. Full of cocaine and covered in blood, he managaes to escape with the help of his girlfriend and enlists the aid of his police officer brother-in-law in trying to find the only man he can remember from a meeting in a bar and a subsequent party. But the discovery of a murdered girl and the murder of the man who took him to the party only make matters worse for him as he tries to clear himself. This is a well crafted little thriller with a great cast, including Robert Armstrong, Douglas Fowley, Elisha Cook, Jr. Teala Loring and Iris Adrian. Certainly the darkest of these four titles is 1947's THE GUILTY. Produced by Jack Wrather and starring Wrather's wife Bonita Granville, it is the story of twin girls--one sweet and the other a major piece of work. When one is murdered, the crime looks to be the work of one of two men, friends, played by Don Castle and Wally Cassell. The sets are bleak, almost desolate, giving off an atmosphere of sheer desperation as the murder unfolds with a number of neat twists and turns. Again, the supporting cast is fine and includes Regis Toomey and John Litel. But make no mistake, this is Granville's movie from start to finish as she manages to pull off a dual role and opposite personalities with the panache of a real pro. Certainly not big budget noirs or mysteries, but well done by a studio sometimes much maligned for the product it put out. Not easy titles to find. You'd need to search the "gray market" for them, but you'll find the effort rewarding as all of these titles will take you on a short journey down the dark corridors of the seedy side of life.
  7. The 1929 THE LETTER is actually owned by WB. They bought the rights when they did the Davis remake. There is a restored print of the '29 version at UCLA, but as I understand it, plans to issue it were scrapped when a scene (a fight between a mongoose and a snake) became an issue because nobody could figure out where that piece of film came from and they were afraid of a rights violation. I think it's still being researched, but who knows if will ever be resolved.
  8. I"m sure it is rights issues. I have a house in Manila. When I'm there I watch TCM on my satellite and it's much different. Three movies which are repeated. Then three more which are repeated. Six movies in a 24 hour period and almost exclusively MGM and WB films. Rare is the RKO.
  9. Nice list. I've got some of them. SECRET WITNESS is a neat movie, but a very rare one. Sort of a locked room mystery. If you're looking for some of these, let me know. I can send you a list. Just send me an email (in my profile). UNEARTHLY is a favorite. Creepy John C. and the always delightful Tor. Just watched Tor in BEHIND LOCKED DOORS, another classic. More of a noir than a horror and very underrated.
  10. If I remember correctly, BY WHOSE HAND, was a piece of dumb luck. It was discovered in film cans marked with another title. Lucky for us, but you've got to wander how much other stuff is in that libarary in mislabeled cans.
  11. FOG was scheduled in September and, not surprisingly, disappeared. This has happened a number of times over the last couple of years with these Columbia titles. TCM schedules from the playbook only to have Sony come up empty handed. Some nifty Rita Hayworth B's,Meet Nero Wolfe and a number of others just vanished from the advanced schedule. I don't think Columbia has good elements on a number of these titles, if they have any at all. I'd lke to see a quality print of Davis' THE MENACE, another little gem directed by Roy William Neill, but I'm not holding my breath.
  12. You might be thinking of BEGINNING OR THE END from 1947. Hume Cronyn and Brian Donlevy played the parts.
  13. It was 16mm. Very clean. A number of Columbia prints were transferred, including many Whistler, Lone Wolf, Crime Doctor, Jungle Jim, Blackies and a few of the Ellery Queen mysteries. The transfers were done in Ontario.
  14. They've shown MARK OF THE WHISTLER, but never THE 13TH HOUR, Richard Dix's final screen performance. One of the better entries in the series, it co-stars Regis Toomey and Karen Morley. I"m not sure Columbia even has this one. Mine is from a print transfer from 25 years ago.
  15. This is an excellent little "B" with a nice performance from George Macready. I'd also recommend some other Columbia films from this period. SHADOWED, SO DARK THE NIGHT, THE MAN WHO DARED and THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN. Hard to find, but worth the search.
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