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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 Bro
  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.
  16. I heard this one is coming out commercially. It's run a number of times on the Fox Movie Channel. A great Fritz Lang wartime thriller with fine performances from Pidgeon, Bennett, Sanders, Carradine and MacDowell. The ending is a real flag waver!
  17. That's another one I picked up from 35mm. Neat movie and a nice performance from Ludwig Donath. This one was written by character actor Fritz Kortner who also appears in the movie along with Gale Sondergaard. Not a film you're likely to see on TCM.
  18. I have a nice copy of this amazing title. Watson does a complete about face from his vaudeville routines and turns in a frightening portrayal of Hitler. John Farrow's direction is taut and beautifully paced as the story covers Hitler's career from the end of WW1 thru the 1935 blood purge of the storm troopers. The likelyhood of this one showing up on TCM is slim to none. It seems the film just fell off the face of the earth after the 1960's. Too bad as it is the definitive film on Hitler.
  19. TEMPLE DRAKE is one of the great Paramount pre-codes. I'm a big Hopkins fan and have most of those great Paramount titles. But you're right about her later roles. I caught the 1952 OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT today. Hopkins has a small role in this Brett Harte story. Anne Baxter has the meaty role. It was kind of sad to watch her get gunned down in the back by Cameron Mitchell--a prophecy of things to come.
  20. The box set includes MICHAEL SHAYNE, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, SLEEPERS WEST, THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE and BLUE, WHITE AND PERFECT. DRESSED TO KILL is also available individually. Unfortunately TIME TO KILL and JUST OFF BROADWAY are not available commercially, although there are good copies out there.
  21. Might it have been A PASSPORT TO HELL? Fox 1932 that starred Elissa Landi and Warner Oland, but not directed by Walsh. Another very good movie if you ever get the chance to see it.
  22. I don't think there was such a film. My Fox sources say no. Baxter's filmography also says no. Raoul Walsh did direct a very good film called THE YELLOW TICKET in 1931 for Fox. It starred Elissa Landi, Lionel Barrymore and Laurence Olivier. Excellent movie.
  23. This is an interesting movie and you're right about Muni's "subdued" performance. It's easy to see that this was a filmed version of the play. Fox remade this one in 1942 as THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T TALK with Lloyd Nolan. A pretty good "B", with a few changes to the original storyline.
  24. Probably because it's not a recognizable title. There is a treasure trove of really good noir out there for anyone who wants to go digging. Stuff that won't see the light of day on TV.
  25. INSIDE JOB has been around for some time among hardcore collectors. A neat little noir with a screenplay by Tod Browning (his last screen effort). He reworked the plot from a 1930 Universal which he directed--OUTSIDE THE LAW, with Edward G. Robinson. Interesting to watch these two back to back.
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