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  1. I was a big TV Western (and older Hollywood Westerns that were broadcast on TV) fan in the late 50s and early 60s , and I saw How The West Was Won in a Cinerama Theater on Times Square and later Nevada Smith. One rainy weekend while looking through the Long Island Star newspaper at the theater listings I saw an ad for For A Few Dollars More with a cool looking gunslinger featured. My cousin Paul went to see it and were blown away. Even I as a kid knew that this film would never play on broadcast TV back then without being censored. I didn't even recognize that one of the stars of one of
  2. Last nights Noir finally shown complete and uncut, anybody else watch it?
  3. The look she was going for (with the tissue stuffed under her upper lip) her favorite image.
  4. Gloria on the set of Naked Alibi (1954) with director Jerry Hopper.
  5. Agree I didn't care for it either
  6. It was artificially distilled into a wrong concept that should be discarded because it sows only confusion. I'll make it even simpler. Noir is a pan generic dark story told in a visually stylistic manner with enough of those elements to tip it Noir for you. That is what explains why besides Crime Noir, there are also Drama Noir, Noir Westerns, Noir SiFi, Noir Thrillers, Noir Suspense, Noir Fantasy, Bio Noir, Noir Exploitation, Noir Women's Films, Noir Period Pieces, Noir Horror, and Noir Experiential. "You watch enough Noirs and you literally get to the point where, I've heard it pu
  7. But what you wrote there is wrong from the get go. "The myth has always been that French critics in 1946 coined the term “film noir” to describe what the critics noted as changes in Hollywood crime films when they finally saw the films that weren’t available during the Nazi occupation. This story clearly isn’t true and Charles O’Brien who researched the use of “film noir” before the war in Film Noir In France: Before The Liberation documents how that term was used in the newspapers and magazines of Paris during the 1930s. Nino Frank and Jean Pierre Chartier (the other French critic) used
  8. Ensemble/quasi-comedy Noirs, a small sub genre of Noir do exist. The Grand Central Murder (1942) Deadline at Dawn (1946), Manhandled (1949) His Kind of Woman (1951), Shack Out On 101 (1955), and even Lady In The Lake (1946), has some of this quality, there are probably a few others lurking in the Classic Noirs. Neo Noir contenders are Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Late Show (1977) After Hours (1985), Down By Law (1986), Delicatessen (1991) and The Big Lebowski (1998).
  9. The Carpetbaggers (1964) I can't believe I never caught this film before, over long but watchable. Basically a loose take on Howard Hughes. also didn't realise that it was an extension of Nevada Smith story.
  10. Agree, the film has some nice cinematography, however the train wreck premise that the whole tale revolves around was bogus and pretty much all baloney. Hollywood license. Both the director Irving Reis and one of the screenwriters Ben Bengal were born and raised in New York City. They knew better and apparently didn't speak up or didn't really care, and any New Yorker who commutes by train will know immediately the glaring mistake. The New York Central RR from 1906, The Pennsylvania RR and Long Island RR from 1910 , and the New Haven RR from 1907 on were all electrified. So t
  11. I look at it as a "gateway" noir, I Wake Up Screaming 😎
  12. I've only seen the Raymond Burr TV show, and never read any of the novels by Gardiner, so I was amused to see Paul Drake as a black character P.I. this go round. It's part of the "inclusion for all Americans" that we obviously didn't get with the Hollywood stereotypes. If it brings new fans to Earl Stanley Gardner's works great. They should bring in some Asian characters too. I enjoyed the Sister Alice McKeegan character which was obviously based on Aimee Semple McPherson. McPherson pioneered the use of modern media in religious services, using radio to draw on the growing appeal of popular
  13. Angels Flight - HBO Perry Mason
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