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    Pensacola, FL
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    Film noir
    Films of Alfred Hitchcock
  1. I really enjoyed THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME, but, I was disappointed that TCM showed an abbreviated 80 minute version, rather than the 95 minute run listed in most sources (including the TCM DB). A 105 minute slot was slotted, so I assumed the run time listed in the NOW PLAYING guide was in error. I see the film is on the schedule again in September - let's hope the entire 95 minute film will be shown. I know that Turner Home Entertainment released the 95 minute version on VHS and Laserdisc in the 1990's, so we know that a print exists.
  2. I have enjoyed Jean Negulesco's films - particularly his consensus noirs MASK OF DIMITRIOS and NOBODY LIVES FOREVER. I was very surprised to see his film JOHNNY BELINDA included in TCM's Summer of Darkness titles for this Friday. Negulesco directed a couple of other films which are sometimes considered noir: THREE STRANGERS (1946) & DEEP VALLEY (1947). Do others have the same reaction to including JOHNNY BELINDA in a series of noir films.
  3. From the first time I ever saw OUT OF THE PAST - it became one of my favorite "films noir". In my mind, Jane Greer became the prototypical femme fatale. The scene where she walks in the Cafe La Mar Azul is absolutely stunning. I want to get off subject a bit. As the movie opens, you see a highway sign that says it is 78 miles to Lake Tahoe and 1 mile to Bridgeport. When Jeff (Robert Mitchum) picks up Ann (Virginia Huston) he asks her to ride with him to Tahoe. It is definitely night - say 9 or 10 pm. After he tells her the story through flashback, they arrive at Whit's (Kirk Douglas) place in Tahoe and it is the following morning. Must have been a extremely slow 80 mile drive. They did have to drive through the past!
  4. I have the talking version of BLACKMAIL - I was really looking forward to (finally) viewing the silent version. Ben said it was going to be the silent version in his intro, and after all, it was shown on Silent Sunday nights - what a joke. I feel like TCM (and Ben) need to make amends for this error. Very disappointed.
  5. I went to the 3/21/2012 showing of CASABLANCA in Pensacola, FL. From what I have read on this forum, sounds like I was lucky. I did see all of the Robert Osborne featurette (before the film) and the film itself was shown in its correct aspect ratio (~4:3). However, I was expecting the film to be shown "digitally" as per this theater's norm. What we saw was actually of a lower quality than the advertising shown before features. The picture was "jumpy" in places and a continual scroll was visible (don't know how to technically describe this problem - it looked like a weak analog television picture from days past). Everything I saw looked like what I remember from the analog television days - nothing like the occasional digital artifact problems one sees today. I don't know whether to blame the poor video quality on TCM, Fathom or the Rave Theater - Pensacola, The less than optimum picture quality detracted from what should have been a memorable experience.
  6. TCM's "Now Playing" Guide said this film would run 94 minutes - the running time listed by most sources. The 1/30/2012 showing lasted almost exactly 90 minutes, the same time as my Turner Home Entertainment / RKO Classic Collection laserdisc. (BTW - the laserdisc jacket says the feature time is 94 minutes like "Now Playing", but from opening RKO Logo to completion of End Credits is 90 minutes). *Does anyone have an idea what is contained in the missing 4 minutes?* Does the complete 94 minute version exist in any archive?
  7. Yes - the documentary I meant was SHADOWING THE THIRD MAN. Sorry for my mistake. Searching through other message board posts on this film, I see where TCM indicated that they were going to play the US (Selznick) version of THE THIRD MAN in October 2004, but instead showed the European theatrical version (again). Hope they show US version on February 2nd.
  8. Several years ago, TCM showed a documentary SHADOWING THE THIN MAN. That documentary points out that there are two versions of the film - the 104-105 minute European theatrical version (which TCM usually shows) versus the US version at 93 minutes, which was cut by producer David O. Selznick to give the film a tighter pace. My TCM NOW PLAYING Magazine says that the February 2, 2007 showing will be the usual 105 minute version, but the TCM schedule that I received today by e-mail says that the 93 minute version will be shown. I hope that TCM really shows the US theatrical version this time - I would love to see it for comparison with my Criterion Collection version.
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