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  1. > {quote:title=NatchuraLee wrote:}{quote} > Last thought: Dan Duryea is my favorite bad guy and he is equally phenomenal in both roles. On that, I agree with you completely, NatchuralLee! I love Duryea, and love watching him in any noir. :x
  2. > {quote:title=moviefan1951 wrote:}{quote} > It seems to me Mr. Lavine must care about noir a really _great_ deal. Undoubtedly so. I'm sure all noir fans are grateful for his efforts.
  3. If they do it like in years past, the DVD boxset might be out in the summer, which means the announcement could be coming fairly soon!
  4. Following other forum members' recommendation, I have just got my hands on a copy of "A Panorama of American Film Noir 1941-1953" by Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton, it is very interesting to finally read the French perspective on American noir.
  5. > {quote:title=moviefan1951 wrote:}{quote} > Actually, I think it may have even been selected for the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. I should check on that. I just checked. It was selected by the National Film Preservation Board in 2007. Oddly enough, it didn't receive any nominations back when released, for anything!
  6. Well I still don't have a top 25 list, but I do think I'll be putting *In a Lonely Place* on it. I just don't know how I'll rank it. But I definitely want to include it. It's such a great movie.
  7. > {quote:title=FrankGrimes wrote:}{quote} > I searched the Internet to see what the legal drinking age was in California in 1941. > > 1953 - California enacted its current minimum drinking age of 21. (Section 25658 > Business and Professions Code) > > I'm not sure what the age was, but it was under 21. If the drinking age wasn't 21 at that time, it almost certainly would have been 18. Which is all very well, as far as I am concerned, since that's what it is in many other countries. And regardless of the drinking age, I'm sure young Charlie wasn't likely to try any drinks, not on her own or even due to peer pressure. She knew better than that, at least. As for turning her uncle in... that's a whole different story.
  8. That's an awesome photo, moviefan! I don't know if it's from a movie or just a publicity shot, but she looks stunning.
  9. Great Hitchcock list! Rick, if you are interested in watching "The 39 Steps" again, it's scheduled for Apr 11 (07:30AM) and Jun 27, (04:30AM) on TCM. It's a great movie - I also haven't seen it in ages.
  10. I don't remember the voiceover from "Raw Deal", but a theremin always sounds cool! B-)
  11. Yes, this is not to say that she wasn't talented, but it's not a genre that she'd have had an easy time fitting in. Or maybe she would have, but was never given a chance. > {quote:title=ChiO wrote:}{quote} > What do the best film noirs have? Why voice-over narration, of course. So, as a tip of the hat to Blast of Silence, I hereby cast as the off-screen, never seen, Voice of the God Forsaken...Lionel Stander. Not a bad idea, and Stander was already doing movies at RKO, I think. Wasn't he in the original "A Star is Born"? He always did have a very distinctive voice, so he'd have been good.
  12. > {quote:title=ChiO wrote:}{quote} > Vivien Leigh? Now you're just pandering to the *GWTW* crowd. And "pandering" is still a crime in the noir world. > I'm glad someone else feels that way! And I definitely agree that pandering should be a crime in the noir world.
  13. This is from today's live chat with the officials from Warner Home Video, in which someone asked them which titles were likely to be included in the FIFTH volume of Film Noir. They don't say which titles WILL be in the boxset, but they do say which 10 noirs will NOT be included: My request is for a fifth film noir box. Given the tough economic times, it would be great if - like Vol. 4 - it featured 10 films, including: Riffraff, The Clay Pigeon, Armored Car Robbery, I Died a Thousand Times, The Locket, Stranger on the Third Floor, Born to Be Bad, and another few surprises. Also, it would be great if www.wbshop.com had a Uservoice page (see: www.uservoice.com) where your customers could make and vote for DVD and Blu-ray release suggestions. This would create a constantly updating interactive list that WHV staff could then comment on. I am not affiliated with Uservoice, I simply think it is a great way for customers to interact with companies they financially support. The FILM NOIR V FIVE BOX is coming in a few months. NONE of the titles you mentioned are in the collection, but all of those titles are likely to show up through Warner Archive releases. So, it's a win/win situation. Lots more NOIR! The good part, of course, is that those titles the person asked about will eventually be available though the Archives. I look forward to *Stranger on the Third Floor* and the other titles!
  14. Great news, everyone! WHV has confirmed a FIFTH volume of Film Noir coming this year! I'll post it separately to make sure everyone looks at it, even if they don't check this thread regularly!
  15. Just found out about this new Noir Festival coming up in a San Francisco theater while reading another thread - thought I'd post the info separately in case anyone in the area might be interested: *I WAKE UP DREAMING: The Haunted World of the B Film Noir* http://tinyurl.com/d57ffj FILM NOIR returns in May to the ROXIE where it once enjoyed its greatest renaissance! Two weeks ? from May 15 through May 28 ? of darkly demented, baffling B budget curios of the American style ? most not available on DVD and many not seen in theaters for decades! From 1990 until 2003, San Francisco?s Roxie Theater enjoyed a reputation as being the foremost venue in the entire Bay Area for the absolute best in quality, esoteric film noir. The guiding hand behind the film noir programming at the Roxie was Elliot Lavine, who left the theater in early 2003 to pursue other interests, among them teaching courses in film studies at Stanford and San Francisco State University. He has also completed work on a fascinating new book called TV NOIR: I WAKE UP DREAMING. To help celebrate the appearance of his soon to be published book, Lavine has been invited to curate this film noir series at the Roxie. The focus of this series is the shadowy and gritty world of the B noir. These are not the glitzy and glamorous classics most filmgoers are familiar with. Rather, they are the doomed and forgotten, rough and ready step-children of Hollywood?s lower depths; poverty row gems that, in many ways, capture the true, brutal essence of noir far better than many of their upper-crust cousins. Films like THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE, featuring one of Lawrence Tierney?s fiercest and most disturbing performances; THE GUILTY, among the rarest poverty row adaptations of Cornell Woolrich?s deeply unsettling fiction; RAILROADED, Anthony Mann?s luminous no-budget, high tension crime tale; the seldom seen CANON CITY, one of the most exciting prison epics ever made; atom-age oddities SHACK OUT ON 101 and CITY OF FEAR and twenty-two other amazing examples of Hollywood?s darkest and most sinister by-products?an unforgettable wallow in the weirdly wicked world of B NOIR?at San Francisco?s original House of Noir?THE ROXIE!! See the complete schedule below. Schedule *WEEK ONE:* Friday May 15: THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE (1947) THE GUILTY (1947) Saturday May 16: RAW DEAL (1948) RAILROADED (1947) Sunday May 17: CANON CITY (1948) FRAMED (1947) Monday May 18: THE SPECTER OF THE ROSE (1946) THE MADONNA'S SECRET (1946) Tuesday May 19: THE STORY OF MOLLY X (1949) PORT OF FORTY THIEVES (1944) Wednesday May 20: THE LAST CROOKED MILE (1946) VIOLENCE (1947) Thursday May 21: PRIVATE HELL 36 (1954) NO MAN'S WOMAN (1955) *WEEK TWO:* Friday May 22: NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL (1955) THE HOODLUM (1951) Saturday May 23: THE BURGLAR (1957) WITNESS TO MURDER (1954) Sunday May 24: REPEAT PERFORMANCE (1946) HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948) Monday May 25: WOMEN IN THE NIGHT (1948) UNDER AGE (1941)x Tuesday May 26: SUSPENSE (1946) THE PRETENDER (1947) Wednesday, May 27: ALLOTMENT WIVES (1945) WIFE WANTED (1946) Thursday May 28: CITY OF FEAR (1959) SHACK OUT ON 101 (1955)
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