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  1. Sorry, omm, I don't know what happened with that either. It's like they just decided to skip all that and hope the audience accepts that someone framed Carter. Like a lot of these shorter, lower-budget noirs, they seem to skimp on details and just hope the audience follows along.
  2. I 've seen Three Strangers a few times. I really like it. In fact, the last time I watched it was New Year's Eve, on the excuse that it's a New Year's Eve film ; not really, it's about the Chinese New Year, which as we know doesn't coincide with the Western New Year. Still, it was a fun reason to watch it. I actually had it on a videotape, and that's how we watched it. A few days later a package arrived from Amazon-- my husband had ordered it for me . So now we have the DVD of it. And well worth having it is, too. Actually, full disclosure: I realize this is an unworthy emotion, but I'm actually a little put out that Eddie's showing this. For ages nobody else seemed to know about Three Strangers. You know that thing, where you like something (movie, book, band, whatever) and nobody else seems to know about it, and you kind of like it that way? I 'm a bit like that about Three Strangers, it was like one of my secret obscure old movies. Now you're all going to know about it !!! Hey, I said it was an unworthy emotion ! 😆 Anyway, as I guess you've all figured, I like this film a lot. I always love Peter Lorre, who plays a different type of person from his usual characters in this one. And Sidney Greenstreet is his usual Sidney Greenstreet self, which I find very entertaining. I think Three Strangers is a fascinating film, beautifully directed and acted, and with a very different kind of storyline. But I'll refrain from saying anything further for fear of spoilers. Maybe this weekend I'll say a little more about it, after everyone's seen it ( blah, my special secret movie no more !)
  3. Sorry everyone, I'm not trying to derail this thread. But I couldn't resist, here's a pic of Captain Picard as private eye Dixon Hill, and Data as --not sure, some kind of sidekick to Dixon Hill. An android private dick !
  4. I almost forgot...there's another television show, also from the late '80s /early '90s, where I've seen Lawrence Tierney. I'm a big fan of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and in an early episode, (I think Season 1), Captain Picard and Data take some R and R time on the ship's Holodeck. Picard is a fan of 1940s crime novels and film noir, and he sets up the Holodeck for a film noir type adventure. He is private detective "Dixon Hill", and he has a somewhat unnerving encounter with some noir criminal types, led by Mr. Lawrence Tierney. It's a fun episode. edit: ps: I believe that Star Trek TNG episode is titled "The Big Goodbye". Clearly someone involved with the show's writing was also a noir fan.
  5. Tierney was his own worst enemy, by the sound of it. I wonder if he ever regretted his behaviour, shutting himself out from one of the smartest most successful tv shows ever. ps: I just realized, in that earlier post where I cite some Seinfeld episodes, I must use the phrase "so funny" about 10 times. I usually try to vary my writing a little more than that, but dammit, "so funny" so aptly describes those scenes.
  6. I found Eddie's "wraparound" today quite interesting, especially the tales of Lawrence Tierney's wild ways (in real life, that is.) In fact, for some reason his behaviour, outrageous though it clearly was, struck me as kind of funny. Although "Seinfeld" is a (wonderfully smart and funny) television sit-com, not a film noir, I do wish Eddie had mentioned Tierney's one-time appearance in a very early episode of that great show. He played Elaine's father and was intimidating as hell. SadPanda fills us in a little on the Seinfeld thing: "That guy really was scary - reputably on screen and off. When he appeared on an episode of Seinfeld (playing Elaine's father) it's said that everyone was so intimidated by him that he was eliminated from all future episodes. " Thanks, SadPanda, for reminding us of that episode. ps: I can't resist: Since we're on a bit of a tangent , talking about Seinfeld, I will observe that clearly at least some of the writers and producers of the show were noir fans. There are several examples: Jerry and George bullying/ threatening Newman to find out what happened to Kramer. It's hilarious, they start talking really fast and telling him to "talk". (Newman reveals that Kramer has set out for California.) Also, the episode in which Kramer's mother and Newman (Newman again !) flirt under a street lamp (although I think it's broad daylight). They engage in suggestive film noirish dialogue, with sexy saxophone music playing in the background. Also: the episode where Jerry inadvertently allows the couch from the lobby in Elaine's apartment building to be stolen. The bit where he and Elaine try to figure out what to do is so funny, Elaine in this Joan Crawford-looking outfit with big padded shoulders, pacing back and forth, telling Jerry, "Shut up, shut up, I tell you, I've got to think! Gimme a drink." So funny, but particularly so to those familiar with classic film noir. edit: sorry, I just have to...it's so damn funny, especially if you're familiar with noir. Here's that scene I referred to above, where Jerry and George "interrogate" Newman. So funny, such an obvious homage to noir, too:
  7. Eek ! Sorry, Sad Panda, I did something that always annoys me when it happens to me, ie, I credited somebody else for information that another poster gave, in this case, you. Full acknowledgement: It was you, not cigarjoe, who mentioned the 72-minute version of Bodyguard. I should have read the last few posts more carefully before commenting myself. Looks like you're a new poster here, so welcome to the TCM boards. I will try not to make an oversight like that again.
  8. I actually quite enjoyed Bodyguard. I found the two leads (Priscilla Lane and Yes ! even Lawrence Tierney ) to be likable and sympathetic. Lane's role reminded me a little of Lucille Ball's in Dark Corner - the devoted girlfriend /assistant who proves to be smart and capable, effectively helping the framed protagonist prove his innocence. And as for Tierney, although I'm not that big a fan, and am definitely not a fan of his more famous noir, Born to Kill, in this outing I found him to be, as I said, kind of likable. At least he was interesting, which for me is a major assest in noir (the lead characters don't have to be "good", just interesting...) I like the film's brevity-- get in , tell the story, and get out, all in less than 90 minutes. That said, I would like to see the slightly longer version cigarjoe mentioned above. * You can almost always say a crime film is "routine"; if by "routine" one means the usual narrative involves some kind of crime and an innocent protagonist bent on proving their innocence, yes, Bodyguard was "routine". But for me it's not the story itself that matters so much as the telling of the tale. It's the details like bit characters, atmospheric settings, and pacing. And I found Bodyguard surprisingly entertaining on all those levels. Probably helped that I'd never seen it before, nor even heard of it. And viewing a fresh noir for me is always a treat. ps: I want to say again, contrarian that I am, that I liked this Lawrence Tierney film much more than the more well-known Born to Kill. But I suspect that that opinion is the minority one here. *Edit: apologies to the poster SadPanda; it was they who mentioned the longer version of this film (not cigarjoe ---who may indeed be aware of such a version, but was not the person who wrote about it here.)
  9. Thanks for getting back to me on that, chaya. You certainly know a bit about some aspects of Canadian culture-- I guess, as you explain, because you lived near the Canadian border. You know, I've always kind of wanted to visit Buffalo. I know people make fun of it (or used to, anyway), but I've heard it's got some pretty cool things -- I've read about its bars and restaurants and I think it has some kind of museum?? As for Robbie's memoir ( entitled "Testimony"), yes, I've heard it's really entertaining. I do own a copy (well, my husband does) so can read it anytime. Maybe now's as good a time as any !
  10. chaya, I hope you don't mind my asking, but are you Canadian? I ask because Louise Penny, as you know, is a Canadian writer (Quebec). I actually really enjoy her Armande Gamache character -- and have you noticed, her characters are always eating? Really delicious sounding food, too ! The other reason I thought you might be Canadian is, in another thread you mention the musician Robbie Robertson. Except for Levon Helm (and Ronnie Hawkins), The Band were a Canadian group. Just wondering.
  11. Maybe it was....but I'm wondering if you're thinking of The Crimson Kimono, another Sam Fuller noir with an Asian theme. I think Eddie aired that one about a month or so ago. Also recently aired on Noir Alley was Underworld USA, another Sam Fuller film. Eddie showed it on Noir Alley for Father's Day (although it's a bit of a stretch, you never even see the protagonist's father- still, the guy is obsessed with avenging his father's death -- that's not a spoiler, it takes place in the first 5 minutes of the movie.) I actually love Sam Fuller's work. Pickup on South Street is one of my absolute favourite noirs.
  12. Evidently so were you...unless you live in a different time zone, I think maybe you do. hey, it's boiling hot here in southern Ontario, about 40 degrees with the humidity (I think that's about 104, Farenheit??) True, I have air conditioning, but it's just a crummy little room unit, the rest of my house is oppressively hot. Hard to sleep. Plus, I must admit, sometimes I'm a bit of a nighthawk anyway. (kind of noirish, eh?)
  13. Robbie Robertson ! I thought I was the only person who had a bit of a crush on this guy ! (I'm talking about young Robbie, in his glory days with The Band.) I always thought he was extremely sexy, especially when he's bending down over his guitar, an intent look on his face. If you're interested in The Band, there's a good little documentary about them, came out last year I think, narrated and produced by our guy Robbie Robertson. Now, true, he's not quite as "hot" as in his Band days, but it's a really interesting film about The Band and their music. I think it's called "Band of Brothers". ...but I never knew his name was really "Jaimie". Here's a pic of him from earlier times. He has such an intelligent, sexy face.
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