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  1. "Repeat Performance" was good, and yes, I'd say it was a better film than "The Big Night". However, I'm not sure what your point is. Noir Alley is a TCM program that's been around for several years now, normally it airs one noir film a week. Of course over the weeks and months and years it's been showing, there's going to be a broad range of noir films, the quality is going to vary a lot, just as with any programming on TCM (or programming on any other station, for that matter.) I'm assuming that those two films might be the only ones you've watched in the Noir Alley time slot. Believe me, Eddie Mueller features a wide selection of movies one could label as "noir", the two you mention are not necessarily a typical sample.
  2. No one's mentioned there's a loose end plot thread at the end of "The Big Night". After the boxing match, George (John Barrymore Jr.) slugs a man who's trying to prevent him from exiting the washroom. The man is the same guy who earlier bullied him into giving up the money from the ticket he'd sold (by pretending he was police.) The actor, by the way, is Emile Meyer, who's appeared in many noirs and other films of the '50s (notably "Shane".) Anyway, George finally punches the bully in frustration, because he 's in a hurry to leave and pursue Al Judge. It's suggested that Peckinpaugh (the bully), has been rendered unconsciousness or pehaps even killed by George. We saw one or two people rushing out of the men's room looking alarmed. And later, when George finally meets with Judge, Judge says something about it -- a rap for "manslaughter" or something?? So, (a) am I right about that, that this bully (played by Emile Meyer) has been accidentally killed or seriously injured by George and (b) if so, how come it never comes up again? Any suggestions?
  3. Breaking news ! Ah ! I found the library scene in "The Big Sleep" ! Thanks to a very helpful and knowledgable source here, I researched this and found the scene in question. Bogart is indeed in an actual library. I remember now, he's just trying to garner some esoteric information about rare books so he can have an excuse to go to Geiger's Rare Books shop and inquire about "Ben Hur" with a missing page or something. He needed some legitimate rare book fact(s) to research Geiger's Rare Book Shop. Why did I not remember this? No excuse, except it's quite a short scene, less than a minute I think - and there's no dialogue. And certainly no sexy librarian. (Not that anyone claimed there was.) I do enjoy that scene where Bogart adjusts his hat and puts on some nerdy looking glasses to look , well, nerdy. His conversation with Agnes is hilarious, especially when he goes, "You do sell books here, don't you? Hmm?" and Agnes snaps, "What do these look like, grapefruit?" Fun stuff.
  4. Yes, I noticed that sometimes the soundtrack had a static-y kind of sound , which interfered with hearing the dialogue.Also, there were times when the music - whether background or part of the scene (like in that nightclub) was so loud it overwhelmed the dialogue. The second thing couldn't be helped, but as for the background white noise that occurred sometimes, I'm surprised it wasn't "cleaned up". But maybe that's hard to do, I don't know.
  5. I did not enjoy "The Big Night" much. On the plus side, it was a film I'd never seen before, and it's always nice to see a movie from that era that I've never seen. However, I've decided that I don't like "teen angst" type movies, of which it could be argued is a noir sub-genre. I have another "angsty youth/juvenile delinquent" type film from that era in a noir set- I think it's called "Crime in the Streets", starring John Cassavetes and James Whitmore. I like both those actors, but they could not render this overdone tale of youth gone bad anything other than what it was, one of those cliche-ridden hand-wringers about incorrigible teens. Sorry, that's a digression, but I mention it because it, along with "The Big Night" and numerous other such films, seem typical of a wave of earnest socially conscious "what is the matter with our youth today?" type movies that were being made by the dozen (slight exaggeration) in the '50s. The most interesting scene in "The Big Night" is the one in which George and his new pal are at that nightclub, where the lovely young singer appears and enchants George. Unfortunately, in the bit which follows, when George meets the singer and talks to her, I could not hear what he was saying, due to the somewhat poor sound quality of the film. I don't know what he said after he told her he thought she was a wonderful singer and very beautiful, but whatever it was, it changed the feeling between the two of them. I'm wondering if he made some reference to the fact that she was black. I suspect so, but will never know unless I watch the movie again, since I could not hear what he said at that moment. If anyone knows, please tell me here. It was one of the few scenes in the film that I liked. I thought I recognized Dorothy Comingore, but wouldn't have been able to place her as the hapless Susan Alexander from "Citizen Kane", so I'm glad Eddie mentioned that. Sounds like William Randolph Hearst was quite vindictive, arranging for her career to be ruined after Kane. He didn't seem to go after any of the male actors that way. One thing I did like about "The Big Night" was the visuals. Satisfyingly dark and noirish, especially poor George's confused rambles in the afterhours city streets.
  6. I know "The Big Sleep" pretty well, and I don't recall any library scenes or any librarians of any description, "hot" or otherwise. Could you please enlighten me as to what scene in "The Big Sleep" shows a library or even just a librarian? (The fact that you couldn't find a clip of the scene you think is in this film makes me think it doesn't exist. However, I do not say that I am never wrong. It has been known to happen.) EDIT: well, apparently I WAS wrong in this case. (Hey, I said it happens sometimes! A lot, really.) I hear there IS a library scene in "The Big Sleep". Perhaps you, james, or someone else here could tell me exactly when the scene occurs and what the context is. I must be getting silly, I just saw the film last week and still do not recall a library scene. But I believe there is one now. Just inform me as to what part of the film it takes place. Thanks.
  7. Swithin, I loved "Upstairs Downstairs" and remember it well. And this was long before "Downton Abbey". I liked the character of Edward. Sorry to hear the actor who played him has died.
  8. Yes. It's like listening to music you love, you don't just hear it once and go "done, I can cross that song (or concerto, or jazz piece or whatever it may be) off the list". No, if you love that particular piece of music, you probably will listen to it many times. Same with movies. At least with the ones I love: I don't just watch them for plot; once I've got that down, if the film "speaks" to me, I enjoy it for many other reasons. A film I like that I've seen many times is like an old friend. Like, last week when they aired "The Big Sleep" on Noir Alley: I wouldn't have dreamed of skipping it, even though I own the DVD and have seen it many times. But it makes me feel good to watch it, there are so many things about it I like. Many other movies are like this for me. That's why I own the movies I care about on DVD (and some even on videotape!) because they matter to me, and I know I will watch them again. And again.
  9. Right, Sepia....immediately after I posted what I said, I saw your comment.Our posts "collided", came out at almost exactly the same time, so I didn't see what you said til after I'd posted what I said. I don't know, this may be inappropriate, but we lost another great Canadian rocker, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, a little over two years ago. The Hip were a fantastic band, different in style from Rush but just as good. But for some reason they never caught on in the States or an anywhere, really, outside Canada. But I realize this thread is about Neil Peart. Just saying, The Tragically Hip were another great Canadian rock band,; it's a mystery why they're so little known outside their home country. Rush, however, received all the love and recognition that they deserved. As they should.
  10. It's sad about Neil Peart's demise. He was, as noted here by others, not only a great drummer but an exceptional song-writer. It's good to know that he and his band Rush were so beloved. By the way, no one's mentioned here that he was Canadian, and Rush is a Canadian band. Probably the most popular Canadian band ever.
  11. Really? You think it was "dirt-digging"? Did you actually watch it? I mean, it appears to me that you watched "The Lavender Scare" or whatever instead. So if you didn't watch it, how can you claim it was "dirt-digging"? In fact, I thought it was a very respectful and affectionate account of her life, particularly yes, the custody trial. But there was very little "dirt" mentioned; in fact, the documentary suggested that Mary was courageous, professional, dignified, and steadfast in her behaviour. I hope when I'm "a defenseless stiff" I'm spoken of with as much honour as Mary Astor was in this program.
  12. What? I'm a Mary Astor fan (maybe you can tell), and I watched the documentary, and I do not remember any mention of her having a baby at the age of fifteen. Maybe I missed something. ? Gershwin fan, where did you get that information? edit: Sorry, Gershwin, I went back and read the whole thread, including the post where you acknowledge you got that part wrong. Yeah, sometimes I mishear or get something wrong too...could be distracted or whatever.
  13. So much has been said about "The Big Sleep", I don't think I have anything original to add. I'll just say I agree with Eddie M. that it's not what could be called a "classic" noir. In fact, as I've said here more than once, it's kind of a noir comedy. Bit of a dark comedy, maybe, what with all those murders (especially the one of poor Jonesy- why did the menacing Canino have to kill him?), but still, there are many scenes that make me laugh. I'll argue with anyone that it's a comedy almost as much as it is a noir. It is a crime that Sonia Darrin isn't credited. Agnes is an important character, and a very entertaining one. Why on earth was she not credited in the film? She's pretty funny too. I love the way she keeps trying to say that Joe Brody gives her a pain "right in the----" and keeps getting interrupted. The thing about "The Big Sleep" is, it's a lot of fun. I'm one of those who couldn't care less about the plot. I just love the world of the film, the streets of L.A., all those luggage and grocery and of course book shops (yes I know it's all a set), the big old cars, the almost continuous rain and mist, and that cool old house at the top of the hill where so much bad stuff takes place, the one with the Buddha head doubling as a camera. I'd like to rent it from Eddie Mars myself. By the way, I worked in a book store for years, and I never had any customers like Humphrey Bogart, pulling a bottle of whiskey (?) out of his pocket and asking me to take off my glasses. And I never got to decide "I guess we're closed for the rest of the afternoon." Such a delightful scene, that.
  14. About Between Two Worlds: I've seen it, I think, three times. TCM actually airs it relatively often. The first time I saw it, I did not like it at all. Then I saw it again, a year or two later. Somehow in the intervening time between these two viewings, the film had got better! I think part of my problem with it the first time was, I did not like the Eleanor Parker character. I thought she was silly. But then, at that time (first viewing several years ago), I did not much like Eleanor Parker anyway. But I've since changed my mind about her, I quite like this actress now. My change of mind came about partly because I've since seen her in other films where she plays really interesting characters, but it's also thanks to lavenderblue, who drew my attention to one or two of Eleanor's better roles (for instance, "Scaramouche".) She pointed out that Eleanor Parker is actually quite a talented and versatile actress, capable of both serious drama (as in "Between Two Worlds" and "Man with the Golden Arm") but also comedy, as in "Scaramouche" and "A Millionaire for Christy". And look how good she was in "Caged". Anyway, now I quite like "Between Two Worlds". A heavenly piece of film-making (sorry couldn't resist.)
  15. No, all three of you are really underestimating this film. I thought Cash on Demand was great: beautifully acted, entertaining ( as in never a dull moment entertaining), suspenseful, clever, and in an odd way, quite moving. And I say this as someone who doesn't usually like films that are set all in one place, especially one room, films that look like they're based on a play. But in the case of Cash on Demand, the one setting idea really works. Lawrence observes that "the scope of the action is limited" ; and while this is true, it does not take away anything from the tension of the story. In fact, limiting the "scope" like that makes the film tighter, more suspenseful. It's true that a film has to be very good in terms of acting and dialogue to get away with one set throughout, but I think Cash on Demand has those qualities. And what's wrong with "standard British reserve"? I love British films, and it's often because of that reserve that I do. Sorry to say, and no offense intended towards any of the three of you, but I think you guys somehow missed the point of this movie. To me it was a fascinating study in character. As Eddie pointed out, in some ways the "villain" was more sympathetic than the "good guy" - and there were a few surprises along the way, especially in the last ten minutes. I think anyone who thought Cash on Demand was dull was not paying sufficient attention to what was going on in it. There may not have been much "action " per sec, but there was plenty going on. Sometimes I think most of the posters here don't have an appreciation for any films that aren't American. Certainly British films are made with a different sensibility, but I think that's a good thing.
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