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Everything posted by slaytonf

  1. It seems I remember. . . .creeping dementia was a vine. It grabbed people.
  2. Oh, not creeping dementia?
  3. Are Ben Mankiewicz' jokes funny? Mmm. . . . nah. Will they become, in time, an endearing aspect of a beloved personality, despite their wretchedness? Mmm. . . .nah. Do I smile at them? Sometimes. Against my will. Will my comments have any influence at all on anything? Mmm. . . . .nah.
  4. Thanks for all the links! It'll take a while to digest them. In the meantime, here's a few pics from Danger Lights. And I want to draw attention again to the final sequence of the race to Chicago to get Dan Thorn to life-saving surgery. You don't often see stuff like that. Magnificent. The pics don't do justice to the movie. They lack the motion and the sound.
  5. Well, this thread has certainly come a long way from the jocular tone I first intended. I meant to have fun with the movie's reputation for Byzantine impenetrability by presenting a Byzantinely impenetrable summary to demonstrate the plot's simplicity . But I guess there's nothing taken so seriously as comedy. Fact is, I'm not set in my view. I can be convinced, but I admit it takes a strong case. And I don't mean just making a forceful assertion, but a rationale backed up by examples from the movie. In other words, a cogent argument. Though I dislike repeating myself, as I said in my p
  6. Well, we've both made our points. Let them be submitted to an impartial public.
  7. I was going to write about Danger Lights (1931), a rarely aired action/romance movie about trains and their people, on as part of Louis Wolheim day tomorrow. You get to see Robert Armstrong pre-Kong, a very young Jean Arthur, with silent movie-era eyebrows, and best of all, some stunning train photography. Really, the best I've ever seen in movies. You have to sit through a lot of conventional love triangle machinations, but it's worth it. There are shots of round houses, cranes, repair shops, stuff you almost never see anywhere else. For the finale, there's a cross country race against t
  8. Thanks, hamradio, for the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet (1924). Yum. And we can see it in movies like Foreign Correspondent (1940), Rebecca (1940), Giant (1956), and Mulholland Dr. (2001), according to the IMCDB. Here's the entire page listing appearances: http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles.php?make=Isotta+Fraschini&model=Tipo+8A&modelMatch=1&modelInclModel=on
  9. Thanks, sewhite2000, and GGGGerald for your interest and comments. I have read the book, I read all Raymond Chandler's works every few years. In fact, I'll probably do it again later this year. But I do not remember all the details of it. What I know of what happens in the book I got from discussion in this thread. People can't get away with committing murder under the code. They have to die, or go to prison. The one exception I can think of is in the case of Scarlet Street (1945), where E. G. Robinson as Christopher Cross kills his faux-paramour Kitty, and sees her real lover Johnny a
  10. I said what I said and I'm sticking to it. I could go into a lengthy disquisition detailing the reasons for my assertion, but it would be onerous and unprofitable. People who have a set opinion will not be convinced, and I will not enjoy doing it.
  11. Putting too fine a point on it, Marlowe is made to introduce the ambiguity as a nod to the censors, but the reality of the events is that Carmen did kill Regan. She is not punished because she is from an aristocratic family, where public scandal is worse than murder. She is allowed to escape death or prosecution if she goes away and promises not to do anything bad ever again.
  12. There must be notes, a booklet, or other material that came with it that has that information.
  13. Didn't mean to tread on your turf. I'd like to see your take. You can try searching the Message Boards with the Advanced Search functions. That might help.
  14. Almost the first thing out of people's mouths when discussing The Big Sleep (1946) is how impenetrable the plot is. How it is inconsistent, or illogical. But this is not true at all. It makes perfect sense, and though the pace is hurried at times, it's not hard to follow who did what to whom at what time, for why. If you want me to, I'll explain. You do? Here it is. Carmen is hot for Sean Regan, but he sniffs at her, lusting for Mona Mars, so she kills him--Carmen, that is. The excuse is she was hopped up, but I don't buy it. Eddie Mars is just as happy not to have to go to
  15. According to Wikipedia, you never will, as it is considered lost. Uuuuh. Ya beat me to it, Dargo.
  16. I can see you're upset. What I can't is what it is you're upset about. Is it that shooting puppies wasn't treated as a big thing back then, or that it is today? Or both, maybe?
  17. I wouldn't be surprised. Yeah, the movie was not one of their triumphs. Even though it had the visual elements that make an Archer movie special, the magic wasn't there. Of course, the subject matter was grittier than any other effort. It crossed into the overwrought, especially during Sammy's breakdown. And the menacing hallucinatory whisky bottle was regrettable.
  18. Every place has its dark time, I guess. Even California. (I'm afraid I don't get the references, I'm happy to say.)
  19. The first mention of surfing in Hour of Glory (aka, The Small Back Room, 1949)?
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