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  1. As the song references McGrew who was shot by Lou, and many on this message board are unsure of the origins of this reference, here is a link to a poem entitled "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" by Robert W. Service which you may enjoy: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174349
  2. This opening scene establishes two characters who clearly are going to become opponents in the investigation of Laura's murder. Lydeck iscold, arrogant, with a superior attitude. like the masks on his wall, his behavior hides his true self. in contrast, MacPherson is more knowledgeable then he readily lets on and clearly has a history that demonstrates His own inner bravery. When McaPherson says that Lydeck has a nice place here and Lydeck immediately corrects him by characterizing the place as lavish, we see the first indication of the verbal jesting and probable head-on collision that is to come. Tension between two of the main characters of the film has already been firmly established.
  3. Several aspects of this clip struck me. First, the opening shot is that of fire which signifies heat and potential danger as a whistle shrieks in a manner similar to a human yell. The combination is unnerving. The train enters a tunnel and the viewer sees a blackened screen except for a small, nearly circular, vague image, as if to indicate that we cannot see what is head for us or the film's two characters. This is repeated as then train travels over a bridge, also with a distant end-of-a-tunnel effect as our view of what lies ahead is obstructed. The sequence begins with the harsh sound of a whistle followed by only the sounds of the train's engine but concludes with a fully orchestrated musical selection as if to indicate we have made it. But to where? Will the two men who have been in control of the train until now retain control of their lives once they disembark? I look forward to viewing this film for the first time on Friday.
  4. Although noir films are associated with the darkness of night, the opening sequence of M demonstrates that even in a world filled with daylight and populated by adults, children are not safe from predators. What could possibly create a greater feeling of dread?
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