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  1. Thank you, dwallace ~ replying to your comment: "Never seen a dog yet that liked me", took that idea from Shakespeare and Richard III That dogs bark at me as I halt by them; Beware My Lovely proves you better listen to your dog. Fantastic acting by Ryan as the man who wanted to join up but they laughed at him and gave him "coffee and doughnuts". (prep for Bad Day at Blackrock). They way he runs his hands over the floor after saying "Floors are my specialty". Almost like caressing a woman, much different than when Ruth comes in and teases him. Then just walks out the door. These a
  2. “The Narrow Margin” WHAT!!! Not even a second thought, much less a tear, for the dead policewoman?
  3. “Beware, My Lovely” I actually may have seen this movie once upon a time when I was a little girl. There was something about when the children come into the house with the Christmas presents that I seem to remember. But first things first. Are Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino great actors or what? And Robert Ryan, wow, he was tall and handsome and tender. The acting was great, the cinematography was first-class, so when you think about it, what separates a great work of art like “The Letter” from a movie like “Beware, My Lovely?” “The Letter” was adapted by Howard Koch from Somer
  4. I usually never watch the Daily Dose more than once before I write down my impressions. I like my notes to be absolutely my first feelings about what I have seen. There have only been a few of the Daily Doses that I have seen before. Actually, I could count them all on one hand and still probably have a couple of fingers left. So, today I watched a second time before I decided to write anything. I am always intrigued by foreign films (wouldn’t THAT be a great summertime course, please TCM). I wanted to hear not only Miles Davis again but also the delicious French language again. YUM
  5. This opening doesn’t make sense. It is beautifully shot: the black and white is so crisp; the reflection of Robert Ryan in the mirror; the great scenes of the railroad tracks and the train. But what is going on? Ok, it’s 1918 and maybe there wasn’t a telephone in the house, although it seems to be a relatively affluent house in a “nice” neighborhood; but why did Robert Ryan run away so horrified? If he killed the woman, he wouldn’t have had the reaction he did. If he didn’t kill the woman, pick up the phone, or go outside to the Salvation Army for help, or if you are a local handyman, yo
  6. Thank you, 500efr, for your very excellent insights with regard to OTTO. I do admire the iLearn Research team at Ball State University for developing OTTO. However, the minute I went to the OTTO site, I knew I didn’t want to do it. I think you absolutely must SEE THE MOVIE FIRST. When I do my Daily Dose of Darkness, I watch the clip in its totality and then scribble down my first impressions. The Daily Dose is less than five minutes. How can you begin to annotate a movie you have never seen when the action is constantly changing? Technology is a wonderful thing, but not a
  7. As I am watching the opening credits of “The Narrow Margin,” you know this is a “B” movie; and I start wondering where are the “B” movies of today? A silly question really, for I was able to answer it within a second. Television. I gather there is a whole plethora of “B” material on the many Cable and pay Internet venues available to the modern audience. The other thing that intrigued me about the opening of “The Narrow Margin” was the handsome actor playing one of the detectives. Who is this guy? Charles McGraw. I had to research his filmography on Wikipedia; and I discovered he ha
  8. “Kansas City Confidential” Another delicious opening.... LOVE the documentary style. The first thing I’m thinking is that the flower boxes for the florist, "Yvonne," next door could hold rifles to hold up the bank. Three (3) boxes easily going into the florist; two (2) guards going in and out of the bank. Is Pete Harris the driver of the Flower Delivery Truck? Probably not. I think I saw a hotel address for Pete whoever he is. We’ll have to watch and see how the crooks get the flower man. It's always GREAT to start off a movie with questions....
  9. “Too Late for Tears” I have already mentioned that I applaud Eddie Muller, UCLA, and the funders who made the restoration of this film possible. The premise of the movie is great, but the film is more than a little far-fetched. There are more holes in the script that in a hunk of good Jarlsberg. I did like seeing Lizabeth Scott, who certainly was an interesting talent; and I remember seeing Don DeFore on TV when I was a little girl. One thing I have learned from this course is that Noirs certainly run the gamut from: The truly great works of art, like “The Letter” and “Sunset Bo
  10. “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” Kirk Douglas is a district attorney who drinks too much. Barbara Stanwyck, his wife, is mildly interested in her husband. Van Heflin is a gambler trying to get as much out of life (and people) as he can. Van Heflin and Barbara Stanwyck are two out of three people who once knew each other and who now are very much interested in each other. Kirk Douglas is interested in them both. I have no idea where this movie is going, but I am going to watch it to find out.
  11. I love this opening. It’s so very 1950 (well, 1949). Jane is talking about not wanting to be patronized; and all of a sudden she gets her chance to show how “tough” and “take charge” she can be. Jane is undoubtedly one of the women who “manned” the home front when the boys were off fighting World War II. I am terribly impressed to read that Eddie Muller found three viable source materials for “Too Late for Tears” so that UCLA could achieve its restoration, as the film’s original negative was lost long ago. Too often (or in actuality, most of the time) I just don’t think about the fra
  12. As I am watching “Kiss Me Deadly,” I am starting to think James Bond. Ok, although he is certainly above-average looking with a lovely smile, Ralph Meeker is not the glamour Gus of Roger Moore; but the fast cars, the women throwing themselves at him, the gadgets (yes, the answering machine is a little primitive; but for the time, it was unique). I will confess I fell asleep after Hammer opened the box in the locker and discovered something radioactive?? I think. I woke up to hear Eddie Muller mention they we able to restore the “happy” ending so Hammer and Velda don’t die at the end. Hones
  13. You may not believe this, but I saw this film when I was a very young girl. It was a special presentation on television. I don’t know how I happened to watch it. In those days television was kind of “safe,” so I guess my parents didn’t censor me from watching. Well, anyway, I remember I was very upset by the movie because somewhere along the line there is a little kitten that gets killed in the prison. Boy, did that upset me. Even after more than half a century I can remember how I felt. I am sure the kitten probably wasn’t injured, but at the time I believed it was. The long and the s
  14. At first I didn’t realize the hitchhiker was in the back seat. I didn’t watch closely enough. I just assumed he was sitting in the front. When his face popped out of the back, you knew it was trouble. Edmund O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy are moderately handsome, average looking men. The fellow in the back has a skewed face (and, of course, a gun). Two men picking up a third man next to a disabled car seems more reasonable than Ralph Meeker picking up an hysterical woman in the middle of the road. Although in both instances, you would think the driver has control of the situation and is doin
  15. I love the opening of "Kiss Me Deadly." I was suffering as I watched Cloris Leachman running in her bare feet. Yikes, that must have hurt. Altogether, aside from the bare feet, she looked pretty put together. Crisp, clean trenchcoat, but no pocketbook. Boy, does Ralph Meeker look young! But the credits are the most disarming thing about the opening. They run backwards. I have never seen that before. I am not sure why Meeker didn’t turn Cloris in at the roadblock since he just said he should have thrown her off a cliff. Why do people do what they do? Tempting fate? Looking for thril
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