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  1. I'm sorry but I'm confused. I didn't get the impression that Edie Adams, Sid Caesar's wife, was gold-digging in any way. Spencer Tracy was the police chief...perhaps I'm confused. Sid was ordinary, however, he was a dentist, a little more than an average Joe. Just an idea.
  2. Hi Professor Edwards...I took your Summer of Darkness class last year and have been waiting patiently for another course you're presenting. Thank you so much, I'm looking forward to this one, too!
  3. OKAY, SO WHO ELSE IS MISSING THE SUMMER OF DARKNESS COURSE? I feel lost. I was really into watching the Daily Doses and then discussing them here. I wish there was something on-going to constantly be part of. It was a great course and I learned quite a lot. By the way, "The Damned Don't Cry"...excellent noir in my opinion!
  4. HOLY CRAP...I WON'T BE WATCHING THIS ONE! It's so ironic that Raymond Burr who when he was bad, HE WAS REALLY BAD, ended up playing Perry Mason and Robert T. Ironside when he began SOOOOOOOOOO "BADLY". We saw him in "His Kind of Woman" and he was nasty. This is probably a very good noir...just the opening made my skin crawl. No thank you, I'm not watching it.
  5. Yikes...poor Sam Drucker. Would you pit Sterling Hayden against Sam Drucker...Sterling who clearly towered over Sam and with that look of "you rat me out and it'll be the last thing you ever do" look! Yikes. Clearly Sterling was caught in a maze, one step in front of the law. I like the way they entered the Pilgrim House and took him away. Seems like they had a lot of power. This is a very good move on so many levels. I actually rooted for Sam Jaffe and Sterling and Jean Hagen. Great noir!
  6. I agree with the labeling of some of these as noirs. Perhaps as stated, they were getting to the end of noir and the bottom of the barrel. These are definitely more violent, realistic, gruesome movies and for the most part, I don't like them.
  7. Yes, I agree and did you notice when he swam back, he got there very quickly and everyone else was right behind him. What about all the guns getting wet? I may have missed it but I didn't see what happened to the doctor. What that left open on purpose to let us know that an ex-Nazi was running around?
  8. "Angel Face" - I always liked Jean Simmons, I thought she was an elegant actress, it didn't hurt that she was so pretty and had such a great smile and laugh. I like Robert Mitchum also and this is one noir where he doesn't get the you-know-what beaten out of him physically, only emotionally! Poor Robert, trying to do the chauvinistic thing and help the poor girl in distress. When will these fellows ever learn? She was one really sick and wacky female, probably one of the worst femme fatales of the whole course! I had heard an interview by Robert Mitchum some time ago and he was talking about this movie. He said that Otto Preminger seemed to take a perverse delight in watching the scene where Robert slaps Jean. He kept having them do it over and over again and Robert could see that it was really hurting Jean. At one point Robert turned around and slapped Otto instead of Jean and then they moved on. I've seen this movie before so there was no surprise ending for me, however, the first time I saw it...WOW! Herbert Marshall didn't see the evil in his daughter because she didn't direct it at him except for accidentally of course and by then it was too late for him. Greed also reared it's ugly head in his movie, as in most noirs...Robert had a good and stable job and a pretty girl who clearly cared for him. Was it good enough...nope! Good movie!
  9. "Talk About a Stranger" - A film noir? I think by a stretch this was a noir. A boy running around the entire movie angry about the death of his dog and trying to turn anyone who'd listen against the "stranger in the big house", no. Billy Gray, had way too much power, freedom, say for my money. His parents just sat there and laughed or smiled and had the general "isn't he wonderful" attitude. Nancy Davis, aka Mrs. You-Know-Who, bad actress in my opinion. I'll probably have the Secret Service knocking on my door but bad actress. The two times I've seen her she's wearing what I'm calling a smock buttoned all the way up to the neck. She has his plastic, pasty, non-emotional expressions. She's stiff and the movie would proceed just as well if her character wasn't even in it. Some would probably say she played her characters well if I don't like them. I think she found her true calling later when she helped run The White House. George Murphy looked tired and like he was on his way out and also on to bigger and better jobs, in politics as well, You think he and Nancy discussed their futures during this movie - HAHA! I learned that Nancy's name had appeared on one of those blacklists erroneously? She went to the President of the Screen Actors Guild to ask for help clearing her name. Guess who that was? Yep, Ronnie...history began! I was reminded of how much free time kids actually had years ago...running around, no TV, playing outside, getting into mischief. Perhaps because of where they lived, but he was all over the place and didn't really seem to have any kind of curfew. He caused a lot of trouble and everyone basically let him slide. Interesting role for Lewis Stone, almost seemed like an extension of Judge Hardy, but a little darker. I didn't like this movie.
  10. "The Strip" - Again, I'm sorry to offend but I've always found it difficult to buy Mickey Rooney as a lover. Yes, I know he was married 1,000 times, perhaps others found it difficult as well. "Miss Fluff" as I'll call her, she was no dummy. She knew what she wanted and wasn't going to let anyone stop her. She used poor William Demarest as a shield when she felt like it. I'm sure he realized this, as he was no dummy either. Did anyone notice that the hatcheck girl and "Miss Fluff" bore a striking resemblance to each other or is it just me thinking this - especially at the end when all of a sudden there was a new cigarette girl. I had to keep looking at both women during the movie to see which was which. I guess it was difficult finding women shorter than Mickey. James Craig vs. Mickey Rooney, really? I'm sorry but there was no contest. I think she knew what she was getting into and thought she could handle it. The ego of Mickey's character, he just met her, she made a deal to date him so that he could have the job playing the drums and then all of a sudden, he thinks they're going to marry and he's telling her what she and cannot do? I don't think so...even for those times. They hadn't been dating for a time and you could see she didn't really give a rat's you-know-what about him. Some of this is silly. The music was great and I agree, having all those "greats" in one movie was outstanding. There's no denying that Mickey Rooney was a multi-talented, multi-faceted human being but I just can't accept Andy Hardy as a great lover.
  11. Next up - "The Narrow Margin" - A good film noir. The only real problem I have with it was the way the death of Marie Windsor's character was addressed or rather not addressed. Charles harped on the whole movie about his partner and what a sacrifice he made for his job and what a great guy he was and how his widow and kids were going to be without. What about her character? We don't know anything about her life, perhaps she had a husband and children. He never went back to the room. Her death was never addressed. Did anyone clean up after her murder? It was a point left open which I don't think was right. Also, Charles was also preaching what a clean record he had with IAD and how upright because he never took a bribe and basically what a piece of crap Marie was for being married to a gangster. What an about-face he did when he realized who the real Mrs. Neal was and that he had feelings for her. He could have gone back to the stateroom where Marie Windsor's body was and at least thrown in a kind word about, "wow, she was a police officer and died doing her job just like his partner". I don't think this was right...she fell off the face of the earth and that's that. Are we also to believe that there were only three hit-men looking for Mrs. Neal and that now that they were dead, everything would be fine, especially since she was going out in public to address the villains? I'm very skeptical about this. Good movie otherwise, though.
  12. Okay Folks, here we go... "His Kind of Woman" - this is a movie I've seen bits and pieces of on and off for years. I finally saw the whole thing last night...what a horrible movie (yes, only my opinion of course). It had everything in it but the kitchen sink. What was anyone thinking? It dragged on and on and was so slow moving. Too many subplots, Jim Backus (Mr. Magoo/Mr. Howell), really - trying to do what Claude Reins was trying to do with the little philly in "Casablanca", really? I couldn't buy that one. He was a wonderful character actor, he was great in "It's a Mad Mad World" (I can't see!) but believe him as a "lover"...I don't think so. He made all those classic Jim Backus faces while playing cards. I love "Macao" which I watched earlier yesterday...great film noir...plot, excitement, mystery, murder - very well done. In "His Kind of Woman", they dragged out killing Dan so long that I was ready to kill him, kill someone at least. Vincent Price and the Mexican police, they looked more like the Keystone Kops. It just seemed like a very silly movie to me. Jane Russell having an affair with a ham, even for his money? I wouldn't really even classify it as a film noir although there were some elements. It was almost as if they found assorted actors in need of work and they threw them in the movie out of charity. Tim Holt...basically a walk-on part. What happened to the hurricane? The wind was blowing while he was trying to land then it was gone. Howard Hughes, I believe was a genius, however, at a time when his genius and his OCD and assorted other oddities were overlooked perhaps because of his great wealth and perhaps also because no one really knew medically how to deal with him. He drove folks nuts; at RKO, at Hughes Aircraft with his perfection. To me nothing meant anything because he didn't do without. He used people, entire companies like toys, playthings, not realizing that these were real people with real lives, real bills. He played with everything like he was a giant and them mere puppets. This was indeed a Howard Hughes production. Next time, I'll pass it by.
  13. I'm sorry...so far I'm not intrigued. The trumpet sounds so sad and mournful. Jazz music, for me anyway, can go either way...extreme sadness or extreme euphoria. I did get the feeling I was watching the French version of "Double Indemnity". I don't think I'd pursue this movie if I only had the beginning to see. Sorry.
  14. Yikes...more trouble! We have no hint that it's a noir initially, although there's that midwestern small town thing again. The Salvation Army band is playing on the corner, what could be more normal? We see that it's 1918 and all seems quiet...or does it? Howard seems to be an orderly man - we see the To-Do List which he so diligently checks off. He puts away the tools and is straightening up. He takes the $5 after seeing the note. There's no hint that anything's wrong in fact, I thought it was his house. We're lead to assume that he's killed this woman although to confuse us, he's shocked. I was worried that he left the water running! Enter train tracks and the seeming-to-be ever-present train. While he's running across the train tracks, the scene is wide open, giving the appearance and impression that there is no where for poor Howard to hide. He's on the move, where will he strike next?
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