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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 w
  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 w
  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 wh
  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
  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 Wor
  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,
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