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  1. I completely agree with your thoughts regarding this film. I watched it because of Frank Sinatra and was somewhat disappointed overall. Like your grandpa, Ol' Blue Eyes was and still is one of my top favorite artists. He had an innate acting ability as well and, I could be wrong, but I don't think he was formally trained. He was superb in The Man with the Golden Arm, which I believe, could be classifed as another noir-must-see. Sidebar: My mother would regale me with stories about Sinatra and the bobby soxers...but, that is a whole 'nother story; I believe that period remains as one of the mo
  2. Diane Dyan Biggs: Thank you for sharing your comments with me. I enjoyed reading them. We could write forever about films noir. It seems there is no end in sight. Robert Mitchum..he will never be replaced. Speaking of fedoras...I love it that men wore hats!! I am tipping my fedora to you as well and, just maybe, get another cup of coffee!
  3. I criss crossed into Noirsville. I traveled to Iverstown with Two Strangers on a Train where I got Cornered, met two killers in a diner and got caught in some Crossfire. I was Desperate, I had to get out of there fast, so I took a Detour and hopped on the outbound train with Charles McGraw. He said I was His Kind of Woman!! I took a walk up Mystery Street where I ran into Mildred Pierce and conversed with Laura. I traversed The Asphalt Jungle and wound up "just five little miles from San Berdoo" where I tripped on a statue of a black bird, found a locket and got bumped on the head...."I s
  4. You make good points. Particularly the destruction of evidence. I think the "boys in the back room" should belly up to the sink and do some handwashing themselves. If anything, they should be viewed as accomplices to Munsey's abhorrent behavior. They are cowards, complicit in his actions and equally as guilty. By not doing anything to stop it (as you pointed out), they perpetuate the savagery and brutality. They were repulsed by it but also resigned to the entire situation. "It's business as usual and we certainly don't want to become involved because the same thing can happen to us as what h
  5. Munsey vigorously washes his hands after he exacted his horrific method of interrogation in order to extract information from a prospective stool pigeon. He uses a stiff brush and really goes at it, if only for a brief period of time. Can handwashing be thought of as synonymous with ridding one's self of, not only the obvious, but of guilt? I make a reference to MacBeth and Lady MacBeth's handwashing scene where she constantly washes her hands in order to dispose of her guilt. I realize that it's a bit of a stretch but, could Munsey be subconsciously washing away his guilt? Or, could it
  6. Just for fun! Speaking of jungles. The song It's a Jungle Out There by Randy Newman is the score for the TV series, Monk. Around 2003 or so. Adrian Monk is a character who suffers from multiple OCD habits, which were triggered by his wife's murder, and is played by Toni Shalhaub. His OCD is so debilitating, that he has trouble going out in public as well as just getting on with his daily life. I quote Wikipedia: "The lyrics allude to Monk's plethora of fears and warn that some degree of cautiouness and attenton is necessary to stay alive, given everyday life's many dangers".
  7. I love this bit of trivia. I didn't know that Burr was spliced in. Very interesting. Godzilla has been such a cult classic of the sci-fi genre and think of all the entertainment and retail value Godzilla has provided. Amazing.
  8. He was also in Japan's Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956). I have seen this a couple of times...all dubbed from Japanese to English. Burr plays a reporter who is sent there to get a story regarding some mysterious land and ocean disturbances. He seems so out of place. For obvious (and devastating reasons), nuclear testing was still fresh for Japan and it is the main subject of the movie. Of course, a current topic in the postwar 1950's films.
  9. After hearing Steve Randall being beaten to a bloody pulp, I did, for a couple of seconds, think the worst; that he would die. It is certainly true that our imagination can become exaggerated in the blinded moments. Your observation regarding the swinging lamp as a source of menace is right on the money; and, yes, it was so well enhanced by the camera angles which caught Burr portraying a moment of sadistic glee.
  10. I agree wholeheartedly with you regarding how violence is shown in today's films. Gratuitous violence achieves nothing and is far from entertaining. With what is happening in the world today, I suspect most people would "get the picture" without all the blood and gore. We are exposed to this sort of thing way too much from Hollywood. This is why your comment about current filmakers learning a lesson from these movies that we are studying rings so true. Didn't mean to get political, sorry. Guess I am sensitive to this. Great post!
  11. Wow!! Well, I am gobsmacked.! Noir all around. Heavy and dark. ! However, I will say that this clip illustrates, in no uncertain terms, the value of black and white photography. The impact of this subject could never have been achieved as well in a color medium. The teasing and tweeking of the imagination is a key factor in what makes us, the viewers, become involved in a film. The mind can play tricks and the unseen can be extremely powerful; for example, when the overhead light swings to the completely dark screen, we know Steve is being brutalized because we can hear it. When
  12. I am happy to have been of some help. I remember that TCM broadcast with Clint Eastwood. I loved it. Regardless of how we feel about The Strip, having that movie would be fun in that you could watch it just for the music alone.
  13. Egythea_A, thank you for your comments. I had trouble understanding Carala's direct involvement with his arms dealing during the war and the connection with Indonesia and Algiers. Thanks for the valuable information about the conflict between France and Indonesia. I had no idea. It's certainly helpful to have information like that at your fingertips. It makes viewing the movie more meaningful. Julien's and Carala's conversation about Algiers and Indonesia now make perfect sense. You are right when you say that the subject would have been more familiar to French audiences than to the American
  14. I enjoyed this opening clip. It grabs you and takes you in. You've been set up for the rest of the film. John Huston always impresses me. Sterling Hayden is a quietly intense actor. I like the way he can almost go over the edge, but then, inwardly, holds back just a bit. I may be going way out on limb here, so, please, bear with me. Dix enters a building called the Pilgrim House. The word "pilgrim" references a traveler; someone who comes from a long distance. There used to be, and still are, pilgrim houses that house pilgrims who are on a religious pilgrimage. The pilgrimage concludes
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