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  1. Walter Brennan, who was in everything... One of the greatest character actors ever Donald Crisp, who was in most everything and started in the silent movies (he was the "bad father" in Broken Blossoms) Hattie McDaniel, who was the maid in everything John Carradine One of my personal favorites (and I have a cat named after him to prove it) Nigel Bruce One of my favorite ever female character actors is Mae Robson Either a Star of the Month for character actors or a month like major stars. Definitely.
  2. What's that rather awful film from the early Sixties where the guy wants to be a sculptor but has no talent so he discovers he can kill people and make sculptors out of them? And they ALL hang out at a coffee house? That is set in the beat generation culture and it's "in the moment" rather than after the fact. Another film that has a beat generation undertones is Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn. She is a beatnik in the beginning. More stylized than realistic, but you'll get the gist. Another person who could channel beat to perfection was Frank Gorshin, a comedian, celebrity impersonator
  3. Rod Steiger was a very good actor. If you really want to see something, though, watch him in The Loved One....
  4. If you’ve ever seen Now Voyager you’ve seen the use of smoking as a synonym for sex. Every time Paul Henreid lights TWO cigarettes at once and hands one over to Bette, that’s supposed to represent their intimacy. Bette Davis was a heavy smoker also (almost a chain smoker) and puffed away in most of her movies. Just as there is product placement today, there was product placement then. Seeing actors smoke on screen implied it was hip. And, smoking and drinking were two of the things you could finally do as a sign you were grown up. Girls used to smoke to look older and more sophisticat
  5. While the City Sleeps is a particular favorite of mine. It's an ensemble piece where every character, by way of the story line, gets a good amount of screen time and they are all worth watching. Ida Lupino was especially fun, playing a reporter who would do just about anything to get what she wants. John Barrymore, Jr., is also featured in this. Whether or not it is a true noir, or a crime drama, or just a good story probably bears witness to the fading out of the film noir movie. But, don't forget, while the sun was setting on film noir, Anthony Mann was making westerns with James Stewart and
  6. Absolutely -- and, it's one of the few in color that actually works in color. Gene Tierney is downright scary (if you can believe that).
  7. Post #2 - I am very pleased to see all the comments on Raymond Burr. I was going to say something but everyone picked up on him. I literally "grew up" with him - when I was little, "Perry Mason" was my bedtime, so I'd sneak a peek (my mother watched it) and then go to bed where I could still hear it, and listen to the program. I've watched it in syndication ever since, and do today. I mentioned before about seeing all the Forties character actors on the original show and what a hoot that is. I had the reverse reaction, though: he was always a good buy then discovered he was always the BA
  8. -- Discuss how the opening of this film exemplifies the noir style and substance. Night, city dark, lit only by street lamps. Aerial shot high over city moves away from downtown probably westward, camera is moving downward as it travels, with the street lights getting scarce and the neighborhoods in more darkness. Our noir couple is caught in an embrace by car headlights in a parking lot. The femme fatale, Anna (DeCarlo) is doing most of the talking - fast talking - and by now we ought to know the patter –“I’m so worried about you, I’m almost sick inside.” “If only it was this time tomo
  9. I can’t turn up the volume at work today so I’m commenting based only on what I remember of the film and what I saw rather than heard in the clip. -- What role does music (especially the record playing Wagner) play in the intensity of this scene? Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883), a gifted German composer of operas who was extremely anti-Semitic, became a favorite of Hitler’s and became inextricably identified with and symbolic of the Nazi Party and, in particular, its treatment of the Jews. It was Wagner’s writings that made him a Hitler favorite. Many movies use Wagner’s music to convey
  10. You have to see Edmond O'Brien in either The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or Seven Days in May. Then you will see what a great character actor he became. Then, for chuckles, look at him in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (yes, he's there!) with Charles Laughton.
  11. -- Describe how this scene uses cinematography to accentuate the brutal beating of Steve Randall (Steve Brodie). A single hanging lamp is the only light source for the room. It has a conical shade that casts an inverted “V” of light – limiting what is seen in the room. As this lamp swings crazily around the room, it acts as a spotlight shining only on what we are meant to see, leaving the rest in pitch dark. We see Walt and Shorty’s faces, as they watch Steve get beaten. We only hear the sounds of the beating, and don’t see Steve at all, until he is thrown back on the cot. There are tw
  12. -- Discuss how this film depicts and utilizes this "unnamed city." Additionally, why do you think the film is entitled "The Asphalt Jungle?" How many times have you heard or read, “It’s a jungle out there.” You’re going to year it a lot more today. Jungles are notorious fodder for story telling – full of dangerous animals, even more dangerous native tribes (especially if cannibalistic or worshiping strange large animals or Pagan Gods who horde treasure), and also usually host to adventurous white men (the big white hunter) along with even more deadly white men seeking not adventure, but
  13. I have to say "Too Late For Tears" - since I'd seen it so long ago. What a wonderful movie. I've seen just about all of them and this was one I didn't remember.
  14. I, too, watched "Darkness After Dawn" faithfully every Sunday. Best title and logo TCM every did for a program and I wanted a tee shirt!!! There isn't any. I posted a request for that several years ago.
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