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Posts posted by rayban

  1. 3 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Night Must Fall (1964)  -  7/10


    British adaptation of the Emlyn Williams play, directed by Karel Reisz. Albert Finney stars as a homicidal and unbalanced young man who takes work in the home of wealthy, wheelchair-bound widow Mona Washbourne. He begins affairs with both the maid (Sheila Hancock) and the widow's daughter (Susan Hampshire). Also featuring Michael Medwin, Joe Gladwin, and Martin Wyldeck. This is a much drearier version of the material than the 1937 Robert Montgomery take on it. The film has that British "kitchen sink" gloom, and Finney plays the character as obviously unhinged, with little charm but enough boyish appeal in his grin and clean looks to sway the lonely women in the tale.

    Source: TCM

    Albert Finney is so clearly unhinged that I don' t think that he could have fooled anyone.

    The horrific murders at the beginning and end - are horrific.

  2. 21 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    Mail Order Bride (1964)  -  5/10


    Western romance with Buddy Ebsen as a seasoned lawman who attempts to look after the ne'er-do-well son (Keir Dullea) of a dead friend. Buddy tries to get Keir's ranch up and running, with little help from the hard-drinking young man. As part of Buddy's efforts, he brings Lois Nettleton to be Keir's reluctant wife. Also featuring Warren Oates, William Smith, Barbara Luna, Paul Fix, James Mathers, Marie Windsor, Denver Pyle, Doodles Weaver, and Kathleen Freeman. This would have made a passable episode of an hour-long TV show, but at feature length it's overstretched. The performances by Ebsen, Oates and Nettleton are good, but Dullea seems miscast.

    Source: TCM

    I liked Keir Dullea in this one.

  3. "The Man With The Cloak" - Fletcher Markle - 1951 -

    starring Joseph Cotton, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern, Leslie Caron, Joe De Santis, etc.

    Heated literary nonsense, I suppose, about a middle-aged penniless man, Edgar Allan Poe, who becomes involved in a life situation that verges on murder -

    Discarded mistress (Stanwyck) still lives with her elderly lover (Calhern) -

    she becomes involved with the butler -

    they plot to indulge Calhern's appetites so that he'll have a stroke -

    and leave his vast estate to Stanwyck -

    enter young Frenchwoman (Caron) who's involved with Calhern's nephew back in France -

    she wants money to finance her boyfriend's political activities -

    muddying the mix is Stanwyck's unexpected yen for Cotton, who is receptive, too -

    it all boils over into a melodramatic mix in which everyone gets what he/she wants -

    with Calhern making a new will, trying to kill himself and killing the doctor by mistake -

    Cotton finds the new will in the fireplace (?) -

    Caron gets the money -

    Stanwyck and the household help get the property -

    and Cotton goes on to immortal fame -

    it's a well-done thriller -

    but it bubbles over with emotion -

    if you like it "hot", you'll like this one -

    the cast is impressive -

    the standout is Stanwyck, who is so obsessive, she's scary -  


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  4. "Just The Way You Are" - Edouard Molinaro - 1984 -

    starring Kristy McNichol, Michael Ontkean, Lance Guest, Robert Carradine, Patrick Cassidy, Alexandra Paul, etc.

    a young woman who is proficient on the flute is very concerned about her leg brace -

    she has admirers, but nothing of consequence happens -

    until she meets photographer Michael Ontkean in Europe -

    and then everything falls into place -

    the storyline is handled in a very bland manner-

    and the film is photographed with a great deal of glare -

    but the actors are both beautiful and charming-

    and the locations - New York, Paris, Switzerland - are both beautiful and charming -

    so you can't exactly say that you weren't "entertained" -

    and Miss McNichol being romanced by so many gorgeous men is a spectacle unto itself -

    how lucky can a girl get?





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  5. "Quartet", "Trio" and "Encore" - three films that highlight certain stories by W. Somerset Maugham - 1948, 1950, 1951 -

    in their day, they were all very successful -

    the first, includes "The Facts of Life", "The Alien Corn", "The Kite" and "The Colonel's Lady" -

    the second and third compliations include six more stories -

    the second is "The Verger", "Mr. Know-All" and "Sanatorium" -

    the third includes "The Ant and The Grasshopper", "Winter Cruise" and "Giggolo and Giggolette" -

    I really would't want to discuss the details of the plots -

    they should come as a surprise to the viewer -

    the casts are sensational -

    below, the stars of "The Facts Of Life - Jack Watling and Mai Zetterling -


    the second film, Jean Simmons and Finlay Currie -


    the third film, Kay Walsh in a sensational performance -


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  6. 7 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

    Ironweed (1987) Halloween - Skid Row Noir


    "On All Hallows Eve, the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead was thin. It allowed the souls of the dead  to come back to earth and walk among the living." (Holiday Insights) 

    Ironweed was directed masterfully by Brazilian native Héctor Babenco, (Pixote, At Play in the Fields of the Lord).

    The screenplay was by William Kennedy based on his the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The cinematography was by Lauro Escorel, and the music was by John Morris.

    Babenco shot most of the film on location in the upper Hudson Valley of New York State. The gritty locations include the seedy sides of, Albany, Glenville, Athens, Slingerlands, Troy, Watervliet, and Hudson. Hudson by the way was the town that filled in for the town of Melton in Classic Noir Odds Against Tomorrow.

    When I saw this film back in 1987 I wasn't remotely into Film Noir, I was a Western aficionado. I wasn't appreciating what I saw at the time. Two down and out characters that a thirty-four year old found un-relateable and slightly repulsive.

    Watching this film again just the other night was a eye opener. I never appreciated it at the time I saw it. I needed to acquire a sense of noir-ish cinematic memory. You only achieve this by getting quite a few Film Noir and Transitional Noirs under one's belt. Then you start to appreciate the iconography, see the tropes, the patterns, the archetypes, the full range of the Noir spectrum. When all the right ingredients are there your mind clicks. Noir is a drug for the mind, you know it when you watch it. Noir stimulates aesthetic, emotional and occasionally erotic feelings.

    Ironweed not only makes great use of the above mentioned locations but Babenco's moody style uses both eerie gin soaked flashbacks and slightly disorienting DT hallucinations.

    Ironweed is just one relentless downward spiral of melancholy and regret.

    Jack Nicholson as Francis Phelan actually will blow you away.  Nicholson gives what is one of his best performances. He's an on the skids has been ballplayer.....

    Ironweed got mixed reviews. Not many could relate to the downer story line but Nicholson, Streep, and Baker were amazing. It's a downer but worth a watch 8/10

    Full review with more screen caps here in Film Noir/Gangster.

    It's sad that this film has slipped into oblivion.

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  7. I finally caught an episode of "Private Eyes"; it was Episode 16 of Seaon 2 - "Look Who's Stalking".

    It is great to have Jason Priestley back on TV - this time as a private detective who has a female partner.

    Priestley, who was one of the great beauties of the TV screen, is still a fine-looking man.

    He has gotten older, of course.

    But he looks "craggier", which adds a great deal of depth to his character.

    You don't want to fool around with him.

    In this gripping episode, he and his partner uncovered the identity of a dangerous stalker, a case which turned out to have political implications.

    The series is filmed in Canada, which brings us a lot of actors who are new to us - and interesting, too.

    It is running on ION Televison on Sunday nights at 9PM.

    See it, you won't be disappointed.




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  8. 2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    The pictured kid was part of a British household that invited the wounded and convalescing Peppard in for tea. The boy's father had been killed in the war. That's Mervyn Johns on the right, as the child's grandfather.

    In this time of restoration, I wish that that opening segment would be restored.

    I remember the boy as a child that the soldiers picked up on the road.

    He was badly in need of care.

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  9. 55 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    The Victors (1963)  -  6/10


    WWII epic from writer-producer-director Carl Foreman. The film follows members of an American army squad as they fight their way up through Italy and throughout Europe, all the way to the end of the war, and even slightly after. The main soldiers are played by George Hamilton, George Peppard, Vince Edwards, Michael Callan, and Eli Wallach. The film is episodic in nature, a series of small vignettes, and appearing in individual segments are Rosanna Schiaffino, Jeanne Moreau, Senta Berger, Romy Schneider, Melina Mercouri, and Elke Sommer. Also with Jim Mitchum, Peter Fonda, Maurice Ronet, Mervyn Johns, Alf Kjellin, and Albert Finney. The lack of a central story almost makes this feel like several TV show episodes strung together. As with most episodic things, some parts work better than others. I liked a sad and unnerving bit with Wallach, on his own, discovering Moreau shell-shocked in a blasted house. The acting by both is underplayed and excellent. The copy I watched was 155 minutes but apparently this originally ran for just under 3 hours. Scenes that were cut from the original version include one dealing with a child prostitute, and another where British soldiers sing a bawdy song that included the first use of the "F-word" in a major motion picture. I watched the movie for second-billed Albert Finney, who doesn't show up until literally the final 4 minutes of the picture, with no lines in English (he plays a Russian soldier).

    Source: internet


    The child prostitute was a little boy.  He offered himself to Hamilton and Peppard.  He was just trying to stay alive.

    It was the opening segment.

    After the New York engagement, it was cut from the film.

  10. 2 hours ago, Fedya said:

    I think my favorite bit is when the older maid keeps going on to Stanwyck about giving the little girl a milk bath despite neither of them having the money to get that much milk.  Stanwyck tells her boyfriend about it, and the next shot is of him knocking over a dairy store to get the milk!  :lol:

    It's actually a kosher deli.

    If you need it, you know, just take it.

    "Night Nurse" takes place in "a jungle". 

  11. According to Giancarlo Stampalia, Grant Williams' biographer, Grant Williams spent four weeks with an actual psychiatrist, Dr. Leland Johnson, in preparing a detaileld psychiatric examination of the film's protaganist, Charles Campbell.

    By this time, Williams was already a proponent of The Method.

    Also, sometimes, the filming on downtown Los Angeles streets was difficult because Grant Williams was already well-known from his role on "Hawaiian Eye". 

    According to Mr. Stampalia, the film is much too serious in its' attempt to understand Charles Campbelll.

    But that is what I liked about the film - its' attempt to understand the ice-pick murderer.

    It is actually much darker than "Psycho" for which Robert Bloch wrote the original novel.

    Here, in writing a similar story for the screen, he embraced psychiatric rigor instead.

    The ice-pick murderer is not only deranged, he is very, very clever.

    And it isn't his mother who obsesses him, it is his father.

    The man must die!

    And it is actually Dr. Janz, the psychiatrist, who becomes, in Charles Campbell's mind, his father.    

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