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About Hoganman1

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  1. I was referring to the one man against the whole town aspect. Also the fact that Forsythe was chased out of town by the gangsters reminded me of Kevin McCarthy's fleeing from the pod people.
  2. You're right. Small communities are often controlled by a wealthy family or a company that employs a large majority of the residents. When greed takes over, these controlling forces sometimes subvert the law and the residents are powerless to do anything about it. They just go along to get along. There have been countless novels, movies and TV shows about this dynamic. However. many think Invasion of the Body Snatchers was a thinly veiled statement about the spread of communism. I can see that take as well.
  3. I had exactly the same thoughts. It reminded me of Invasion of the Body Snatchers too. The movie also hit fairly close to home for me. I was raised in a small town and back in the late 60s several "respectable" small businessmen were dealing drugs on the side. Everyone suspected it, but no one spoke up until a young newly elected sheriff decided to do something. He wasn't able to get the businessmen. However, he was able to bust the unsavory guys that were their suppliers and destroy their drug lab. Unfortunately, not before a couple my former high school buddies who got caught up in the ring were murdered. I was off in college when most of this happened so I don't know if the sheriff was ever able to prove the dealers killed my friends.
  4. This is a tough question for me. It's hard to compare decades because of how society has changed in the last fifty to sixty years. Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s we all watched the same shows because there weren't so many options. I think it was Newton Minnow that called TV "a vast wasteland". In some cases he had a point. There has always been a lot of mindless junk. Also, there have been some wonderful programs and series. Also, creativity has been up and down. I've always been a bit of a TV addict since I was a child. The programs that I enjoyed in the sixties such as The Twilight Zone, The Untoushables, and Andy Griffith are still available today. I was also a huge fan of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. These all gave birth to what I enjoyed in the 90s through the 2000s. The X-Files, Law and Order, NCIS and The King of Queens replaced my early favorites. The Daily Show with John Stewart replaced "Heressssss Johnny". Today, other than sports and news I don't watch a lot of network TV. My wife and I are binge streamers. We've found some wonderful shows and series on cable, Netflix and Prime. Shows like Downton Abby, Homeland, Justified, Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, just name a few, have captivated us over the last couple of years. Conversely, we do not watch any of the "reality shows". So, the long answer to the question is: I think the 2010s has been the best decade for me.
  5. I wasn't that impressed with THE BIG NIGHT. I guess all of Noir Alley's features aren't going to suit my taste. I did find Eddie's outro about the blacklisting interesting too. Hopefully, next week will be more my cup of tea. It's only a couple of weeks before we lose Noir Alley until March to make room for 31 Days of Oscar.
  6. I had forgotten about Dolores Moran. I just remember when Becall's character asked Bogie "are you trying to guess her weight?" What a great line.
  7. Yes, THE BIG SLEEP certainly did have it's share of attractive females. I think Dorothy Malone's book store clerk is my favorite. What guy wouldn't want to spend a few hours having some "pretty good rye" with her.
  8. I didn't realize this re-make of High Sierra even existed. I looked at the synopsis on Wikipedia and it sounds like you are right, Bronx Girl; "why did they bother". As a Bogart fan I can't imagine anyone else in the role. Also, the Wiki recap didn't mention Pard. I thought he was a key part of the "bad guy/good guy" irony that was Roy Earle.
  9. I enjoyed REPEAT PERFORMANCE. However, I didn't care for Louis Heyward's performance. Eddie mentioned he was panned by the critics when the film was released. I can certainly see why. I am a big fan of Tom Conway. I first saw him in the Falcon movies. I didn't know he and George Sanders were brothers until I did a little research. I'm looking forward to THE BIG SLEEP next week. I've seen it many times, but always enjoy watching it again.
  10. I had the same thought about ROPE. I don't think I've seen DETECTIVE STORY so I'll add that to my list. COD also reminded me of SLEUTH in that it all takes place in one location and still manages to maintain the suspense we've all come to enjoy.
  11. I agree with Classique Fan. Though not really a noir CASH ON DEMAND was delightful and entertaining. As a fan of Hammer productions, anything with Peter Cushing draws my attention. Andre Morelli was great too. I remember him from HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. ALL in all I'm glad Eddie chose this film as his Christmas gift to all of us that love Noir Alley.
  12. Wow, thanks for all these lists. Apparently, I'm going to have to work hard to view all these noirs before I'm on the other side of the grass. Hopefully Eddie on TCM and MOVIES will keep showing them.
  13. You're right. It's hard to limit one's list to five. Thanks for your list. My goal was to find film noirs that I've missed. I'm going to look for Sudden Fear and Tension since I have not seen either of them.
  14. Yes, I read your post and realized you were referring to Tony Curtiss. I was just saying I thought I recognized him while viewing the movie before Eddie confirmed it.
  15. Yes, CRISS CROSS was very entertaining. It was my first time seeing the film. Though it didn't make my top five favorites, all my favorite elements except the hard boiled detective were there. Which brings me to another question. I'm sure this has been done many times before (maybe even by me; I forget), but I'd like to know everyone's top five noirs. Mine are THE MALTESE FALCON. DOUBLE INDEMNITY, LAURA, DARK PASSAGE and OUT OF THE PAST. Also, I mentioned to my wife while we were watching that DeCarlo's dance partner looked a lot like Tony Curtiss.
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