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About decojoe67

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  • Birthday 07/13/1967

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    Long Island, New York
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    Collecting vintage radios, TV's, records, and art-deco items. Hiking and biking. Old movies - of course Film Noir, but also all the classic comedies including Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, W.C. Fields, etc. In general a big-time nostalgia buff.

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  1. +1 It's a total gem from beginning to end with all the classic Noir elements. Duryea and Scott are at their best.
  2. I have to agree although I would not discount seeing it to the Film Noir buff. It is quite suspenseful.
  3. I just watched "Cause For Alarm" (1951) starring Loretta Young and Barry Sullivan. I remember seeing this many years ago and it paled as a Film Noir compared to the classics. At this point in time I am reviewing all these ones I passed on and finding them very enjoyable. This movie reminds my of an old "Suspense", "The Whistler", or "The Inner Sanctum" old-time radio show put on film. It's a simple plot but very compelling and suspenseful. Loretta Young does very well adding much tension to the film. Without giving it away, it's about a bed-ridden and delusional husband (Sullivan) hell bent on
  4. I knew you would like it. Yes, it seems Widmark was just making a name for himself in that one. Never would he play such a menacing role. Oh, I have another MUST SEE Widmark film noir for you! - "The Street With No Name" (1948) - Widmark is a tough gangster again in that one. You'll really enjoy it. Another total noir classic.
  5. I see we're on the same page with location being key in noir films. It's a personal thing with me being I'm somewhat of an historian of these great American cities. I love seeing them on film back in the '40's and '50's.
  6. A superb film for sure. The best part in my opinion is it's storyline that grabs you and holds you right to the end. The photography is textbook Noir. I am usually partial to New York or California locations, but in this case London works beautifully. Probably the only Film Noir where I make an exception!
  7. Looks like an interesting movie. As a side note, would you believe Conners was Brooklyn born? He just doesn't seem to fit that image!
  8. It comes down to everyone having their own opinion of course. There is no definitive good or bad when it comes to any art-form including movies. I personally was stunned by the twist at the end of WITW as a kid. I also like the general scene-by-scene "feel" of WITW over SS. The photography, characters, and dialog seem to make it lean more towards an A movie IMO than SS. Also the "kind man being made a fool of" story makes SS a nastier movie IMO and one that makes me cringe. Bennett and Robinsons wife just make you want to reach in the screen and strangle them! A great Noir, but I personally ha
  9. Those are good points, and of course I like the well-known later versions best. I think those are exceptions though. If you look back you often find classic movie titles that were put on film in say 1918, but for all intents and purposes, they were flash in the pan forgotten movies. As with The Maltese Falcon, honestly, the old movie buff that I am, I've never even heard of that early version. It's the 1941 version that became the classic. That's the one that set the standard and that's the one that can never be duplicated.
  10. True. I don't believe I know of any movie remake that was just as good as the original. Like John Lennon used to say about the Beatles getting back together - "You can't reheat a soufflé".
  11. If you're going to watch Widmark films the first must-see selection should be "Kiss of Death" (1948). It's the quintessential Widmark role with the infamous, and shocking for the time, woman in the wheelchair scene. A mega-classic noir.
  12. I'll just cut the chase and just say Columbo is the best. Of course it must be the early classic episodes ending with the 7th season. Not even all of those are classics, but most are. I have the complete set and I've watched them all countless times and never tire of them. Superior acting by all and the writing was so good. Falk was simply born to do that role. A lot of thought was put into them too to be very believable. After you watch these, most others pale in comparison in my opinion.
  13. It seems actors are often picked for roles that relate to their real lives. I'm sure Hitchcock did just that knowing that they'd play the roles convincing. Granger and Dall were likely delighted to do those roles for the same reason. I must watch that one again. A really odd, dark little movie for the time.
  14. Just for "The Killers" alone Siodmak was brought to the tops ranks in Film Noir in my opinion. Then you have "Criss-Cross", "Cry Of The City", and "Phantom Lady". Three Noir heavy-hitters. What more needs to be said?!
  15. You must listen to the radio version. Here it is on this site, episode #409, from 1945. You are correct in that Otto Kruger substitutes for Webb. He does the part so well you will not be disappointed. They did the play again in '54 with a totally different cast, so it seems Webb never did it again on radio.
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