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Joe Gillis

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  1. Well, first off, my initial problem with Cause For Alarm is that the producer or director (or Loretta herself) were clearly trying to make her look like she's ummm . . . 20something?? when she was really close to 40 in 1950. What is it with actresses of this era (Crawford comes to mind) that they refuse to update their look and the result is that they look like very odd, "pretend" 25 year olds when they could be terrific looking 40 year olds? Subtlety is not much in evidence in this noir. Barry Sullivan might as well be twirling a mustache since he is a way over-the-top-creep from the mo
  2. Gotta go with Overeasy because of his Noir Theme Park. Wonder if Gloria Grahame works there?
  3. I agree and she was one of the high points of this film. And, I remembered her as the "Wife from Hell" in "Scarlet Street."
  4. Found this to be a very odd film. Intriguing premise and I liked all of the performances but I found myself thoroughly bored midway through the film. It was interesting to watch Greenstreet display a greater range of emotions than we normally see. Whether he is a hero or a villain, he is generally "in control" but, not so here. Fun to watch. Geraldine Fitzgerald was an effective villainess and Lorre can almost do not wrong in my book but it just didn't "hang together" for me.
  5. Yea, but she gave great parties, not to mention charming chimp wakes.
  6. Bit of an ick factor (and Laura Hope Crews always chews and spits out the scenery) with THE SILVER CORD but certainly worth watching if only for Irene Dunne who acts rings around everybody else. THE SIN OF NORA MORAN hooked me in after an initial "What the hell is going on here?" reaction. I thought Zita Johann gave a lovely performance. And, a cool twist at the end. Poor Alan Dinehart. It took him the whole damn movie to finally get out of that room!
  7. I especially liked her "good girl" hair style (when she was in the church -- of course she was in church!) which appeared to be braids wrapped around her head (?) channelling either a Swedish milkmaid or perhaps Princess Leia.
  8. Neither do I, but I was yawning so much, I might have missed it. If she WAS a drunken, dancing ****, even briefly, that would definitely have improved the character. And, provided the title for the sequel.
  9. I'd love to see Brian Keith as one of the SUTS designees. He never gave a bad performance. Really liked him in TIGHT SPOT.
  10. OK. Not getting all the love for FALLEN ANGEL. Despite its incredible pedigree (Otto Preminger, Joseph LaShelle, David Raskin) and a good cast (though I thought Alice Faye was truly miscast) this film is a rambling, disjointed mess. Where is the great LaShelle cinematography?? Why does it seem as though this movie repeats the same scenes over and over again? I thought I would lose my mind as Linda Darnell and Dana Andrews had THE EXACT SAME CONVERSATION time and time again. Ditto for Alice Faye and Anne Revere. Also, you have to believe that Alice Faye is some kind of desperate moron to
  11. These boards also library every image you have EVER uploaded so you have to go back and delete them once you have used up whatever storage space the TCM MB Gods have deemed you are allowed to have. It's often not the size of the image you are trying to upload (as I have found out the hard way) it's the cumulative amount of storage space you have used since you started posting images on the boards.
  12. Yes, it had a "TV-vibe" in the way it was shot (Were they going for a pseudo-documentary style?) and in the use of many of the featured actors who were often used in 1950's/1960's TV shows. I couldn't place him at first, but Edward Binns (the cop) shows up in practically every well-known show of that era including: "Twilight Zone, " "The Defenders," "Perry Mason," "The Untouchables" and many more. The guy worked forever. The surprise ending (far-fetched as it was) almost made Beyond A Reasonable Doubt work but, overall, the film was short on style, long on dialogue. And Joan Fontaine? I a
  13. Yep, I know what you mean about Mature. I want to like him and I think he's an ok actor but there's something totally bizarre about his looks. Just a bit too much "cave man." In Screaming, I assumed he was innocent (since the cops were hounding him so much) but I could absolutely buy him as a villain (or a gladiator!)
  14. This was my first viewing ever of I WAKE UP SCREAMING which I think I avoided because the title made me think of cheesy 60's drive-in horror flicks. But, I was ultimately curious about a noir that had Betty Grable in the cast (?!) Overall impression is that is was certainly worth watching even though the music made me crazy. "Over The Rainbow??" Really?? And not just once but again and again and again. Mature, Landis and Grable do a good job and Laird puts in his standard "I am creepier than creepy" performance. I liked that it was absolutely conceivable that one of the Allyn/Alans coul
  15. Totally agree. Mostly I think they are just phoning in Silent Sunday.
  16. This topic has been created for you to rant at will regarding some specific issue going on at TCM. Hosts, programming, commercials. Rant away! My Wednesday Rant: Is it my imagination or does TCM air WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? all the time? It airs almost as often as CASABLANCA but at least that's a great film. Give "Baby Jane" a rest guys! We get it -- Bette and Joan hated each other and it's fun to watch. Joe G.
  17. Thanks for this. Without it I would be in "Noir Alley Withdrawal" all month.
  18. Great month for noir because besides the Noir Alley selections and the 1948 Noir Spotlight, there are some noirs as part of the films of SOTM Jane Russell.
  19. Love the Noir Alley selections, particularly Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and Address Unknown. Jane Russell is great choice for SOTM. Her first time as SOTM?
  20. Johnny Eager reminds me of a comment Eddie Muller has made about Double Indemnity. "It's a love story, alright, but it's not about a man and woman, it's about the relationship between the two men." Robert Taylor and Van Heflin make an interesting team. While I am not generally a Taylor fan, he does a decent job in this film. But, Van Heflin is the standout to me -- What a great character played by a great actor -- funny, literate, tragic, loyal -- no wonder he won the Oscar for this role.
  21. Well, that's as good an explanation as any.
  22. That is a really interesting idea. Not sure I agree but I sure never thought of that angle.
  23. At least that's what Billy Wilder thinks.
  24. OK. So I recently saw Double Indemnity for probably the 20th time and for the very first time something really bothered me. Walter Neff is "on to" Phyllis Dietrichson's scheme pretty much immediately: "Who'd you think I was anyway? The guy who walks into a dame's front parlor and says: Good afternoon, I sell accident insurance on husbands. You got one that's been around too long?" Walter is not an idiot and he clearly knows the score, including what Phyllis is all about. Yet, we are supposed to believe that in a very, very short period of time (less than 24 hours later??) after telling h
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