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Film noir runneth over on the schedule lately

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I saw I WALK ALONE several years ago on TCM, and have not seen it since. They show it rarely. I really liked it, more than most critics. It was also the first Lancaster-Douglas pairing.

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Sorry for the super long list and I am already certain that I will have to buy 75% of those on my list from private sources if I ever want to see them although I will be making a 2011 list and seeing what shows up on TCM and what doesn't.

 

I have read good things about I WALK ALONE from reviewers so I am very interested in seeing it. I particularly like both actors, and in this genre so I know it should be good.

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I highly recommend I Walk Alone to any noir fan. Come one it has Lancaster, Douglas, Liz Scott and Wendel Corry. I don't want to spoil the movie ending for anyone that hasn't seen it but I can see where some might say it doesn't have a noir ending.

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Quite a long list. That will keep you busy for a while. I've seen some of them,

but most I haven't. Of those I have seen, the one that most stands out is

Ride the Pink Horse. Without spoiling things, it's one of those disillusioned

postwar veteran films, with a somewhat unusual setting, a slightly offbeat

story, and a bad guy who wears a hearing aid. Of course, it's difficult to know

what other people will like, but I found it very entertaining.

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I really enjoyed Ride The Pink Horse and consider it a very good movie. As you noted somewhat strange and also it didn't have any romantic 'mumbo-jumbo' in it (yea there is the mexican gal but we all know that isn't going anywhere). This is what I liked about the picture it was realistic. The guy wanted revenge and even though he was a war vet the movie didn't have him waving the flag as a motive for his actions, just that good old fashion revenge. So even at the end when he does do the right thing his motives are something one can expect from an every day guy in this type of situation. The cop understood this also and there wasn't any big political 'you must do right' speeches commen in similar movies of the time.

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I haven't seen many of these, but a couple are based on books I like. For that reason, they're high on my wish list as well. THE BRASHER DOUBLOON is from Chandler's THE HIGH WINDOW. SCREAMING MIMI is by unpredictable pulp writer, Fredric Brown. THE GLASS KEY, of course, from Hammett's book. I haven't seen this filming either, but I like the other one. I have seen:

 

THE WEB

PITFALL

PRIVATE HELL # 36

HE RAN ALL THE WAY

INFERNO

CONVICTED

 

These are all worth watching, though I was disappointed in HE RAN ALL THE WAY. RIDE THE PINK HORSE, may be your big winner. A mature, unconventional story; suspenseful and literate. There aren't many movies like this one. Maybe that's why it's so good.

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Hey guys, thanks for your input. I am looking forward to seeing RIDE THE PINK HORSE. Unfortunately, I don't think it is available on DVD and I guess I'm going to have to go "underground" to find it as well as several others. I also plan on keeping track on whether or not TCM airs any of the films on that list. I keep hearing about THE BRASHER DOUBLOON so it is high on my list of "must see". I compiled that list from books, wish lists here and on other sites, as well as browsing the filmography of actors. It's alarming how many noirs are buried somewhere....I'm interested in both A and B noirs. I am automatically interested in any film that is adapted from pulp fiction or a "hard boiled detective" story.

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The Glass Key is a very good movie and the best Ladd Lake movie in my view. It is a tough and hard movie, keeping close to the mood of the book i.e. any love type stuff is very secondary to the action. A must see in my view.

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I am automatically interested in any film that is adapted from pulp fiction or a "hard boiled detective" story.

 

Me too. Give it that tag, I'll probably watch it. My local bookstore has a book by Brett Halliday. A Michael Shayne mystery. I doubt if it's very good. But I may read it anyway!

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> {quote:title=LoveFilmNoir wrote:}{quote}

> ... I am looking forward to seeing RIDE THE PINK HORSE.

 

Sorry, I'm a bit "out of the loop". Did TCM air this recently? I've always wanted to see it. I did that thing where you type in the movie title and it brings up info about it, but all the message said was "There is no scheduled date for this film" or whatever . Did I miss it? It's one of those elusive noirs I've wanted to get my hands on ever since I heard about it, but it it never seems to be available.

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It was just one noir on the list. You haven't missed it. I last saw it about ten years

ago on TV, and I'm pretty sure it was on TCM. Maybe one of these days they

will show it. A Wanda Hendrix Day?

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misswonderly, you didn't miss it, I made a post recently with a list of films I am destined to get my hands on and watch for 2010-2011. Most are not available on DVD and I have no idea if TCM plans to air any of them in the months to come. RIDE THE PINK HORSE is a Universal picture, which I am sure was probably last played on AMC. Many "private sellers" have the film although I am weary about the quality.

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Very well could have been. I'd like too see it again too. I remember the basic outlines,

but not the details, which really do make a difference.

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Is it just me, or does it have a slightly pornographic-sounding title? I'm just sayin'...

 

LoveFilmNoir, I scrolled back and checked out your list. I was surprised at how many films on it I had not only never seen, but never even heard of. And here I thought I was a hard-core noir fan.

 

*Dark Past*, with William Holden, I have seen. A bit disappointing; it's more one of those "hey, we've discovered psychological analysis" films than a true noir. I suspect it is based on a play - it feels like it, anyway. Still, it's interesting to see an early performance from William Holden, whom I like, and Nina Foch is in it (she of ("My Name is Julia Ross".)

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It was not intentional, although perhaps it should have been. I usually try never to miss a play on words -must be out of shape. (No further jokes, please. lol los, or maybe sos.)

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> {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote}

> Is it just me, or does it have a slightly pornographic-sounding title? I'm just sayin'...

>

> LoveFilmNoir, I scrolled back and checked out your list. I was surprised at how many films on it I had not only never seen, but never even heard of. And here I thought I was a hard-core noir fan.

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> *Dark Past*, with William Holden, I have seen. A bit disappointing; it's more one of those "hey, we've discovered psychological analysis" films than a true noir. I suspect it is based on a play - it feels like it, anyway. Still, it's interesting to see an early performance from William Holden, whom I like, and Nina Foch is in it (she of ("My Name is Julia Ross".)

 

Misswonderly, your presence has been missed in these parts! Your absence was the equivalent to GILDA without the "Mame" routine!!!

 

Yes, that title does sound rather R-rated and I'm sure if combined with HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS it can make a funny contribution to the 20th Century Vole thread!

 

The only unfortunate thing about my list is that I have a feeling I will have to go "underground" to get those films and risking getting a bad quality print. Would be nice if quite a few of them show up in prime time on TCM next year though. One can only hope.

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Thanks for the compliment, LFN baby. Now if only I could find a pair of long gloves like the ones Rita wore (or took off) in that number.

 

I am truly impressed with all the research you must do to look up these (some of them) obscure titles. Maybe we should initiate a campaign to request that Turner try to uncover and screen as many of them as possible. Of course, I know it's complicated for them and not always possible etc, etc. I wonder if a jingle would help.

 

Rare Film Noir!

Rare Film Noir!

We don't even care

if it's got a star!

 

(I got a lot of practice on the Joel McCrae thread.)

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I have scoured film noir books and read several threads online about films that haven't been aired ever or rarely and did my research on them. All of the films I listed are available by private sellers online. Obviously, the print quality and the source of the copy is not known up front so that raises concern for me.

 

I'm all for a jingle!

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Semi-spoiler.

 

 

Yes, I think it's probably just you. You have a dirty mind. Just kiddin'. It does sound

just a bit naughty. Ride the Pink (sounds like horse). I believe somebody mentioned

that Montgomery has no romantic interest (ahem) in the much younger Wanda Hendrix

character, which turned out to be true, but the first time I saw it I wasn't sure it would work

out that way. We're so used to seeing much older man with much younger women in

Hollywood movies that you can never be sure.

 

How about Chico Marx, against type, singing the jingle:

 

Tutti frutti, tutti frutti,

Hey got some film noir,

Lotsa femmes fatales,

Dark streets and dingy bars.

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According to my database *Ride the Pink Horse* (1947) last aired on TCM on May 9, 2005 and November 26, 2005. Some movies seem to have a six year cycle so perhaps it will air again soon.

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Your jingle brings to mind some of the lyrics of "LA Woman", which certainly have a noir feel.

 

Or just another lost angel

City of night

 

Midnight alleys roam

Cops in cars, the topless bars

 

Motel money, murder madness

Let's change the mood from glad to sadness

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..an abbreviated version, but I wasn't sure people wanted 7 and a half minutes of the Doors on a non-music thread (although yeah, the Doors were kind of noirish,)

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