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I hope you don't mean I have a **** fetish. LOL I was referring to his overall physique and athleticism.

 

It's interesting that he could play brawn, but he could also play softer musical roles. He was definitely a versatile performer and not given the credit he deserves.

 

I am excited about the four Payne films TCM will air tomorrow evening. But my favorite John Payne film is THE GREAT AMERICAN BROADCAST with frequent Fox costar Alice Faye.

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> *He was a hunk. John Payne. Major beefcake.*

> That third shot down is practically pornographic.

 

Pornographic would suggest indecent acts or below the waist nudity. I don't think it's pornographic. Slightly erotic, perhaps...? Isn't it a still from a film? Or is it a publicity photo?

 

I am sure there are shots like that of John Garfield for BODY AND SOUL...and Stallone as ROCKY.

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99 RIVER STREET looks good.

 

TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI is, of course, a war film by Zanuck. It's worth noting that Payne is paired with Maureen O'Hara in it...and they would reteam for MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET a few years later.

 

Meanwhile, THE CROOKED WAY costars Sonny Tufts. James Agee considered Tufts a highly underrated actor. Tufts was like Payne in that he successfully transitioned across genres.

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>>It's interesting that he could play brawn, but he could also play softer musical roles. He was definitely a versatile performer and not given the credit he deserves.

 

Funny how Cagney wanted to go from tough guy to musical performer while Payne and Dick Powell went the opposite route.

 

Payne is one of the unsung noir heroes with at least five gems. Three of them air tomorrow and I'll throw in 99 RIVER STREET and SLIGHTLY SCARLET. If one want to call THE BOSS a noir, I won't argue since it should please fans anyway.

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> Funny how Cagney wanted to go from tough guy to musical performer while Payne and Dick Powell went the opposite route.

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Good observation, clore. At least Cagney returned to the gangster formula (WHITE HEAT) and in LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME, he gets to combine both musical and gangster styles.

 

Cagney remembered what fans loved best about him and he rewarded them, while venturing into new terrain. In ONE, TWO, THREE he continues to explore new material, but he tips his hat to characters he once played and brings his fans in on the joke.

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Hands down the best night in January's programming is tonight.

 

If Darryl F. Zanuck didn't typecast so many of his contract stars in genres he felt they'd be best in, I can only imagine the number of great noirs Payne would have done at Fox. He may have taken some roles from the likes of Richard Conte and Mark Stevens. Tyrone Power had to fight for his Nightmare Alley role!

 

Either way, I look forward to tonight. John Payne had a great singing voice, was a great actor from Technicolor musical cheesiness (which I love) to film noir, and he was great to look at. Good job programmers.

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

> That third shot down is practically pornographic.

 

Yeah, I love it!

 

Seems they really marketed him as beefcake judging by the photos posted.

 

This one's in my collection:

JPayne39.jpg

 

I'll be recording the first two for my viewing pleasure later this weekend.

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Wow, it?s sure a bad night for Ernie Driscoll! He catches his wife kissing a gangster. A friend plays a trick on him about murdering someone. A theater filled with producers calls the cops to arrest him. Some guy murders his wife. A bunch of jewel thieves take him captive. The cops are after him for the assaults in the theater and the murder of his wife. And now the jewel thieves are trying to set him up to take the fall for another murder.

 

He gets knocked out several times. He is chased and has to jump from a speeding car. Then he is shot. Then he?s beaten up.

 

Ah, but in the end, he gets Evelyn Keyes! :)

 

Evelyn_keyes_in_99_river_street.jpg

 

 

Evelyn likes that because Scarlett went and married her Mr. Kennedy!

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

> Wow, its sure a bad night for Ernie Driscoll!

 

I know! I was only awake for the first half of *99 River St* (why I record everything) and as I crawled to bed I was wondering what ELSE could happen to that guy?

Even though he was angry at his wife, I was surprised he showed very little emotion finding her dead in the back seat of his cab. Pretty weird noir.

 

Wasn't Payne originally a singing cowboy? Wonder if he left Fox to expand his typecasting?

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I always love Evelyn Keyes, even if the material is substandard. But in this case, 99 RIVER STREET was definitely worthy of her talents. Great script, with some fun twists and turns. I would rank her work in this one up there with THE PROWLER. We need a night devoted to Evelyn Keyes...!

 

John Payne was on FMC this morning, in TIN PAN ALLEY. Can never get too much of him, either.

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> Pretty weird noir.

 

It took an even weirder turn once they got to the dive bar in Jersey City. I nearly fell out of my seat laughing when Keyes put the coin in the jukebox and started dancing with the line, "This place is dying", and the guy at the bar responds, "Revive me, baby!" The way the guy said it made the line just come out of nowhere. LOL

 

What on earth were this guy and his wife even doing at the bar, anyway? It didn't seem like the place normal people would go; only sailors/dockworkers and the Anna Christie types.

 

And how on earth could John Payne last that long after getting shot in the chest?

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Fedya,

 

I got home just in time to see the dive bar scene. I stood there transfixed after Keyes put the money in the jukebox. What was that couple sitting at the table thinking to choose a place like that for a drink?

 

Any idea who the character actor was who delivered the "revive me, baby" line and danced first with Keyes?

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