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NAME A MOVIE GEM THAT DESERVES TO BE BETTER KNOWN

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Yay, SansFin- I'm with you all the way. Great picks. :) I would love to see all those films again. It's been decades since they(Aldrich films) were shown. *Murder In the Blue Room* is another that's never seen. I'd add all those *Blondie* movies. What great week-ends of viewing it would be.

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ALIAS NICK BEAL (1949)

 

Yet another of the Paramount films in the Universal vaults that remain hidden from view, Alias Nick Beal was a modernized 1940s varation on the Faust tale. Visually it's decidedly film noirish in appearance, not only with its foggy exterior shots but with its moody dark black-and-white interior photography, as well.

 

Thomas Mitchell plays an honest district attorney crusading against the crime elements of the city who encounters a mysterious stranger, the Nick Beal of the title, who helps him by producing ledgers that result in a major crime conviction, making Mitchell toast of the town and a leading candidate for state governor. Mitchell compromises his integrity, however, by acquiring the ledgers illegally, without a search warrant, just the first in a series of shady dealings that the mysterious Beal makes for him.

 

 

Beal first emerges in the film by literally stepping out of the fog and he remains a character that makes sudden appearances when least expected. Two people will be in what they consider to be a private conversation only to then have Beal suddenly appear in a corner of the room and join their talk. Doors do not seem to be really necessary for him. He is just suddenly appears in a room.

 

 

The most interesting casting of the film is that of suave, debonair Ray Milland as Beal. Displaying a surface charm and attractiveness, Milland plays the role with the smug conviction of someone in control and a cold implacability. At one point he passes a Salvation Army gathering on a dark foggy street and overhears a former sinner proclaim how he had beaten the Devil and pinned his shoulders to the mat. Milland comments, "I wonder of he knows it's two falls out of three."

 

 

Audrey Totter also scores well in the role of a bar trollop that Milland seduces with a beautiful apartment and fur coat into assisting him in his corruption of Mitchell. In one effective sequence Milland feeds the lines of dialogue to Totter that he wants her to use in an upcoming conversation she will have with Mitchell. In this conversation with Totter Milland also supplies Mitchell's dialogue.

 

 

Totter is leery of him but also cynical. "Brother, how corny can we get?"

 

 

"Never mind that," Milland says, "just remember your lines."

 

 

"Yeh," Totter snaps back, "but will he remember his? You must be out of your head because he is not going to say any of those things or even a part."

 

 

Milland's reply is a smug smile.

 

 

Minutes later Mitchell is in the room talking to Totter, with Milland peering around the corner. Totter begins what she thinks is a charade with the lines fed to her but, much to her shock, Mitchell responds to her with the exact lines of dialogue Milland had just spouted. Totter becomes frightened and suddenly ends the conversation, trying to force Mitchell from the room. Even as he is pushed out the door, however, Mitchell is still repeating the exact lines of dialogue that Milland had mouthed.

 

 

One of the reasons, I feel, that Alias Nick Beal works as well as it does is that the Faustian theme, while obviously there, is never overstated. The film adapts a reasonably subtle approach to the "buying a man's soul" material. It is only towards the end of the film that a friend of Mitchell's, a minister (played by George Macready), begins to speculate that Beal could be Lucifer. Mitchell, of course, laughs off his suggestion.

 

 

"We're in the 20th Century. Nobody's believed in such things since the Salem witch burnings," Mitchell says.

 

 

"Aren't there a few things missing?" he adds, "Where's the tail and horns? Where's the smell of sulfur and brimstone? And where's the contract signed in blood and talking about the delivery of one slightly used soul?"

 

 

There is a slow closeup on Macready's face as he provides an eerie response, "Maybe the Devil knows it's the 20th Century, too."

 

 

This '40s Faust, with film noir visuals, remains an intriguing handsomely mounted production well worth a viewing.

 

 

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TomJH wrote of the Unconquered...

 

 

 

 

 

"Somehow, a real native actor was also cast, Iron Eyes Cody, having the opportunity to do what the director thought Indians did, torture the leading lady at an Indian torture stake "

 

 

 

 

 

When Iron Eyes Cody died, it was revealed that he was full blooded Italian. He was raised in Louisiana, but his parents were Sicilian immigrants. He posed as an American indian - offscreen as well as onscreen. I wondered how he pulled that off, but that's the story as I know it. Family members and friends must have known his true identity. I'm sure many film buffs on these boards are aware of this story.

 

 

 

 

 

I agree about this movie. It's surprising Unconquered has not gone down in film history as one of the well-known films.

 

 

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Thanks, bob39. I guess old Iron Eyes spent most of his life fooling everyone that he was a real Cherokee-Cree. (I sure bet he fooled DeMille). Apparently he lived his life like a Native American, though, including marrying an Indian, and investing himself in Indian causes.

 

And, of course, he is also remembered for the "crying Indian" environmental commercials done for the Keep America Clean campaigns.

 

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TopBilled's Top Ten in this category:

 

10. *O.S.S. (1946)*..one of Alan Ladd's best films after the war. He plays a secret agent who gets involved with another secret agent (Geraldine Fitzgerald doing her version of Mata Hari). Brimming with atmosphere and a roster of fun character actors.

 

9. *LONDON BELONGS TO ME (1948)*..also known by the title DULCIMER STREET, this postwar British gem tells the story of a troubled youth (played by Richard Attenborough in an early role) who gets tangled up with gangsters. A good deal of action takes place in and around a boarding house. There's an assortment of oddball characters, one of whom is played by Alastair Sim, in fine form as a conniving rascal. Do not miss this film.

 

8. *ME AND MY GAL (1932)*..TCM recently aired this one, about a cop (Spencer Tracy) who romances a diner waitress (Joan Bennett doing her best Jean Harlow-type role). These two radiate tons of chemistry and it is no surprise they were paired as a couple in four films.

 

7. *REMEMBER THE DAY (1941)*..Claudette Colbert plays an elderly schoolteacher reflecting back on her life in this forgotten, bittersweet love story. The supporting cast consists of John Payne, Shepper Strudwick and Anne Revere.

 

6. *THE GUV'NOR (1935)*..also known as MISTER HOBO. George Arliss spoofs his role in THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD, playing a bum who becomes a mover and shaker in the world of high finance. There are some truly delightful moments in this picture-- a farcical situation that is performed as subtly as possible, making cogent points about the banking industry and society's have-nots.

 

5. *SEPTEMBER AFFAIR (1950)*..Joan Fontaine and Joseph Cotten get delayed in Italy, missing their flight home-- a flight that happens to crash. While they are presumed dead by relatives, they take advantage of the chance to live a new life together with new identities. It's a high concept romantic drama, and it works very well thanks to the leads and the title song, sung by Walter Huston of all people!

 

4. *INCENDIARY BLONDE (1945)*..A lot of Betty Hutton's films are forgotten which is a terrible shame. She's at her peak in this Paramount classic based on the life of Texas Guinan. Betty's energetic performance is spectacular, and there are some Texas-sized musical numbers that should bring happiness to anyone who appreciates these kinds of motion pictures.

 

3. *CANON CITY (1948)*..Eagle-Lion brings us this strong and violent crime drama, based on a true story of 12 men who escaped from the Colorado State Penitentiary. Told in a semidocumentary style, with excellent performances from the entire cast, it is superbly photographed and thoroughly suspenseful.

 

2. *THE CLAIRVOYANT (1935)*..Claude Rains and Fay Wray shine in this British thriller. Rains is a phony clairvoyant who is thrown for a loop when he starts having real premonitions. This is the kind of film that Alfred Hitchcock would have directed but somehow didn't. The story takes a surprising turn when Rains is accused of causing one of the disasters that he has predicted.

 

1. *INFERNO (1953)*..Robert Ryan gives a decent performance as a man left in the scorching desert by an unfaithful wife and her lover. When they go back to check on him, he is not where they thought he would be, meaning that he survived. Now what are they going to do? This picture was made with Technicolor, CinemaScope, 3-D, and stereophonic sound. Rhonda Fleming and William Lundigan costar.

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>ME AND MY GAL was a HUGE flop upon release.

 

I know. That just really surprises me! Their other film at Fox, SHE WANTED A MILLIONAIRE, was a bigger hit; and Bennett was billed over Tracy.

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*Kitty* (1945) with Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland. Paulette as a guttersnipe who sleeps her way up through British society, a bit like Forever Amber but lighter and less melodramatic. Paulette's accent comes and goes but she's so charming, it doesn't matter.

 

*Tovarich* (1937) with Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer, pretty and frothy stuff about Russian royalty reduced to servants.

 

*Saraband for Dead Lovers* (1948) with Joan Greenwood and Stewart Granger, historical biopic about the scandalous affair between the wife of the man who would become George I of England and her Swedish lover. Flora Robson is in it, need I say more?

 

*Flesh and Fantasy* (1943) with Edward G. Robinson, Charles Boyer, Betty Field, etc. Three short stories linked by questions of destiny and fate.

 

*Gypsy Girl (Sky West and Crooked)* (1965) with Hayley Mills and Ian McShane. Gypsy boy falls for naive outcast. Mills and McShane have sizzling chemistry.

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Here's 10 from Universal worthy of rediscovery/resurrection...

 

AFRAID TO TALK (1932)

SCANDAL FOR SALE (1932)

THE CROSBY CASE (1934)

THE GREAT IMPERSONATION (1935)

NIGHT LIFE OF THE GODS (1935)

THE ROAD BACK (1937)

ZANZIBAR (1940)

TOO MANY BLONDES (1941)

GHOST CATCHERS (1944)

THE CRIMSON CANARY (1945)

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Some honorable mentions:

 

RIDE THE PINK HORSE (1947)

ABOUT MRS. LESLIE (1954)

A DOUBLE LIFE (1947)

BANJO ON MY KNEE (1936)

CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE (1958)

UNTAMED (1955)

THE EMPEROR WALTZ (1948)

THE SCARF (1951)

SMOKY (1946)

5 FINGERS (1952)

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I totally agree on "About Mrs.Leslie". Shriley Booth brought out all of Robert Ryan's charm and intelligence in a way that not many of his costars did. My own suggestion would be "Lucy Gallant" (1955), which was a fairly formulaic women's picture, but totally done right. It starred Jane Wyman and nominally costarred Charlton Heston, though the movie is really propelled by Jane and her two female costars, Claire Trevor and Thelma Ritter. Jane's en route to her wedding, but finds herself dumped and stranded in a frontier oil town. A quick-thinker, she sells her trousseau and bankrolls her own business, which eventually becomes a cornerstone of the "new" Texas. Heston is the lug she adores but can't tame, but who covertly sees that justice is done when Jane is almost edged out of her own business by the male bankers and financiers. Plus an Edith Head fashion show. What's not to love?

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I'm gonna go with somethin' a little newer here and suggest what I consider an excellent film adaptation of one of Joseph Wambaugh's powerful crime novels about the LAPD and the justice system, and which contains the breakout role for actor James Woods, who plays his sociopath role of cop killer Gregory Powell so masterfully understated and yet effectively chilling, in 1979's The Onion Field .

 

(...Woods' Powell always reminded me of a more subdued version of Richard Widmark's breakout role of Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death)

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HELL ON FRISCO BAY (1955)

 

A '50s throwback to the gangster sagas of the 1930s, Hell on Frisco Bay (largely shot on location in Frisco), was produced by star Alan Ladd's own company, Jaguar, and released through Warner Brothers. It was directed by Frank Tuttle, the same man who had guided Ladd to stardom in This Gun for Hire, 13 years earlier.

 

A tale of revenge, it features Ladd as an ex-cop just released from prison out to find the hoods behind the murder for which he was unjustly convicted. Essentially a programmer, this crime drama is still of interest largely because of an above average cast, including beautiful Joanne Dru as Ladd's ex-wife, Paul Stewart as a sympathetic gangster and Fay Wray in one of her last film roles as a former movie star.

 

Above all, though, the film boasts the powerful scene stealing performance of Edward G. Robinson as a waterfront gang boss. Robinson dominates his every scene with the same force of personality that had made him a star over two decades earlier. And, just as he had done when given a "supporting" role as Johnny Rocco in John Huston's Key Largo, Robinson essentially makes this film belong to him.

 

Robinson's Vic Amato is a bully and sadist, contemptuous of anyone who dares to oppose him and deriving pleasure from tormenting those in a position of powerlessness. This is particularly the case with his own henchman, well played by Paul Stewart. Stewart's character has a nervous facial twitch, one that brings great pleasure to Robinson who makes frequent derisive comments about it.

 

Hell on Frisco Bay, once a regular staple viewing on television, has, unfortunately, become a genuinely difficult film to find for many years now.

 

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Distant Drums

 

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First saw this on black and white TV as a kid. Last time

I watched it was on DVD from Netflix.

 

Pleasantly surprised. The Technicolor was really brought

out on the DVD I received.

 

Jake in the Heartland

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*If I Were King* (1938)

Ronald Colman as poet Fran?ois Villon and Basil Rathbone in a very interesting portrayal of King Louis XI. Frances Dee is lovely as the a little naive maiden. It has also a wonderful ending.

 

Spalding Gray's movie deserve also wider acclaim:

*Swimming to Cambodia* (1987)

*Monster in a Box* (1992)

*The Paper Mache Chase* (2003)

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Jake, have you ever noticed that Raoul Walsh's Distant Drums is largely a western remake of the same director's Objective Burma?

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THE LIGHT THAT FAILED (1939)

 

Paramount's handsomely mounted adaption of the Kipling novel about an artist who is slowly going blind.

 

Ronald Colman is fine in the lead role but it's Ida Lupino in her breakthrough role as the scheming Cockney street girl hired by the artist as a model who steals the show. Lupino asks for no audience sympathy in her portrait of a bitter, manipulative, needy survivor. She makes the viewer understand her, however, as an illustration of what can happen to a human being who hasn't had many breaks in life.

 

 

The most memerable scene for Lupino is probably that in which artist Colman browbeats her into laughing. Lupino is reluctant to do so at first, but Colman continues to shout at her until she suddenly has a huge outburst of prolonged hysterical laughter. Lupino's character seems to lose all control in this sequence, which may well have lead to her being cast the following year in They Drive By Night in which, in the final courtroom scene, Lupino again has a similar moment. And, just as in The Light That Failed, Lupino pretty well stole all her scenes in that film, as well.

 

 

The ending of the The Light That Failed can best be described as Kiplingesque.

 

 

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Another example of a Warner actress getting one of their best roles by being loaned out to another studio during the Bette Davis era.

 

 

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Not quite, James. It was the success of Lupino's performance in The Light That Failed that lead to her getting a Warners contract.

 

 

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I think Lupino was intended to be the studio's Plan B in case there were more problems with Davis. They also had Miriam Hopkins on contract during the late 30s and early 40s, plus they occasionally used freelancer Barbara Stanwyck. They had plenty of back-up talent to keep Davis in line.

 

Davis drove Hopkins off the lot and out of Hollywood. But she didn't expect the studio to hire Joan Crawford. Ida, meanwhile, settled comfortably into medium-budget programmers. Interestingly, some of her better work comes while loaned out to Zanuck, for 20th Century Fox's LIFE BEGINS AT 8:30 and MOONTIDE.

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