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Tuesday April 7, 2020
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'48 was a great year for noir on TCM

CRY OF THE CITY with Victor Mature

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI with Rita Hayworth

HE WALKED BY NIGHT with Richard Basehart

KEY LARGO with Lauren Bacall

BERLIN EXPRESS with Robert Ryan

THE NAKED CITY with Barry Fitzgerald

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Wednesday April 8, 2020
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Harry Belafonte in the 1950s

CARMEN JONES with Dorothy Dandridge

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW with Robert Ryan

THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL with Inger Stevens

BRIGHT ROAD with Dorothy Dandridge

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11 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Wednesday April 8, 2020
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Harry Belafonte in the 1950s

CARMEN JONES with Dorothy Dandridge

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW with Robert Ryan

THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL with Inger Stevens

BRIGHT ROAD with Dorothy Dandridge

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW is still vastly underrated (***1/2-out of 4)

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Watched Odds Against Tomorrow again last night on TCM and their 1948 Noir films spotlight.      First time for my wife.   She really enjoyed the film.   

She made some comments that I found interesting;   That the film reminded her of French films.   This was during the scene where they are waiting for darkness to fall (6:00 PM),  and each of them is alone.     No dialog,  just that great jazz music by the Modern Jazz Quarter \ John Lewis,   and the actors  "thinking" about life,  the darkness of their situation,  the robbery, etc.. all with the desolate setting (trees with no leaves,,,,  lake with a lot of junk near the shore,, etc..) and fine photography. 

After it was over she said she was surprised to see such a scene,  given it's length,   in an American film since "don't Americans expect action and dialog ,,, or they find it boring?".  

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6 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Yesterday.    TCM showed 4 films staring Belefonte.

 

I meant a few months ago. I remember a number of these Belafonte films being shown in some sort of tribute recently. 

Edit: Eddie Muller talked about how Pale Flower borrowed the 'waiting game' scene from Odds Against Tomorrow. 

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31 minutes ago, YourManGodfrey said:

I meant a few months ago. I remember a number of these Belafonte films being shown in some sort of tribute recently. 

Edit: Eddie Muller talked about how Pale Flower borrowed the 'waiting game' scene from Odds Against Tomorrow. 

Odds Against Tomorrow was part of Eddie's Noir Alley.    I don't recall any previous Belafonte tribute (but that doesn't mean there wasn't one).

 

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Sunday April 12, 2020
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Smokey and the Bandit movies on Starz

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT with Sally Field

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT II with Burt Reynolds

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT PART 3 with Jackie Gleason

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I'm looking forward to THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS; I've never seen it. Clifton Webb is one of my favorites. I even named one of my cats in his honor!

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1 hour ago, sagebrush said:

I'm looking forward to THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS; I've never seen it. Clifton Webb is one of my favorites. I even named one of my cats in his honor!

Webb's niche in HOLLYWOOD FOREVER, CEM   isn't closed tight all the way & is ALWAYS in HOLLYWOOD ghost stories, even his fmr house was-(now gone) was said to be haunted

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