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1 minute ago, Katie_G said:

Nakano, where do you find all these offbeat films?   Too funny!

I watched another one last night,this one was shown only once on TCM,I will post it later

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Crack in the World 1965 Paramount Directed by Andrew Marton , Dana Andrews Janette Scott Kieron Moore .Scientists  witness the evidence that blowing an A bomb in the middle of the earth to get magna is not  a good idea....Dana Andrews was busy in 1965 he made 8 films ! Janette Scott was at her peak then,a very beautiful woman,she married Mel Torme the next year and gave up her career. She should have kept it.Filmed in Spain (Madrid) 96 minutes  6.5/10 

 

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The Frozen Dead 1966  UKGold Star Productions distribution : Warner Seven Arts  directed by Herbert Leder Dana Andrews with  Edward Fox in a very supportive role. Another mad scientist movie.Andrews is a former Nazi scientist doing head transplants(another one !) He kept the bodies of former nazis  in frozen crypts to eventually revived them,he learns there is more than 1500 around while he thought there was only 12  (the ones he had in frozen state)He is part of a nazi conspiracy to mark the 20 years after the war.  .Unbelievable story with another incredible ending,cheaply done. The film was made in color.But in the USA  for the theatres  it was only in black& white.Andrews's German accent is funny but at least he tried.The movie was shown once on TCM... A long 95 minutes 5.5/10

AND DO NOT FORGET 'BEWARE THE ICY STARE'

 

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Moonrise (1948)

SOURCE: TCM

This was a film that I recorded a while back. I am a fan of Dane Clark who stars in this film. This is also a title that is part of the Criterion Collection. I wanted to check it out to see if it was worth adding to my collection. I'm happy to say that it's definitely worth adding to my collection. This is a great movie.

In this film, Dane Clark plays Danny Hawkins, a young man whose father was hanged for murdering a man. Throughout his entire childhood, Danny is bullied mercilessly for his father's crimes. One child, Jerry, is the meanest of all the children and harasses him endlessly. Fast forward a couple decades and a now grown Danny is still being harassed by a grown Jerry (Lloyd Bridges). Both Danny and Jerry are pining after Gilly Johnson (Gail Patrick), a childhood classmate and now the teacher at the local schoolhouse. It would seem that this story takes place in a very small town as everyone knows everyone and Gilly is constantly referred to as "the schoolteacher."

During a particularly tense confrontation, Danny is finally at the end of his rope and beats Jerry to death with a rock in self-defense. He hides Jerry's body in some brush and returns to the local dance to dance with Gilly who is engaged to Jerry. Later, during a downpour, a tortured Danny drives Gilly and friends home. He is driving recklessly in the blinding rain and ends up crashing. It seems that nobody is injured in the crash (or if the two friends are killed, we don't know about it because they're never heard from again). However, the news of the crash gets around and the townspeople begin to talk about "the schoolteacher" and her affair and car crash.

Soon, Gilly and other people around town start wondering where Jerry is. At the same time as Gilly wonders about her beau's whereabouts, she's also finding herself growing closer to Danny. The sheriff (Allyn Joslyn) starts searching for Jerry. A mute man, Billy (Harry Morgan) finds Danny's very unique pocket knife at the scene of the crime. Danny tries to hideout at the home of his friend, Mose (Rex Ingram). Finally, racked with guilt, he visits the home of his grandmother (Ethel Barrymore) who gives Danny the talk that he needs to hear.

This was a fantastic film. There was a lot of suspense with Jerry's murder and whether or not Danny would be arrested for the crime. However, there was a more interesting storyline woven into the murder narrative. The story of a man dealing with the effects of his father's crime and worrying that he is destined for the same fate. Throughout his entire life, he has believed that he was tainted with "bad blood" and not worthy of happiness. He is cynical and weary. And his depression and despair is only exacerbated by the cruel treatment he receives at the hands of his peers. His reputation precedes him wherever he goes. Even his girlfriend, "the schoolteacher," cannot escape his reputation. She is constantly put down for the supposed image that she is presenting to the point that she resents being a teacher. 

I would definitely add this film to my collection and re-watch it as I feel there are a lot of nuances to this story and a lot more that can be gleaned upon subsequent viewings.

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  The  Secret of Convict Lake  1951 20th Century Fox Directed by Michael Gordon. Glenn Ford Gene Tierney Zachary Scott Ethel Barrymore Ann Dvorak Good cast based on an incident in 1871, convicts escaped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California,there is a lot of snow in this film.The name of Convict Lake is based on the incidents .The film itself is fiction based on what happened.film is ok,worth watching for the cast.83 minutes  7/10

 

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   Never Say Goodbye 1956 Universal Rock Hudson Cornell Borchers George Sanders Directed  by Jerry Hopper ( Douglas Sirk is not credited but he is all over  this film) . Period tearjerker in the Sirk tradition,I watched this film for Sanders. A young  Shelley Fabares is the daughter in conflict with the mother.Clint Easrwood has two lines at the beginning of the film,there is also a small role for David Janssen. 96 minutes 6/10

 

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Modesty Blaise.  A 1966 spy spoof based on the British comic strip.  Distributed by 20th Century Fox, with Monica Vitti in the title role.  The plot is theoretically about protecting a shipment of diamonds from a criminal mastermind, but it really is irrelevant in this exercise of style over substance.  If you've seen the 1967 version of Casino Royale, then you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

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In Broad Daylight (1971)

This is very much like a Columbo episode. Clocking in at 73 minutes, it was written by Larry Cohen, who later penned a few Columbo episodes. If you are a youngster and don't know who Columbo was, he was a raincoat wearing cop who looks at the less obvious suspect and wears them down with his "Just one more thing..." questions and his annoying quirky presence until the murderers trap themselves.

Richard Boone plays an actor, Tony Chappel, who recently went blind and is leaving some institute where he has been recovering and relearning basic skills as a blind person. He is being allowed to leave five days early and with his own full time therapist - somebody to help him continue learning how to adapt. This person is played by Suzanne Pleshette. If you have your calculator out and find this sounds all very expensive, first off Chappel was apparently a very successful actor and thus very rich, and plus healthcare costs have grown far faster than the rate of inflation this past fifty years.

On the way home Tony asks the therapist, Kate, if he can stop by his lawyer's apartment and get something without her assistance. He even knows the desk drawer. She relents. Tony actually does find his way up to the apartment and lets himself in with a key that he knows is hidden outside. Once inside, he hears his wife Elizabeth (Stella Stevens) and his lawyer in the bedroom doing bedroomy things with her talking about how exciting he is and what a drag it will be having to take care of Tony once he gets home. Tony leaves undetected but pretends to his therapist that he got lost and never got into the apartment. He immediately and secretly plans to murder his wife by shooting her and set up his attorney for the crime. But how can a blind man shoot anybody? Watch and find out.

Just like in Columbo, relationships are not deeply probed. The focus is on Tony and how he arranges everything to pull off the perfect crime. I've never seen Boone in much but "Have Gun Will Travel" and he did command my attention throughout. As an actor, Tony effectively and continually misleads everybody about both minor and major details and never lets on to his wife that everything between them is anything but perfect.

After the crime, which happens rather ironically itself, "an inspector calls" - John Marley as Lt. Bergman. Marley is rather bland in this part but he is methodical and thorough. But the important thing is that, from the beginning, he suspects Tony in spite of evidence that the attorney did do it and the fact that Tony is blind. Suzanne Pleshette, in spite of being second billed, does not have that much to do here.

I'd recommend this. But there is just one thing...never is it revealed HOW Tony became blind. Was it an accident? A disease? It is never mentioned. Also, was Tony's arrest even legal? The aftermath would have made a great episode of Law&Order. on just that issue alone.  It is a very suspenseful made for TV treat and I would recommend it.  Source: youtube  Score: 8/10

In Broad Daylight (TV Movie 1971) - IMDb

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In the Cool of the Day (1963).

Jane Fonda plays a woman best known for wearing a hideous black wig.  She's married to publisher/editor Arthur Hill.  His colleague Peter Finch comes over from London to visit, and somehow it gets suggested that the two couples go on a vacation together.  Finch has a deeply unhappy wife in Angela Lansbury, who blames her husband for a car crash that killed their son and left her scarred.  Not to be outdone, Fonda has some sort of chronic lung issue.

Anyhow, Fonda and Hill are set to go to Europe when Hill's dad gets ill, leaving Fonda to go alone.  In one of the most surprising plot twists (not) in a movie, Finch and Fonda start developing feelings for each other that intensify as they and Lansbury travel around Greece.

Unfortunately, the story is pallid, and even the cinematography of the Greek locations seems less than it could have been.  From what I've read, Fonda and Lansbury have had nothing good to say about this movie, and it's not difficult to see why.

4/10

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33 minutes ago, LsDoorMat said:

In Broad Daylight (1971)

This is very much like a Columbo episode. Clocking in at 73 minutes, it was written by Larry Cohen, who later penned quite a few Columbo episodes.

(rushes to IMDb like a kid running for Wonka bars: )

Namely, "An Exercise in Fatality", with Robert Conrad as the fitness buff, "Candidate for Crime", with Jackie Cooper as the political candidate, and traditional fan-favorite "Any Old Port in a Storm", with Donald Pleasance as the wine expert.

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26 minutes ago, Fedya said:

In the Cool of the Day (1963).

Jane Fonda plays a woman best known for wearing a hideous black wig.  She's married to publisher/editor Arthur Hill.  His colleague Peter Finch comes over from London to visit, and somehow it gets suggested that the two couples go on a vacation together.  Finch has a deeply unhappy wife in Angela Lansbury, who blames her husband for a car crash that killed their son and left her scarred.  Not to be outdone, Fonda has some sort of chronic lung issue.

Anyhow, Fonda and Hill are set to go to Europe when Hill's dad gets ill, leaving Fonda to go alone.  In one of the most surprising plot twists (not) in a movie, Finch and Fonda start developing feelings for each other that intensify as they and Lansbury travel around Greece.

Unfortunately, the story is pallid, and even the cinematography of the Greek locations seems less than it could have been.  From what I've read, Fonda and Lansbury have had nothing good to say about this movie, and it's not difficult to see why.

4/10

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Looks like a reject from the Liz Taylor Cleopatra line of wigs...

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Beyond Mombasa 1956 UK Columbia  directed by George Marshall. Cornel Wilde Donna Reed Leo Genn Christopher Lee Ron Randell.Aventure yarn set in Africa. Wilde's brother died as he just discovered an important goldmine-could be uranium also. They aged Genn by 25 years hard to recognize with a white mustache and a big white haired wig. I was surprised to see Ron Randell not dressed as a Roman soldier...Nice Technicolor, most of the outdoors filming was shot in Kenya, some studio works in England. We have seen this before. 90 minutes . 6.75/10

 

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4 hours ago, txfilmfan said:

Looks like a reject from the Liz Taylor Cleopatra line of wigs...

I was actually thinking about Cleopatra when I saw that wig.

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The other night, I watched RV with Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels and Cheryl Hines.  It was cute (might have seen it before). 

Last night, I re-watched Hocus Pocus, followed by Maleficent (also so that before) - brief detour to Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.  I watched a little bit of the sequel to Maleficent (with Michelle Pfeiffer as a not-so-nice queen).  The first one is funny, touching and makes a statement.  It is the story of Sleeping Beauty (spoiler:  the love that wakes Sleeping Beauty up is a mother's love).  Elle Fanning is good (and Brad and Angie were still together - and their daughter has a bit part as a younger version of Elle).

Then I watched (but fell asleep during The Rookie - I can rewatch on demand.  Watched two episodes of Dick Van Dyke (it was a two-part story about Sally).  Interestingly, yesterday's Parade Magazine celebrated 60 years of The Dick Van Dyke Show.  My favorite episode is Uni Ups (the one with the flying saucer).

Excuse typos.

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Hollywood Story, 1951
1 hr, 15 min.  Directed by William Castle.  Starring Richard Conte, Jim Backus, Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Fred Clark.  Several silent film stars have cameos as themselves including Francis X. Bushman. Shot on the old Chaplin Films lot.

Well paced and acted murder mystery about an old silent film star "Franklin Ferrara".  LOOSELY based on the still-unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor, but if you know anything about that case you may be disappointed in how much this story diverges. Doesn't attempt to solve the real murder, but enjoyable if taken as a work of fiction. Which it is. 7/10    
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On 10/3/2021 at 1:16 PM, Fedya said:

Jane Fonda plays a woman best known for wearing a hideous black wig

Nothing will ever be as hideous as the hairdo she had in Klute.  It looked like one of the face huggers from Alien had landed on her head.

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3 hours ago, AndreaDoria said:

Nothing will ever be as hideous as the hairdo she had in Klute.  It looked like one of the face huggers from Alien had landed on her head.

I kind of liked Jane’s hair in Klute. I wouldn’t cut my own hair like that; but I thought it looked good on her. I thought it was a chic cut and looked good with her wardrobe in that film. 

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House of the Damned (1963). Directed by Maury Dexter, written by Harry Spalding. (Not related to the 1996 film of the same name.)

I didn't know this film, which was on Fox Movie Channel a few days ago. There's not much to this haunted house in California movie, but it's well photographed and does have a few good frights and a fair amount of tension (and a few loose ends). I wasn't expecting Ayllene Gibbons (remember her as Mrs. Joyboy in The Loved One?) to turn up as a sort of Deus ex machina at the end, but she does, and she explains everything. The very end is kind of sad, when Ayllene and her group march up the staircase, sort of like a reverse Fellini shot from The White Sheik. 

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Frieda Pushnik, Richard Kiel, Ayllene Gibbons, John Gilmore

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Maybe this should be in another category like Off Topics, but  we just watched THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK last night. My bride and I both were a little disappointed. We came to THE SOPRANOS very late having finished viewing the series back in July so it was fresh in our minds. Once we finally figured out who the characters  were in the prequel it was entertaining. However, It was somewhat convoluted. I think anyone who did not follow the HBO series would be totally lost. Maybe we were expecting too much since we thoroughly enjoyed  almost every episode of the TV show.   For me the most interesting thing was learning how and why Silvio Dante  wore that ridiculous hairpiece for six seasons

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The Frozen Ghost 1945 Universal Directed by Harold Young Lon Chaney jr Evelyn Ankers Tala Birell. Chaney more or less reprised his role of  Larry Talbot in the Wolf Man.He is not Talbot  but it is just the same  as a character full of guilt and remorse.He is a mentalist and one of his patient dies,of course  guilt etc.So he quits the job and ends up of all places ... at  the Wax Museum of Mme Monet (Birell). Interesting to know: nothing is frozen in this film and there is no ghost... Excellent  print 61 minutes. 6/10

 

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The Blue Veil  RKO 1951.  Directed by Curtis Bernhardt.Jane Wyman Charles Laughton Joan Blondell Agnes Moorehead Nathalie Wood (at 13) Everett Sloane.Classic tearjerker and a good one. Favorite film of Jane Wyman ,she and Blondell earned Oscar nominations for best and supporting actress. 113 minutes 7/10

 

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From the last few days:

The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Was waiting for this for months. Found it to be decent. Wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't a fan of the Sopranos (but really, whose gonna watch a mafia film that isn't) because there's no built in interest in the characters.  The actors nailed the mannerisms and speech of the characters they're taking on but i though Tony's character seemed a bit soft.

White Zombie (1932) Liked it, but probably won't be watching it again anytime soon.

I Married A Witch (1942) Silly but entertaining.  The love story is a bit unbelievable where the main character, minutes from marrying another, decides he loves the girl he met the night before. Clearly this is an inspiration for Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

The Glass Wall (1953) Liked it.  Enough has been said on this film in the Noir thread.

Thunder Road (1958) Fun famous B film for Robert Mitchum.  Wasn't expecting the ending.

Gladiator (2000) Wifey's pick for Sunday night.  Watched this film he first time in a theater in Rome near the coliseum.   Good film.

Kansas City Bomber (1972) Disappointed.  Won't lie, i watched this film to see Raquel Welch in action on skates and all i got was reinforcement to my suspicions that my hometown of Portland was always trashy.

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Hotel Sahara 1951 UK   Tower Films dist by UA Directed by Ken Annakin .Yvonne De Carlo  Peter Ustinov. Average comedy about  an hotel located in the Sahara during the Second War. Every  country in the conflict invades the hotel one after another.De Carlo is stunning in many sexy outfits,the colors must have been great ,the problem is the producer choose to  shoot the film in black & white ... to save money i guess,T he real draw and asset of  this movie is De Carlo and they filmed her in b&w ! They surely lost money with this b&w film,a bad decision imo.The poster was in color... 96 minutes 6/10

 

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