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Web Site Announcements / Apostrophe issue
« on: December 09, 2020, 06:40:46 PM »
When I view the site on my MacBook or iPhone, what people typed as apostrophes often look like a question mark. Is this happening to anyone else?

I have reached out to the administrator many times but he has not replied. In the meantime, I suggest we try to avoid using contractions to limit the apostrophes.

Off-Topic Discussion / Fear (1946)
« on: November 15, 2020, 07:43:37 PM »

Fear (1946)

courtesy of imdb: In this Americanized retelling of Dostoevsky' Crime and Punishment, a medical student--broke, hungry and desperate for money--murders a loan shark to whom he owes money. After the killing, he's tormented by guilt over what he's done. A police captain, who's convinced the student committed the crime but can't prove it for lack of evidence, plays on the young man's guilt in order to get him to confess to the crime.


Peter Cookson as Larry Crain
Warren William as Police Capt. Burke
Anne Gwynne as Eileen
Francis Pierlot  as Prof. Stanley
Nestor Paiva as Detective Shaefer
Almira Sessions as Mrs. Williams, The Landlady


This is as Poverty Row as Poverty Row gets.

And it is a piece of crap. No artistic value whatsoever.

Of course, it is based on one of the most famous novels of all time ... but even the story is ruined with the dumb ending. That sort of thing is cute when you're 5 years old.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Seventh Victim (1943)
« on: November 02, 2020, 03:15:27 AM »

The Seventh Victim (1943)

previous posts from Rate the Last Movie You Saw thread:


drinkanddestroy: The Seventh Victim (1943) 2/10 (TCM)

An absolute piece of shit.

Kim Hunter's first movie. Her performance is crap. The whole movie is crap.


XhcnoirX: I really enjoy this movie. It's very atmospheric, dark, beautifully shot and quite daring/shocking for the time (the ending in particular). I rated it 8/10.

cigar joe: DRINKANDDESTROY's full of crap, he doesn't appreciate, atmospheric, dark, beautifully shot and quite daring/shocking for the time films.  ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
« on: October 31, 2020, 08:56:38 PM »

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

previous posts from Film Noir Discussion Thread

titoli: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) Another "Murphy's law" product. The plot turns are improbable, or contrived, or simply wrong. Some example: Malden happens on the murder scene and in five minutes can reconstruct how things went; Andrews can't accept how things really went, trying all his best to put the blame on Merril when it is clear he's innocent (but somehow everybody does his best to convince the viewer he's not, even Merril's sidekicks). So, after Merrill (we don't know how) reconstruct correctly all Andrews' moves, apparently he doesn't find necessary to bring his conclusions to Andrews' superiors (of course: it must be Andrews himself who must be allowed to show his repentance and pride). I could add other examples... So  Gene will wait for him, though: can anybody believe it? 6\10 just for the night scenes and photography and the whistled tune.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Long Haul (1957)
« on: August 31, 2020, 12:31:14 AM »

The Long Haul (1957)

plot synopsis and cast, adapted from wikipedia

An American ex-serviceman (Victor Mature) leaves Allied-occupied Germany after World War II and is persuaded by his English wife (Gene Anderson) to settle in Liverpool. Looking for work, he becomes a lorry driver. He comes into contact with criminals involved in theft from commercial vehicles and draws close to the girlfriend (Diana Dors) of a the head of the crooked trucking company(Patrick Allen).

    Victor Mature as Harry Miller
    Diana Dors as Lynn
    Patrick Allen as Joe Easy
    Gene Anderson as Connie Miller
    Peter Reynolds as Frank
    Liam Redmond as Casey
    John Welsh as Doctor
    Meier Tzelniker as Nat Fine
    Michael Wade as Butch Miller
    Dervis Ward as Mutt
    Murray Kash as Jeff
    Jameson Clark as MacNaughton
    John Harvey as Superintendent Macrea
    Roland Brand as Army sergeant
    Stanley Rose as Foreman
    Barry Raymond as Depot manager
    Norman Rossington as Liverpool driver
    Arthur Mullard as Minor role
    Alfred Burke as drunk in Club (uncredited)
    Sam Kydd as Taxi Driver

Off-Topic Discussion / Bodyguard (1948)
« on: July 27, 2020, 10:06:39 PM »

After being fired for insubordination, homicide detective Mike Carter (Lawrence Tierney)  is hired as bodyguard by the owner of a local meat-packing plant where a meat inspector has been murdered.

Eddie Muller's intro:

Eddie Muller's outro:


Off-Topic Discussion / The Sign of the Ram (1948)
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:19:45 AM »

The Sign of the Ram (1948)

You may argue whether this is noir, but it was on Noir Alley so it makes the cut.

Phyllis Thaxter comes out to work as a secretary at a family who lives in a mansion on the Cornwall cliffs: The father (Alexander Knox), son and two daughters, and the father's wheelchair-bound young second wife, played by Susan Peters in her return to the screen after a hunting accident left her paralyzed.

Things get pretty screwy in the family. I won't give anything away ...

Not a particularly good movie, and it also goes on a bit too long. Once we find out, and then the rest of the family finds out, what's been behind all the trouble, movie still goes on for a few more minutes, needlessly.

Eddie Muller's intro:

Eddie Muller's outro:

Off-Topic Discussion / The Underworld Story (1950)
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:12:04 AM »
The Underworld Story (1950)

previous post

cigar joe: The Underworld Story (1950) Director Cy Endfield, stars Dan Duryea, Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm, Howard Da Silva, Gar Moore, a nice little noir about the newspaper business and a falsely accused black woman. 7/10

Eddie Muller's intro:

Eddie Muller's outro:

Off-Topic Discussion / Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
« on: July 12, 2020, 12:06:32 AM »

Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

previous post from Film Noir Discussion Thread:

cigar joe: Underworld U.S.A. (1961) Dir Sam Fuller, with Cliff Robertson. I think I actually saw this in the theater back in 61 and remembered liking it but was fuzzy on some of the details, i.e. the end happens in a wet alley and instead of Christmas music its a music box "Auld Lang Syne" that plays, close. I think over the decades I may have cross wired this with James Cagney's death in "The Roaring Twenties" but I'm still not 100% positive its the film.

Anyway, as a 14 year old Robertson sees his father beaten to death in an alley and as the years pass he finally gets his sweet revenge on the four culprits, some nice sequences but not up to "Pickup On South Street" budget standards. It keeps you entertained and Robertson is great, some of the rest of the cast are recognizable but not names you have on the tip of your tongue, its on the cusp of the Film Noir era closer in look to "Shock Corridor" and "The Naked Kiss" than "Pickup On South Street" still a 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / The Crimson Kimono (1959)
« on: July 09, 2020, 01:02:21 AM »
The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Previous post from Film Noir Discussion Thread:

cigar joe: The Crimson Kimono (1959) director Sam Fuller, with Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, and Gloria Pall. Stripper killed and LAPD detectives hunt killer in Little Tokyo. Turns into a sort of message movie on Asian/Caucasian integration, some nice noir sequences but way too much talk. The more noir I see of Fuller the more he doesn't quite ever reach the standards of "Pickup on South Street " or "House of Bamboo". 6/10

DJ enlighten us, what gives, is it the demise of the studio system directly related to the end of stylized noir?

I am aware that both color film and TV required bright lighting and that may have effected production with regards to the after market market, but the style of "Pickup on South Street" is markedly different from "The Naked Kiss" almost as if they had two different directors.

dave jenkins: I'm just guessing, but I'd say the culprits are TV and color. Noir migrated to the small screen in the late 50s (Check out Perry Mason, M-Squad, etc.) while color spectaculars took over the big screen. Then TV went all color, and there was nowhere left for noir to go.

cigar joe: I was kind of specifically relating the question to Fuller's Noirs.  ;)

Off-Topic Discussion / Address Unknown (1944)
« on: April 14, 2020, 01:32:44 PM »

Address Unknown (1944)

The story is about a German (Paul Lukas) living in San Francisco, he has a close friend who is Jewish (Morris Carnovsky), but then Lukas goes to Germany and is attracted to Nazism.

Directed by William Cameron Menzies, who is more famous as a production designer/art director. The acting by Lukas is terrific as always, but this film's main attraction is breathtaking visuals.

I dicovered this on Noir Alley. As Eddie Muller says, it's not really noir, but who cares. Amazing visuals by Menzies.

I give it a 7.5/10

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

Off-Topic Discussion / Best Train Movies
« on: March 25, 2020, 01:53:46 PM »
Since y'all are bored watching movies in quarantine, here is a list of  best train movies from Eddie Muller

Off-Topic Discussion / Coronavirus COVID-19
« on: March 04, 2020, 02:43:33 PM »

The hysteria seems way worse than the virus !

6 people in New York state are infected- 5 of them live in DJ's own Westchester County. And others there are under quarantine. There likely will be more cases there announced shortly.

Off-Topic Discussion / Repeat Performance (1947)
« on: January 14, 2020, 09:20:21 PM »
Repeat Performance (1947)

Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro

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