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Off-Topic Discussion / The Man Who Cheated Himself (1951)
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:54:26 PM »

The Man Who Cheated Himself (1951)

Plot summary, courtesy of IMDB: A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.


Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Edward Cullen
    Jane Wyatt as Lois Frazer
    John Dall as Andy Cullen
    Lisa Howard as Janet Cullen
    Harlan Warde as Howard Frazer
    Tito Vuolo as Pietro Capa
    Charles Arnt as Ernest Quimby
    Marjorie Bennett as Muriel Quimby
    Alan Wells as Nito Capa
    Mimi Aguglia as Mrs. Capa
    Bud Wolfe as Officer Blair
    Morgan Farley as Rushton
    Howard Negley as Detective Olson
    William Gould as Doc Munson
    Terry Frost as Detective
    Mario Siletti as Machetti
    Charles Victor as Attorney

Off-Topic Discussion / The Clay Pigeon (1949)
« on: June 06, 2018, 11:56:35 PM »

The Clay Pigeon (1949)

An amnesiac WWII vet awakens from a coma to find that he is accused of treason.

    Bill Williams as Jim Fletcher
    Barbara Hale as Martha Gregory
    Richard Quine as Ted Niles
    Richard Loo as Ken Tokoyama aka The Weasel
    Frank Fenton as Lt. Cmdr. Prentice
    Frank Wilcox as Navy Hospital Doctor
    Robert Bray as Gunsel Blake
    Martha Hyer as Miss Harwick, Wheeler's Receptionist
    Harold Landon as Blind Veteran
    James Craven as John Wheeler

Off-Topic Discussion / Suddenly (1954)
« on: April 14, 2018, 10:48:45 PM »

Suddenly (1954)

A sleepy town in middle of nowhere suddenly gets woken up when the president plans to travel through, and a paid assassin is gunning for him. Frank Sinatra is really good as the assassin. I give this movie a 7.5/10.

Cast, courtesy of wikipedia

    Frank Sinatra as John Baron
    Sterling Hayden as Sheriff Tod Shaw
    James Gleason as Peter "Pop" Benson
    Nancy Gates as Ellen Benson
    Kim Charney as Peter "Pidge" Benson III
    Willis Bouchey as Dan Carney, Chief Secret Service Agent
    Paul Frees as Benny Conklin (also voice of TV announcer)
    Christopher Dark as Bart Wheeler
    James Lilburn as Jud
    Kem Dibbs as Wilson
    Clark Howat as Haggerty
    Charles Smith as Bebop
    Paul Wexler as Deputy Sheriff Slim Adams
    Dan White as Burg
    Richard Collier as Hawkins
    Roy Engel as first driver
    Ted Stanhope as second driver
    Charles Wagenheim as Kaplan
    John Berardino as trooper

Off-Topic Discussion / 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies)
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:47:17 PM »
Golden Globe nominations out today:

The event will be held on Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC. Hosted by Seth Meyers.

Best Picture – Drama:
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical:
“The Disaster Artist”
“Get Out”
“The Greatest Showman”
“I, Tonya”
“Lady Bird”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best Animated Film:
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Loving Vincent”

Best Director – Motion Picture:
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Ridley Scott, “All The Money in the World”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture:
Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Shape of Water”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“A Fantastic Woman”
“First They Killed My Father”
“In the Fade”
“The Square”

Best Television Series – Drama:
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”
“This is Us”

Best Television Series – Comedy:
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Master of None”
“Will & Grace”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Eric McCormack, “Will and Grace”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things”
Alison Brie, “Glow”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Issa Rae, “Insecure”
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
“Big Little Lies”
“Feud: Bette and Joan”
“The Sinner”
“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Alfred Molina, “Feud”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Off-Topic Discussion / Sirocco (1951)
« on: November 21, 2017, 04:42:42 PM »

Sirocco (1951)

One previous post by Groggy

Sirocco - 5/10 - Humphrey Bogart is a gun-runner caught up in Syria’s nationalist uprisings against France during the '20s. Plays like a shoddy mixture of Casablanca, The Third Man and Battle of Algiers. Has little to say about revolutionary politics or imperialism, and the plot and characters are too thin for it to work as light entertainment. Bogart is overshadowed by Lee J. Cobb's unusually sensitive performance and the pretty Marta Toren.


I disagree with Groggy; this movie is a 7.5/10. Definitely reminiscent of Casablanca. Battle of Algiers for the theme of French occupying a Muslim country. The Third Man mostly cuz Marta Toren is very reminscent of Valli! How could Groggy not realize that this movie, whose setting is possible due to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, is the sequel to Lawrence of Arabia?! (Ok, technically LofA is the “prequel” ... is there a word for the first movie to be released which is set later?)

Anyway, this Curtis Bernhardt-directed film is shot in a noir style.

Oh, forgot to mention: support performance by Zero Mostel!

Off-Topic Discussion / The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
« on: October 30, 2017, 10:17:29 PM »
previous posts from the Film Noir Discussion Thread:

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)

cast, courtesy of wikipedia:

    Barbara Stanwyck as Martha Ivers
    Van Heflin as Sam Masterson
    Lizabeth Scott as Antonia "Toni" Marachek
    Kirk Douglas as Walter O'Neil
    Roman Bohnen as Mr. O'Neil
    Judith Anderson as Mrs. Ivers
    Janis Wilson as the young Martha Ivers
    Darryl Hickman as young Sam Masterson
    Mickey Kuhn as young Walter O'Neil

cigar joe: The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers (1946) Director, Lewis Milestone with Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, A great noir with Lizabeth Scott as HOT as ever, on TCM just got finished. This is a great Van Heflin flick check it out.

titoli: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) This movie has two great scenes: that of Stanwick and Heflin on the hill and the final three-sided confrontation except...except that the way that one ends is all wrong: censorship-induced? I would have given it an 8\10 in spite of its taking a long time to get going: the Lizbeth Scott angle, though integrated in the script, it is secondary to the Douglas-Stanwick relationship which isn't well-developed and consequently makes the finale appear even more forced of what already is (or maybe I say this because I don't like Scott, who also seemed to me to be a poor man's Bacall, and I adore Stanwick, probably the best combination of looks and acting ability in Hollywood in the years before the emergence of Ava Gardner). And Douglas is absolutely miscast, though of course nobody when they hired him could predict the screen persona he would develop in the decades to be, as distant as could be from the character he plays (badly, of course) here. So it's 7\10. Anyway I would like somebody to explain the finale to me, eh CJ?

cigar joe replies: I'd have to watch it again

Off-Topic Discussion / He Walked by Night (1948)
« on: September 06, 2017, 08:32:20 PM »

He Walked by Night (1948)

A police procedural noir, based on a true story, about a dangerous "lone wolf" criminal (Richard Basehart) being hunted by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Also featuring:
    Scott Brady as Sgt. Marty Brennan
    Roy Roberts as Captain Breen
    Whit Bissell as Paul Reeves
    James Cardwell as Sgt. Chuck Jones
    Jack Webb as Lee

I give this an 8/10, which I believe is the highest rating I've ever given a police procedural (unless you consider The Naked City a police procedural). The police procedural stuff is annoying, and Scott Brady is atrocious as the supposed co-star; (although, thankfully, his captain, Roy Roberts, probably does more of the poice work and is onscreen for as much time as Brady is). Basehart is a very memorable noir villain – this is not a typical, conflicted "in over his head" noir character; this is a crook, plain and simple.

How does Basehart's character hide and elude the police? By diving into LA's underground storm drains – in a movie released a year before Orson Welle's character used a similar tactic in The Third Man.

There's also an extended scene of Basehart in the bathroom doing surgery on himself to remove a bullet; perhaps this was an inspiration for Javier Bardem's character in No Country for Old Men.

This movie is available in a nice-looking MGM DVD, though there are no bonus features. There's also an atrocious disc from Alpha Video; forget about that. There's also a Region 2 DVD from the German company Koch Media. Beaver's page here

The MDM DVD is out of print, and the rare copies available are listed online for very high prices. I finally found someone selling it on for pretty cheap (under $20 including shipping to USA) so I bought it ... and just a few days later, I find out (thanks to a post by Novocento) that a BRD will be released in the fall.

The MGM BRD looks very nice, but I don't think there are any bonus features. I'll wait to see the reports on the BRD before deciding whether to double-dip.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Black Hand (2018)
« on: July 18, 2017, 02:12:40 AM »

Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Joe Petrosino, the first Italian-American detective in the New York Police Department, who fought The Black Hand mafia in the early 20th century

The movie will be based on the 2017 book "The Black Hand," by Stephen Talty

Paramount bought the rights to the book and will distribute the film, which will be produced through The Gotham Group and DiCaprio’s Appian Way
Thus far, no other names have been attached to the movie

I'm excited about the movie. I have not read the book, but I figure that the story of Petrosino and the Black Hand is good material for a screenplay. I like DiCaprio as an actor; I just hope he can convincingly play an Italian!

Scorsese would probably be a great idea to direct this, an Italian/New York gangster film, and it has his current muse DiCaprio! but he's currently doing his Italian project with Pacino and Pesci and De Niro & Co.; and B) I doubt he'd sign on to a project by Paramount/DiCaprio, rather than doing a project he conceived. I just hope this movie is done well; the material is there for a good story.

Previous movies about this story:

There was a pretty decent movie about Petrosino and the Black Hand released in 1960, called Pay or Die. Ernest Borgnine played Petrosino

I gave that film a 7.5/10

There are only two posts on the SLWB about Pay or Die, here and here

According to Wikipedia's Petrosino page , there were two other movies made about Petrosino , neither of which I've seen: The Adventures of Lieutenant Petrosino (1912) and the 1973 Italian movie La Mano Nera/The Black Hand, with Lionel Stander playing Petrosino.
There was also a 1950 film called Black Hand starring Gene Kelly (!) as an Italian whose father was killed by the Black Hand Though Petrosino is never mentioned by name in that movie, the movie has an Italian-American police detective played by J. Carrol Naish who is obviously based on Petrosino.

Of course, The Godfather Part II has a brief mention of the Black Hand, but nothing about Petrosino.

Off-Topic Discussion / He Ran All the Way (1951)
« on: June 18, 2017, 10:39:33 PM »

He Ran All the Way (1951)

Plot: John Garfield, on the run from the cops after a deadly robbery, holes up in the home of Shelly Winters, taking her and and her family hostage.

cast, courtesy of wikipedia

    John Garfield as Nick Robey
    Shelley Winters as Peg Dobbs
    Wallace Ford as Mr. Dobbs
    Selena Royle as Mrs. Dobbs
    Gladys George as Mrs. Robey
    Norman Lloyd as Al Molin
    Bobby Hyatt as Tommy Dobbs
    Keith Hetherington as Captain of Detectives

A few years ago I saw this and gave it a scathing review in RTLMYS thread. I saw it again yesterday  and liked it more. I give it a 7/10.

I think Garfield is an overrated actor. Shelley Winters I absolutely cannot stand. Wallace Ford is a character actor I have always liked very much.

Norman Lloyd, who is still with us (he'll be 103 in November!) has a brief part as Garfield's accomplice in the robbery.

This movie played TCM Noir Alley yesterday. Hosted by Eddie Muller of course, with guest Julie Garfield, daughter of John.

here is the TCM intro



here is the intro and outro from a showing of this movie in 2015 on TCM, hosted by the useless Tiffany Vazquez

Off-Topic Discussion / Night Editor (1946)
« on: June 02, 2017, 05:07:24 PM »
Saw this movie on DVD (double bill, with "One Girl's Confession").

It's a nice, tight little noir. 8/10

Full movie available on YouTube

A Fistful of Dollars / New Kino Lorber FOD DVD/BRD
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:30:31 PM »
Tweet by @KLStudioClassic yesterday, May 31:

Coming on DVD & Blu-ray!
2014 4K Restoration!
Happy 87th Birthday to the one and only Clint Eastwood!

Off-Topic Discussion / Crime of Passion (1957)
« on: May 28, 2017, 01:22:00 AM »

Crime of Passion (1957)

Plot synopsis on IMDB: Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

cast, courtesy of wikipedia:

    Barbara Stanwyck as Kathy Ferguson Doyle
    Sterling Hayden as Police Lieutenant Bill Doyle
    Raymond Burr as Police Inspector Anthony Pope
    Fay Wray as Alice Pope
    Virginia Grey as Sara Alidos
    Royal Dano as Police Captain Charlie Alidos
    Robert Griffin as Police Sergeant Jame
    Dennis Cross as Police Sergeant Jules
    Jay Adler as Mr. Nalence
    Stuart Whitman as Laboratory Technician
    Malcolm Atterbury as Police Officer Spitz
    Robert Quarry as Sam
    Gail Bonney as Mrs. London
    Joe Conley as Delivery Boy

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