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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Framed (1947)
« on: November 17, 2020, 10:07:20 PM »
Even though it is a woman who is being threatened in 'Dangerous Crossing' I still find it difficult to accept it as a Noir of any description. Jeanne Crain's character doesn't have any flaws and is left with a happy ending.

By contrast Glenn Ford is a male who has been endangered in 'Framed.' He may honest about money but he's a drunken slob. At the end he keeps his integrity by giving away his reward money. But there's no happy ending for him. He is still searching as drifters do and he will continue be a drunken slob in all probability.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Crime films on my IMDb ratings page
« on: November 16, 2020, 10:23:45 PM »
I mention Don Costello's resemblance to Walter Matthau. I've just now looked at Costello's IMDb page picture. I reckon he looks the spit. So I've linked it on here so you can judge for yourself:-

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0182538/?ref_=tt_cl_t6

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Crime films on my IMDb ratings page
« on: November 16, 2020, 10:19:55 PM »
SLEEPERS WEST (1941). Rated 7/10.

This is part of Fox's B-Mysteries starring Lloyd Nolan. Shayne is escorting a female witness for the defense of a man on trial for murder. It all takes part on a train from Denver to Frisco. The gal is reluctant but Shayne has a parole board report threat hanging over her.

This movie may be of some interest to fans of 'The Narrow Margin' (RKO's Noir of 1952). 'Sleepers' is more of a soft-boiled part-comedy but the plot similarities are there.

Shayne is being tailed by Izzard (Don Costello) who has got wise to the fact the gal is onboard the train. Don Costello has very much the look of Walter Matthau.

The train driver crashes the train against an impedance on the track which he recklessly doesn't avoid because the train is running late. This has Shayne losing and then tracking the witness and a reporter (Lynn Bari) who is trying to get the gal away. It's difficult to know whether Bari has the gal's interest at heart or wants to use her for a scoop of a story.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Fear (1946)
« on: November 16, 2020, 03:27:11 AM »
I've just now watched this and I was getting really gripped by it. The shadowy figure pointing a gun over the opening credits. Blood splattering over a pawned pledge. I was liking the police chief using his cat-and-mouse tactics. And even though a lot of things weren't ringing true I was enjoying it.

Then they pull a stupid trick like that at the end. I've seen the same things done in other movies but even I have to say this ending was really soppy.

Monogram never went in for artistic value. But I'll give them 6/10 for this one because of the great build-up.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Framed (1947)
« on: November 14, 2020, 10:23:46 AM »
Affair is the weak one according to my reckoning, but I'm seriously considering getting the set even though I already have 711 Ocean Drive on blu. I think The Mob is brilliant (although really not a noir), and, you may know, Murder By Contract is off-the-charts good.

I think I'll give these all a try now you've whetted my appetite as all the films seem to be available on You Tube. I had 'Affair' down already because IMDb include Mystery under it's categories for it.

I notice IMDb include Film Noir in it's categories for 'The Mob' but I'm a bit sceptical about their categories sometimes. For instance they have 'Dangerous Crossing' as a Film Noir which I have just watched. It's a good mystery with Jeanne Crain giving a good performance as a frightened woman aboard ship. But not really Noir at all I would have thought. I bet the real Noir aficionados on here would agree with me on that.


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Framed (1947)
« on: November 14, 2020, 07:07:23 AM »
What if it were bundled with some other interesting noirs and the quality was good? http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1822.1650

I hadn't read your post on yesterday's Noir Discussion. That is a very tempting Blu-Ray collection with all those extras. I've got 'Affair In Trinidad' on my You Tube watch-list so I will be watching Glenn Ford in that one soon. I need to keep my eye on Noir Discussion updates I can see.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Framed (1947)
« on: November 13, 2020, 11:27:24 PM »
I've just now rated this 7/10 and I must say this had me intrigued. Mainly through pondering what Paula actually wanted from the two men. The switch to Mike did make me wonder so perhaps she did really love him. She would have been better going it alone but hangs onto Mike for some reason. You could see why Mike doesn't really trust her and yet he wanted to.

Perhaps not to buy but I shall give this a re-watch to see if I can figure out the characters better. You Tube have got it at present and with a reasonable print.

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Other Films / Re: B-Westerns
« on: November 05, 2020, 07:22:16 AM »
That Lone Star channel sounds good. I think Saturday mornings has a long tradition for cowboys films. There used to be Saturday morning matinees at the cinemas here. They would show old singing cowboy films at those. I'd like to get Gene Autry and Tex Ritter and Roy Rogers on here sometime.

I'd like to see Chill Wills in 'Apache Trail.' You Tube have deleted that one for the moment I think but hopefully that will resurface in the future. I like old redneck characters like Pike Skelton (Chill Wills) who endear themselves to their firearms. Nugget (Eddy Waller) in the Rock Lane series calls his gun Maggie.

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Other Films / Re: B-Westerns
« on: November 04, 2020, 08:24:36 AM »
MARSHAL OF AMARILLO (1948)

This is part of Republic's Rocky Lane series. Rocky meets an old-timer called Nugget who has just discovered a dead body in the stage coach he has stolen. He's running away from a stage-coach posting station that he's convinced is haunted. He'd met a sinister clerk with his invisible porter who take over as night staff there. Marshal Lane and Nugget go to the spooky-looking station and discover that it's a different place during the day.

It's amazing that Rocky keeps on believing Nugget's incredible story as it's continually torn to shreds. The truth is that there's a cover-up by the bad guys who are after $50,000 belonging to a stage-coach traveler.

The action is good particularly a chase of one stage-coach in pursuit of another. Eddy Waller is Nugget who is actually Rocky Lane's usual side-kick anyway. But it felt as though they played this one as though they had just met. I love these old 'haunted westerns' they used to do back then.

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Other Films / Re: B-Westerns
« on: November 04, 2020, 08:01:48 AM »
RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (1937)

This is part of the Three Mesquiteers series from Republic. These comrades are known as Stony (the detective story fan) and Tuscon and Lullaby.The trio search for two missing expeditionists in a remote spooky canyon. They head for a promontory feature that has been naturally etched into the shape of a macabre skull at it's summit. In the cave inside the feature is a sinister Native cult who use it as a ritualistic setting while guarding hidden treasure.

The impressive scenery was shot at Painted Canyon Mecca California. The action is good but the acting from some of the minor cast not so good. There is a stunning avalanche sequence towards the end.

While Stony and Tuscon are the heroes Lullaby supplies the comic sidekick part. I enjoyed it for it's unusual take on a western story and it's spooky terrain and Crash Corrigan's heroics. Stuntman Corrigan plays Tuscon so when he scales a rock-face with agile speed you can be sure it's Corrigan who's actually performing it.

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Other Films / B-Westerns
« on: November 04, 2020, 07:45:36 AM »
I've been watching some B-Westerns on You Tube lately. They've got a wealth of them on there. They're are mostly routine fillers running for 55 to 60 minutes. But I thought I would like to pick some that had interest to me. None of these will ever appear on the main western indexes. So I would like to start off with a couple of mini-reviews.

I notice that this type of B-Westerns ended circa 1953. I suppose that is when all the cowboys of B-Pictures moved over to TV. So I might pop a few early TV episodes on here as I go on.

Oh and if anybody has got some recommendations in the B-Western field I'd be pleased to hear. Those that might not warrant their own thread but may worth a watch anyhow. Thanks.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: I Wake Up Screaming (1941) A Gateway Noir
« on: November 02, 2020, 10:31:30 AM »
I was just checking the filmographies of the set decorator and the two art directors. Two of them did Charlie Chan and Mr Moto films, I've seen some, but how dark were they on average? I've seen a few but without checking them out couldn't say for sure.

I watched a couple of Mr Moto's recently. Thomas Little did the sets for both. Just a hint of noir at brief moments I would say and both were menacing window scenes. Laird Cregar was really menacing lurking outside the premises window in this film.

In 'Mr Moto In Danger Island' a knife-man's shadow is thrown noir-like against the hospital window three minutes from the end. In 'Mr Moto Takes A Vacation' Moto's would-be assassin is seen at the window all wet in fedora and trenchcoat. Even though the scene descends into comedy there is a menace that thrills. So perhaps windows were a theme employed by Thomas Little or the art crew at Fox. And perhaps responsible for the best rain scenes I've seen in 'Mr Moto Takes A Vacation' and 'Laura.'

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Goodbye Connery
« on: November 01, 2020, 11:15:35 PM »
Fresh out today is the RIP Sean Connery poll on IMDb. They're asking for his strongest performance. I voted for 'The Name of the Rose.' To vote please click on below:-

https://www.imdb.com/poll/1MD3Zr-5pJQ/?ref_=po_fp

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Goodbye Connery
« on: October 31, 2020, 08:21:40 AM »
Good to get to 90. He's had more or less a retirement for 17 years so I suppose he'd enough of stardom by the time he got to 73. He became reclusive in his last few years. RIP.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: IMDb polls of interest
« on: October 24, 2020, 12:24:15 AM »
'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly' entered for the movie you wished you had seen on the big screen:-

https://www.imdb.com/poll/xUUuaM1XAWg/?ref_=ur_po

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