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Other Films / Re: 4 for Texas (1963)
« on: March 17, 2017, 05:09:48 AM »
I don't reckon too much of this as a comedy either. Also the film's running time is a bit too much to take when a movie like this isn't very good in the first place.

I didn't like Sinatra's or Dino's characters very much. And Sinatra gets extra condemnation from me for shooting a perfectly good horse. Well we hear the shot and we see Dino and the desert but I was searching for the body of the horse to see if it really had been shot or had run away. I couldn't spot any sight at all of the horse after the shooting. Strange.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Quicksand (1950)
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:35:29 AM »
Yes I will definitely report back when I get to see 'The Strip.' I appreciate any 1950s noir or noir-like recommendations.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Marilyn Monroe
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:30:32 AM »
I like Marilyn Monroe for her screen personality. As you say some actors are fun to watch and she definitely is. I'm never really gauging her acting because she just holds my attention anyway.

I think that 'Niagara' proves that she could act. I also think that 'River Of No Return' was good for her because she shows a natural maternal instinct for Robert Mitchum's son in that one. That type of emotion is hard to fake whereas selling sex was so easy for her.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Strangers on a Train (1951)
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:22:25 AM »
I'm not so sure that Farley Granger was a bad choice for this movie. Although I don't generally like him I don't think anyone could have done the tennis match scenes like him.

Bruno is indisputably the standout character. It is a toss up between him and Uncle Charlie in 'Shadow Of A Doubt' as to who is my favourite Hitchcock villain. And the movie has probably the most grotesque movie mother ever in Bruno's mom. She is brilliant.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Third Man (1949)
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:13:30 AM »
I like the atmospheric zither music to 'The Third Man' although this becomes a bit strident at times. It helps to jangle the nerves to intensity in parts of the score.

This film has a great closing scene. It is so bleak with that great long avenue of leafless trees where any chance of a human relationship is given a cold snub.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Quicksand (1950)
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:05:13 AM »
No, I haven't seen 'The Strip' yet. I've just read up on it after your post and it does look interesting. I always like it when you can see a bit of 1940s/1950s contemporary jazz in films. I notice that 'The Strip' has Louis Armstrong in it so that should be a cool movie to watch.

Other Films / Re: Cat Ballou (1965)
« on: March 15, 2017, 06:09:12 AM »
Although it is mainly played for laughs I think there is just enough dark stuff in it for other viewers as well. I like  the way that the story is narrated by singers. The biggest laugh I have during this is the antics of Uncle Jed on the train. He is played by Dwayne Hickman as the drunkard posing as  a preacher.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Quicksand (1950)
« on: March 15, 2017, 05:52:12 AM »
I like Mickey Rooney in this more than in any other of his films. I would liked to have seen him more in this type of movie.

I actually got this on DVD mainly because Peter Lorre is in it. He is always a good watch as a slimy villain.

Another one this is a good film to watch for is Minerva Urecal as the landlady. She has such a noticeable screen presence in a lot of the low budget movies in which she appeared for many years. She was good as the sinister sister in an earlier Bela Lugosi film.

I agree that those who want to reform the old spaghettis should remake them. The mouth movements and the grotesque faces in the old spags are great.

Other Films / Re: Carry On Cowboy!
« on: March 14, 2017, 05:36:10 AM »
I like this one. So many of the old comedies with a western setting are given praise in this.

Kenneth Williams complimented Sid James on his cowboy accent on the set. Sid looked him in the face until he realised that Kenneth was being honest in his praise. As for Kenneth Williams voice; I always think that he sounds like Henry Miller the saloon keeper in 'Calamity Jane' (1953).

I've just voted no to voice dub corrections. It has become so much of my spaghetti western viewing that I now don't want it to be reformed. The out of sync mouth movements is part of the old spag charm for me now.

Other Films / Re: Five Guns West (1955)
« on: March 14, 2017, 05:24:31 AM »
I got this one on a Corman DVD package which includes another of his westerns; 'Gunslinger' (1956). 'Gunslinger' is a much better story than 5 Guns. I do like Dorothy Malone in this and also little Jonathan Haze who was a Corman regular.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
« on: March 14, 2017, 05:12:25 AM »
I haven't seen that earlier version of 'The Maltese Falcon' as yet. I think it was Una Merkel who played Effie in 1931. I like her from what I have seen of her so far. It does seem strange what they got away with in some of the earlier talkies compared to the 1940s films.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
« on: March 13, 2017, 05:30:17 AM »
I like the Bogie trailers extra to the DVD. It is a great guide to his development and his rise to fame. 'The Maltese Falcon' is my favourite of his movies.

I always enjoy the relationship with his secretary, Effie played by Lee Patrick who I always think deserves more recognition in a movie full of great support. Effie is interesting. She is Spade's secretary and best mate. She even puts her life on the line for Spade. Her loyalty is impeccable. Does she love him? I expect she must do, even though she willingly puts up with female rivals seemingly without a hint of jealousy. She knows that Spade's instinct of self-preservation will always top anything that he will ever feel for any female. As I say it's a very interesting relationship between Spade and Effie.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: IMDb discontinuing its message boards
« on: March 11, 2017, 05:18:44 AM »
It is me. The genuine greenbudgie from IMDb. Thank you for your help and for recommending this site.  I look forward to chatting with you and others on here.

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