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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Eli Wallach on: November 06, 2017, 06:51:28 AM
Nice list Smiley

A possible addition:
Noose For A Lady (1953) -

Nice one Xhcnoir. Thanks very much for giving me 'Noose For A Lady' for the list.

I'll definitely be adding that one to that page. I had never heard of that movie.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Eli Wallach on: November 06, 2017, 06:27:35 AM
Judging by a quotation by Eli Wallach that I found, I think he was extremely suspicious of film critics. His quote about them inspired me to publish an IMDb list called 'They've got a hangman's noose.'

To view Eli Wallach's quotation and a page of film posters with a hangman's noose on them please click on below:-

3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Shock (1946) on: July 02, 2017, 03:22:15 AM
Fox had decided that they were taking too long to make their films so they churned this one out in 18 days. Their main casting concern was to use actors who could speed-learn a script. So the lead went to Vincent Price who had sharpened his quick reading of roles on the stage.

'Shock' is a psychological thriller that uses noir devices. I t concerns a psychiatrist who is having an affair with a nurse. His illicit involvement is threatened with exposure. So he is panicked into committing a murder in a hotel room in order to save his reputation.

He is overseen by a hotel guest who goes into a state of shock. He then takes charge of the female witness, Mrs Stuart, in order to find out if she saw and what she could remember of it. Predicaments ensue from this.

Vincent Price gives a frigid performance as the psychiatrist but his fans will love it. His sanatorium is fairly gothic. And there is a great thunderstorm sequence during which an elderly male patient with mad piercing eyes attacks Mrs Stuart.

Another scene I particularly like is Mrs Stuart having a dream in her hotel room. She is anxious to reunite with her husband who is returning from a POW camp. In the dream she hears his panicky voice calling to her. In her desperation she is blocked from getting to the door in time. Has his war experiences hanged him? Has he come back in one piece? Does he still love her?

Lynn Bari is the nurse. She makes a good temptress in a white uniform. Lynn Bari was often the 'other woman' in some decent 1940s films.

Despite this being an obviously cheap B-movie quickie I feel no shame in recommending 'Shock.' 7/10.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: His Kind of Woman (1951) on: July 01, 2017, 02:47:00 AM
It is Vincent Price's film but I won't complain about that. Even though Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell were popular box office this movie is allowed to become a vehicle for a supporting actor. I think that it would been an even better if they had decided whose film it was from the very beginning and cut down it's running time. 7/10.

5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: July 1st this year: Happy 150th birthday, Canada! on: July 01, 2017, 02:39:08 AM
Happy Canada Day. Our town is inadvertently joining in tonight with fireworks. It's the first weekend of our festival season.
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Way Out West (1937) on: June 26, 2017, 03:20:19 AM
This is my favourite Laurel and Hardy feature-length film. Their dancing to the hillbillies singing and the 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine' are good musical sequences. Their 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine' soundtrack recording from the film made it to the top of the UK music charts nearly forty years after the movie was released.
7  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Hallelujah Trail (1965) on: June 26, 2017, 03:14:45 AM
I think this is 5/10 too. Burt Lancaster gets all the good lines. But it's not a film that I would want to see again.
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Pardners (1956) on: June 26, 2017, 03:09:39 AM
I rated this 6/10 recently on IMDb after seeing four Martin and Lewis 1950s comedies. The musical interludes in 'Pardners' are nice.

I agree that Jerry Lewis is a marmite actor. I can just about cope with his screen indulgences.
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Roger Moore R.I.P. on: May 24, 2017, 02:07:46 AM
He did a great film called 'The Man Who Haunted Himself.' 89 is a good age but I'm sorry that he was ill towards the end.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sudden Fear (1952) on: May 18, 2017, 02:37:20 AM
This is the one that I must see. The only clip I've seen is that menacing cupboard scene which gets shown on Joan Crawford documentaries. I usually like Jack Palance and I would image that he is very scary in this.
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last Book You Read on: May 18, 2017, 02:33:37 AM
I am currently reading 'The Mugger' by Ed McBain. It is one of his 87th Precinct novels from the 1950s and his street dialogue is very much like the noir and crime films of the time. I don't think that this story got filmed like some of his stories. Most notably 'The Blackboard Jungle.'

He went on to write for Hitchcock 'The Birds' under the mane of Evan Hunter which I think may have been his real name. 'The Mugger' is good pulp-type writing with some little bit of poetic comparisons. He compares the city streets of the 87th Precinct to a wild woman and all her changing moods. So I think I will look out for more Ed McBain books.
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / A Gungighter's Pledge (TV 2008) on: May 18, 2017, 02:25:22 AM
I have just seen this under it's working title 'The Pledge.' It is a TV movie premiered on the Hallmark channel in 2008. I congratulate Hallmark as they do seem to have been encouraging the making of old-type westerns which Hollywood and mainstream cinema have long abandoned. I have seen other westerns that started out on their channel that have done this.

The story itself is taken from the old westerns. A man who goes on a revenge chase after his family have been killed by an outlaw. The avenging sheriff (Luke Perry) then accidentally kills an innocent man. It leaves him in a predicament when he takes the body back home as he feels obliged to get involved with the dead man's family through guilt.

There's a good performance from C. Thomas Howell as a land baron who is persuading the dead man's sister to leave her land. The acting is fairly good all round. Lots of characters get involved in the story. So although there is nothing new about the plot, I would say that it is done well.

A little bit off-putting is some of the dialogue. One character says that "we have logistics issues." I've no doubt the old west did have problems like that but I can't really hear them talking like that somehow. But I'm glad to say that there is not too much of this off-kilter dialogue in the movie.

I hope that Hallmark, and perhaps other TV concerns, will continue to encourage the making of old-type westerns. I'm going to recommend this one. 7/10
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Lonely Man (1957) on: May 16, 2017, 03:22:18 AM
I wondered what Anthony Perkins was going to be like in a western. He is OK. I think that he has a father-hating manner about him that the film industry picked up on. And then gave him those roles on that strength.

Jack Palance is good. I don't think that I have ever seen him in a western before either. The only think is that he can't say "Get off your horse" the way that John Wayne can.

Elaine Aiken was an unknown, to me, female presence in this. I wasn't too struck by her. Not a bad film generally. 6/10.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: May 16, 2017, 03:09:34 AM
I am enjoying 'The Mugger' Jessica. Mostly those authors are British and mainly Scottish at that so perhaps not so well known as Ed McBain.
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: May 15, 2017, 03:11:58 AM
I haven't got the books handy with me at the moment Jessica. I will put the full list of authors on tomorrow. I do know there are some Scottish authors among them and I think one author was also a TV presenter back in the day.

Here are the authors from my charity shop purchase the other day. And the number of titles by the author when there are more than one:-

Jeffrey Ashford
Jay Barbette
Richard Butler
Guy Compton
Harry Hossent 2
Bill Knox 2
Ed McBain
Robert McLeod 2
Hugh McCutcheon
Allan McKinnock
Peter Malloch
W. Murdoch Duncan 4
Gerald Sindstadt

I've started on 'The Mugger' by Ed McBain. It is an 87th Precinct novel from 1956. It's about the search for a disguised mugger who bows to his female victims.
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