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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: Today at 03:23:04 AM
I've just watched 'The Black Doll' (1938). Thanks for the recommendation K.

The picture quality is good. A little bit noir-looking in some scenes. Esteban is a creepy-looking butler. Good rainstorm sequences. I thought it was creepy and funny. A little bit in 'The Cat and the Canary' mould. Anymore like this , please let me know.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Suddenly (1954) on: April 17, 2018, 04:52:44 AM
Interesting thoughts about guns in this. Pidge's pacifist mother doesn't want her son to get into guns. Not even his toy pistol. Hayden insists that the boy needs to learn that guns aren't always bad.
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Laura (1944) on: March 12, 2018, 04:21:47 AM
I saw this again yesterday. I still haven't given a rating to this. There are some classic noir night scenes in it. It's just that it leaves me unsatisfied somehow.

Judith Anderson is good hankering after her gigolo. She says that she knows he's no good but he is exactly what she needs. I think Vincent Price is miscast as the gigolo. Normally I like him. The rest of the cast are right.

4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: March 09, 2018, 03:19:49 AM
I've just checked that 'Before Dawn' (1933) is based on an Edgar Wallace story. Later on I'll backtrack this thread and see what you wrote about EW.

I haven't seen 'The Mad Miss Manton' yet. I like Barbara Stanwyck. Talking Pictures are going to show her in 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' next month. I hope they have a good print of that film. I've got it on DVD with a poor picture quality. If I remember rightly you're a fan of this pic. I'll be back to report on here after I've seen it on Talking Pictures.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: March 06, 2018, 06:05:22 AM
Thanks K for the Ellery Queen recommendations. I'm hoping that Talking Pictures are going to show some in the future as they have some really good crime films and series on there.

Last night they started showing 'The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre' series of films. I don't know if he is an author that you like? He did the story for 'The Terror' (1938) which I know you are a fan of. The first EW film last night was 'Urge To Kill' (1960). I've just given it a 7/10 rating on IMDb. It's about a serial killer who tries to divert the blame for his murders onto a vulnerable man who lives in his own fantasy world. Good story.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Scarlet Street (1945) on: March 02, 2018, 03:15:38 AM
I've just seen this for the second time. I enjoyed it the first time and I appreciated so much more on the second viewing.

All the lead players are good. I especially liked it when Joan Bennett lies on a lounger in a Mae West-type pose. She gets painter Edward G. to paint her toenails for her. She drawls "They'll be masterpieces." This is definitely my favourite Fritz Lang film that I've seen to date.

I agree with the rating. 9/10 from me also.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Orson Welles on: February 27, 2018, 05:58:34 AM
I've just seen him in 'Three Cases of Murder.' It's a portmanteau type of film. He appears in the last story. Very good. By that time he had really developed his halting type of speech to perfection.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: February 27, 2018, 03:12:39 AM
I'm ashamed to say that I've never seen any of the Ellery Queen stuff. He's one of the detectives that doesn't seem to have ever taken off over here.

I forgot to say on your previous post about 'Murder By Death.' Where Peter Sellers parodies the Charlie Chan character. I really like Eileen Brennan in that. She's also good in a noir spoof. 'The Cheap Detective. Noir fans should love that one. Sorting out which classic noirs they are parodying in various parts of the film.
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: February 17, 2018, 02:44:44 AM
I've seen mostly Warner Oland as Charlie Chan. Some others who have played CC are J. Carroll Nash in a TV series. Peter Ustinov in a one-off in 1981 I think. Also there was an actor from the silent days. Have you seen any of those?

I can remember someone raving about Sidney Toler as their favourite Charlie Chan. So I hope to get to see some of his sometime.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: February 16, 2018, 03:09:25 AM
The only Baldpate film I've seen is the 1983. I'm glad you like Vincent Price in it. It's so like 'The Old Dark House.' An aged family of eccentrics and a family member confined to the attic for 40 years.

Thanks K for rating the earlier Baldpate films in order of your preference. I must see them. And some Charlie Chan too. Which Charlie Chan do you like best? Warner Oland, Sidney Toler or one of the others?
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: February 10, 2018, 03:06:46 AM
I know what you mean by isolated location mysteries as I like them as well. These are the 1930s thrillers that I've seen recently with their current position number on my crime list:-

33. When London Sleeps (1932) - great kidnapping and chase scenes in second half.

93. Rome Express (1932) - sinister characters on board a train where a murder takes place.

94. Dusty Ermine (1936) - counterfeit money gang including the eccentric Margaret Rutherford.

As we've entered a new page on this thread I thought I would just put another link to my crime list for a more easy access for anyone wanting to check up on the films I mention on here. Please click on below:-
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: February 08, 2018, 05:54:56 AM

I absolutely adore Charade. I always watch it back to back with The Pink Panther (from the same year). I love the music (Henry Mancini) in both films, along with the clothes, cinematography, hairdos, storylines...

The first part of Charade which I saw was the ending, where the killer is revealed. So when I first saw the entire movie, I knew whodunit. Doesn't matter. It's still a film which I can watch over and over again.

Henry Mancini's 'Charade' music is good. The theme tune stayed in my head for a couple of days afterwards.

I've seen three crime films from the 1930s in the last few days. But none of them fit into the whodunit category. One thing I've noticed about some 1930s features is the slow build-up. Nearly all the crime action takes place in the second half. I nearly give up on 'When London Sleeps' (1932) but the last 40 minutes were terrific.
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Brit Noir: Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958) on: February 05, 2018, 03:13:11 AM
I've seen this just recently. Talking Pictures aired it a couple of times over one weekend.

It's good. I was sympathetic with Anne Baxter. It's  never certain whether she can get Vargas (Herbert Lom) on her side. I think it's a film that can be see every so often. I'm sure that I will forget the complications of the plot and want to see it again before long.

14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: February 03, 2018, 02:44:26 AM
I wondered if you might have seen 'Shadow On The Stairs.' It has Turhan Bey in a turban in it if that rings a bell. Some people might not like the type of ending that it has. You have intrigued me with mention of the ending of 'The Witness Vanishes.'

I've just seen 'Charade' for the first time. I can't remember if it is one of your 1960's binge movies or not. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It does have a whodunit element about it. Not an obvious choice but I have added it to my crime list.
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: January 30, 2018, 06:36:41 AM
Thanks K for the Perry Mason recommendations. I've looked through S. S. Dine on IMDb. I had heard of his Philo Vance detective character before. But I've yet to see the three Philo Vance adaptations of the 1940s.

I saw a whodunit on Saturday. It's 'Shadow On The Stairs' (1940). It's about murders that occur in a London boarding house. Being an all-under-one-roof whodunit it is really stagey stuff which I actually quite like. It's currently No. 31 on my crime list.
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