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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: Today at 03:33:15 AM
Is 'Murder On The Campus' the 1961 British film? I saw it under the title 'Out Of The Shadow' recently on Talking Pictures. I've got it at No. 50 on my crime list (link on the last post on page 7 of this thread). I like the film's poster on the American release titled 'Murder On The Campus.' The candle on the skull looks real murder mystery artwork.

I saw 'The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case' yesterday (anniversary of Oliver Hardy's birthday). It's got the feel of those creepy old house films of the 1930s. I like the rubber-faced butler in that. "You're wanted on the telephone...downstairs."
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: January 11, 2018, 03:33:15 AM
I'm starting to watch the crime films on 'Talking Pictures' channel. I'll pick out the whodunits that I watch on there and give you a few notes on them on here. I've just created a 'Talking Pictures' crime list on IMDb. To view what I shall be watching in the near future please click on below:-

3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Too Late for Tears (1949) on: January 09, 2018, 03:29:25 AM
I've just seen this for the first time on 'Talking Pictures' channel. They show a good print on there.

It's a pity that Lizabeth Scott's career ran into problems in the way that you mention. I think she gives a fantastic performance in this. I shall never forget the look of sheer avarice on her face with her wide eyes gleaming with dollar signs.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Woman in the Window (1944) on: December 30, 2017, 02:51:38 AM
I saw 'Scarlet Street' yesterday. Although I haven't seen 'The Woman in the Window' for some time now I would say that 'Scarlet Street' is the better of the two films.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: December 30, 2017, 02:47:48 AM
I've just been pleased to se Boris Karloff in a detective role other Mr Wong who I do enjoy watching also. In 'Colonel March Investigates' (1953) he solves bizarre crimes for the police. He gets surrounded by quirky characters in quirky situations. It's a pity that this was just a one-off film for the character. It's actually 3 episodes strung together by Eros Films from a short-lived TV series.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: December 30, 2017, 02:42:31 AM

Hey, have you heard the radio play The Spiral Staircase? Dorothy McGuire also stars in it. When I heard it a few years ago, it was interesting to see how they handled a mute character on radio. Very well done!

I haven't heard that radio version yet. My mind is boggling on the thought of a mute character in an audio-only production.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: December 28, 2017, 03:32:01 AM

Tonight, it's The Spiral Staircase which I've seen many times. I love that film, but I wish that I could see The Riverside Murders.....

I watched 'The Spiral Staircase' last week and something occurred to me for the first time. Spoilers following for any other readers:-

When Helen goes to make that final telephone call, after the shooting on the stairs, she descends the staircase. Surely she is going the wrong way down into the cellar. And yet she ends up in the living quarters with the telephone in the hallway. I hadn't noticed any telephone down there or any furniture when I've seen the film before. Just where they keep the wine and spirits and lumber space.

Have I got it wrong? Or has the film goofed at that point?
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What whodunits did you see/hear/read? on: December 22, 2017, 04:01:57 AM
Okay, I took a bit of a break from my beloved whodunits to watch film noirs and even some Christmas films (all of which I'm too lazy to review).

Tonight I want to watch a couple of old fave whodunits:

Green for Danger (1940s)....two murders take place at a hospital in war-torn Britain, and it's up to Inspector Cockrill (the great Alastair Sim) to figure out whodunit and how the crime was committed. I especially like the final 15 minutes of this film, and in particular, the final minute of the movie.

I've just watched Alastair Sim in his debut film for the first time. 'The Riverside Murders' (1935). He uses a really broad Scottish accent in that one. He sounds very different from that genteel accent that we all know him for.
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Racket (1951) on: December 09, 2017, 02:49:48 AM
Note taken Jess. I will check those other 'no or little music' noirs when I can.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favourite Christmas films on: December 09, 2017, 02:47:21 AM
No particular favourites but I've just added a terrific channel 'Talking Pictures' to my TV list. So, courtesy to their schedules, I will be seeing these two films for the first time this year:-

Scrooge (1935)
The Holly and the Ivey (1952)
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Racket (1951) on: December 08, 2017, 03:34:09 AM
Good Review Jess. One thing that I have noticed about this noir is the lack of background music which I miss. The menacing score of noirs is one of the essential things about them for me. This missing element does mar the movie a little I think.
12  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.
13  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:-

14  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.
15  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.

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