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Other Films / The Outcast (1954)
« on: March 31, 2021, 12:53:03 PM »
Run-of-the-mill revenge plot of the nephew who had his inheritance stolen from his uncle. Without Derek and with an actor could have made 6/10.

Other Films / Nevada (1944)
« on: March 28, 2021, 02:46:50 PM »
Mitchum's first starring role in a run-of-the mill B-C oater.

Other Films / They Rode West (1954)
« on: March 28, 2021, 01:18:10 PM »
"Good production, routine plot."(Garfield) I think the finale was routine but the rest no routine at all. Especially for 1954. Excellent production values and, of course, Karlson as a director makes it highly pro. No, the story is no routine at all and is well acted with two lookers as Reed and Wynn that never turns this into melodrama. I don't like westerns with Indians but this gets a solid 7/10

Other Films / The Silver Whip (1953)
« on: March 28, 2021, 11:22:17 AM »
"Good cast and noisy action. But the directing is lightweight and the script too slow...". (Gsrfield) I don't think so. The movie is 73' and has got no filling moments. About the direction being lightweight, I don't know what it means: the action scenes are well done, especially the stagecoach ambuscade (any action scene, in a western, must be "noisy"). So it's 7/10.

Other Films / Young Fury (1964)
« on: March 28, 2021, 09:05:11 AM »
The Wild One meets High Noon. Garfield liquidates it as "nostalgic". which tells only a facet of the story and not the main one (actually I wonder if he saw it all). It could have been better if it had rounded the character of the son and, most of all, given it to an actor. The love story he starts immediately  with the girl doesn't rhyme with what we have seen of him till then But there are lots of interesting facts here. For example that, contrary to the Brando movie, the town people and the sheriff and the bartender Chaney deal differently with the youngsters (very good dialogue between the sheriff and some of them in the saloon); the final scene of the gunfight is absolutely well orchestrated and with the unusual (for the time) use of fake blood in close-up. And it could also be considered a kind of varied anticipation of the finale of FFDM. The movie was distributed in Italy (as I lupi del Texas i.e. The Texas wolves), so it's highly probable they took the idea of the thrown gun to be picked up from there. So I give it 7/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Web (1947)
« on: March 27, 2021, 09:27:29 AM »
More of a straight thriller than a noir, of the kind with the mastermind making somebody else the scapegoat for his crimes. O'Brien is good and so is Raines, while Price is not able to give the ironic touch he gives to his famous later villains. The plot assumes O'Brien is a half- or complete idiot, taking Price's word as gold when he is hired. But the story has got some good moments (the beginning most assuredly) and some noirish shot. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Larceny (1948)
« on: March 27, 2021, 07:07:43 AM »
More melodrama than noir. Noir is maybe only when Duryea is inside the frame. But mostly this is about the Payne character who is helping Duryea in his quite elaborate  con schemes acting like a gigolo or kinda. And apart from that, what doesn't work with me, at least, is Shelley Winters being the pivot on which the whole development and final failure of the whole shenanigan works. Because one might, with a great effort, believe that  Duryea is madly in love with her. But that Payne also might have fallen for her is nothing short of incredible. It would have been more simple swap her role with Dorothy Hart's (who here has got a couple of minutes of screen time) and the narrative might have been more tolerable. But the movie is mediocre anyway, the ruse set up by Duryea too complicated to be credible and the plot twists caused by Winters jealousy annoying, let alone the love story between Payne and Caulfield. Noir visuals: not noticed but Duryea's last line is possibly memorable:"He never belonged in this business in the first place".  4-5/10 

Other Films / The Proud Rebel (1958)
« on: March 26, 2021, 03:34:41 AM »
"the movie is superior fare...has more punch than most Buena Vista releases; the photography...and score are quite good".(Garfield)  You can trust Garfield on the score, considering what he says about GBU's (Morricone's unusually lifeless score) but the movie is, visually, impressive as it is only to be expected by someone like MIchael Curtiz. The problem is the story. Yeah, it has some resemblance to Shane but Jagger is an excellent, threatening villain with his two sons of whom HDS is the evil one. He should have had more screen time as the last confrontation is the real deal, something that could have been made 10 years later. But the rest is Disney stuff, plotwise: the dumb kid, the dog, the 40 years old virgin spinster. Still it is a pleasure to watch some frames and colours typical of the Disney stuff of the time and I give it 7/10.

Other Films / The Battle of Elderbush Gulch (1913)
« on: March 25, 2021, 08:21:04 AM »
Not so early Griffith. Indians attack town and the cavalry saves the day. What triggers the attack is the killing of the chieftain's son about to take two puppy dogs belonging to a pretty orphan ()Mae Marsh) to eat them.  An interesting scene is how an infant of a few months is treated by an Indian who snatches him from his dying father like it was a basketball to throw him on his shoulder It's at 17'27" on youtube.

Other Films / The Last Drop of Water (1911)
« on: March 25, 2021, 07:42:47 AM »
Early Griffith. Indians attack caravan, cavalry saves the day.

Other Films / Fighting Blood (1911)
« on: March 25, 2021, 07:27:28 AM »
Early Griffith. Sioux attack settlers and the cavalry saves the day.

Off-Topic Discussion / Undertow (1949) Noir it is
« on: March 20, 2021, 09:24:21 AM »
...even though the story is not of the kind respecting the Murphy's law, but just the usual innocent framed which makes it to save himself. The director had a career most of all in horror movies and in fact the character of the black guy is a clone of Frankestein's monster just like the finale may remind one of how the villain or mad scientist perishes at the hands of his own creature. But this is  a noir, more than other movies listed here as such, because of some night scenes typical of the genre (a frame of the scene at the Kat's Kradle may easily be Hopper Inspired). Plus there's a lot of exteriors of Chicago, at last. Unfortunately it is Scott Brady who doesn't work in this. That's because he's always impeccably shaved and his haircut perfect, at whatever time of the day and on the run from cops.  So it gets 6-7/10

Other Films / The Savage Horde (1950)
« on: March 15, 2021, 01:07:58 PM »
A variation on the Shane plot well crafted and acted. Surely Steele in the later movie could have subbed for Cook instead of Palance, but Elliott is more credible than Ladd, Berry can compare with Cook (or Heflin?) and Withers makes a good villain, with a inusual death. But, even more decisive, here you don't  have de Wilde and that makes this a 7/10, even if here you have the b&w.

Off-Topic Discussion / You and Me (1938) Pre-noir idiocy
« on: March 06, 2021, 03:51:28 AM »
Signed Fritz Lang, alas. I checked this because of the Kurt Weill score, though not being his orchestration it was actually interesting for the two songs, heavy with sermon-like lyrics. The story, if you call it so, is stupid melodrama, with a slight "comedic" didactic (both in literal and brechtian sense) intermezzo. But it is the 5 minutes prison evocation which is full of expressionistic style images which might authorize some people call it noir. But what is original is Lang's use of the soundtrack with rumours, sounds, music which makes this interesting, if you can manage not being bored by the Sidney-Raft romantic escapades. 6/10

Other Films / The Bounty Man (1972)
« on: March 02, 2021, 02:52:36 AM »
This was made for tv but it has the rugged looks of a post-Leone western Sure, it has Margot Kidder and her presence offers the chance to fatten the plot with wasted and million times seen scenes  and dialogues, though it makes sense with the finale. Walker plays perfectly, even too much so, his no feeling whatever character and Basehart is a very good villain: I hadn't realized how small he was. Is the movie entirely dubbed? The music is good and mostly original. 7/10

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