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Other Films / Re: Law and Order (1953)
« on: March 25, 2021, 01:59:36 AM »
I wonder if I watched the same movie discussed here. The story is set in 1882, I saw no phonograph (but maybe I missed it or the version on youtube is not complete) and Reagan isn't married, though planning to. I liked it and I liked  the finale except for Kelley (best character in the movie) leaving town. Hampton is gorgeous and Malone not on verge of tears as she usually looks in other movies. Reagan is a minus: he played a better part as POTUS (I know, I'm not original there) but is the truth: he just can't act. Good fistfight with Foster toward the end. 6-7/10

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Impact (1949)
« on: March 24, 2021, 02:18:46 PM »
This one took me in the first 30' in noir fashion with the wife conspiring with her lover to get rid of the hubby. But even during those first minutes one wonders what the plot might have been as the lover hits hubby with a jack and that's that: is he so stupid to assume he killed the husband by that single hit or the plan is different? Yeah, he was stupid as his end proves right after and the cops are even more stupid with the hubby held to account for his death on flimsy (I'm generous) circumstances. This crap was almost 2 hours long and passes from the central part's melodrama to  the courtroom drama of the last one annoying you to death. Not a noir in my book. 4/10

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: March 24, 2021, 08:58:43 AM »
Patterns (1956) Phony, stale melodrama about struggle between the presumed old ways and the new ones of running big business. 4-5/10

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Manhandled (1949)
« on: March 24, 2021, 04:34:02 AM »
I must have watched this eons ago unless the water dispenser trick was used in some other flick. This is a kind of noir parody with cops acting like idiots (they allow Hayden or Duryea do their own job) with a phony doctor being a two bit criminal but apparently the police are not aware of the fact, the key maker and fence being opportunely located just below the building entrance where Duryea and Lamour live, and I could go on with all the absurdities of the plot. There are two real noir scenes toward the end: the chase and killing of the doctor by Duryea with the painted background skyscrapers Metropolis-style and the attempted killing of Lamour. This actress is a kind of younger Crawford and could never understand how she could be in movies at all (but the fact that she was one of J. Edgar Hoover's dolls was probably a factor). Hayden was still in the process to learn his trade. So the reason to watch this it is only for Duryea, a must for his fans. With another actor this would be a 4-5/10, but he makes it 7/10.

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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

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Framed (1947)
« on: March 20, 2021, 07:50:01 AM »
Worth a watching. But just one. A noir only plotwise, it goes ashamble after the murder and I can't count the times I laughed at the musical comment and some of Ford's faces, and at the incredible plot twists, quite boring. Carter acts perfectly and is good-looking, can't understand the criticism towards her. 6/10

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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.

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Other Films / Re: Vengeance Valley (1951)
« on: March 15, 2021, 11:12:47 AM »
 I suspect this was the first one with the plot of the adopted foreman covering the ranch owner's  moronic son. It is, within limits, perfect and with a good cast. It also probably has the biggest cattle ever assembled, or about. 6-7/10

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: March 15, 2021, 05:33:03 AM »
Double Jeopardy (1955) This looks almost like a noir travesty, with most of the elements there but superficially treated and with no credibility whatever as to how the characters act and the plot develops. 5/10

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Slightly Scarlet (1956) Pulp Cover Noir
« on: March 10, 2021, 04:48:01 AM »


The novel is very different from the movie, which takes only some basic elements from the source. The character of the little sister is developed in the movie as a shoplifter (which she is in the novel too) and a nymphomaniac (which she is not). In fact there's a whole different relationship between her and the Payne character. I won't go into it, read the novel if you care. Finale in the novel possibly even more incredible than the one devised for the movie. The first half of the novel is about the election scheme the Payne character sets up and it is much better developed than in the movie. The novel has a great advantage of being only 150 pages long. 7/10

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General Discussion / Re: Western Books
« on: March 09, 2021, 07:22:08 AM »
Not much "respect" for a genre where GBU and Once/West top most charts of western films.


It would have been fairer not mention it at all. BTW this guy says that italian were making westerns already in the late 30s ignoring that Leone's parents had made one way before.

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General Discussion / Re: Western Books
« on: March 08, 2021, 11:03:46 AM »


David Carter - The Western (2008) A short introduction to the movie history, with a fast comment on the most important ones. Some are discussed in depth but in a quite superficial way, i.e. they are all good, no defects. SW are treated in 6 pages of which 4 dedicated to Leone (another is for Django) which equals the space given to Silverado. It is strictly for starters. 6/10

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: March 07, 2021, 10:56:00 AM »
Gang Busters (1955) This is a C production with a wrong title and a story that at first goes one way to veer toward the end in another direction. Based on the vicissitudes of a real criminal it is just the kind of movie one wish they made oftener only better. No women in this (one appears for a few seconds) no sermons (they are concentrated at the start so they are easily got rid of), only action. And the action grows as the movie goes along.  The protagonist is good, I haven't seen him elsewhere. 7/10   

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tight Spot (1955)
« on: March 07, 2021, 09:14:38 AM »
The problem with Rogers is not her (for being 44 she's still attractive, though her hairdo is criminal) it's her character which is completely not credible. She's a floozy, but instead she's traded as a  "model". At 44. Come on. She accepts to pass a vacation or whatever you may wanna call it with gangster "but it's only to pass the time, no passes allowed. Yeah. Sure. So the romance between her and Keith can take form. With all the consequences (including the finale). The scene with the sister? Terrible. The decision to testify after the Hope Emerson clone's death. Yeah, sure. I forced myself to watch it till the end, but I presume that every american at the time who cared about crime vicissitudes knew  about Abe Reles and presumably all the cops (including Robinson) should have known better.   And so all the incredible messy security measures weren't credible a spit.  And not a noir, of course, not even remotely. Robinson, yes, usual great performance. But Greene's is just as superb. 5/10

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Slightly Scarlet (1956) Pulp Cover Noir
« on: March 06, 2021, 11:36:08 AM »
So a character's name is Marlowe. Accidental? The little sister is nymphomaniac. Rings a bell? The fictional name of the corrupt place is Bay City. Accidental too? But apart from the chandleresque references (a joke on Cain?) this one is notable because  it has two eye-catching females. It doesn't happen often in these 40's and 50's crime movies to have two beauties. And redheads, at that. But the story, quite idiotic at the start (De Corsia going personally, instead of delegating the task, to teach a lesson to "Marlowe" and not realizing, after having humiliated Payne in front of the gang for no apparent reason, that he's the main suspect at to who may have framed him. Leaving town, but no reason is given for his returning). I give it 6/10 only because of the 2 women.  I'm curious, though to read the novel, which I had planned to do since last summer and then forgot.

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