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« #45 : October 20, 2018, 01:54:07 AM »

                                                                             GUMSHOE (1971). Rated 8/10.

Albert Finney is a bingo caller. He fantasises about being Humphrey Bogart. Giving a Sam Spade type narration and wearing a trenchcoat. He trawls greasy spoon cafes and darkened alleyways on the trail of a character called the Fat Man. This film comes across as both a spoof and a homage to the 1940s private eye movies. The music is also evocative of that period. This is a crime comedy which gives respect to the genre that it's spoofing.


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« #46 : March 13, 2019, 05:29:12 AM »

                                                                  LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH (1969). Rated 7/10.

This is Fassbinder's low-budget directorial debut. Anyone who likes Jean Luc Goddard's crime films could go for this one.

The plot is sparse so not recommended for anyone who likes plenty of action. I enjoyed the comic moments. I got to know the characters of the small time crooks through their boredom of their existence. It might be me but I didn't quite get why the syndicate put a number on the life of the prostitute. I recommend it for anyone who likes an unusual crime film.


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« #47 : April 04, 2019, 12:59:58 AM »

                                                                                   ALIBI MARK (1937). Rated 6/10.

I have to admit that I was drawn to this by it's intriguing title. TCM have got this. It's also on You Tube. It is only a 13 minute cheapie but I couldn't resist adding it to my crime list. It's about a homeless man who gets accused of murder.

It illustrates the Great Depression era when people hitched free rides on trains. By people who had been cast adrift in that period.


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« #48 : April 04, 2019, 02:43:42 AM »

                                                                                   ALIBI MARK (1937). Rated 6/10.

I have to admit that I was drawn to this by it's intriguing title. TCM have got this. It's also on You Tube. It is only a 13 minute cheapie but I couldn't resist adding it to my crime list. It's about a homeless man who gets accused of murder.

It illustrates the Great Depression era when people hitched free rides on trains. By people who had been cast adrift in that period.

Thanks I'll check it out


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« #49 : September 24, 2019, 02:59:36 AM »

                                                                    SHADOWS OVER CHINATOWN (1946). Rated 7/10.

I was glad to watch this Charlie Chan movie on You Tube. I reckon that this might be the best Chan movie ever. It' really intriguing with loads of characters. Some of the are really red herrings as their place in the movie is never really explained. That's good as I am really into mystery movies nowadays rather than just plain crime.

Sidney Toler is Chan with his Confucius sayings. He is on the search for someone's missing daughter amid a series of gruesome headless torso killings.


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« #50 : October 11, 2019, 12:40:26 AM »

                                                                        DO YOU KNOW THIS VOICE? (1964). Rated 7/10.

I was surprised to come across this British-made Dan Duryea crime mystery. It might be a bit of a rarity.

Duryea is a down-on-his-luck type who plans a kidnapping of a child. Even though the child dies he desperately plans to pick up the ransom. The story develops into a cat-and-mouse game between the police and Duryea. Good interplay between him and his faithful wife played by Gwen Watford. And a good twist ending. Despite his desperate actions I tended to have sympathy for the kidnapper. This is a good movie for Duryea fans to search out if they haven't already seen it.


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« #51 : October 11, 2019, 05:43:44 AM »

                                                                        DO YOU KNOW THIS VOICE? (1964). Rated 7/10.

I was surprised to come across this British-made Dan Duryea crime mystery. It might be a bit of a rarity.

Duryea is a down-on-his-luck type who plans a kidnapping of a child. Even though the child dies he desperately plans to pick up the ransom. The story develops into a cat-and-mouse game between the police and Duryea. Good interplay between him and his faithful wife played by Gwen Watford. And a good twist ending. Despite his desperate actions I tended to have sympathy for the kidnapper. This is a good movie for Duryea fans to search out if they haven't already seen it.

Sounds interesting how did you view it?


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« #52 : October 12, 2019, 12:54:31 AM »

Sounds interesting how did you view it?

I was lucky enough to get it on a used DVD in a S/H shop here in the UK. I notice Amazon UK have got one copy available at the moment. I don't know if it's ever been available elsewhere. I hope you get to see it sometime.


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« #53 : October 27, 2019, 04:23:29 AM »

                                                           MYSTERY IN MEXICO (1948). Rated 6/10.

This is a Robert Wise movie that I am tempted to watch again. There are no stars in this. William Lundigan is an undercover insurance inspector on the trail of a woman. She slips across the Mexican border in search of her brother.

There are some good scenes of Mexico City. Dolores is the best of the Mexican characters. Jacqueline Dalya plays her in real Latin spitfire style. The movie gets a bit mushy at times. There's enough intrigue and complications to retain my interest overall.


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« #54 : December 04, 2019, 01:26:30 AM »

                                                                                  DRESSED TO KILL (1946). Rated 7/10.

This was the last movie in the Basil Rathbone/Universal Sherlock Holmes series. Rathbone didn't want to continue his contract with Universal as he was keen to go back to the stage.

The plot mainly centres on breaking a code set in music through the attainment of three musical boxes. Holmes' disdain for the obvious means that he stays up all night trying to solve a simple code. Elementary Watson solves it for him in one go the following morning. And bumbling Nigel Bruce's Watson offers Holmes a vital clue with a chance remark late in the movie. Watson is a mystery writer for 'The Strand' magazine in this and so equating with Conan Doyle.

Patricia Morrison plays the main adversary to Holmes. She died in May 2018 at the amazing age of 103 so a belated RIP to her in this spot.


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