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Off-Topic Discussion / The Dunwich Horror (1970)
« on: March 22, 2024, 07:38:57 PM »
Director Daniel Haller, Writers Curtis Hanson, Henry Rosenbaum, Ronald Silkosky
Stars Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner, San Jaffe, Talia Coppola Shire. A very good psychedelic version of the H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror.

A heads up for Dark Shadows fans. I watched the original Dark Shadows run from roughly 1966 through to the end of the Count Petofi story line November 1969. Then situations changed and I couldn't catch it any longer. I was able to view the Dark Shadows films when they came out on VHS. And I was able to finally view the complete series after I purchased the Coffin Set.
Which brings to the reason for this post. The Leviathan Story Line, which was a bit of an over reach for the budget available on the soap. Well if you want to see what it could have looked like The Dunwich Horror (1970) is what it could have been. It's in the right time period and has a lot of he familiar elements Dunwich is Collinsport,  Dean Stockwell is essentially the Jeb Hawkes character, Sandra Dee is the Carolyn Stoddard character, Ed Begley is a Professor Stokes like character, Lloyd Bochner is a combo Dr. Woodard / Julia Hoffman. You got an old house like Collinwood, a sort of Widows Hill, the Leviathan stone alter and the locked room with the Leviathan. The special effects are great. You can check out a pristine print for free on Tubi. Well worth a watch. 8/10

Once Upon A Time In America / Burt Young character question
« on: January 30, 2024, 04:17:13 PM »
Greetings cigar Joe!

I am wondering if the characters nickname Joe-Chicken from the movie OUATIA has the meaning coward or some other?
Cockeye also called him Chickenhead in one scene. Im confused why he's calling him that way.
I'm asking this because i'm doing a translation(subtitles) for the movie. Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,

Off-Topic Discussion / Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
« on: December 18, 2023, 05:30:40 AM »
A montage of beautiful Jenny Karezi in Greek Christmas Noir - Ta Kokkina Fanaria - The Red Lanterns (1963) Enjoy!

General Discussion / Check this out
« on: November 21, 2023, 04:03:45 AM »

Other Films / The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
« on: October 01, 2023, 03:47:05 AM »
Director Robert M. Young, Written by Americo Paredes, Victor Villasenor, and Robert M. Young.

A true story. Cortez is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured. The confrontation was over a misunderstanding of Spanish. The sheriff asks Gregorio if he traded for a horse a "caballo". The interpreter translates. Gregorio answers that he traded for a mare a "yegua" not a "caballo." The sheriff thinks he's lying and draws his gun. Gregorio's brother gets shot. Gregorio shoots down the sheriff the interpreter who was unarmed runs away.

1901 is the first year that there was a railroad through both Tucumcari and El Paso (For A Few Dollars More) so we are in that same time period.

Anyway a huge manhunt is organized. A good film. Never seen it before 7/10


Off-Topic Discussion / Baby Face Nelson (1957) Gangster / Bio Noir
« on: August 24, 2023, 04:36:13 AM »
Directed by Don Siegel (The Big Steal, Riot in Cell Block 11, Private Hell 36, The Line Up, Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry).Written by Daniel Mainwaring and Irving Shulman from a story by Robert Adler and Irving Shulman (story). Cinematography by Hal Mohr and Music by Van Alexander.
The film Stars Mickey Rooney (Quicksand, The Strip, Drive a Crooked Road) as Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis, Carolyn Jones (The Big Heat, Shield For Murder) as Sue Nelson, Cedric  Hardwicke (Rope, Bait) as Doc Saunders, Leo Gordon (Riot In Cell Block 11, The Steel Jungle) as John Dillinger. Anthony Caruso Asphalt Jungle as John Hamilton.

Jack Elam (Quicksand, Kiss Me Deadly, Kansas City Confidential, Rawhide, Once Upon A Time In The West) as Fatso Nagel, John Hoyt (Brute Force, The Glass Cage) as Samuel Parker, Ted de Corsia (The Naked City, Crime Wave) as Rocca, Elisha Cook, Jr. (Classic Noir Vet) as Homer Van Meter, Robert Osterloh as FBI Agent Johnson, Thayer David (Dark Shadows) as Connelly, Dabbs Greer as FBI Agent Charles Bonner, George E. Stone as Mr. Hall ? Bank Manager, Lisa Davis as Ann Saper ? the Lady in Red, Emile Meyer (Classic Noir Vet) as Mac ? Detective, Dan Terranova as Miller, Murray Alper as Alex ? Bank Guard, Harry Antrim as Pharmacist, Tom Fadden as Postman Harkins, Duke Mitchell as Solly ? Pool Hall Attendant.

Some interesting factoids...

"The Production Code had recently repealed a ban on dramatizing the lives of real criminals. Producer Al Zimbalist formed ZS Productions with Irving Shulman to make a film based on the latter's unpublished novel about Baby Face Nelson. He originally announced he was seeking Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra or Tony Curtis for the lead.[Schallert, E. (May 12, 1955). "'Run for sun' heralded for Eva Marie Saint; Tim McCoy pursued". Los Angeles Times.]

Eventually they partnered with Mickey Rooney's Fryman Enterprises to make the movie.[6] Don Siegel was hired to direct.

Zimbalist wanted to borrow Edd Byrnes from Warner Bros to play John Dillinger, but the studio refused to release him. [Thomas M. Pryor (Jun 19, 1957). "MITCHUM TO MAKE THREE NEW FILMS". New York Times]

Filming started in October 1955. Zimbalist did some second unit filming in Chicago himself.[Schallert, E. (Sep 19, 1955). "Spiegel's 'end as man' to star Gazarra; Jack Palance subject named". Los Angeles Times.]

Shulman was later hired by Sam Katzman to do a script on Pretty Boy Floyd.["Shulman to do script on thug". Los Angeles Times. Jan 12, 1958]

Rooney says he was offered a million dollars to buy out his interest in the film but he refused, confident it would be a success."

From the official FBI Website:

"?Baby Face? Nelson was born Lester M. Gillis on December 6, 1908, in Chicago, Illinois. He roamed the Chicago streets with a gang of juvenile hoodlums during his early teens. By the age of 14, he was an accomplished car thief and had been dubbed ?Baby Face? by members of his gang due to his juvenile appearance. Nelson?s early criminal career included stealing tires, running stills, bootlegging, and armed robbery.

In 1922, Nelson (14 yrs old) was convicted of auto theft and was committed to a boys? home. Two years later, he was released on parole, but within five months he was returned on a similar charge.

In 1928, Nelson met a salesgirl, Helen Wawzynak, whom he married. His wife retained the name Helen Gillis throughout their marriage.

(discrepancy here Helen and Lester were married in 1924 when they were both 16)

Nelson was sentenced to a prison term of one year to life for his January, 1931, bank robbery in Chicago, Illinois. After a year?s confinement, Nelson was removed from the Illinois State Penitentiary, Joliet, Illinois, to stand trial on another bank robbery charge in Wheaton, Illinois. On February 17, 1932, Nelson escaped prison guards while being returned to Joliet.

So even though the Code lifted the ban on dramatizing the life of real criminals the film still jettisons Nelson's whole juvie criminal career, of stealing tires, stealing cars, moonshining, and etc. It combines his various stints in reform schools into his first stretch in Joliet.

The film is entertaining. Rooney and Jones are good and it's fun to see other Noir stalwarts in the cast. Ted de Corsia is doing an authentic sounding Italian accent in this. Cedric  Hardwicke is a believable sleaze ball doctor.  Also there's a lot of subtextual hints along with those out in the open suggesting that what sent Lester off in the first place was his small stature, and him probably getting pushed around by "big" people, until he wasn't going to take it anymore.

There's a couple of anachronisms a 1939 Desoto, and a couple of 1941 trucks show up 5-7 years earlier than they should. I wondered why they are still driving model "A" s, lol, if there were obviously more modern iron out there until I checked on the actual years the tale was set in. But up to the Little Bohemia shootout, its all fiction anyway, and afterward it's not much better.

Watch for the ambush of Rocco. It looks great even in a crappy transfer. Needs a restoration or an upgrade. Worth a look. 6.5 and possibly 7/10 with a better print transfer.

Off-Topic Discussion / R.I.P William Friedkin
« on: August 07, 2023, 02:40:13 PM »
R.I.P William Friedkin -  director of The French Connection, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Killer Joe and also The Exorcist.
Thanks for the memories.

Off-Topic Discussion / Deep Valley (1947)
« on: July 02, 2023, 07:40:31 AM »
Director Jean Negulesco
Stars Ida Lupino, Dane Clark Wayne Morris, Henry Hull, Fay Bainter.

A farm girl falls in-love with a chain-gang convict working at a nearby highway construction site and sets-out to help him when he escapes. 6/10


Director Andrea Di Stefano - A police lieutenant named Franco Amore on the night before his retirement is called to investigate a crime scene where his best friend and long-time partner Dino has been killed during a diamond heist.

Stars - Pierfrancesco Favino, Linda Caridi, Antonio Gerardi

Other Films / Killers of the Flower Moon (2023)
« on: May 26, 2023, 01:29:09 PM »
Something to look forward to

Off-Topic Discussion / RIP Jim Brown
« on: May 22, 2023, 04:05:49 PM »
May 18, 2023, Los Angeles. Star of El Condor, Rio Conchos, Dark Of The Sun, Slaughter, The Dirty Dozen, The Mercenaries, 100 Rifles, Three the Hard Way, and Mars Attacks.

Ennio Morricone / GBU
« on: February 11, 2023, 01:24:50 PM »

Chair de Poule aka Highway Pick-Up (1963) French "Spaghetti" Western Noir

Directed by Julien Duvivier (P?p? le Moko, Panique).  Written by Julien Duvivier and Ren? Barjavel (screenplay), adapting a James Hadley Chase novel  "Come Easy--Go Easy."

A little dash of Bad Day At Black Rock, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Detour. The "good" guy is an escaped falsely convicted murderer who took the rap for his best friend. He becomes an employee and fast friends with a truck stops owner. The Femme Fatale is the owner's wife, supposedly and ex hotel waitress of some sort, wink, wink. Who got off a bus and stayed because it was convenient and there was a wad of cash to keep her there until she figures out a way to get it. It works.

The film just changes the original California / Death Valley-ish local to France but uses the same aesthetics and story. The truck stop, a last chance gas, called the  "Relay de Col" is an Avia station with lunch counter "Chez Thomas," on the arid Col de Vence, a mountain pass through the 10,000 foot high peaks of the Maritime Alps between the Mediterranean coast and the interior. The next gas is 96 kilometers (60 miles) The film also blends in a some nods to the Noir Western Rawhide (about a stage relay station) and enforces this with what sounds like a prescient Spaghetti Western like score.

This is a great Film Noir, the general story is a wonderful riff on other familiar noir storylines and yet they are tossed enough to keep you guessing. Robert Hossein and Georges Wilson are believable as  friends and are both very compelling.

Julien Duvivier and Ren? Barjavel stick pretty much to the Chase novel with some minor changes. Ferisnstance, in the novel Daniel's safecracking partner Paul just randomly drives into the Relay de Col Avia station and meets up with Daniel in a true twist of fate. The locksmith company they worked for suspected that Paul may have been involved with the heist. The company thought it would be better for the company's image if Paul was out selling safes on the road rather near any temptation. Out of site out of mind. In the film Daniel actually sends for Paul to help him get a forged passport and papers so he could get out of the country. It's the least he could do as a favor.

Catherine Rouvel shines. She elevates herself into one of the great Femme Fatales of Noir. Her character portrayal in excellent. She is sexy, gorgeous, devious, and dangerous. She is alluring and it helps that all of her outfits are tight or quite revealing, most notably is what looks like a gold lame halter that becomes sticky and clingy after working in the hot kitchen and serving tables. The halter leaves almost nothing to the imagination.

Jean Sorel always reminds me of a French Robert Wagner, while Lucien Raimbourg and Jacques Bertrand are great as the French hillbillies. 8-9/10.

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