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Jul. 28th, 2016

PreCode

dfordoom

Johnny Angel (1945)

Johnny Angel is an interesting little 1945 RKO film noir.

Johnny Angel (George Raft) is a sea captain, like his father. When he finds his father’s ship, the Emmaline Quincy, drifting at sea in the Gulf of Mexico, with its cargo intact but the crew (including his father) nowhere to be found, he is determined to find out what has happened.

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Jul. 27th, 2016


seldonp38

"THE BLUE DAHLIA" (1946) Photo Gallery




"THE BLUE DAHLIA" (1946) Photo Gallery

Here is a GALLERY featuring images from the 1946 crime drama, "THE BLUE DAHLIA". Written by Raymond Chandler and directed by George Marshall, the movie starred Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and William Bendix.

Jun. 25th, 2016

Diana Dors Yield

dfordoom

Born To Kill (1947)

Born To Kill is a 1947 film noir released by RKO and based on James Gunn’s strange, overheated and disturbing 1943 novel Deadlier Than the Male.

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May. 26th, 2016

PreCode

dfordoom

Nocturne (1946)

A George Raft film noir is something that will always attract my interest. Raft is not everybody’s cup of tea but he’s one of my favourite movie tough guys. Nocturne was made by RKO in 1946 and the idea sounds promising enough.

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May. 9th, 2016

This Gun For Hire

dfordoom

Mickey Spillane at the movies

Mickey Spillane has had mixed fortunes when it comes to film adaptations of his novels. The 1955 movie version of Kiss Me, Deadly has been widely praised although it’s not to my taste. Personally I much preferred the 1962 The Girl Hunters with Spillane himself as Mike Hammer. He might not have been the world’s greatest actor but he certainly understood Mike Hammer.

I’m also find of the surprisingly hard-boiled late 50s TV series with Darren McGavin, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. I’ve never seen the 1980s TV adaptations.

There were a couple of other 1950s movie adaptations, which don’t seem to have very favourable reputations. There was the 1953 version of I, the Jury and a 1957 film of My Gun Is Quick. The latter is now available on DVD but the reviews I’ve read make it sound less than enticing. Even worse, they make it sound as if it had little or nothing in common with Spillane’s novel.

Is anyone prepared to step forward to defend the My Gun Is Quick movie? Or I, the Jury too for that matter although it seems to be unobtainable.

Apr. 9th, 2016

This Gun For Hire

dfordoom

why did film noir die?

Most reference books on the subject tell us that film noir ended with A Touch of Evil in 1958. One can of course argue that perhaps there were one or two noirs after that date but on the whole most people would probably agree.

But why did film noir die?

Of course some of the causes are pretty obvious. Television pretty much killed the B-movie. And once black-and-white fell out of favour the noir visual style was pretty much finished. But was there more to it than that?

Did audiences grow tired of the cynicism and pessimism? Is that why noir suddenly became popular again in the 70s, the decade of cynicism and pessimism?

Or did film noir just get displaced by other styles? I wonder if the rise of the spy movie had something to do with it. Not the Bond movies, but the anti-Bond movies of the mid-60s. Movies like The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and The Ipcress File were certainly not film noir but they were at least partly drawing from the same well - cynicism, corruption, betrayal, pessimism, moral relativism. The dark spy movies of the 60s had all these things but to movie audiences they also probably seemed more modern and perhaps more relevant.

Anyway, just some random thoughts.
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Mar. 20th, 2016

This Gun For Hire

dfordoom

new film noir Blu-Ray set

Kino Lorber have a new film noir Blu-Ray boxed set coming out soon that looks interesting. The movies includes are Big House, U.S.A., A Bullet For Joey, He Ran All the Way, Storm Fear and Witness to Murder. Does anyone have any opinions on any of these movies? The stars include George Raft and George Sanders so that's enough to tempt me.

The set is called Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema.

Mar. 12th, 2016


lmoore66

"BULLETS OR BALLOTS" (1936) Review




"BULLETS OR BALLOTS" (1936) Review

I wrote this REVIEW of the 1936 crime melodrama, "BULLETS OR BALLOTS". Directed by William Keighley, the movie starred Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Humphrey Bogart and Barton MacLane.

Jan. 21st, 2016

This Gun For Hire

dfordoom

The French Connection (1971)

The French Connection is widely regarded as one of the great cop movies of the 70s. I’m ashamed to say that for some inexplicable reason I had never seen this film until now. In some ways it’s typical of 70s cop movies while in other ways it’s highly atypical. Like all of William Friedkin’s movies it’s slightly quirky and worth seeing.

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Jan. 4th, 2016

Gun Crazy pic

dfordoom

Noir City 2016 schedule

The Noir City 2016 schedule might be of interest, if you can get to San Francisco. Although it includes a lot of movies that don't seem to be very film noir at all. Blow-Up and Peeping Tom as film noir? I don't think so.

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