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Mar. 12th, 2016


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"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.

Dec. 31st, 2015

This Gun For Hire

dfordoom

best film noir seen this year

This has been a very sparse year for me for movie watching. And very sparse indeed for film noir. So sparse that I can’t even do a top ten list. I can manage a top five list, although even that will include movies that are at best borderline noir (and some are very borderline indeed).

First up is City of Fear (1959), an excellent “terror in the streets” paranoia movie about a city menaced by stolen Cobalt-60. It has a few noir touches. Here’s my review -

Singapore (1947), directed by John Brahm, is a fine noirish tropical crime/romance melodrama enlivened by great performances by Fred MacMurray and Ava Gardner. My review -

Spin a Dark Web (AKA Soho Incident) is a superb British B-mystery with genuine noir atmosphere and enough noir content in the plot to satisfy most fans of the genre. A very good little movie -

The Fearmakers (1958) is an intelligent thriller with at least the odd hint of noir, plus it’s directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars noir icon Dana Andrews. An underrated Tourneur movie.

A Dandy in Aspic (1968) isn’t film noir at all although at a stretch it has some affinities with spy noir. And it is directed by Anthony Mann (although he died before completing it). It’s an interesting and much maligned movie so I’m throwing it in because it’s the only way I can my list up to five titles.

Dec. 30th, 2015

PreCode

dfordoom

Christmas Holiday (1944)

Christmas Holiday is a pretty strange title for a film noir. Even stranger, this is a film noir starring Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin. On the other hand it is directed by Robert Siodmak, one of the grand masters of noir, and it is based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham. It’s odd that more of Maugham’s stories weren’t given the film noir treatment - he was an author with the right sort of sensibility for film noir.

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Dec. 13th, 2015

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Circle of Danger (1951)

Circle of Danger is a low-key British mystery thriller about a man trying to learn the truth about his brother’s death.

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Nov. 2nd, 2015

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dfordoom

Spin a Dark Web (1956)

Spin a Dark Web (the original British title was Soho Incident) is a fine example of the excellent mystery thriller B-movies the British film industry produced in such abundance from the late 40s up to the beginning of the 60s.

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Oct. 1st, 2015

Diana Dors Yield

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No Trace (1950)

John Gilling was a talented British writer-director who had a fairly successful career in the 50s and 60s before giving up movies to concentrate on painting. No Trace is one of his early efforts and it’s a reasonably entertaining crime thriller.

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Sep. 25th, 2015

Diana Dors Yield

dfordoom

George Raft and The Glass Key

How come nobody has released the 1935 version of The Glass Key (the one with George Raft) on DVD?

And while we’re on the subject, why hasn’t anyone released a George Raft boxed set? I know Raft is not everyone’s favourite actor but the man does have some loyal fans. Well, there’s me at least!

Sep. 23rd, 2015

This Gun For Hire

dfordoom

noir icons - Dana Andrews

When it comes to noir icons I can’t help thinking that Dana Andrews doesn’t get as much attention as he should. He not only did a lot of film noir - most of the film noir that he did was very good indeed. Of course his problem was that he was the very antithesis of the Oscar-bait actor. To me that’s probably what made him so effective in noir.

What are your favourite Dana Andrews film noir performances?

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