For some reason, it’s always easier to spot cinematic trends in classic film. Every studio wants to capitalize on the last big success (or successes) which can lead to a … Continue Reading Whirlpool (1949)
This is reposted as part of the Summer Under the Stars blogathon By 1946 actor Humphrey Bogart fit into the role of detective Philip Marlowe so perfectly it might as … Continue Reading The Big Sleep (1946)
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. My mother’s listened to Agnes Moorehead’s original radio production – a role … Continue Reading Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
I review the Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas noir, I Walk Alone.
This post is in conjunction with Film Forum’s Burt Lancaster tribute. Find out more and purchase tickets here. Director Robert Siodmak, known for noir masterpieces like The Spiral Staircase (1946) and … Continue Reading Criss Cross (1949)
Director Jean Negulesco and I have a contentious cinematic relationship. His patented blend of noirish melodrama doesn’t always sit right with me, yet I’ve seen so many of his features … Continue Reading TCMFF Review: Road House (1948)
In 1947 the feature Crossfire took a harsh look at the rise of antisemitism in America, taking an story that examination homosexuality initially and presenting it to post-war audiences as … Continue Reading TCMFF Review: Open Secret (1948)
The Ticklish Trio honor Kristen’s deceased obsession, John Garfield, on his birthday by talking about the 1946 noir The Postman Always Rings Twice. Come for the salaciousness and stay for our … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #60: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Drea joins me as we honor both Centennial star Anne Shirley AND the shadowy month of #Noirvember by discussing Dick Powell, the noir genre, and 1944’s Murder, My Sweet.
When I talked to author Alan K. Rode a few months back he mentioned his work with the Film Noir Foundation to bring the 1950 noir, The Man Who Cheated … Continue Reading The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)
Sometimes a movie is just so weird I have to write about it in order to prove it wasn’t something I dreamed up. Doris Day was a recent honoree during … Continue Reading Julie (1956)
There’s a disconnect to the 1950s best exemplified through media. One the one hand you have the Donna Reed world of mom, dad, and apple pie. And on the other … Continue Reading Gun Crazy (1950)
Guest Lauren Humphries-Brooks is back to finish out May’s Centennial Celebrant John Dall by discussing his turn as one half of a murderous couple (again) in Gun Crazy.
Fritz Lang is a director whose work, even at its silliest, can entertain, and that’s how one must approach Beyond a Reasonable Doubt – now available in a beautiful Blu-ray … Continue Reading Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Describing the Florida Keys always sounds as if a Dashiell Hammett-esque noir voice should be speaking the words aloud: “An isolated strip of land as beautiful as it is hot.” … Continue Reading Key Largo (1948)
Flicker Alley debuts two brand-new restorations this week with the DVD/Blu-ray combo release of Too Late for Tears (1949) and Woman on the Run (1950). Public domain victims whose copies … Continue Reading Woman on the Run (1950)