OUT OF THE PAST (1947) remade AGAINST ALL ODDS (1984)

I HATE REMAKES.  That’s my usual point of view, but I’m about to contradict myself.  One of my favorite movies from the 1980s is a remake of one of the greatest films ever made and I don’t have a problem with it. When I first saw Taylor Hackford‘s Against all Odds (1984) I had not […]


Joan Crawford is Queen of Catatonia in 1947

She was one of MGM’s top box-office draws not long after getting her big break in 1928.  She enjoyed the title of ‘Queen of Hollywood’ in her hey day.  She won a well-deserved Oscar during her third decade as a movie star and actress.  And she followed the win with two more nominations for Best Actress – […]


July #TCM Highlights and #NoirSummer Poster Gallery

I’m getting right to the heart of the matter this month, the gem-filled July TCM schedule. Highlights include… Monday nights dedicated to the Star of the month Shirley Temple Treasures from the Disney Vault, which returns for a nine-movie showcase on July 2 A celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Technicolor with a 48-hour, 25-movie marathon on July […]


Eve Arden and ‘The Ida Factor’ in MILDRED PIERCE (1945)

“What is this a family reunion?” said the tall, determined woman with a quick draw for a mouth. She is in the end what she is in the beginning. Her name is Ida Corwin and her quips alone are worth the price of admission. We first see Ida in Mildred Pierce in a police station. The […]


1951 Film Noir Poster Gallery

For #Noirvember I return to images and a gallery to pay homage to film noir releases of 1951.  I don’t think many of us would argue that they don’t make movies like they used to, I say they also don’t make posters like they used to either.  I adore these images – the cynical players and dark […]


What is it about GILDA?

During the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2012 we filled the Egyptian Theater to watch a sixty-six year old movie.  While that’s nothing strange during the event or for the classic film fans in attendance, there was a palpable excitement about watching this particular movie, one most of us had seen countless times.  On hand […]


The Snubbing of Barton Keyes

The 17th Academy Awards, which honored achievement in film in 1944 was held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Thursday, March 15, 1945 and was one of distinction for several reasons. For one thing, the 1945 Oscars marked the first time the ceremony was broadcast nationally on the ABC Radio network.  This was also the first year that the […]


Dick Powell takes on Philip Marlowe

Dick Powell was a huge success as a musical/comedy star in the 1930s.  But by the 1940s many considered him little more than an aging matinée idol, a perception he was sick of and intended on changing. [observation, 1936] “I’m not a kid anymore but I’m still playing boy scouts.” In the early 1940s RKO Radio […]


Warner Archive joins TCM Party for NOIRVEMBER

In our world the eleventh month of the year is not dedicated to family gatherings or special sales.  Here we celebrate crime-laden streets, shadowy figures and suspicious cops.  This is Noirvember. In celebration of all things noir, TCM Party is joining Warner Archive Instant for a series of tweet-a-longs in November. We’ve chosen favorite film noir from the Warner Archive Instant offerings. […]


Turner-n-Taylor in JOHNNY EAGER

MGM presents TNT – Taylor ‘n Turner – Together ‘n Terrific! A roaring blast of dynamic Action! A racketeer named Johnny Eager is out on parole and posing as a taxi driver, a ruse intended to make his parole officer think he’s now a reformed man.  Nothing could be further from the truth.   Not […]


Build my gallows high, baby…

In a noir mood, though no excuse is needed. A gallery of film noir posters (and more) simply because I love them. “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”    


Cotten and Welles in THE THIRD MAN

Following is a special guest post by Greg McCambley @GregMcCambley _____________________________________________________________________ When the opportunity to discuss any of cinema’s Dynamic Duos arose, my mind automatically went to one of my favourite movies of all time: Carol Reed’s, The Third Man (1949).  It is such a wonderfully evocative movie with its zither music score and its […]


Fritz Lang’s, CLASH BY NIGHT

Waves crash violently, splitting against rocks, bringing turbulence onto the shore.   There is a palpable unease as the credits role.   It is this; a foreshadowing that opens Fritz Lang’s, Clash by Night (1952), which stars Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, and Marilyn Monroe. “Home is where you come when you run out of places.” […]


MARY ASTOR – the stuff that dreams are made of

“A painter paints, a musician plays, a writer writes – but a movie actor waits.” Mary Astor‘s friend, John Huston and actor, Humphrey Bogart went to her house one day with a script in hand.  The script, titled The Maltese Falcon, was written by Huston and was based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 detective novel of […]


1947: The Year in Noir

This post was my submission to the December 2012 special, double-issue of The Dark Pages, the newsletter for film noir lovers, which was dedicated to Edmund Goulding’s 1947 classic, Nightmare Alley.  My topic was, “1947: The Year in Noir.”  And what a year it was! _____________________________________________________ Let’s get to them – just the facts.  In 1947, […]

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1947 Film Noir poster gallery

Having recently submitted my contribution to the special, year-end issue of The Dark Pages, a newsletter for film noir lovers, it’s reasonable I have noir on my mind.  In order to quell the dark thirst, I went out and started looking at theatrical posters of noir films released in 1947 as the special issue of […]


Val Lewton’s, CAT PEOPLE

There’s a genius to suggestive horror and it is not for the faint of heart. She’s the “new type of other woman.”  Alice Moore finishes dinner with co-worker, Oliver Reed, the man she’s also in love with.  But he’s married.  Alice leaves the restaurant and heads for home – with someone on her tail.  She […]