Sunday, April 13, 2014
Film Noir Alert: The Maltese Falcon, 4am (Pacific Time), Monday 4/14/14. Turner Classic Movies.
One of the greatest, of course. (They are doing Mickey Rooney movies today, so hopefully the Falcon won't be pre-empted.)
Bogie, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, the great Elisha Cooke,Jr. Great movie all the way around. Written and directed by John Huston, based on Dashiell Hammett's terrific book. Can't say enough good about this one.
Sam Spade: I hope they don't hang you, precious, by that sweet neck. Yes, angel, I'm gonna send you over. The chances are you'll get off with life. That means if you're a good girl, you'll be out in 20 years. I'll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I'll always remember you.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
"Pitfall," with Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott (noir icon) and Jane Wyatt (mom on “Father Knows Best”) will be on Turner Classic Movies Monday 9/2/13 at 1:15 Pacific Time. Raymond Burr also shows up as the heavy, no pun intended.
"Pitfall" is a pretty good noir film, though I find the ending undermines much of what has come before. Other people see irony there, and there is. That said, I still think it just takes too much of a turn. I'm not being more clear because I don't want to give away spoilers. But all in all, it's a decent noir and worth watching.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Rooney was trying to change his boy-next-door-image. Does a pretty good job of that.
The movies are decent, low budget B noirs. “Quicksand” has the added advantage of Peter Lorre and Jimmy Dodd, the chief Mousketeer.
"The Strip" also features the Louis Armstrong classic song, "A Kiss to Build a Dream On."
Good L.A. locations in both.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Cleaver is a cop who just can't take it anymore. He knows he's going to step over the line, it's just a question of when. It's the smirk that blows him away in this stripped down psycho noir short story.
Reviews of "51-50":
"Hat's off Mr. Marks - noir is your playground and you do it better than any other current writer."