I watch a lot of (noir) films and tv. Unless they're scheduled into the #BNoirDetour live tweet or otherwise made use of through recommendations, blogathons, or inspiration for research, however, I don't make note of them. This means, for one,... Continue Reading →
Exhausted from Thanksgiving? Christmas on the brain already? Not in the mood for the darkness of noir? Let #BNoirDetour take you away this Sunday. Join us on a campy criminal cruise: BEAT THE DEVIL (1953) Though humor generally ruins the mood... Continue Reading →
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Usually, our The Gangsters All Here movies start out with the main characters already established as gangsters. But this week’s movie, Too Late for Tears, takes a different approach. What if a set of a particular set of circumstances was dropped in an Everyman’s lap to make him turn into a gangster?
Actually, in this case, it’s not an Everyman, but an Everywoman — social-climbing housewife Jane Palmer (Lizabeth Scott). And it’s not one circumstance, but sixty thousand of them. One night, Jane and her milquetoast husband Alan (Arthur Kennedy) are driving along a dark highway in their convertible, when a passing car happens to drop a satchel in their back seat. Upon further examination, the Palmers discover that the satchel contains $60,000 ($584,000 in 2015 dollars, if you’re counting).
Alan is all set to surrender the money to the police. But then Jane opens the satchel and spreads…
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When presented with the opportunity to blog on one of my favorite cartoons for MovieMovieBlogBlog's One of My Favorite Cartoons Blogathon, I quickly found there were interesting but limited noir-inflected choices. I love "Racketeer Rabbit," for instance, featuring Looney Tunes versions of... Continue Reading →