What do you get when you combine Fred MacMurray as a guy on the right side of the law who falls for a sexy blonde who belongs to another guy and the pair make a plan to get the guy’s dough and live criminally ever after? One more clue: it’s not Double Indemnity.

Give up? It’s 1954’s Pushover, the film we’ll be watching for #BNoirDetour this Sunday!

It may be a “story of temptation,” but “suspense drama of the year” is pushing it!


The low-down:

  • If you loved MacMurray in Double Indemnity, he’s pretty darn similar in style and temperament in Pushover; just nine years older and with a much less powerful script.
  • It’s Kim Novak’s first film, a few years before Vertigo. No comment on any comparison with Stanwyck.
  • The director is Richard Quine, who’d direct Novak in Bell Book and Candle (1958) and Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife (1965).
  • It also features Phil Carey, a few years before he’d play TV’s first Phillip Marlowe, as a very handsome police officer and lovable stalker.
  • It’s late in the noir cycle, and you can feel the exhaustion…which makes it a fun ride for riffing.

Quotable quote:

  • Lona (Novak): Money isn’t dirty. Just people.


Her: My, what a big cleft he’s got. Him: At least she isn’t wearing a wig.
And there’s this.

I’m counting on you all to be “pushovers” and join the #BNoirDetour live tweet at 9pm et on Sunday, 3/6. Here’s your link: