I have plans to watch that Blu-ray as well as the Blu-rays of "Step by Step" and "The Window" this month. I'm going to try to watch all three of them in one day since all are very short movies. They'll be first time viewings except for "The Window" which I've seen several times over the years.Day 5: 5 Noirvember 2021
Todays Feature Presentation
8. I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes! (Warner Archive Collection) First Time Viewing
Monogram Productions, Inc. (Release Date: May 23, 1948) Director: William Nigh, Cinematographer: Mack Stengler
Time to play catch-up on the past few days’ viewings and observations. First up this gem from Monogram Pictures that was released by Warner Archive, That I possibly think I got during the last 4 for $44 sale that they had before that site went away.
Staring to me a cast or relatively unknown actors and actresses I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes! Is definitely a different kind of noir type film. And before we get to the meat and potatoes, let me just say that once again WAC have delivered a spectacular print of a film I had never even hard of that knocked my socks off.
Clocking in at just an hour and 10 minutes long, but able to fit the whole story in that short running time This movie carries a lot of similar themes from two other films that I really like; Alfred Hitchcock's “The Wrong Man” and Joseph Losey’s “The Prowler”.
Tom Quinn and his wife or a couple of professional dancers, who can't seem to get a show working together Tom has been out of work for a while his wife works at a dance studio, not quite a taxi dancer but still willing to take tips from the guys. The film starts off with him waiting around one night wondering what's taking his wife so long to get back from the Dance Academy, and once she does arrive she discuss is that one of the students whom she refers to as Santa Claus wanted to spend some extra time. and they discussed the possibility of moving to the coast from New York so that they can get hired on as a dance team at the movie studios. While they're trying to go to sleep, During one of the hottest nights of the summer with the windows open you can hear the sounds of the bawling cats in the alleyway, and Tom takes his lucky shoes and throws it out the window at the cats to run them off. His wife tells him to run down and grab his shoes, but he says that he will get them in the morning.
The very next morning his shoes are found on the doorstep of his apartment, and he goes about his business. Meanwhile behind his building I should print is left in the mud as circumstantial evidence of a murder and robbery that has taken place. this is what sets this entire film in motion, unbeknownst to him and his wife, someone has taken his discarded shoes and used them to cast off any doubt that he is the culprit that committed the murder and the robbery.
Daily, Tom runs to the store to pick up the newspaper so that he can look for jobs in the trades one day he mysteriously finds a a wallet with money in it, that is similar in description to the money that has been stolen but not the same amount. He brings it home and discusses it with his wife, And being an honest and upright citizen wants to take it to the police knowing that if no one turns up to pick the money up that they're going to get it back, but she talks him out of it and decides just to look into the papers daily to see if anybody's reported any missing cash. After a short time, two weeks or so, an with a police investigation swirling around the neighborhood looking for anything to tie it to the murder and theft they actually spend some of the money and it's not long before the cops are knocking on their door.
The trial is held, and Tom keeps the most positive attitude of anybody I've ever seen throughout the whole thing knowing that he's not guilty, his wife knows that he's not guilty, and yet he is found guilty completely due to circumstantial evidence which the cops were not willing to investigate further. He is assigned his time on death row and the clock is ticking out.
His wife contacts the dancer known as Santa Claus, who happens to be a policeman to help her prove her husband's innocence and possibly get an appeal. He goes through the motions and finds out who was in the room behind. Looking for another possible suspect or fallguy, that doesn't work out. There is a guilty suspect, who maybe had a little bit of obsession with Tom's wife and used those shoes to set him up to clear away Tom so that his wife would be available for someone else.
I would give this a recommendation, it's heavy noir, but you feel bad for the guy who has that positive attitude even when he knows he is going to die, he says he will get to meet the one person who knows he's not guilty, the murdered man.
I know the feeling myself, and the abbreviated date is a flexible "gray" area, that has been changed to incorporate the whole month. Looking forward to those Warner Titles and your impressions of them, just got a big box from Kino the other day, so I have more that I can watch in a single month.I'm going to be upfront now and say I will probably violate the rules of this Noirvember Challenge because I'm going to need until November 30th to watch my 20 film noirs. I'm not in a Holiday movie spirit so I doubt I'll be watching many of those type of movies anyway this year. If I do, it will be more in December as we get closer to Christmas Day.
Yeah, I'm in a groove now! I'll be watching "Nightmare Alley" again, but I've seen that movie a number of times so I'm not in a hurry to watch my Criterion Blu-ray. However, before December 1st, I will definitely watch it by then, but right now, I'm trying to concentrate on movies I haven't seen beforehand or it's been so long, I forgotten parts of the movie. My Criterion Blu-ray of "High Sierra" is in the same category as "Nightmare Alley". Another movie that I basically know by heart, but it will be one of last Blu-rays I watch this month in this "Noirvember" challenge.Robert,
you weren't kidding, I haven't seen any of those, I do have all on my whish list to purchase, tomorrow I will be viewing my first phony carnival fortune teller for the first time when I crack open Nightmare Alley- for the very first time in my life, And I will also be posting todays viewings, from to different sides of the big pond.
And like you I am finding that I am really enjoying the double viewing one without and once with the commentary, and how much a good to great commentary can change your opinion on certain parts of the film.