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Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Feb 23, 2017.

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    IMO, "The Big Night" isn't a good film and is frankly one of the worst movies I've watched on "Noir Alley". There are a few film sequences that were good, but the rest of the film is just disjointed with some awful dialogue and even acting. The movie felt like it was rushed during production which probably is the case and the screenplay suggests too many chefs worked on the final version. I'm generally not a fan of Losey's movies so perhaps that explains my tepid approval to some degree. It will be interesting to read what others have to say about "The Big Night".
     
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    The tweet was in reference to The Big Night. I think the natives were a little restless with this one...

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    As one of the few 'noir' films I'd never seen, I did decide to take a gander at "The Big Night" (1951). Didn't think much of it. Way too self-conscious. I couldn't buy into it for a moment. I also have an innate aversion to teen angst, so that didn't help either. Yet another Losey item that pretty much bombed with me.

    I did get a kick out of seeing two old-time cowboy stars in tiny bit parts... Lane Chandler as the guy working at the presses, and Edmund Cobb as an older cop towards the end (although I noticed his voice was dubbed!).
     
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    The Big Night. A big letdown after last week. Awkward acting. Awkward directing. Terrible audio. It was like one of those bad social documentary style films like Reefer Madness. Muller's comments were infinitely more interesting than the picture, which plays like it was slapped together in musical chair motel rooms from blacklist target writers on the run. They can never run far away enough from this.
     
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    I didn't think it was as terrible as you guys did, but it wasn't good. I can certainly see John Drew Barrymore as Drew's father. Some of the same facial configurations around the mouth. I did find it very talky. Eddie's comments were, as always, illuminating about the backgrounds of many of the behind-the-camera personnel. He can manage to make even the weakest films sound interesting (before we see them).
     
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    Like you, I didn’t think it was a good movie and was one of the weakest movies on Noir Alley.
     
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    Eddie Muller talking about "Apology for Murder" (1945) starring Ann Savage and Hugh Beaumont. I didn't realize that Beaver's dad played in so many crime/noir movies.;) This has never been released on disc so its another movie I've never seen.


     
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    I'd love to see it.
     
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    This week's "Noir Alley" movie is "The Captive City" (1952) starring John Forsythe. It's been a long time since I watched this Robert Wise directed film, but I do have some fond memories of it. Now is the time to finally watch my Kino Blu-ray.:)

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    TCM's Noir Alley 2019/2020 schedule.

    03-09-19: D.O.A. (1950)
    03-16-19: High Sierra (1941)
    03-23-19: Lady in the Lake (1946)
    03-30-19: Border Incident (1949)
    04-06-19: 99 River Street (1953)
    04-13-19: Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
    04-20-19: M (1951)
    04-27-19: Woman on the Run (1950)
    05-04-19: Nightmare Alley (1947)
    05-11-19: White Heat (1949)
    05-18-19: Key Largo (1948)
    05-25-19: Dead Reckoning (1947)
    06-01-19: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    06-08-19: Nora Prentiss (1947)
    06-15-19: Pickup on South Street (1953)
    06-22-19: Shadow on the Wall (1950)
    06-29-19: On Dangerous Ground (1951)
    07-06-19: The Tattooed Stranger (1950)
    07-13-19: The People Against O'Hara (1951)
    07-20-19: While the City Sleeps (1956)
    07-27-19: Thieves' Highway (1949)
    09-07-19: The Big Clock (1948)
    09-14-19: Nocturne (1946)
    09-21-19: The Woman on the Beach (1947)
    09-28-19: The Harder They Fall (1956)
    10-05-19: Trapped (1949)
    10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
    10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
    10-26-19: Force of Evil (1948)
    11-02-19: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    11-09-19: Johnny Eager (1941)
    11-16-19: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
    11-23-19: Kansas City Confidential (1952)
    11-30-19: The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    12-07-19: Berlin Express (1948)
    12-14-19: Criss Cross (1949)
    12-21-19: Cash on Demand (1961)
    12-28-19: Repeat Performance (1947)
    01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
    01-11-20: The Big Night (1951)
    01-18-20: The Captive City (1952)
    01-25-20: Try and Get Me! (1950)
     
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    Well, we got lucky in mid-Michigan last weekend. Only an inch or two with some ice. Starting late tonight for the next 20-24 hours, we got another winter storm this time mainly snow. I think our luck has run out as the weather people keep changing the forecast so I'm expecting the worst.
     
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    Looking forward to The Captive City. I've never seen it, but it'll have to be later on SUnday or maybe even Monday before I can get to it. I have some reviewing to do on Sunday.
     
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    What are you working on?
     
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    Below is the 2020 "Noir Alley" Schedule so far with additional films being added at a later date:


    01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
    01-11-20: The Big Night (1951)
    01-18-20: The Captive City (1952)
    01-25-20: Try and Get Me! (1950)
    03-07-20: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
    03-14-20: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
    03-21-20: Elevator to the Gallows (1958) (I believe this is the first "French" film on Noir Alley)
    03-28-20: Crime Wave (1954)

    I expect the rest of the 2020 schedule will be added in February. I love "Ride the Pink Horse". A personal favorite movie of mine. One of the best and entertaining audio commentaries I ever listen to is the one recorded for "Crime Wave" DVD with Eddie and James Ellroy. For some reason I've never seen "Elevator to the Gallows" and haven't bought the Criterion Blu-ray. I just added to my list on "The Criterion Channel" to watch in the near future.
     
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    The Whisperers today and Room at the Top tomorrow.
     
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    Thanks for keeping us updated with the forthcoming schedule. It's a valuable resource.
     
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    “Crime Wave” aired on Noir Alley in 2018. Is this the first time they’ve repeated a title?
     
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    Looks like it, but I can see them changing that title out once they finalize the rest of the 2020 schedule.
     
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    I think some of you will find "The Captive City" boring as there is little action in it except a couple of scenes. It's not "The Phenix City Story" which has more action and violence in it. However, for a movie shot on a shoe stringed budget, it was a ground-breaking film that paved way for other movies like "Phenix City". Eddie's comments were good without much talk about the cast which mainly had unknowns in it. I did love his opening admission about this movie. By the way, the Noir Alley presentation definitely was derived from the same source as the Kino Blu-ray. Another thing, the movie doesn't appear on the TCM app, but Eddies before and after comments about "The Captive City" are on the TCM app. I don't remember that happening beforehand, am I wrong about that?

    As to Robert Wise, he was one of the most versatile directors in Hollywood history. Similar to Michael Curtiz in that regard.
     
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