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Robert Crawford

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I watched on the TCM app "The Beast of the City" (1932) starring Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, J. Carrol Naish, a very young Mickey Rooney along with Nat Pendleton and a brief cameo by Edward Brophy. Of course, two years later Pendleton and Brophy would appear in "The Thin Man". Anyhow, this pre-code gangster movie is about a police chief (Huston) trying to clean up his town, but who's younger brother (Ford) also a cop gets corrupted by a gangster moll played by Harlow. When I first viewed this movie in my youth, the ending kind of shocked me as it was very powerful. There is another scene with Harlow that I will never forget either.:) She was only 20 years old when she filmed this movie back in late, 1931. A really good movie, though, some of the dialogue and acting is typical of movies made in the early 1930's.

 
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I'm looking forward to watching "Address Unknown" (1944) for the first time.:)

TCM's Noir Alley 2020 schedule:


03-07-20: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
03-14-20: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

03-21-20: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
03-28-20: Crime Wave (1954)
04-04-20: Address Unknown (1944)
04-11-20: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
04-18-20: Witness to Murder (1954)
04-25-20: Wicked Woman (1954)
05-02-20: Fallen Angel (1945)
05-09-20: Mildred Pierce (1945)
05-16-20: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
05-23-20: Cornered (1945)
05-30-20: A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
06-06-20: The Underworld Story (1950)
06-13-20: Murder by Contract (1958)
06-20-20: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
06-27-20: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
07-04-20: The Sign of the Ram (1948)
07-11-20: Bodyguard (1948)
07-18-20: Three Strangers (1946)
07-25-20: The Breaking Point (1950)


 

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I'm looking forward to watching "Address Unknown" (1944) for the first time.:)

TCM's Noir Alley 2020 schedule:


03-07-20: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
03-14-20: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

03-21-20: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
03-28-20: Crime Wave (1954)
04-04-20: Address Unknown (1944)
04-11-20: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
04-18-20: Witness to Murder (1954)
04-25-20: Wicked Woman (1954)
05-02-20: Fallen Angel (1945)
05-09-20: Mildred Pierce (1945)
05-16-20: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
05-23-20: Cornered (1945)
05-30-20: A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
06-06-20: The Underworld Story (1950)
06-13-20: Murder by Contract (1958)
06-20-20: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
06-27-20: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
07-04-20: The Sign of the Ram (1948)
07-11-20: Bodyguard (1948)
07-18-20: Three Strangers (1946)
07-25-20: The Breaking Point (1950)


Man, I can't wait to read the comments about this movie! Like Eddie stated,
It's not film noir
. However, it was a very interesting movie and I kind see how Eddie would really like this film.
 

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Address Unknown. A grim reminder that censorship, power grabs, and fascism can rise in times of great fear and despair.

Amazing production design, lighting and composition. A unique little cautionary tale. I was wondering why the title, but the twist ending makes that clear and poetic justice. And Menzies went from this to Invaders from Mars?! Well, I guess there are similarities in the assimilation of personalities by a conquering toxic force.
 

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Address Unknown was kind of amazing for the time it was made even though the plot and acting are anything but subtle now. I was glad to have seen it, and that surprise ending was pretty nifty.
 

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Address Unknown. A grim reminder that censorship, power grabs, and fascism can rise in times of great fear and despair.

Amazing production design, lighting and composition. A unique little cautionary tale. I was wondering why the title, but the twist ending makes that clear and poetic justice. And Menzies went from this to Invaders from Mars?! Well, I guess there are similarities in the assimilation of personalities by a conquering toxic force.
This was my second viewing of the film. Your post is very perceptive. I don't think this is a noir film (and Eddie admits it) but rather a cautionary tale that still applies.
 

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I haven't been watching a lot of films lately, but I was intrigued by Eddie's introductory comments on the film Address Unknown. A pretty nifty cautionary tale. I've always been drawn to the visual elements of film and Menzies' strengths as a production designer / visual artist are on full display. Great, expressionistic cinematography by Rudolph Mate. Really enjoyed the stark high contrast black and white segments and the overall use of light and shadows to present the film. Enjoyed this film quite a bit.

DId not see that ending coming. Heinrich has got some 'splaining to do. :)

- Walter
 

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