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I'm just trying to generate some movie discussion. If you're not interested then so be it. I'm not a big fan of "A Kiss Before Dying" as I find the plot a little too contrived for my tastes.
 

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By the way, I haven't seen "The Crimson Kimono" and "Underworld U.S.A." in many years even though I own both on Blu-ray. I guess Noir Alley will finally motivate me to watch those movies again. Yup, I didn't dislike those movies, but, they're not favorites of mine either. "The Sign of the Ram" will be a first time viewing so I don't have any opinion about that movie.
 

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Eddie's comments on Mildred Pierce were fine but nothing new information-wise for me. Always been a favorite, and I watched up to Mildred's interrogation before I finished my lunch and then sped to the concluding comments.
 

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Mildred Pierce. Short term memory makes me watch this again. So beautifully shot. And the lighting on her Crawford's face could not be more flattering. The dialogue is crisp and fast. Some of it goes by so fast you miss the joke or reference (did everyone get the one about canary feathers for Beragon?). And Eve Arden is great; every line and delivery for her. I remember thinking previously no child could be as rottenly materialistic as Veda, but influencers in social media and in our me me me culture have taught me otherwise.

Eddie did spoil the presentation a bit for me by revealing Barbara Stanwyck wanted the role. Crawford did a fine job (very underplayed and non-hysterical for her), but I would so love to have seen Stanwyck's version.
 

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Mildred Pierce. Short term memory makes me watch this again. So beautifully shot. And the lighting on her Crawford's face could not be more flattering. The dialogue is crisp and fast. Some of it goes by so fast you miss the joke or reference (did everyone get the one about canary feathers for Beragon?). And Eve Arden is great; every line and delivery for her. I remember thinking previously no child could be as rottenly materialistic as Veda, but influencers in social media and in our me me me culture have taught me otherwise.

Eddie did spoil the presentation a bit for me by revealing Barbara Stanwyck wanted the role. Crawford did a fine job (very underplayed and non-hysterical for her), but I would so love to have seen Stanwyck's version.
That's one of things I learned from Eddie and I started imagining her in that role.
 

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Did I say something to offend you, Robert?
I see you edited your post with that question in bold. What are you talking about? Man, I just wanted to talk about Noir Alley movies coming up that you're not excited about and wondered "why". I know my bedside manner in some of my posts can be rough at times, but, I didn't mean anything by it. I was genuinely interested as to why you weren't excited about them. That's it, if you don't want to do so that's fine too.
 

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Eddie's comments on Mildred Pierce were fine but nothing new information-wise for me. Always been a favorite, and I watched up to Mildred's interrogation before I finished my lunch and then sped to the concluding comments.
One of my favorite scenes in "Mildred Pierce" is when that beat cop stopped her from jumping into the water. I really enjoyed the dialogue exchange between them, especially from him to her.
 

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Which of the following have you already seen that you can formulate such an opinion?

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)
They're interesting titles, but the only one I haven't seen is Bodyguard. According to IMDB, it was cut to 62 minutes. I wonder if the Director's Cut was ever shown.
 

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They're interesting titles, but the only one I haven't seen is Bodyguard. According to IMDB, it was cut to 62 minutes. I wonder if the Director's Cut was ever shown.
AFI doesn't reference it and my 2011 DVD is 62 minutes.
 

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So that's what we'll see. Since I don't own the DVD, I'm looking forward to this screening. BTW, I haven't seen The Sign of the Ram in ages, so I'll probably watch that one as well.
I just got done watching the "Bodyguard" (1948) with its 62 minute runtime. I can see where some cuts took place in the movie. Still, it's not a bad RKO "B" movie directed by Richard Fleischer from a story co-written by Robert Altman which was his first credit. I think this was Priscilla Lane's last screen appearance.

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Has anybody seen this movie as it came up in a conversation that I had with some family members? This 1960 movie never received a disc release of any kind and appears to be a fine movie. An interesting cast to say the least. By the way, this movie is a sequel for "Knock on Any Door". Both movies are derived from novels written by Willard Motley.

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Has anybody seen this movie as it came up in a conversation that I had with some family members? This 1960 movie never received a disc release of any kind and appears to be a fine movie. An interesting cast to say the least. By the way, this movie is a sequel for "Knock on Any Door". Both movies are derived from novels written by Willard Motley.

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Well, I guess there isn't anybody that has seen this movie.:(
 

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This week's Noir Alley movie is a film that I haven't seen in many years. I've only seen it once and for some reason I didn't really like it. Anyhow, I'll be watching my Blu-ray for the first time and hope my second viewing changes my mind about this movie.

Updated 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)
04-25-20: 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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Has anybody seen this movie as it came up in a conversation that I had with some family members? This 1960 movie never received a disc release of any kind and appears to be a fine movie. An interesting cast to say the least. By the way, this movie is a sequel for "Knock on Any Door". Both movies are derived from novels written by Willard Motley.

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I haven't seen it but I've always wanted to. In the days decades ago when I used to frequent re-run houses, this film was never shown. I've have Ella Fitzgerald's songs from this film on CD.
 

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