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Cornered. The more I think about it the more unsympathetic I feel toward Dick Powell's one note character just bulldozing his way over his wife being murdered. What might have worked better is if we actually cared about her through his eyes via some kind of flashback that gave us a glimpse of who she was, and helped humanize him by showing how he behaved differently around her through his love for her. But as it played out, and from other viewer thoughts, there was just no reason to care about him or his quest.
Another thing and this might sound cold-hearted, but it's true according to the script when his father-in-law told him that she was only his wife for 20 days while he lost his daughter of 20 years.
 
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Eleanor Parker is one of my top ten favorite actresses of all-time. During my childhood, I believe the first film I ever noticed her in was "The Naked Jungle" with Charleton Heston. What kid growing up in the 1960's, wouldn't love a movie about an army of ants destroying everything in its path.:) At that time and still today, I thought she was one of the most beautiful actresses I ever seen in any movie. Man, she knew how to cry in movies with those beautiful eyes and trembling lips.

The following links are a two-part article about Parker and the movies she starred in. There are some things I don't agree with such as his take on "The Pride of the Marines" as I watched that film more than a few times growing up, so I disagree about his premise on the film itself and the movie disappearing from the public eye. Anyhow, this is a long read so I placed those links here so people can read them at their own leisure.

Eleanor Parker, Part 1: Dream Factory

Eleanor Parker, Part 2: Technicolor
To wrap up my Memorial Day film tribute I watched "Pride of the Marines" (1945) on TCM starring John Garfield, Eleanor Parker and Dane Clark. The movie tells the story of Al Schmid, who along with machine gun mates Johnny Rivers and Leroy Diamond
held off a Japanese attack during the Guadalcanal campaign on August 21st, 1942. Rivers was killed and Diamond seriously wounded during the attack with Schmid firing the machine gun and reloading it single-handedly. Eventually, a Japanese soldier tossed a grenade near their machine gun position. Schmid was wounded and was blinded by the blast. With Diamond guiding him, Schmid continued to fire his weapon and reload it until they were relieved hours later. That morning, they counted over 200 dead Japanese soldiers in front of their machine gun position. All three men were awarded the Navy Cross.
The movie provides a very intense battle scene for a 1945 movie. Furthermore, the movie's first 45 minutes is about Schmid's life before Guadalcanal then the battle and afterwards what happened to Schmid. Like many WWII movies there is some propaganda, jingoistic dialogue and some social commentary about soldiers returning from war. IMO, it's one of the finest WWII movies made during that time. Garfield gave one of his best performances in this movie. Eleanor Parker was excellent and this movie along with "The Naked Jungle" are the two movies that I really took notice of her back when I was about 12 or 13 years old. She became a favorite actress of mine with her beauty and acting chops. Dane Clark was really good in this movie playing Lee Diamond. Also, a shout out to Rosemary DeCamp for her role as the Red Cross worker. Just a fine and underrated movie that I would die to have on Blu-ray.

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Thanks to Cranston for posting this link in another thread. It's the listing of movies that will be playing on HBO Max, the new subscription streaming service that launches tomorrow morning. Movies will be curated so there will be some movie rotation.

Warner Bros. Classics:

2001: A Space Odyssey
42nd Street
Adam’s Rib
The Adventures of Robin Hood
An American in Paris
Ben-Hur
Body Heat
Bonnie and Clyde
Bringing Up Baby
Cannery Row
Casablanca
Cheyenne Autumn
Cimarron
Citizen Kane
City of Angels
Cool Hand Luke
Countdown
Dirty Harry
Doctor Zhivago
East of Eden
Elvis: That’s the Way it is
Footlight Parade
Freaks
Giant
Girl Crazy
Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1935
Gone with the Wind
How the West was Won
Keeper of the Flame
King Kong
Klute
The Little Drummer Girl
Lolita
The Maltese Falcon
Mildred Pierce
Million Dollar Mermaid
Mrs. Soffel
North by Northwest
Now, Voyager
The Nun’s Story
Pat and Mike
A Patch of Blue
The Philadelphia Story
Point Blank
Polyester
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Pride and Prejudice
Rebel Without a Cause
Rhapsody in Blue
Rio Bravo
Romance on the High Seas
The Sea of Grass
The Searchers
Shall We Dance
Shoot the Moon
Singin’ in the Rain
The Singing Nun
The Song Remains the Same
A Star is Born (1954)
A Star is Born (1976)
A Streetcar Named Desire
Strike Up the Band
Tortilla Flat
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Wattstax
The Wild Bunch
Without Love
The Wizard of Oz
Woman of the Year
Woodstock
Modern Warner Bros. Films and Favorites
Aquaman
Batman: Gotham Knight
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
Batman & Robin
Batman Forever
Batman vs. Robin
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Contact
Crazy Stupid Love
Crazy Rich Asians
Critters
The Dark Knight Rises
Deep Blue Sea
The Devil’s Advocate
Drop Dead Fred
Empire of The Sun
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
Friday the 13th (2009)
Glengarry Glen Ross
Green Lantern
Gremlins
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Hairspray (1988)
Hairspray (2007)
Harold & Kumar go to White Castle
Isn’t It Romantic
IT: Chapter 2
Joker
The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Movie
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Little Shop of Horrors
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Police Academy
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
Police Academy 3: Back in Training
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow
Practical Magic
Selena
Set It Off
Shazam!
Sherlock Holmes
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Snakes on a Plane
A Star Is Born (2018)
Sucker Punch
Suicide Squad
Supergirl
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Three Kings
A Time to Kill
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
The Witches of Eastwick
Wonder Woman


Criterion Collection:


…And God Created Woman
16 Days of Glory
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
The 3 Penny Opera
The 39 Steps
The 400 Blows
The 47 Ronin: Part 1
The 47 Ronin: Part 2
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Amarcord
An Angel at my Table
Ashes and Diamonds
Atlanta’s Olympic Glory
Au Revior Les Enfants
Autumn Sonata
Babette’s Feast
Battle of Algiers
Battleship Potemkin
The Beales of Grey Gardens
Beauty and the Beast
Belle De Jour
Bicycle Thieves
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Black Girl
Black Narcissus
Black Orpheus
Blithe Spirit
The Blob
Blood Simple
Breaking the Waves
Breathless
Brief Encounter
A Brief History of Time
The Brood
Brute Force
Buena Vista Social Club
Calgary ‘88: 16 Days of Glory
Carnival of Souls
Chimes at Midnight
La Ciénaga
The Circus
City Lights
Cleo from 5 to 7
Cranes are Flying
Cries and Whispers
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
Cronos
Daisies
A Day in the Country
A Day’s Pleasure
The Daytrippers
Dead Man
Desert Hearts
Destroy All Monsters
Diabolique
Divorce Italian Style
A Dog’s Life
Don’t Look Back
Down by Law
The Earrings of Madame De
Eating Raoul
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Elevator to the Gallows
The Emperor Jones
The Entertainer
Equinox
Eraserhead
Europa
Europe ‘51
Eyes Without a Face
F is for Fake
Faces
Fanny and Alexander
Fantastic Planet
Fat Girl
First Man Into Space
For All Mankind
Foreign Correspondant
The Four Feathers
Fox and His Friends
The Front Page
Funny Games
George Stevens: A Filmmakers Journey
George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin
Germany Year Zero
Gidorah, The Three Headed Monster
Gimme Shelter
Godzilla
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs Megalon
Godzilla vs Gigan
Godzilla vs Hedorah
Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush: 1942 Version
The Grand Olympics
Gray’s Anatomy
The Great Dictator
Great Expectations
Grey Gardens
Hamlet
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare
Hanzo the Razor: Who’s Got the Gold?
A Hard Day’s Night
Harlan County U.S.A
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
Hearts and Minds
Henry V
The Hidden Fortress
Hobson’s Choice
The Honeymoon Killers
Hoop Dreams
House
I Married a Witch
I Shot Jesse James
I Was a Teenage Zombie
The Idle Class
Ikiru
The Immigrant
In the Mood for Love
In Vanda’s Room
Intermezzo
Invasion of Astro-Monster
Irma Vep
Ivan the Terrible Part 1
Ivan the Terrible Part 2
Jubilee
Jules and Jim
Juliet of the Spirits
The Jungle Book
The Kid
Kill!
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
A King in New York
The King of Kings
Knife in the Water
Kwaidan
Lady Snowblood
Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance
The Lady Vanishes
L’Amore
L’Argent
The Last Emperor
The Last Metro
The Last Wave
Late Autumn
Late Spring
L’Avventura
Lillehammer ‘94: Days of Glory
Limelight
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
Lola
Lola Montes
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby in the Land of Demons
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengence
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell
Loneliness of the Long Distance
The Long Voyage Home
Look Back in Anger
Lord of the Flies
The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum
Love in the Afternoon
Major Barbara
Man Bites Dog
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Marriage of Maria Braun
Masculin Feminin
Metropolitan
Mikey and Nicky
Modern Times
Mon Oncle
Mona Lisa
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
Monsieur Verdoux
Monterey Pop
The Most Dangerous Game
Mothra vs Godzilla
Mr. Arkadin
Multiple Maniacs
My Brilliant Career
My Dinner with Andre
My Life as a Dog
My Night at Maud’s
Nagano ‘98 Olympics: Stories of Honor and Glory
The Naked City
The Naked Kiss
Nanook of the North
Nice and Friendly
A Night in the Show
Night of the Living Dead
Of Mice and Men
Oliver Twist
Onibaba
Paris, Texas
Pather Panchali
Pay Day
Pepe Le Moko
Permanent Vacation
Persona
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Pilgrim
The Player
Police Story
Primary
The Private Life of Henry the VIII
Pygmalion
Quadrophenia
Querelle
Rashomon
The Red Balloon
Red Desert
The Red Shoes
Rembrandt
The Return of Bulldog Drummond
Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel
Richard III
The Rink
The Rise of Catherine the Great
The Rite
The River
Rodan
Rome Open City
A Room with a View
The Ruling Class
The Runner
Sabotage
Safety Last!
Salesman
Le Samourai
Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto
Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island
Satan’s Brew
Sawdust and Tinsel
Scanners
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Scenes From a Marriage
Schizopolis
Seance on a Wet Afternoon
Secrets and Lies
Senso
Seoul 1988
Seven Samurai
Seventh Seal
The Seventh Veil
Shadows
Shock Corridor
Shoot the Piano Player
The Shooting
The Shop on Main Street
Shoulder Arms
Sisters
Smithereens
Solaris
Son of Godzilla
Speedy
Stagecoach
La Strada
Stranger Than Paradise
The Stranger
Stromboli
Summertime
Sunnyside
Sweetie
Taste of Cherry
A Taste of Honey
Terror of Mechagodzilla
The Testement of Dr Mabuse
That Hamilton Woman
The Thief of Bagdad
Three Colors: Blue
Three Colors: Red
Three Colors: White
Throne of Blood
Through a Glass Darkly
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Time Bandits
The Times of Harvey Milk
The Tin Drum
To Be or not To Be
Tokyo Olympiad
Tokyo Story
Tom Jones
The Trial of Joan of Arc
True Stories
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Two English Girls
Ugetsu
Umberto D.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Under the Volacno
Vampyr
Victim
Vivre Sa Vie
Voyage to Italy
The Wages of Fear
War and Peace
The War of the Gargantuas
The War Room
Watership Down
Weekend
Wild Strrawberries
Wings of Desire
Wise Blood
Withnail and I
A Woman of Paris
A Woman Under the Influence
The X From Outer Space
Yojimbo
Young and Innocent
Young Girls
Z


Third Party Titles:

Alien (Director’s Cut)
Aliens
Alien 3
Alien Resurrection
American Pie
Analyze This
Annie Hall
Apocalypse Now
Armageddon
The Awful Truth
Aya
Babe
Baby Boom
The Bells of St. Mary’s
Big Top Pee Wee
Boys Don’t Cry
Braveheart
Bridesmaids
Broken Arrow
Capricorn One
Casino Royale
Castle in the Sky
The Cat Returns
Cold Mountain
D2: The Mighty Ducks
D3: The Mighty Ducks
The Darjeeling Limited
Dick Tracy
Die Hard
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Downton Abbey
Dr. Strangelove
Eagle Eye
Ella Enchanted
The Family Stone
Fast Five
Fight Club
From Up on Poppy Hill
A Good Day to Die Hard
Good Will Hunting
Grosse Pointe Blank
Hackers
Half-Nelson
Happy Death Day
Harold and Maude
Hellboy (2019)
Her Smell
Hey Arnold! The Movie
Hobbs & Shaw
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Hope Floats
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Howl’s Moving Castle
In Bruges
In Cold Blood
Jaws
Jaws 2
Jaws 3-D
Jaws: The Revenge
John Tucker Must Die
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
The Kids Are All Right
Kiki’s Delivery Service
The Killing
Kung Fu Panda
The Land Before Time
Last Holiday
The Last Waltz
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Lilies of the Field
Little Black Book
The Long Goodbye
Love Actually
Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again
Manhattan
The Mighty Ducks
Mona Lisa Smile
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Doubtfire
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Network
Notting Hill
One Fine Day
Ocean Waves
An Officer and a Gentleman
Once Upon a Time in the West
Only Angels Have Wings
Only Yesterday
Out of Africa
Paths of Glory
Pet Sematary
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Pom Poko
Ponyo
Porco Russo
Pretty in Pink
Princess Mononoke
Quantum of Solace
Raising Arizona
Ready or Not
Reds
Save the Last Dance
Scary Movie 3
The Secret World of Arrietty
Shall We Dance?
Shooter
Shutter Island
Slumdog Millionaire
Some Kind of Beautiful
Spirited Away
Stealing Harvard
Striptease
Swingers
The Take of the Princess Kaguya
Tales from Earthsea
Teen Witch
That Thing You Do!
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
This Means War
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Tropic Thunder
True Lies
Twins
Unfriended
Us
Van Helsing
Varsity Blues
War of the Worlds (2005)
What About Bob?
What Women Want
When Marnie was There
Whispers of the Heart
The Wind Rises
The Wood
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Yesterday
 

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Over the last couple of days I've watched the following movies on Blu-ray. I must say I was surprised by "Singing Guns" (1950) starring Vaughn Monroe, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. Leonard Maltin didn't think much of this movie, but, it's a lot better than his 1.5 star rating. Ella looked beautiful in Trucolor. I need to watch it again so I can listen to Toby Roan's audio commentary.

As to "Madigan" (1968) starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens and Harry Guardino. A gritty crime drama directed by Don Siegel. Another Blu-ray I need to watch again for its audio commentary. This Blu-ray has been criticized for it's video presentation. I didn't see anything that took me out of the movie, but, it's far from being pristine Blu-ray. As to the movie, it's a good crime movie in which two NYC detectives are trying to hunt down a killer that got away from them while stealing their weapons. Some on-location NYC location adds a bit of realism to this movie even though, at times, it reminds you of a TV crime drama.:)

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The following movies will be added to HBO Max on June 1st:

June 1

4th & Forever: Muck City, Season One
Adventures In Babysitting, 1987 (HBO)
Amelie, 2001 (HBO)
An American Werewolf in London, 1981 (HBO)
The American, 2010 (HBO)
Another Cinderella Story, 2008
Beautiful Girls, 1996 (HBO)
Black Beauty, 1994
Bridget Jones’s Baby, 2016
The Bucket List, 2007
Cabaret, 1972
The Champ, 1979
Chicago, 2002
A Cinderella Story, 2004
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, 2011
Clash Of The Titans, 2010
Cradle 2 the Grave, 2003
Crash, 2005 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
Doubt, 2008 (HBO)
Dreaming Of Joseph Lees, 1999 (HBO)
Drop Dead Gorgeous, 1999
Dune, 1984 (HBO)
Elf, 2003
Enter The Dragon, 1973
Far and Away, 1992 (HBO)
Final Destination, 2000
Final Destination 2, 2003
Final Destination 3, 2006
The Final Destination, 2009
Firewall, 2006
Flipped, 2010
Forces of Nature, 1999 (HBO)
The Fountain, 2006 (HBO)
Frantic, 1988
From Dusk Til Dawn, 1996
Full Metal Jacket, 1987
Gente De Zona: En Letra De Otro, 2018 (HBO)
The Good Son, 1993 (HBO)
The Goonies, 1985
Hanna, 2011 (HBO)
Havana, 1990 (HBO)
He Got Game, 1998 (HBO)
Heaven Can Wait, 1978
Heidi, 2006
Hello Again, 1987 (HBO)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013
The Hunger, 1983
In Her Shoes, 2005 (HBO)
In Like Flint, 1967 (HBO)
The Iron Giant, 1999
It Takes Two, 1995
Juice, 1992
The Last Mimzy, 2007
License To Wed, 2007
Life, 1999 (HBO)
Lifeforce, 1985 (HBO)
Lights Out, 2016 (HBO)
Like Water For Chocolate, 1993 (HBO)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action, 2003
The Losers, 2010
Love Jones, 1997
Lucy, 2020 (HBO)
Magic Mike, 2012
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, 1971
Misery, 1990
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, 2008 (HBO)
A Monster Calls, 2016 (HBO)
Mr. Wonderful, 1993 (HBO)
Must Love Dogs, 2005
My Dog Skip, 2000
Mystic River, 2003
The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, 1991
The Neverending Story, 1984
New York Minute, 2004
Nights In Rodanthe, 2008
No Reservations, 2007
Ordinary People, 1980
Our Man Flint, 1966 (HBO)
The Parallax View, 1974
Patch Adams, 1998 (HBO)
A Perfect World, 1993
Pedro Capo: En Letra Otro, 2017 (HBO)
Personal Best, 1982
Presumed Innocent, 1990
Ray, 2004 (HBO)
Richie Rich (Movie), 1994
Rosewood, 1997
Rugrats Go Wild, 2003
Running on Empty, 1988
Secondhand Lions, 2003
She’s The Man, 2006 (HBO)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, 2011 (HBO)
Space Cowboys, 2000
Speed Racer, 2008
Splendor in the Grass, 1961
The Stepfather, 1987 (HBO)
Summer Catch, 2001
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, 1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, 1993
Tess, 1980 (HBO)
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, 2005
The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009
Titanic, 1997
TMNT, 2007
Torch Song Trilogy, 1988
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, 1997 (HBO)
Tweety’s High-Flying Adventures, 2000
U-571, 2000 (HBO)
U.S. Marshals, 1998
Unaccompanied Minors, 2006
Uncle Buck, 1989 (HBO)
Veronica Mars, 2014
Walking and Talking, 1996 (HBO)
We Are Marshall, 2006
Weird Science, 1985 (HBO)
When Harry Met Sally, 1989
Wild Wild West, 1999
Wonder, 2019 (HBO)
X-Men: First Class, 2011 (HBO)
You’ve Got Mail, 1998
 

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Over the last couple of days I've watched the following movies on Blu-ray. I must say I was surprised by "Singing Guns" (1950) starring Vaughn Monroe, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. Leonard Maltin didn't think much of this movie, but, it's a lot better than his 1.5 star rating. Ella looked beautiful in Trucolor. I need to watch it again so I can listen to Toby Roan's audio commentary.

As to "Madigan" (1968) starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Inger Stevens and Harry Guardino. A gritty crime drama directed by Don Siegel. Another Blu-ray I need to watch again for its audio commentary. This Blu-ray has been criticized for it's video presentation. I didn't see anything that took me out of the movie, but, it's far from being pristine Blu-ray. As to the movie, it's a good crime movie in which two NYC detectives are trying to hunt down a killer that got away from them while stealing their weapons. Some on-location NYC location adds a bit of realism to this movie even though, at times, it reminds you of a TV crime drama.:)

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After my second viewing of "Singing Guns" in order to listen to the audio commentary, my film grade for the movie is a solid 3.0 based on rating scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best grade. Ella Raines really looks beautiful in this movie. I'm glad Toby Roan discussed the color of her eyes in his audio commentary as I always wondered about her eye color. He thinks they were turquoise and not green or blue like some have stated about her. Bond, Brennan, Corey and Kelley were really good in this "B" western. If they had a better lead actor this movie would probably be a grade higher for me.

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Well, I guess I'll watch my 2016 Kino Blu-ray. I'm not a big fan of this movie, but it does have some actors in it that I really like and it's in Cinemascope. I do wonder about Eddie's take on this movie.

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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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I'll record the TCM presentation of A Kiss Before Dying, but I probably won't watch the film since I reviewed the (very lackluster) Blu-ray. I'll be very curious to hear Eddie's take on the movie.
 
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After my second viewing of "Singing Guns" in order to listen to the audio commentary, my film grade for the movie is a solid 3.0 based on rating scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best grade. Ella Raines really looks beautiful in this movie. I'm glad Toby Roan discussed the color of her eyes in his audio commentary as I always wondered about her eye color. He thinks they were turquoise and not green or blue like some have stated about her. Bond, Brennan, Corey and Kelley were really good in this "B" western. If they had a better lead actor this movie would probably be a grade higher for me.

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I watched my Kino Blu-ray of "Taza, Son of Cochise" (1954) starring Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush. I haven't seen this movie since I was kid. The 3-D presentation is very good for this Technicolor movie. Douglas Sirk's only western with some entertaining sequences, but, it's still a mediocre western at best. The movie is about Taza succeeding his father Cochise as Chief of the Chiricahua Apaches and their struggle to live in peace with the white man on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. I'm currently listening to the entertaining audio commentary by David Del Valle and C. Courtney Joyner.

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I didn't realize the following until I listen to that audio commentary that this was the same actor, Gregg Palmer.

Palmer in Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) standing next to Rock Hudson
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Palmer in Big Jake (1971) big dude with the machete
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I'll record the TCM presentation of A Kiss Before Dying, but I probably won't watch the film since I reviewed the (very lackluster) Blu-ray. I'll be very curious to hear Eddie's take on the movie.
I'll probably watch my Blu-ray today. I remembered reading your fine review so I'm not expecting much as this movie played on TCM not too long ago and that presentation was mediocre at best.
 
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I'll probably watch my Blu-ray today. I remembered reading your fine review so I'm not expecting much as this movie played on TCM not too long ago and that presentation was mediocre at best.
Watching this movie again reminded how old Mary Astor looked in this film. She looked much older than her 49 years when this movie was filmed in June-July, 1955.
 

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FIrst viewing of A Kiss Before Dying in an HD format (TCM presentation via Comcast.) I thought it (the presentation) was okay, certainly serviceable. I don't own the film on BD so I couldn't make a comparison.

As for the film itself, Eddie gives a nice summation - "homicidal Douglas Sirk" :) Interesting to see Robert Wagner in essentially a gender switch of the femme fatale (as Eddie discusses). Some of the melodramatic aspects of the film don't particularly work for me, but I did like the performances. When I think of director Gerd Oswald, my first connection is to the original The Outer Limits series that I have been a huge fan of my entire life. Oswald directed a number of episodes in this seminal SF tv series including Soldier and Fun and Games.

I'm not sure why Jeffrey Hunter did not become a bigger star. Sounds like a measure of bad luck, a some issues in his personal life, along with changes to the Hollywood production system all worked against him.

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FIrst viewing of A Kiss Before Dying in an HD format (TCM presentation via Comcast.) I thought it (the presentation) was okay, certainly serviceable. I don't own the film on BD so I couldn't make a comparison.

As for the film itself, Eddie gives a nice summation - "homicidal Douglas Sirk" :) Interesting to see Robert Wagner in essentially a gender switch of the femme fatale (as Eddie discusses). Some of the melodramatic aspects of the film don't particularly work for me, but I did like the performances. When I think of director Gerd Oswald, my first connection is to the original The Outer Limits series that I have been a huge fan of my entire life. Oswald directed a number of episodes in this seminal SF tv series including Soldier and Fun and Games.

I'm not sure why Jeffrey Hunter did not become a bigger star. Sounds like a measure of bad luck, a some issues in his personal life, along with changes to the Hollywood production system all worked against him.

- Walter.
The movie is average at best, but like you, I thought Eddie summed up the movie very well. The BD is mediocre at best and is align to Matt's BD review.
 

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A Kiss Before Dying. I forgot to set the DVR for this. Oh well. I vaguely remember seeing the remake with Matt Dillon. And I've already seen RJ's best acting. It was in the documentary on Natalie Wood that aired recently on HBO when he was being interviewed by his stepdaughter, Natasha. And he relates the events of the night of Natalie's death. And it doesn't match what the hired boat captain has often described. But it's a good performance.

No, I don't believe RJ killed his wife. They had a drunken argument with Christopher Walken also aboard. Natalie stormed off, probably fell and knocked her head getting into the dingy. Drowned. And RJ didn't bother to look for her until sometime later. That's the criminal negligence part. Not murder. But with his temper still smoldering... he didn't bother to look after her and maybe find her in time. And if there's an ounce of guilt in him; and I suspect there is, that's what haunts him on short days and long nights. And if there's no guilt; well then his preternaturally cool demeanor that betrays little emotion no matter the performance is no act. He would be a man without conscience.

Now that's Noir.
 

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A Kiss Before Dying. I forgot to set the DVR for this. Oh well. I vaguely remember seeing the remake with Matt Dillon. And I've already seen RJ's best acting. It was in the documentary on Natalie Wood that aired recently on HBO when he was being interviewed by his stepdaughter, Natasha. And he relates the events of the night of Natalie's death. And it doesn't match what the hired boat captain has often described. But it's a good performance.

No, I don't believe RJ killed his wife. They had a drunken argument with Christopher Walken also aboard. Natalie stormed off, probably fell and knocked her head getting into the dingy. Drowned. And RJ didn't bother to look for her until sometime later. That's the criminal negligence part. Not murder. But with his temper still smoldering... he didn't bother to look after her and maybe find her in time. And if there's an ounce of guilt in him; and I suspect there is, that's what haunts him on short days and long nights. And if there's no guilt; well then his preternaturally cool demeanor that betrays little emotion no matter the performance is no act. He would be a man without conscience.

Now that's Noir.
In fairness to Wagner, it only takes a few minutes to drown so even if he looked for her after that heated argument, she probably would be dead anyhow as I seriously doubt if he looked for her just a half hour after the argument, he could have saved her.
 

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I recently watched Taza also. Based on the artwork I was expecting a fun B Western along the lines of Gun Fury. Instead it was a mildly interesting historical drama with a decent battle at the end. It was only 1:19 but felt like 3 hours. And it was weird having an intermission on such a short movie.

And the majority of the 3d seemed to be placing trees and branches in the front of the shot to pop out of an otherwise flat scene. I didnt get a lot of depth. The 3d archive did a fine job, i just think it was composed by people who didnt quite get 3d.
 

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