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I purchased the following HD digital from iTunes about 3 days ago and based on Jose giving it a pretty good writeup in another thread I decided to watch it this afternoon. A pretty entertaining "B" western from Republic that was released in 1950. It stars Forrest Tucker, Adele Mara, Adrian Booth, Bruce Cabot and Chill Wills. The story is another railroad building tale during the days when Abraham Lincoln was still a simple country lawyer as he briefly appears in this film portrayed by Jeff Corey. Plenty of fistfights, gun battles and action scenes throughout this 90 minute movie. I have to agree with Jose that the most interesting character in the movie was a Native American princess played by Adrian Booth. I really liked that character as she was smart, educated, tough, sexy and brave. I never heard of this movie until some days ago. The video presentation is pretty damn good except for some brief moments of print damage. I highly recommend this movie that's on sale for $4.99.

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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.
True, but still. He knew she was deathly afraid of dark water. Why even let her dingy off?
 

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Watched the Eddie portions of Noir Alley this evening. Always fun to hear his take on a film, but I like it better when I haven't seen the film before and I'm listening eagerly for things to look for or think about going into a new viewing experience. That will happen for me next week.
 

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After reading another poster's comments earlier, this morning's viewing on DVD was "The Walking Hills" (1949) starring Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, William Bishop, Arthur Kennedy, John Ireland and Edgar Buchanan. A film noir/western directed by John Sturges. A group of people hunting for a missing wagon train that had 5 million in gold that was lost in the desert 100 years ago. Another subplot(s) is that some of those people have secrets of their own beyond looking for this missing gold. A pretty good modern western that was filmed in Death Valley. I always enjoyed this movie because of the great cast and of course, Ella Raines. :D


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Watched the Eddie portions of Noir Alley this evening. Always fun to hear his take on a film, but I like it better when I haven't seen the film before and I'm listening eagerly for things to look for or think about going into a new viewing experience. That will happen for me next week.
I feel the same way, but, unfortunately for me, I've seen "The Underworld Story" multiple times. A good movie that I last watched back in January so I'll be passing on seeing it again this upcoming weekend except for listening to Eddie's comments. For those seeing "The Underworld Story" for the first time, you might want to read this post after watching it, but, only after watching the movie as the linked article contains several movie spoilers.
 
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THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE that starting June 1, I'll be hosting the TCM series "Jazz in Film," Monday and Thursday nights during the month—with a crew of sensational co-hosts, starting w/ Mercedes Ellington. Check the link for the lineup!
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The following talks about the movies being shown in June with Eddie as co-host.

 

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Great news for you and all in the States about the jazz broadcasts ... though I doubt if we'll be able to access them here in Australia.
Just make sure you give plenty of airtime to to the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday. I have just about every recording she ever made (apart from some taken off-air) including plenty on original 78s.
 

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Great news for you and all in the States about the jazz broadcasts ... though I doubt if we'll be able to access them here in Australia.
Just make sure you give plenty of airtime to to the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday. I have just about every recording she ever made (apart from some taken off-air) including plenty on original 78s.
My old man was a big Billie Holiday fan so I grew up listening to her records in the 1960's along with jazz in general.
 

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Enjoyed revisiting Stormy Weather just a little while ago. It has been a perennial favorite since I first saw it on Laserdisc a long time ago (courtesy of Ebay). Of course, I own the Blu-Ray, so this was more a matter of watching it to see the comments before and after the presentation. Sort of wish they would go into a little bit more depth with the commentary, but I guess that is the nature of these presentations. Still, an excuse to watch a favorite film isn't a bad thing.

It is really difficult to pick a favorite performer or number given the talent arrayed in this feature. Probably Cab Calloway, whose voice I just love, but there are a lot of great performers featured. Always really loved Mae E. Johnson's rendition of Salt Lake City Blues in this feature, but I am not that familiar with her other work.

- Walter.
 

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It will be interesting to read other people's opinion about this movie. Dan Duryea is the protagonist, but, really more anti-hero. Not a likeable person in my opinion. A good cast of actors with Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm, Howard de Silva, Michael O'Shea and Alan Hale Jr. This was one of the films, the other being "Try To Get Me!" that I researched in which I realized the director Cy Endfield, was actually an American that was Blacklisted due to the House Un-American Activities Committee. I always thought he was a Brit due to "Mysterious Island" and "Zulu" that I saw as a young boy back in the 1960's.

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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It will be interesting to read other people's opinion about this movie. Dan Duryea is the protagonist, but, really more anti-hero. Not a likeable person in my opinion. A good cast of actors with Herbert Marshall, Gale Storm, Howard de Silva, Michael O'Shea and Alan Hale Jr. This was one of the films, the other being "Try To Get Me!" that I researched in which I realized the director Cy Endfield, was actually an American that was Blacklisted due to the House Un-American Activities Committee. I always thought he was a Brit due to "Mysterious Island" and "Zulu" that I saw as a young boy back in the 1960's.

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)
Looking forward to seeing this for the first time. There are a bunch of people in it that I like, so it will make a fun lunchtime movie experience (I hope).
 
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