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I think you mean "Zero Hour!" because "Crash Dive" was a WWII movie about submarines that Andrews starred in with Tyrone Power.

As to that term "Good Trouble" I seriously doubt John Lewis copped that term from "Where the Sidewalk Ends".:)
Yes, "Zero Hour" and some of those other stern-faced appearances in films around that time.

I was being a bit facetious about Lewis getting the quote from this film, but rather that it was used this early, and maybe before. It was just fun to hear it from Willie.
 

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This week's Noir Alley movie is "The Racket" (1951) starring Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott, William Talman, Ray Collins and William Conrad. This movie had a mixed reaction to it, but I always loved it. Perhaps because two of my all-time favorite actors are in it. I think one of the plot points with Lizabeth Scott hurt this movie, but it never bothered me. Perhaps, it was Mitchum being cast against type? Anyhow, I'm looking forward to reading what others think of it. It's a shame this movie and the superior movie "Crossfire" aren't available in HD anywhere.

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)
09-06-20: Night Editor (1946) "Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Only"
09-12-20: Danger Signal (1945)
09-19-20: Gilda (1946)
09-26-20: They Won't Believe Me (1947)
10-03-20: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

10-10-20: The Racket (1951)
10-17-20: Destination Murder (1950)
10-24-20: Macao (1952)
10-31-20: The Seventh Victim (1943)
11-07-20: Nightfall (1957)
11-14-20: Fear (1946)
11-21-20: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
11-28-20: Suspense (1946)
12-05-20: Tomorrow is Another Day (1951)
12-12-20: The Burglar (1957)
12-19-20: The Unsuspected (1947)
12-26-20: Detour (1945)
 

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One more thing, I always thought Mitchum was pretty tall, but Ryan is even taller.


See THE RACKET ('51) tonight at midnight ET with an encore tomorrow morning at 10am ET on #NoirAlley hosted by Eddie Muller.

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Eddie tweeted out the link to this Criterion article from Imogen Sara Smith.

 

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The Racket. This one didn't do anything for me, unfortunately. I felt like (and I guess not alone) that Mitchum was horribly miscast and is just walking through the role (though he does give that impression sometimes when he's not). This said, though Mitchum is a favorite of mine ever since I saw him while I was a young'un on a B&W TV showing of Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. He should have stayed stoned for this one. It would have added a wonderfully ironic note to his role as a police officer.

I also made the mistake of yesterday (and again) watching a recorded TCM screening of Out of the Past, which just blows this somewhat dull procedural away in all categories. The best, and most ironic shot in this Noir is the street cleaner following the car in the last shot. That's not a spoiler by any stretch, just perhaps a pointed commentary by the filmmakers on the events that proceeded it. Practically everyone is dirty. And it will take a lot to clean up this town.
 
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Eddie tweeted out the link to this Criterion article from Imogen Sara Smith.

Thanks for posting that. Overall, it sounds like things never really changed for screenwriters in Hollywood. Perhaps more feared (because content was always king) than respected. My term was mostly in the 80s, where an Eszterhas could get an auction studio price for a screenplay in excess of $3 million, but the rest of us could still eke out a living selling scripts that weren't produced (20!). And at those Musso & Frank's lunches, the producer or agent would always pick up the tab, but that didn't mean they were your pals; it was a minor investment for hopeful loyalty. But the only real loyalty ever was to the sell.
 

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I like The Racket. Ryan is always galvanizing when he's trying to protect someone he cares about (actually, he's always galvanizing), and while Mitchum wouldn't have been my first choice for the hero role (always better as a bad boy), I think he does all right by it. The murder of the cop near the end seems VERY predestined: not another cop in the precinct within miles at that precise moment but when a shot rings out, the place is flooded with them? Loved seeing Ray Collins in a rather sniveling role, so different from his Lt. Tragg in Perry Mason.

I was hoping Eddie would go into the supporting cast which is just jammed with familiar faces whose names might not be known to the general public (John Day, Richard Reeves, even William Conrad might not be recognized by all).
 

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This week's "Noir Alley" movie is "Destination Murder" (1950) starring Joyce MacKenzie, Stanley Clements, Hurd Hatfield and Albert Dekker. Again, this will be a first time viewing for me so I'm looking forward to watching 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)
09-06-20: Night Editor (1946) "Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Only"
09-12-20: Danger Signal (1945)
09-19-20: Gilda (1946)
09-26-20: They Won't Believe Me (1947)
10-03-20: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
10-10-20: The Racket (1951)

10-17-20: Destination Murder (1950)
10-24-20: Macao (1952)
10-31-20: The Seventh Victim (1943)
11-07-20: Nightfall (1957)
11-14-20: Fear (1946)
11-21-20: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
11-28-20: Suspense (1946)
12-05-20: Tomorrow is Another Day (1951)
12-12-20: The Burglar (1957)
12-19-20: The Unsuspected (1947)
12-26-20: Detour (1945)
 

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There are two John Wayne movies that are particular favorites of mine from my childhood. As much as I love John Wayne, the reason they're favorites of mine is due to his female co-star in each movie. As a kid I thought they were two of the most beautiful women I ever seen in a movie. Both of them were blessed with beautiful and expressive eyes. The two movies are "Tall in the Saddle" and "Angel and the Badman" and the two actresses are Ella Raines and Gail Russell. Both of them hypnotized me with their beauty and the strength of their characters. Ironically, each character was strong-willed, but completely in different ways which captures John Wayne's characters heart.

Anyhow, as to "Angel and the Badman" we had brief discussion about Gail Russell in another thread in which she lived a very sad and short life. This was the first movie I first noticed her and tragically she would be dead less than ten years after this film's release at the age of 36 due to extreme alcoholism. This movie was filmed in 1946, when she was only 21 years old. In the movie "Seven Men from Now" that I watched last week on iTunes, she was only 31, but looked 10-12 years older due to her alcoholism. With that said, her beautiful blue eyes were still very noticeable in the awful WarnerColor process.

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