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Walter Kittel

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In complete agreement with Eddie on the topic of Memento. First viewed this at an Art District theater in downtown Houston on a Saturday evening. I remember driving home from my first showing with a buddy of mine and attempting to explain the chronological aspects of the color footage vs the black and white footage. My first exposure to Christopher Nolan and his trademark fascination with temporal manipulation.

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5 AGAINST THE HOUSE ('55) originated with a novel of the same name by Jack Finney, best known as the author of THE BODY SNATCHERS, which Don Siegel turned into the sci-fi classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS the following year.
See it Saturday and Sunday on #NoirAlley.

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5 AGAINST THE HOUSE ('55) originated with a novel of the same name by Jack Finney, best known as the author of THE BODY SNATCHERS, which Don Siegel turned into the sci-fi classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS the following year.
See it Saturday and Sunday on #NoirAlley.

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Kim Novak looks fabulous in this movie but her co-stars are all too old to play college students.
 

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Really looking forward to it. I must admit, shame-faced, that not only have I not seen the film, but I never even knew it existed!
 

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This weekend's "Noir Alley" movie is "5 Against the House" (1955) starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Kerwin Mathews, Alvy Moore and William Conrad. Directed by the underrated Phil Karlson. A director that has become among my favorite directors from that film period with so many of his films among my favorite movies. This 1955 movie is really an influential film that has inspired some directors. At the time, I first watched this film many years ago, I didn't think so, but I do now. The movie has some great one liners as its screenplay was co-written by some really good writers. I thought Keith gave one of his best acting performances in this movie. Kim Novak was "hot" as usual.

I'll probably just watch Eddie's comments as I watched this movie again just last winter when I got the Columbia Noir #1 Indicator Blu-ray boxset. That is the second time I have it on Blu-ray. It was first released on Blu-ray back in 2019, with the following Blu-ray boxset from Kit Parker and Mill Creek.

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Updated TCM's Noir Alley 2022 schedule:

01-01-22: Repeat Performance
01-08-22: Nightmare Alley
01-15-22: The Mob
01-22-22: Over-Exposed
01-29-22: Quai des Orfèvres
02-05-22: The Turning Point
02-12-22: Side Street
02-26-22: Cast a Dark Shadow
04-02-22: Pitfall
04-09-22: Bob le flambeur
04-16-22: Night and the City
04-23-22: The Window
04-30-22: Johnny Angel
05-07-22: No Man of Her Own
05-14-22: The Killer is Loose
05-21-22: My Name is Julia Ross
05-28-22: Bad Day at Black Rock
06-04-22: Out of the Past
06-11-22: The Guilty
06-18-22: House of Strangers Thieves' Highway
06-25-22: Down Three Dark Streets
07-02-22: The Strange One
07-09-22: Hide Tide
07-16-22: Scarlet Street

07-23-22: 5 Against the House
07-30-22: Raw Deal
09-03-22: Hit and Run
09-10-22: Obsession
09-17-22: The Naked Street
09-24-22: I Love Trouble
 

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I enjoyed Five Against the House, but I'd say it was on the periphery of noir rather than smack dab in the middle of it. Just my opinion. Brian Keith gave a very believable account of a former soldier suffering with PTSD. Funny that Jo Anne Greer supplied Kim Novak's singing voice since when she did Pal Joey with Rita Hayworth, Rita had Jo Anne's singing voice while Kim had Trudy Erwin do her song chores. Jo Anne sang in several films for Rita after her voice aged a bit (she had earlier used Nan Wynn, Martha Mears, and Anita Ellis as ghost doubles).
 

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I enjoyed Five Against the House, but I'd say it was on the periphery of noir rather than smack dab in the middle of it. Just my opinion. Brian Keith gave a very believable account of a former soldier suffering with PTSD. Funny that Jo Anne Greer supplied Kim Novak's singing voice since when she did Pal Joey with Rita Hayworth, Rita had Jo Anne's singing voice while Kim had Trudy Erwin do her song chores. Jo Anne sang in several films for Rita after her voice aged a bit (she had earlier used Nan Wynn, Martha Mears, and Anita Ellis as ghost doubles).
I have a not-very-well-known CD of Jo Ann Greer called Hollywood's Secret Singing Star. I don't know if it's still available but I'm glad to have it in my collection.
 

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I tried watching Five Against the House, but the dialog kept pulling me out of the feature. Sounded like a bunch of guys who thought they were more clever than they really were. Gave up on the film after about 30 minutes. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for the film. (?)

The parking garage apparatus was pretty neat though.

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The part about hazing that freshman also brought back painful memories. By the time I got to college, upperclassmen could only harass us for one week which included a few days of orientation and a couple of days of classes. After that, my freshman year was pretty normal. But for those seven days, being roused out of bed at 3 a.m. was expected. Lugging around someone's books and then scurrying to one's own class was expected. Bussing tables in the dining hall was expected. Of course, we had to wear "rat caps" just like the guy in the movie. My first two initials were F.M. so I was called "radio" by my hazers. Ugh!
 

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This weekend's "Noir Alley" movie is "Raw Deal" (1948) starring Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt, John Ireland and Raymond Burr. Directed by the great Anthony Mann with John Alton's fantastic cinematography. This is the last "Noir Alley" movie until September because of TCM's annual "Summer Under the Stars" promotion. By the way here's the "Summer Under the Stars" Schedule.

As to "Raw Deal", it's been over four years, since I last watched the movie so I'll probably pull out my 2018 Blu-ray again for another viewing. That Blu-ray was OOP. However, Classic Flix re-released it this past Tuesday on July 26th, for those that missed out on the prior BD release.


Updated TCM's Noir Alley 2022 schedule:

01-01-22: Repeat Performance
01-08-22: Nightmare Alley
01-15-22: The Mob
01-22-22: Over-Exposed
01-29-22: Quai des Orfèvres
02-05-22: The Turning Point
02-12-22: Side Street
02-26-22: Cast a Dark Shadow
04-02-22: Pitfall
04-09-22: Bob le flambeur
04-16-22: Night and the City
04-23-22: The Window
04-30-22: Johnny Angel
05-07-22: No Man of Her Own
05-14-22: The Killer is Loose
05-21-22: My Name is Julia Ross
05-28-22: Bad Day at Black Rock
06-04-22: Out of the Past
06-11-22: The Guilty
06-18-22: House of Strangers Thieves' Highway
06-25-22: Down Three Dark Streets
07-02-22: The Strange One
07-09-22: Hide Tide
07-16-22: Scarlet Street
07-23-22: 5 Against the House

07-30-22: Raw Deal
09-03-22: Hit and Run
09-10-22: Obsession
09-17-22: The Naked Street
09-24-22: I Love Trouble
 

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I reviewed the 2018 Blu-ray here. It's a really fine movie, and I'll likely watch Eddie's intro, and then if the spirit moves me, I'll rewatch the movie, too.
 

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I reviewed the 2018 Blu-ray here. It's a really fine movie, and I'll likely watch Eddie's intro, and then if the spirit moves me, I'll rewatch the movie, too.
This is the second appearance on “Noir Alley”. The lovely Marsha Hunt is still with us. Her 105th birthday is in October.
 

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