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).
TCM kind of screwed up the playing of Eddie's short film. Anyhow, I enjoyed watching the Blu-ray again with Jeremy Arnold's commentary. It's funny how Raw Deal came out the same year as Key Largo so Claire Trevor wins her Oscar for the second film. A personal all-time favorite actress of mine that I never get tired of watching her movies. If Barbara Stanwyck was the Queen of Film Noir, then Claire Trevor was a close second. I love them both!
I just watched Detour for the first time, knowing nothing about it. It was a blind buy from the iTunes Criterion sale. I didn't find it depressing at all. And you know what?, without even knowing about the unreliable narrator theory, I actually came to that conclusion on my own, early on as when the guy who picked him up mysteriously wouldn't wake up and I thought, "oh he's repressing the memory that he killed the guy, isn't he?" The fact that the story is told in flashback as he is sitting in a diner contemplating what has just transpired, would lend credence to the theory that we're not getting the real story, but what he has convinced himself is true.
You're quicker than I was. It took me about ten seconds. After two or three seconds, I thought I wasn't going to work it out. It's always the eyes, the chin and the jawline that provide the main clues.No, I saw him immediately. Didn't even give it a second thought.