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Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Feb 23, 2017.

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    Yesterday I watched "Stars in My Crown" (1950) starring Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew, Dean Stockwell, Alan Hale, Juano Hernandez with a pair of young actors James Arness and Amanda Blake in the cast. I wonder if those two ever acted together again?;) Not a bad semi-western that takes place after the Civil War in which a self made preacher brings religion to a small southern town. A very good film that was directed by Jacques Tourneur for MGM.

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    This weekend's Noir Ally selection is "Double Indemnity" (1944) considered by most as one of the top five "Film Noir" movies ever filmed. I think I'm going to watch this with the audio commentary by Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman so I can compare their commentary to what Eddie has to say about it.

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    The definition of a "Femme Fatale" with her cheap blonde wig is my favorite all-time actress. Hubba, hubba!:D

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    That horrible blonde wig is the only thing about Double Indemnity I don't like!
     
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    I used to think that way, but now I think the wig defines her character.
     
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    Me, too. It makes her quintessentially Phyllis, a phony from top to bottom.
     
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    I think Steve Martin wore it better
     
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    I'm sure that wig cost more than you think ;)
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    Not according to Barbara.
     
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    I don't get it?
     
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    Dead men don't wear plaid

     
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    I've never seen that movie.
     
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    I went to see Stars in My Crown at MoMA, not knowing anything about the movie. It was one of the most pleasant surprises of that season. It is a movie I highly recommend.
    As for the excellent Double Indemnity, I agree with Matt. That cheap, tawdry blonde wig is hard to take, but it makes the character harder and, yes, tawdrier. But those long, long, shapely legs are hard to resist...
     
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    and Steve Martin shouldn't wear a blond wig ;)
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    I appreciated the technical achievement at the time to combine older monochrome noir films with a "new" story... unfortunately DMDWP was saddled with a script that had to conform to existing footage ... fans may want to watch it to spot their favorite(?) films ...
     
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    Don't forget the anklet which fits right in with that tawdry blonde wig.;)
     
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    Well, I don't think the "story" in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid had any purpose other than to provide opportunities for gags and take-offs on film noir tropes. It didn't have to stand on its own; it only had to let things be funny, and in that it always succeeded, at least for me.
     
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    Eddie nailed it about "Double Indemnity". His commentary was longer than usual which isn't surprising since he indicated this film is the "definitive film noir" which I agree with. One more thing, I'm with him about the most important relationship in the film and that the ending was perfect and more effective than that filmed gas chamber scene that was cut. I was so thrill with watching this ground-breaking film again with Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman's commentary that I watched that 37 minute featurette "Shadows of Suspense" that Eddie participated in back in 2006. Just a great film and it was robbed at the Oscars. It's a superior film than "Going My Way". Don't get me wrong, "Going My Way" is a fine film, but "Double Indemnity" is in another class in which few films climb to. It's another example why I don't pay much attention to those awards any longer as they got too many awards wrong in regard to what was the best film, acting performances and directing achievement over time. I venture to guess that they're wrong about 35-40% of the time and I'm being kind with those percentages. Hell, Edward G. Robinson gives one of the all-time best and memorable supporting acting performances and he wasn't even nominated.

    Eddie did make a mistake by calling Dave Krager, Dave Carter. At least that's what it sounded to me.

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    One more thing, as Eddie noted, Missy was very sexy in this role with her cheap blonde wig and anklet. Matter of fact, as a leading actress she was never a beautiful woman in the conventional sense, but one thing she did have is high sex appeal combined with being one of the greatest actresses of all-time and a woman in which the men that knew and worked with her, liked her a great deal because she was good people. You can't say the same thing about many of those acting divas from that film era.

    I will never forget the memorable fantasy Herman Mankiewicz, grandfather of Ben had about her. It was him being married to her and coming home to find her waiting with an apple pie she had baked herself and wearing no panties. My kind of fantasy.:blush:

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    Later today will be my first viewing of "The Young at Heart" 1938 film on Blu-ray. Another TCM selection that peaked my interest.

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    I watched my Blu-ray a month or two ago and really enjoyed it.
     
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    Yup, I enjoyed it too. Janet Gaynor wasn't my cup of tea, but Paulette Goddard was.:) Anyhow, the film was enjoyable about a family of con artists going straight with the help and love of an old woman. Fairbanks Jr. was fine, but Roland Young was outstanding along with Billie Burke.
     

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