I got around to watching this today. I love the concept of a woman gunfighter. This appeared to be the 2-color version of Trucolor before they upgraded to the 3-color variety. The ending was just a bit too religious for my tastes, though.This morning I watched "Hellfire" (1949) western from Republic that I recently bought in HD from iTunes. A weird western for sure, but I was thoroughly entertained and captivated by Marie Windsor. With this film, I can see why Eddie Muller thought so highly of her. She really looked in TruColor with her bedroom eyes. I'm glad I bought this blindly for $4.99 which is still the current pricing. I don't think this has ever been on disc and the video presentation is very good for the most part as it's another film title that Paramount has recently done some work on.
I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.
No question it has its silly parts, but I have to say I enjoyed this film and part of that is I'm a big Claire Trevor fan. Leonard Maltin is right this is an odd film. I see this also available on Amazon Video, but the TCM transfer looks better to me.
I can't count how many times I've seen this film. Like you I first viewed it on TV in the 60's as it would play quite often on NYC TV stations. Also, I've seen it many times over the years through different video formats as I practically have the movie memorized from beginning to end. It's such a great film!White Heat. Great action film. Basically the equivalent of a summer tentpole film in today's market (but with the villain as the star). I don't believe I've seen this since watching it as a kid when it aired on TV in the 60's. Hey, it was old back then and kids didn't do Noir. Though we did do black and white.
I too saw White Heat as a child on a TV broadcast. I saw it often that way. Later I saw a 35mm nitrate print from the Warner's archive that MoMA showed during its Raoul Walsh retro. That may have been the last time I saw the film...some 40 years ago...I can't count how many times I've seen this film. Like you I first viewed it on TV in the 60's as it would play quite often on NYC TV stations. Also, I've seen it many times over the years through different video formats as I practically have the movie memorized from beginning to end. It's such a great film!
Not to poop on today's holiday ... I hate ta tell ya butThere's some themes or moments in White Heat that definitely slipped by our tender young minds the first time we viewed it in the family room on the tube TV: I'm thinking particularly about the scene where Cody actually accepts Verna back after she betrayed him with Big Ben and they get drunk together and she's all over Cody again kissing him in front of Pardo and he carries her up the stairs and away for an obvious carnal renunion. Our parents obviously got that part. (And our mothers no doubt thinking, "What a slut," in between admiring her wardrobe and mink).
On the Blu-ray's audio commentary I thought it was mentioned that Cagney was impressed by Mayo and requested she appear in his next film which was "The West Point Story". Also, after the movie on TCM they had an archive excerpt in which Mayo talked about how Cagney had her work with his dance instructor on a dance sequence in that movie and how much she enjoyed working with Cagney. That archive piece looked like it was recorded in the 1990's.I was thankfully able to watch Eddie's before and after comments along with the film itself on the TCM app (yeah, I couldn't help myself; I enjoy the movie so much). I was surprised that Virginia Mayo didn't get some words, especially since she and Cagney were reunited the very next year in The West Point Story.