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    TCM's Noir Alley 2019 schedule.

    03-09-19: D.O.A. (1950)
    03-16-19: High Sierra (1941)
    03-23-19: Lady in the Lake (1946)
    03-30-19: Border Incident (1949)
    04-06-19: 99 River Street (1953)
    04-13-19: Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
    04-20-19: M (1951)
    04-27-19: Woman on the Run (1950)
    05-04-19: Nightmare Alley (1947)
    05-11-19: White Heat (1949)
    05-18-19: Key Largo (1948)
    05-25-19: Dead Reckoning (1947)
    06-01-19: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    06-08-19: Nora Prentiss (1947)
    06-15-19: Pickup on South Street (1953)
    06-22-19: Shadow on the Wall (1950)
    06-29-19: On Dangerous Ground (1951)
    07-06-19: The Tattooed Stranger (1950)
    07-13-19: The People Against O'Hara (1951)
    07-20-19: While the City Sleeps (1956)
    07-27-19: Thieves' Highway (1949)
    09-07-19: The Big Clock (1948)
    09-14-19: Nocturne (1946)
    09-21-19: The Woman on the Beach (1947)
    09-28-19: The Harder They Fall (1956)
    10-05-19: The Bribe (1949)
    10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
    10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
    10-26-19: A Woman's Secret (1949)
    11-02-19: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    11-09-19: Johnny Eager (1941)
    11-16-19: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
    11-23-19: Kansas City Confidential (1952)
    11-30-19: The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    12-07-19: Berlin Express (1948)
    12-14-19: Criss Cross (1949)
    12-21-19: I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
    12-28-19: Repeat Performance (1947)
    01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
    01-11-20: The Captive City (1952)
    01-18-20: The Big Night (1951)
     
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    The other day I watched "Shadow on the Wall" (1950) starring Ann Southern, Zachary Scott and Gigi Perreau. A nice little film noir with Ann Southern giving a damn good performance as a person that started off one way in this film and then ending up as something else. A shout out to Gigi Perreau for her portrayal of a young witness to her step-mother's murder.

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    Another TCM app viewing. Another great film that deserves a Blu-ray release. It's been a while since I last saw this film, but yesterday I was in the mood and decided to watch it again. I wish this was a Warner Archive BD release. A message "Anti-War" film that takes place during the Civil War involving a Quaker family living in southern Indiana during the war. The above poster is one of the funniest moments in the film as I was laughing my butt off again as Anthony Perkins being surrounded by a pack of man-hungry sisters. Anyhow, a great cast with some funny and profound moments throughout this movie.
     
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    Mike Clark gives a very positive review of Twilight Time's Blu-ray release of "Three Coins in the Fountain". I know some HTF members have expressed their displeasure of this BD, but there have been others that thought otherwise about it and thought it looked great. Yet, another Blu-ray title I will pick up before the year is out.

    https://www.mediaplaynews.com/three-coins-in-the-fountain-review/
     
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    Looking forward to The Asphalt Jungle, and the upcoming weeks on Noir Alley look equally stellar! Can't wait to see Pickup on South Street again. Thelma Ritter really breaks my heart in that one.
     
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    The same here. I forgot "Shadow on the Wall" will be on Noir Alley in three weeks so I'll be watching another noir film that weekend after watching "Shadow" the other day, but I will definitely listen to Eddie's comments on that film.
     
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    Here's the link to Matt's excellent review of the Criterion 2016 Blu-ray release. Though, I've watched this movie a number of times over the years, I haven't watched it in its entirety since it's release on Blu-ray. I've watched segments of it over the last three years from its many showings on TCM, but for some strange reason I never sat down to watch the Blu-ray. Pretty weird on my part. Today, I'm going to rectify that situation and will watch the entire movie on disc and do so along with watching some of the Bonus Material especially that segment by Eddie Muller.
     
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    I had quite forgotten that Eddie did a video essay for the Criterion release. I'll be rewatching it tonight in anticipation for his comments that I'll watch tomorrow. There probably won't be much different, but with three years distance between then and now, maybe he'll have something new to add to his opinions.
     
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    Don't get me wrong, "The Asphalt Jungle" is a great film. However, it always bothered me that
    Doc got caught the way he did as I think he was just too smart and discipline to let his penchant for young women get in the way at that point, knowing that a massive manhunt was underway for him.
    I'm sure some of you will disagree with me.

    I love Eddie's story about Marilyn's rear asset as I always thought she had a great one and was more impressed by that than her breasts.
     
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    Yeah, that seems more Production Code mandated that he get caught, and that would be a convenient way to plot it. I've never read the book, so I don't know if that's exactly the way it happens in the book or not. Seems like Eddie mentions it in the Criterion video essay (I just rewatched it last night), but I can't remember in the cold light of day.
     
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    The ending with Doc happened the same way in the book, so it wouldn't have had anything to do with the Production Code.

    My take on it...

    The book made more clear the fact that Doc had to stop at the diner because he was weak and dizzy from his head injury. That's why he was more motivated to just sit and enjoy the show while his driver wanted to leave.

    I was fine with his arrest because they had set up his thing with girls earlier (moving to Mexico) and let's not forget that he had just come out of prison, so he obviously couldn't have been THAT smart and disciplined to have never been caught...

    One tidbit the book gives you that wasn't in the movie - "Dix" is short for "Dixie" because he's a southerner. Contrast that with Humphrey Bogart I'm In a Lonely Place who was called "Dix" as it was short for "Dixon."

    A few years ago I decided to open Apple Maps and figure out where that opening shot was filmed - it's more or less where the Cincinnati Reds ballpark sits today...

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    One more thing, the Criterion Blu-ray is a great looking disc with plenty of bonus material. If I wasn't crushed for time, I would watch more of that bonus material. Also, I would be interested in listening to the audio commentary too.
     
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    The Asphalt Jungle. A perfect example of how wise it was to jettison the cop side for most of the picture and just focus on the "left-handed side of human endeavor." So much more interesting characters. And not second or a line of dialogue wasted in this film. And an ensemble piece that must have also inspired directors such as Robert Altman (though he never had this discipline of narrative - but he certainly appreciated Sterling Hayden enough to cast him and let him fly loose in The Long Goodbye).

    Huston must not have been deterred from casting Marilyn Monroe, since he directed her last picture, The Misfits. She was probably still a disciplined aspiring actress at this point, and maybe even showed up to the set on time. I just hope Huston wasn't her 'Uncle' here.
     
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    I didn't rewatch the film, but did enjoy as always Eddie's comments. My DVR cut off the last two minutes, so I went to the TCM app and fortunately, Eddie's version was there so I could fast forward through the movie and hear the entirety of his comments. Looking forward to next week as usual.
     
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    I forgot to warn you guys to add some extra time knowing the running time "The Asphalt Jungle" is over 112 minutes long.
     
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    For this weekend's Noir Alley here is a warning to all that do record Noir Alley on TCM:


    Don't miss NORA PRENTISS ('47) this week on Noir Alley hosted by Eddie Muller!

    Please note Noir Alley will only air on Saturday at midnight this week due to the TCMRemembers tribute to Doris Day on Sunday.

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    Thanks for this heads up. I always record the midnight showing unless I forget and have to get the repeat on Sunday morning. Now, I must remember to set that for sure!
     
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    A final reminder that tonight's mid-night presentation of "Nora Prentiss" is the only Noir Alley showing this weekend due the Doris Day Film Tribute on Sunday.

    TCM's Noir Alley 2019 schedule.

    03-09-19: D.O.A. (1950)
    03-16-19: High Sierra (1941)
    03-23-19: Lady in the Lake (1946)
    03-30-19: Border Incident (1949)
    04-06-19: 99 River Street (1953)
    04-13-19: Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
    04-20-19: M (1951)
    04-27-19: Woman on the Run (1950)
    05-04-19: Nightmare Alley (1947)
    05-11-19: White Heat (1949)
    05-18-19: Key Largo (1948)
    05-25-19: Dead Reckoning (1947)
    06-01-19: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    06-08-19: Nora Prentiss (1947)
    06-15-19: Pickup on South Street (1953)
    06-22-19: Shadow on the Wall (1950)
    06-29-19: On Dangerous Ground (1951)
    07-06-19: The Tattooed Stranger (1950)
    07-13-19: The People Against O'Hara (1951)
    07-20-19: While the City Sleeps (1956)
    07-27-19: Thieves' Highway (1949)
    09-07-19: The Big Clock (1948)
    09-14-19: Nocturne (1946)
    09-21-19: The Woman on the Beach (1947)
    09-28-19: The Harder They Fall (1956)
    10-05-19: The Bribe (1949)
    10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
    10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
    10-26-19: A Woman's Secret (1949)
    11-02-19: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    11-09-19: Johnny Eager (1941)
    11-16-19: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
    11-23-19: Kansas City Confidential (1952)
    11-30-19: The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    12-07-19: Berlin Express (1948)
    12-14-19: Criss Cross (1949)
    12-21-19: I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
    12-28-19: Repeat Performance (1947)
    01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
    01-11-20: The Captive City (1952)
    01-18-20: The Big Night (1951)
     
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    This morning, I completed a personal project mine, every movie I own digitally I input into my DVD Profiler by retailer, price, date and video format. This also includes any digital codes I redeemed. For most people this isn't much of a project, but with over 2,000 movies in my digital library, it was something of a task for me. I wish I did it from the beginning, but now that it's done, I can now input all of my future digital titles quite easily with enough information to give me some context for each film title. Based on seeing those prior digital purchases in full view, I will be tightening up my future digital purchases as I've noticed some extravagant and unnecessary spending on my part. Far too much repetition with some movies that I can rectify with better spending choices and restraint.
     
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