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Old 4th November 2021, 10:08 PM
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Laura (1944)

Excellent noir thriller about a murdered girl who turns out to be alive, but who is dead and who killed her?

Probably the best film of Vincent Price's career, everything about Laura positively oozes class. First rate direction from Otto Preminger, a killer script, and some great performances. Dana Andrews as the lovestruck detective excels. No wonder, if i gazed at that sumptuous painting of Laura (The fabulous Gene Tierney) i too would be in love.

Although its a script starved of action until the final scenes it remains enthralling as there are no real clues to the killers motives or indeed who they are, you have to work things out along with Andrews detective. Indeed as with some of the best noir's Laura is a film low on motive and reason but oh so very stylish in it's portrayal of obsession.

If i was to compare it to something from recent decades i may well suggest Twin Peaks , as everyone including the detective has an agenda and could be the murderer including Laura herself.

Highly recommended to all.
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Old 4th November 2021, 10:10 PM
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I aim to watch a few Film noir's this November. It won't be anything like the October Horror Movie Marathon, but, i don't know about you, they seem a perfect choice of film for cold November evenings.
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Old 9th November 2021, 10:00 PM
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Black Widow (1954)

Tremendous noirish thriller about the presumed suicide of a young writer that turns out to be murder.

A brilliant cast - Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney and George Raft, lead this excellent suspense film that, although directed by Nunnally Johnson, (someone i'm not really familiar with) could easily have been from the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

Excellent sets and costumes give the film a touch of glamour and a flawless script round this off as a true classic.

In a film with little humour at all its surprising that the last line is one of the funniest final lines in cinema history and leaves the viewer with a huge grin on their face as the final credits roll. Even funnier that it's spoken by gangster movie linchpin and all round movie hard man George Raft.

This is highly recommended and i can guarantee you it's far superior to the recent Marvel film of the same name.
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Old 11th November 2021, 11:24 PM
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Inner Sanctum. 1948.

A man believing he has got away with murder at a quiet train station, takes up residency in a boarding house to escape the police, thing is the person who saw him stays at the same boarding house, a mischievous small boy.

Charles Russell plays the lead role as Harold who thinks he has accidentally performed the perfect crime until he is told the roads are blocked, and is taken to the boarding house where Mike played by Dale Belding also lives. We know who the killer is but between Russell and Belding second guessing each other is brilliant and can be quite tense as to see who will figure it out first. Lee Patrick plays the mother to Mike and provides some funny moments, looking for a father for her son which sends some guests running. The pace can be a bit quick and a bit slow but this was really good .

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Old 30th November 2021, 09:39 PM
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Night and the City (1950)

Ending my short season of Noir November with Jules Dassin's tale of low life corruption, paranoia and impending doom, Night and the City sees Richard Widmark as a small time American nightclub tout who tries to worm his way into the wrestling rackets of post war London despite the attentions of vengeful club owner Francis Sullivan and racketeer Herbert Lom.

This is Noir at it's most gripping with an easy to follow none convoluted storyline and one of the best and toughest wrestling scenes on film even though it takes place out of the ring. There's a pervading atmosphere of dread throughout and you can tell from the midway point that things will become increasingly desperate for Widmark despite the attentions of loving Gene Tierney's nightclub singer.

Post war London looks spectacular as the action swiftly moves from Soho to Piccadilly Circus to the bombed out docklands as the film breathtakingly drives towards it's gut wrenching finale.

Highly recommended.
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