This post is part of a great party, the Best Hitchcock Films Hitchcock Never Made Blogathon, hosted by Dorian TB – Tales of the Easily Distracted & Becky – Classic Becky’s Brain Food, please check out all the other great entries in this blogathon! Continue reading “Witness for the Prosecution (1957)”
Faith Domergue was the subject of a huge buildup by Howard Hughes’ publicity machine, heavily promoted as a “smoldering siren”, and an exotic bombshell, but for all the hoopla she never quite achieved superstardom. She was disillusioned by her first major experience, rebelled against the image that all the expensive hype was meant to create, and walked away from Hollywood and fame a number of times.
This is one of the first noir movies (along with Black Angel) that I spent my very own hard earned money on when I started building my little classic movie collection. They were released on VHS in the mid-to-late 90s, under the Universal noir collection series. Continue reading “Phantom Lady/ Ella Raines”
Red Light is on TCM tuesday 11.30 am
While making this movie, George Raft tried to talk director Roy Del Ruth into having Raft’s character constantly touch and comb and fuss over his hair. Raft based the idea on a well known and much mocked mannerism of his real life acquaintance Benny “Bugsy” Siegel. Continue reading “Red Light (1949)”
The Four Feathers is one of the most enduring and entertaining tales of war and empire, as well as one of the greatest cinematic studies on the nature and value of heroism and duty. Continue reading “the Four Feathers (1939)”
Actress Laraine Day was, among other things, everyone’s ideal nurse, the first lady of baseball, and a devoted family woman. She may have missed out on being in one big noir, but proved that even with her ultra-virtuous screen image, she could play a darn good psycho, adulterous housewife and killer.
This is the original “uncut” version of my article that was originally published in a 2009 issue of the movie magazine CLASSIC IMAGES. This great character actor was the center of a scandalous and sensational manslaughter trial, at that time called the celebrity trial of the (new) century, and managed to rebuild his life & career afterwards. Continue reading “Paul Kelly”