As part of #Noirvember on Twitter, I have been trying to broaden my knowledge of film noir. My favourite noir pairing is Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd, who I felt were absolutely perfectly suited. Although they were originally put together because of their respective heights (Ladd appeared taller opposite the petite Lake), they showed in their movies together, which include This Gun For Hire, The Blue Dahlia and The Glass Key, that their onscreen chemistry was about much more than that. My favourite film starring the pair is indeed The Blue Dahlia, and The Glass Key is a close second. But after watching Saigon, I’d say that I like it almost as much as those two classics of the genre.
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Les Diabolique (1955), also known as Diabolique and The Fiends, is considered one of the greatest films ever made. Upon release in France, the film caused a sensation due to its dark subject matter and twist ending. It is currently number 224 on the IMDB Top 250 films list, and was remade in 1996 starring Sharon Stone, Chazz Palminteri and Kathy Bates, which was poorly received.
A remake of The Philadelphia Story (1940) starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart and Ruth Hussey, High Society (1956) was Grace Kelly’s final film before she became Princess Grace of Monaco. Awarded the role after Elizabeth Taylor was unable to commit to the project, Grace plays the role that Katherine Hepburn originated onscreen: the ultra disciplined and refined, Tracy Samantha Lord.