Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Rolling in the Deep: Katherine Hepburn in “Undercurrent” (1946)

Undercurrent (1947) is definitely not a film that many mention in connection with any of its three stars, which really is a shame, because it's a film that deserves more attention. I've read some reviews that have called it a Gaslight knock off, and while Undercurrent shares some elements with that film, it is decidedly different in others. For me, Undercurrent can… Continue reading Rolling in the Deep: Katherine Hepburn in “Undercurrent” (1946)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Bone Collector: Ricardo Montalban in “Mystery Street” (1950)

Mystery Street (1950) is one of the best film noirs I have watched. Yes, a bold claim I know when you consider such faultless outings as Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia and The Big Sleep. But Mystery Street is another animal entirely. It is a noir that combines human drama with the police procedural and forensic investigation, which would have been quite… Continue reading Bone Collector: Ricardo Montalban in “Mystery Street” (1950)

Adventures in Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Blogathons, Uncategorized

Thunder in the East (1951)

THIS POST IS BY VIRGINIA. I AM POSTING IT HERE BECAUSE SHE DOES NOT HAVE HER OWN BLOG. PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT HERE, BUT EMAIL YOUR THOUGHTS TO HER AT vmhagler@aol.com Thunder in the East is the 21st picture Alan Ladd made in which he is the star.  It came almost exactly halfway through his starring filmography.   It… Continue reading Thunder in the East (1951)

Adventures in Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Blogathons, Lake and Ladd, Uncategorized

Tribute to an Icon

To say what Alan Ladd means to me is almost impossible, but I will try in my own awkward, inadequate way. Alan is a classic film star that I discovered about three years ago, thanks to the You Must Remember This Podcast, which spoke about one of his best film noirs, The Blue Dahlia, co-starring his perfect match,… Continue reading Tribute to an Icon

Adventures in Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Blogathons, Uncategorized

Man in the Net (1959) & 13 West Street (1962)

I AM POSTING THESE TWO ARTICLES ON BEHALF OF VIRGINIA HAGLER WHO DOES NOT HAVE HER OWN BLOG. PLEASE DIRECT ALL COMMENTS TO VIRGINIA ON HER EMAIL ADDRESS vmhagler@aol.com My Take on Man in the Net from VA in CA My Take on Alan Ladd’s films often takes the form of disagreeing with the majority… Continue reading Man in the Net (1959) & 13 West Street (1962)

Adventures in Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Blogathons, Lake and Ladd, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Lake and Ladd: The Perfect Pair

As Classic Film Fans we often talk about the stars of classic cinema being great in the singular, as in Joan Crawford was spectacular or Myrna Loy's capacity for shade was untouchable. But what we often don't talk about is how fantastic it was when two classic film stars came together and made the perfect… Continue reading Lake and Ladd: The Perfect Pair

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Either it’s real or it isn’t: Dead Reckoning (1947)

When I first watched Dead Reckoning (1947), I hadn't the faintest idea what it was about or who was in it. When I saw Bogie's name appear on the screen I thought "Well now we're in for a treat". I had no idea who Lizabeth Scott was either. I'm glad that I know now. As… Continue reading Either it’s real or it isn’t: Dead Reckoning (1947)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Unlikely kindred spirits: Joan Bennett in “The Reckless Moment” (1949)

The Reckless Moment (1949) is a Christmas film as Batman Returns or Die Hard is. It takes place during the holidays, but this happy time is marred by strife and tragedy. A coal in one's stocking for sure. For Lucia Harper (played by Joan Bennett) the coal comes in the form of borderline child sexual… Continue reading Unlikely kindred spirits: Joan Bennett in “The Reckless Moment” (1949)

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Films based on Daphne du Maurier's works, Noir Or Never, Period Dramas

Finn…or will she come back?

And so The Calls of Cornwall: Daphne du Maurier Blogathon has come to an end. I would like to thank all of the bloggers who contributed. I cannot WAIT to go through everyone's posts and read all about du Maurier and her works. I would also like to ask the bloggers who participated, or bloggers… Continue reading Finn…or will she come back?

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

A Dark Web: Cornel Wilde as Lt. Leonard Diamond

Last year November I took part in Noirvember's delightfully dark shadows and winding back alley plots. And I discovered a myriad of wonderful films that I had never heard of or had the opportunity to see, and one of these was The Big Combo (1955). I knew absolutely nothing about the film except that Cornel… Continue reading A Dark Web: Cornel Wilde as Lt. Leonard Diamond