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Noirvember Day 16: Who is Douglas Fowley?

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 16, 2022

Does the name Douglas Fowley ring a bell? If it does, it might be because of his portrayal of the apoplectic director in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). As for me, I know him from his appearances in five films from the noir era: Fall Guy (1947), Desperate (1947), Behind Locked Doors (1948), Armored Car read more

Caprice: A Bad Day for Doris

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 15, 2022

The 1960s was an uneven decade for Doris Day, beginning with some of her best films and ending with some of her worst. The former include Lover Come Back, That Touch of Mink, and The Thrill of It All. The worst include Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? and the subject of today's review:  read more

The Underworld Story (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 15, 2022

“You know what’s inside of ivy Mike? Little crawling things. You should feel right at home there.” The Underworld Story is full of these wild narrative beats forming the foundation of a new normal. It’s like playing an unwieldy game of connect the dots. Take the opening scene read more

Noirvember Day 14: Trivia Tuesday (Part 2)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 15, 2022

Dive into a pool of trivia featuring your favorite femmes! Ann Blyth was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Veda in Mildred Pierce (1945). At age 17, she was the youngest actress up to that time to be nominated. As a child growing up in Snoqualmie Falls read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 15, 2022

 Just about everyone is familiar with, or have at least heard about, the two most famous films concerning the University of Notre Dame football team: KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL AMERICAN, and RUDY. There was, however, another movie based around the Fighting Irish football program that is all but forgotte read more

Bogart, Hepburn, and Holden star in Billy Wilder's "Sabrina"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Nov 14, 2022

Bogart, Hepburn, and Holden star in Billy Wilder's "Sabrina" Sabrina (1954) is an American romantic comedy directed by Billy Wilder and starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. The screenplay was by Wilder, Ernest Lehman, and Samuel A. Taylor. The supporting cast includes J read more

Noirvember Day 14: One Average Joe in Search of a Clue

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 14, 2022

One of the character types commonly seen in film noir is the everyman – the law-abiding Joe Average whose life is turned upside down by a sultry femme fatale. He’s the guy that you find yourself screaming at from the comfort of your sofa, advising him to head for the hills, or at the very least, read more

Musical Monday: No Love, No Leave (1946)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Nov 14, 2022

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: No Love, No Leave (1946) read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 13, 2022

 I TAKE THIS WOMAN is a 1931 Paramount film starring Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard. This is a Lombard title I finally caught up with a week or so ago. It was made very early in Carole's tenure with Paramount, and despite the star duo that appears in it, is very lackluster and predictable.  read more

Noirvember Day 13: Sunday Words of Noir (Part 2)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 13, 2022

If it’s Sunday, it’s time to serve up another heaping platter of memorable lines from the classic noir era. This time, we’ll hear what the fellas have to say. Hope you’ll enjoy what’s on the menu . . . “My, my. Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains.” Humphre read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 12, 2022

 THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE is a television adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous story that first aired on the ABC network in January 1968. The producer of the movie was Dan (DARK SHADOWS) Curtis, and Jack Palance starred as Jekyll & Hyde. I viewed this productio read more

Noirvember Day 12: Oscar-Worthy Noir

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 12, 2022

The 2023 Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast four months from today, on March 12, 2023. I’ve been a fan of the Oscars from way back. I can’t remember when I first started watching it, but for more than 30 years, I’ve had a tradition before the show of watching my tape of “Oscar’s read more

Brothers Rico (1957)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 12, 2022

I’ll say it again, but Richard Conte is one of the unsung heroes of film noir. He could play ominous villains (Big Combo) or charismatic everymen caught in the pincers of fate (Call Northside 777). But the most important piece is that we buy him in either, whether he’s earnest or simply read more

Monsters and Matinees: Beyond Lugosi – 9 classic film actors who played Dracula

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Toni Ruberto on Nov 12, 2022

Say the name Dracula and who do you see? Most likely Bela Lugosi. The Hungarian actor remains the face of Bram Stoker’s iconic character even for some who have never seen him play the role. So here’s a surprising fact that I have to remind myself of: Lugosi only played Count Dracula twice on read more

Noirvember Day 11: Three From Kirk D

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 11, 2022

What movies come to mind when you think of Kirk Douglas? Spartacus? Gunfight at the O.K. Corral? The Bad and the Beautiful? Lust for Life? For me, without question, it’s Douglas’s body of film noir work. From 1946 to 1951, he appeared in a series of film noir features, serving up striking and memora read more

Angela Lansbury Noir: A Life at Stake (1955) and Please Murder Me! (1956)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Nov 11, 2022

It was only with her passing last month that I found out Dame Angela Lansbury had made a couple of low budget films noir during her long, storied career. I was aware, of course, that she had played some memorably unpleasant female characters over the years. There was Nancy, Ingrid Bergman's cunning read more

Noir Nook: In Living Color Noirs

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry on Nov 10, 2022

Noir Nook: In Living Color Noirs If there’s one thing that’s certain about film noir, it’s that it encompasses a lot of uncertainty. All noirs don’t have femmes fatales. They’re not all set in urban areas. They don’t all have detectives or Joe Normal characters led astray by bad women. read more

Murder at the Gallop ( 1963 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 10, 2022

"Yes, old Enderby was frightened to death!"One afternoon, while collecting funds for charity, Miss Marple witnesses the death of Mr. Enderby, a death that the doctor claims was due to a heart attack. Miss Marple believes it was deliberate murder: a heart attack triggered by the sight of a cat. Mr. E read more

Noirvember Day 10: Western Noir – The Violent Men (1955)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 10, 2022

A couple of years ago, I discovered the “Western Noir” genre through a collection of movies airing on the Criterion Channel. According to author and historian Imogen Sara Smith, who introduced the films, the stories of Western noir could be “transported into an urban setting and fit right in as read more

Phenix City Story (1955)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 10, 2022

“From the ashes of Phenix City has risen the symbol of democracy at work. The power of the ballot will always be the voice of the American People.” The cut of the film I watched had a rather unique opening prologue complete with interviews by esteemed reporter Clete Roberts (You might r read more