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Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 18, 2019

US / 69 minutes / bw / RKO Dir: Robert Wise Pr: Val Lewton Scr: Josef Mischel, Peter Ruric Story: “Mademoiselle Fifi” (1882) and “Boule de Suif” (1880) by Guy de Maupassant Cine: Harry Wild Cast: Simone Simon, John Emery, Kurt Kreuger, Alan Napier, Helen Freeman, Jason Robards (i.e., Jason Robards read more

book: The Haunted Hotel (1879) by Wilkie Collins

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 17, 2019

A Collins novel that’s deservedly among his lesser-known pieces yet is still thoroughly entertaining, this combines mystery with the supernatural to generally good effect. All London is aghast when the highly eligible Herbert John Westwick, First Baron Montbarry, chooses to dump his long-time read more

book: Good Morning, Darkness (2004) by Ruth Francisco

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 16, 2019

Laura Finnegan, breathtakingly beautiful in the manner that makes men feel protective of her, seems to be an entirely blameless, utterly admirable individual. We get an inkling that perhaps this view is simplistic when we learn that Laura is looking forward to seeing the pain of her surf-dude boyfr read more

Word Games (TVM 1979)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 15, 2019

US / 94 minutes / color / Gambit, Universal, NBC Dir: Boris Sagal Pr: James McAdams Scr: Richard Alan Simmons Cine: Isidore Mankofsky Cast: Kate Mulgrew, Henry Jones, Lili Haydn, Robert Culp, Edie Adams, Bob Dishy, Rene Auberjonois, Priscilla Pointer, Allan Rich, Frederic Forrest, Barney Martin, Chr read more

book: Istanbul Passage (2012) by Joseph Kanon

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 15, 2019

A couple of the reviews cited on the back cover of this novel compare Joseph Kanon’s work to the writings of Graham Greene. I’ve come across such comments before but, having read his Los Alamos (which I liked), Alibi (which I loved) and Stardust (of which I had the highest of expectatio read more

Prescription: Murder (1968 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 11, 2019

US / 99 minutes / color / Universal, MCA–TV, NBC Dir & Pr: Richard Irving Scr: Richard Levinson, William Link Story: Enough Rope (1960 teleplay) and Prescription: Murder (1962 play), both by Richard Levinson and William Link Cine: Ray Rennahan Cast: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, Wil read more

Enemy (2013)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 8, 2019

Canada, Spain / 91 minutes / color / Pathé, Entertainment One, Telefilm Canada, Instituto de la Cinematografia y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Corus, Televisión Española, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Société de Développement des Enterprises Culturelles Québec, Rhombus, Roxbury, micro_scope, read more

book: The Liar’s Girl (2018) by Catherine Ryan Howard

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 7, 2019

Ten years ago Alison Smith, a university student in Dublin, fled to a new life in the Netherlands after her boyfriend, Will Hurley, confessed to being the Canal Killer, serial murderer of five young women whose bodies had been found in the city’s Grand Canal, his final victim being AlisonR read more

book: Blood Wedding (2009; trans 2016 Frank Wynne) by Pierre Lemaitre

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 5, 2019

I raved to an embarrassing degree about Lemaitre’s Alex, which, despite being the second book in a trilogy (whose other two volumes have now been translated, though I still haven’t read them*), was his first novel to be translated into English, and then was rather disappointed in his read more

Madame Sin (1972 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 4, 2019

UK / 76 minutes / color / 2X, ITC, ABC Dir: David Greene Pr: Julian Wintle, Lou Morheim Scr: Barry Oringer, David Greene Story: Lou Morheim, Barry Shear (creators) Cine: Tony Richmond Cast: Bette Davis, Robert Wagner, Denholm Elliott, Gordon Jackson, Dudley Sutton, Catherine Schell, Pik-Sen Lim, Ala read more

book: These Are the Names (2012; trans 2015 Sam Garrett) by Tommy Wieringa

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 2, 2019

A dark, strangely put-together novel that it took me some while to decide whether or not I liked. The setting is some undefined Eastern European country that’s still affected by its memories of decades under the Soviet thrall. In the city of Michailopol the chief cop is Pontus Beg, a dyspepti read more

o/t: leisure reading for March/April 2019

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 1, 2019

A two-month listing for a change, because my mind was very much on other matters around the end of March/beginning of April. Since then I’ve learned the joys of living without my once-dominant right eye, and all in all things aren’t going too badly. I can’t say I’ve quite made it to read more

They All Come Out (1939)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 1, 2019

US / 69 minutes / bw / Loew’s, MGM Dir: Jacques Tourneur Pr: Jack Chertok Scr: John C. Higgins Cine: Clyde DeVinna, Paul C. Vogel Cast: Rita Johnson, Tom Neal, Bernard Nedell, Edward Gargan, John Gallaudet, Addison Richards, Frank M. Thomas, George Tobias, Ann Shoemaker, Charles Lane, Fay Helm, Paul read more

book: The Blind Man of Seville (2003) by Robert Wilson

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 30, 2019

The Blind Man of Seville is a crime novel in that it’s a novel about crime. However, the crimes at its focus aren’t those described on the wrapper — a series of brutal murders in modern-day Seville — but those depicted in what seems initially to be the novel’s backstor read more

Unsane (2018)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 27, 2019

US / 98 minutes / color / Extension 765, New Regency, Regency, Bleecker Street, Fingerprint Dir: Steven Soderbergh Pr: Joseph Malloch Scr: Jonathan Bernstein, James Greer Cine: Peter Andrews (i.e., Steven Soderbergh) Cast: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, Amy Irvi read more

book: Stone’s Fall (2009) by Iain Pears

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 24, 2019

This is the fourth of Pears’s five (to date) standalone novels. I haven’t read the fifth, Arcadia; of the first four I’ve thoroughly enjoyed three (An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and now Stone’s Fall) while being far less entranced by the other ( The Port read more

book: The Good Son (2016; trans 2018 Chi-Young Kim) by You-Jeong Jeong

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 24, 2019

The setup’s like something out of Cornell Woolrich: A young man, Yu-jin, wakes up one morning to find his mother has been savagely murdered downstairs. He has little memory of what happened last night — he suffers occasional seizures when he goes off his meds — but all the evidenc read more

Des Gens Sans Importance (1956)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 24, 2019

vt People of No Importance France / 99 minutes / bw / Cocinor, Chaillot, Ardennes-Films de René Lafuite Dir: Henri Verneuil Pr: René Lafuite Scr: Henri Verneuil, François Boyer Story: Des Gens Sans Importance (1949) by Serge Groussard Cine: Louis Page Cast: Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, Pierre Mondy read more

Tyskungen (2013)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 20, 2019

Sweden, Germany / 101 minutes / color / tre vänner, Sveriges Television, Nordisk, Film i Väst, ZDF och ZDF Dir: Per Hanefjord Pr: Pontus Sjöman, Helena Danielsson Scr: Maria Karlsson Story: Tyskungen (2007; vt The Hidden Child) by Camilla Läckberg Cine: Marek Septimus Wieser Cast: Claudia Galli read more

Les Intrigantes (1954)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Apr 17, 2019

France / 95 minutes / bw / Memnon, Alliance Générale de Distribution Cinématographique Dir: Henri Decoin Pr: Henri Lavorel Scr: Jacques Robert, Henri Decoin, François Boyer Story: La Machination (1951) by Jacques Robert Cine: Michel Kelber Cast: Raymond Rouleau, Jeanne Moreau, Raymond Pellegrin, read more