Classic Movie Hub (CMH)
Welcome to BlogHub: the Best in Veteran and Emerging Classic Movie Blogs
You can rate and share your favorite classic movie posts here.
12345678910

reblog: Don Siegel’s The Killers

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 10, 2019

***A tremendous account by J.D. Lafrance of Don Siegel’s classic hardboiled movie. Wonders in the Dark By J.D. Lafrance The first feature-length adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “The Killers” was directed by Robert Siodmak in 1946 and featured a young Burt Lancaster and Ava read more

Laura (1962 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 7, 2019

West Germany / 110 minutes / bw / Bayerischer Rundfunks, Riva Studios Dir & Scr: Franz Josef Wild Pr: Werner Preuss Story: Laura (1943) by Vera Caspary Cine: Günter Kropf Cast: Hildegard Knef, Adolf Wohlbrück (i.e., Anton Walbrook), Hellmut Lange, John van Dreelen, Hillie Wildenhain, Wolf Schmid read more

book: The Paris Secret (2018) by Lily Graham

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 6, 2019

A novel that has quite a lot wrong with it yet that I nonetheless found infectiously charming, in the same way that I can be rendered damp-eyed by a Hallmark Channel movie even at the same time as recognizing it as absolute schmaltz. Of course, anything that’s set in a little Paris bookshop i read more

book: Distress Signals (2017) by Catherine Ryan Howard

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 5, 2019

A few months ago I read and raved about Catherine Ryan Howard’s second novel, The Liar’s Girl (2018), and promptly resolved to read her first. As is my wont, I left a period of grace between the two books (and will do so likewise between this one and her just-published third outing, Rew read more

The Trespasser (1947)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 4, 2019

US / 70 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: George Blair Assoc Pr: William J. O’Sullivan Scr: Jerry Gruskin, Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan Story: Jerry Sackheim, Erwin Gelsey Cine: John Alton Cast: Dale Evans, Warren Douglas, Janet Martin, Douglas Fowley, Adele Mara, Gregory Gay (i.e., Gregory Gaye), read more

book: New Year’s Eve (1997) by Lisa Grunwald

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 3, 2019

I came to this novel off the back of abandoning another. The book concerned — which shall here, as is my custom, remain anonymous — was only 165 pages long so, although it looked potentially a bit uninspiring, I reasoned I should surely be able to get through it easily enough and the ex read more

The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 31, 2019

US / 83 minutes / bw / Columbia Dir: Henry Levin Pr: Helen Deutsch, Virginia Van Upp Scr: Louella MacFarlane, Allen Rivkin, Devery Freeman Story: Lenore Coffee Cine: Joseph Walker Cast: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar, Betsy Blair, Nina Foch, Charles Cane, Harry Von Zell, Bruce Harper ( read more

o/t: Readers Imbibing Peril XIV Begins…

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 30, 2019

***Helen at She Reads Novels linked to this jolly looking project. I’ll be trying to keep track of the relevant reviews/discussions. RIP 14 “-there was something in her, something that was…pure horror. Everything you were supposed to watch out for. Heights, fire, shards of glass, snakes…” read more

book: Beyond All Reasonable Doubt (2012; trans 2019 Rachel Willson-Broyles) by Malin Persson Giolito

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 29, 2019

Thirteen years ago 15-year-old Katrin was murdered after consensual but seemingly rough sex. In Sweden as in some US states, the age of consent is 15, so the sex itself was not a pedophile crime. Even so, the cops soon became fixated on high-flying hospital doctor Stig Ahlin, who reluctantly admitt read more

book: Death Going Down (1955; trans 2016 Lucy Greaves) by María Angélica Bosco

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 28, 2019

Buenos Aires, mid-1950s, and late at night a young woman is found dead in the elevator of a small apartment block. It proves she has died of cyanide poisoning, and the initial assumption of the cops is that this is a case of suicide. But there are enough anomalies about the situation that soon they read more

The Missing Lady (1946)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 28, 2019

US / 60 minutes / bw / Monogram Dir: Phil Karlson Pr: Joe Kaufman Scr: George Callahan Story: Stories in Shadow Magazine based on characters created by Walter B. Gibson Cine: William Sickner Cast: Kane Richmond, Barbara Reed (i.e., Barbara Read), George Chandler, James Flavin, Pierre Watkin, Dorothe read more

book: The Amber Fury (2014; vt The Furies) by Natalie Haynes

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 25, 2019

Promising young stage director Alex Morris is, not unnaturally, devastated by grief when her fiance, Luke, is murdered on the street by a stranger. Knowing how desperate she is to get away from London and all the reminders of what happened, her old drama tutor Robert offers her a job in Edinburgh u read more

Behind the Mask (1946)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 24, 2019

US / 68 minutes / bw / Monogram Dir: Phil Karlson, possibly augmented on bad days by William Beaudine Pr: Joe Kaufmann Scr: George Callahan Story: Arthur Hoerl, based on characters created by Walter B. Gibson and stories in Shadow Magazine Cine: William Sickner Cast: Kane Richmond, Barbara Reed (i.e read more

book: The Lazarus Curse (2014) by Tessa Harris

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 22, 2019

My first encounter with this series and, for reasons I’ll explain, my last. It’s 1783 and the Royal Society’s latest expedition to the Caribbean (think “Voyage of the Beagle” but a few decades earlier and with a more limited scope) is returning with countless plant and read more

book: When Elves Attack (2011) by Tim Dorsey

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 22, 2019

So the Providence Journal thinks Florida’s Tim Dorsey is “The undisputed king of the comic crime novel,” eh? Their reviewer might want to sample some Donald E. Westlake or, just within Florida, Carl Hiaasen and even Edna Buchanan. Okay, so Buchanan’s more a crime novelist with a splendi read more

The Shadow Returns (1946)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 21, 2019

US / 61 minutes / bw / Monogram Dir: Phil Rosen Pr: Joe Kaufman Scr: George Callahan Story: Walter B. Gibson for the character and the stories in Shadow Magazine. Cine: William Sickner Cast: Kane Richmond, Barbara Reed (i.e., Barbara Read), Tom Dugan, Joseph Crehan, Pierre Watkin, Robert Emmett Kean read more

book: Bad Debts (2005) by Peter Temple

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 20, 2019

A few months ago Pam and I watched, over a period of two or three weeks, the three Jack Irish TV movies and the second of the two series that followed those movies (our library didn’t have the first series). The stars of the show are Guy Pearce, Aaron Pedersen and, at least in the movies, Mar read more

Enemy Agent (1940)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 17, 2019

US / 61 minutes / bw / Universal Dir: Lew Landers Assoc Pr: Ben Pivar Scr: Sam Robins, Edmund L. Hartmann Story: Sam Robins Cine: Jerome Ash Cast: Richard Cromwell, Helen Vinson, Robert Armstrong, Marjorie Reynolds, Jack Arnold (i.e., Vinton Hayworth), Russell Hicks, Philip Dorn, Jack LaRue, Bradley read more

book: Snow White Must Die (2010; trans 2013 Steven T. Murray) by Nele Neuhaus

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 16, 2019

A long, moderately involved police procedural that reads throughout (at least in the English translation) as if it’s sorely in need of a final polish. Ten years ago young Tobi Sartorius was sent to prison for the murder of two teenage ex-girlfriends on a night when he was drunk to the point t read more

Overnight Sensation (1984)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 14, 2019

US / 28 minutes / color / Bloom Dir & Pr: Jon N. Bloom Scr: Craig Buck Story: “The Colonel’s Lady” (1947; Creatures of Circumstance) by W. Somerset Maugham Cine: James Glennon Cast: Robert Loggia, Louise Fletcher, Shari Belafonte-Harper, Parley Baer, Lee Garlington, Vincent Guastaferro, Ed read more
12345678910

error