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Day 23 of Noirvember: Happy Thanksgiving!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 23, 2017

From Ann Sheridan and my family, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Cluck. And here’s a Noirvember Thanksgiving tip: A frequent question around this time of year is what wine to pair with a Thanksgiving meal. The answer most often given is Pinot NOIR. Pinot NOIR is a lovely light red that read more

Day 22 of Noirvember: Cry of the City (1948)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 22, 2017

Gritty and fast-paced, Cry of the City focuses on a mélange of distinctive characters, including Martin Rome (love that name), played by Richard Conte, a small-time hood who has recently added the murder of a cop to his long list of misdeeds; Teena (Debra Paget), Rome’s unflaggingly steadfast girlfr read more

Day 21 of Noirvember: Remembering Lee Patrick

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 21, 2017

With Bogart in The Maltese Falcon. She was Effie Perine in The Maltese Falcon (1941). Maggie Biederhof in Mildred Pierce (1945). Elvira Powell in Caged (1950). Lee Patrick could do it all. Undeniably talented but woefully underrated, Patrick died on today’s date in 1982, just one day before her 81st read more

Day 20 of Noirvember: Where Danger Lives (1950)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 20, 2017

One of my favorite guilty cinematic pleasures is Where Danger Lives. It stars Robert Mitchum as Jeff Cameron, a compassionate doctor who becomes involved with a mysterious woman by the name of Margo Lannington (Faith Domergue) after she’s brought to his hospital following a suicide attempt. Before read more

Day 19 of Noirvember: Dark Corner Performers

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 19, 2017

It happens with noir like every other type of movie. You see an actor in a film. You’ve seen him before, probably many times before. But who is he? What’s his name? Who knows?!? Today’s Noirvember post takes a look at a few of these “dark corner performers,” a term coined by Senior Writer read more

Day 18 of Noirvember: Top 5 in ’49

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 18, 2017

This ain’t no Lily Munster. Last week, while compiling my list of favorite noirs for each year, I ran across several years that had multiple features that I love. One of these was 1949, which is fairly overflowing with first-rate films from the noir era. Today’s Noirvember post shines the spot read more

Day 17 of Noirvember: Favorite Noir Posters

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 17, 2017

I love a good noir movie poster, don’t you? Today’s Noirvember post celebrates my favorites! What are some of yours?   Join me tomorrow for Day 18 of Noirvember!! ~ by shadowsandsatin on November 17, 2017. Posted in Noir Films Tags: film noir, Laura, Night Editor, Noirvember, read more

Day 16 of Noirvember: Noir Image of the Day

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 16, 2017

Murder, My Sweet (1944) ~ by shadowsandsatin on November 16, 2017. Posted in Noir Films, Noirvember 2017 Tags: Dick Powell, film noir, Mike Mazurki, Murder My Sweet, Noirvember, Noirvember 2017 read more

Day 15 of Noirvember: Words, words, words!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 15, 2017

The Killing There’s no doubt – is there? – that film noir contains the best lines in all of cinema. I mean, haven’t you ever been watching a noir and a character says something that is so awesome, you just have to laugh out loud with sheer delight and appreciation? Happens to me all the time! read more

Day 14 of Noirvember: Pushover (1954)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 14, 2017

Novak and MacMurray steam up the screen in Pushover. Some may call Pushover a “poor man’s Double Indemnity” – and the label is understandable. Like Double Indemnity, Pushover stars Fred MacMurray as a respected professional man who is pulled into a web of deception and murder at the urging of read more

Day 13 of Noirvember: The Dark Page

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 13, 2017

One of my most treasured movie-related books is The Dark Page, by Kevin Johnson. (And not just because its name is so similar to my film noir newsletter!) It’s an absolutely beautiful coffee table book that consists of full color pictures of novels on which film noir features were based, along with read more

Day 12 of Noirvember: Remembering William Holden

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 12, 2017

Strikingly handsome with a versatile acting talent, William Holden could play everything from the charming boy next door to a psychologically damaged killer, with equal facility. During a career that spanned six decades, Holden earned three Academy Award nominations (and one win); appeared in numero read more

Day 10 of Noirvember: Noir Femmes in Confidential Magazine

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 11, 2017

Of all my many (many!) collections, one of my favorites is my vintage magazine collection. And among the publications I’ve collected are several volumes of Confidential magazine. Confidential, which premiered in December 1952, was a notorious scandal magazine that touted the tagline, “Tells the read more

Day 11 of Noirvember: Cry Danger (1951)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 11, 2017

These three. In this film, Dick Powell stars as Rocky Mulloy (how’s that for a noirish name?) who, at the start of the action, has just being released from prison after serving five years of a life sentence for a murder/robbery that he did not commit. He’s got just one thing on his mind – securing read more

Day Nine of Noirvember: Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 9, 2017

Set in post-WWII London, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands stars Burt Lancaster as Bill Saunders, a luckless drifter whose existence continues to spiral downward when he accidentally kills a bartender in a local pub. After seeking sanctuary in the apartment of a young woman, Jane Wharton (Joan Fontaine), read more

Day Eight of Noirvember: List o’ the Week — Top 10 Favorite Noir Monikers

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 8, 2017

Waldo Lydecker. In yesterday’s Noirvember post, I mentioned a character in The Big Knife whose name has always stuck with me – not just because it was so unusual, but also because it was so contrary to his slimy personality. The memorable name of Smiley Coy gave me the idea for today’s List ‘o read more

Day Seven of Noirvember: The Big Knife (1955)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 7, 2017

Not your typical noir, The Big Knife focuses on screen star Charlie Castle (Jack Palance), who’s in the center of a maelstrom – his dictator-like studio head, Stanley Hoff (Rod Steiger), is pressuring him into signing another seven-year contract; his beloved, estranged wife, Marion (Ida Lupino), read more

Day Six of Noirvember: Noir of the Year(s)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 6, 2017

Today’s Noirvember post looks at my favorite noirs through the years. My original plan was to pick one favorite for each year of the classic noir era. And it was fun at first – until I got to 1944, and I realized that this little exercise wouldn’t be as easy as I’d envisioned. It was so hard read more

Day Five of Noirvember: Fred MacMurray — Amiable Villain

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 5, 2017

I remember, many years ago, a friend of mine saw Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity. She didn’t like his performance – she was unable to get past the idea that the actor she knew only as Steven Douglas on My Three Sons was committing murder and spitting out the word “baby” on a regular basis. read more

Day Four of Noirvember: Oscar Noir

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 4, 2017

Film noir features and Academy Awards don’t exactly go hand in hand, if you know what I mean. There’s never been a film noir Best Picture winner (not even Double Indemnity!! Blasphemy!) and noir performers seldom made that walk down the carpeted aisle to collect the golden statuette. But. That read more
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