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Vitaphone View: Early Talkies Talk Again

Early Talkies Talk Again! The Vitaphone Project was formed in 1991 by several film buffs and 78rpm record collectors with the goal of seeking out the 16 inch diameter shellac soundtrack disks that provided the audio portion of 1926-30 early … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Sniper (1952)

“Stop me — Find me and stop me. I’m going to do it again.” Edward Dmytryk was an outcast. Blacklisted as one of the Hollywood Ten, the Oscar-nominated director was jailed for his Communist ties in 1951 and forced to … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Dark City (1950)

“Guys like you seldom get arrested. You get killed first.” Dark City is a prime example of intermingling genres. It’s upfront in its blend of horror and film noir, an agenda that’s alluded to in the opening sequence. Danny Haley (Charlton Heston) confidently struts … Continue reading

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90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon: To Sir with Love (1967)

Happy 90th Birthday Sidney Poitier! A Blogathon Celebration! “The time has come for closing books and long last looks must end. And as I leave, I know that I am leaving my best friend… a friend who taught me right from wrong … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Bribe (1949)

“I never knew a crooked road could look so straight.” In his 1998 book Dark City, Eddie Muller coins the film Thieves’ Highway (1949) as a case of “Steinbeck noir,” in reference to the dark spin put on the fruit markets … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

“Nobody ever gave me anything, so I don’t owe nobody!” With the Interstate Highway Act of the 1950s, film noir became mobile. Four lane freeways lined the country, and big city crooks were given free reign to explore rural America. … Continue reading

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Werewolf of London (1935)

“Neither man nor wolf…” Stuart Walker’s Werewolf of London (1935) succeeds in terrifying sensitive souls. The movie tells the story of botanist, Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) who goes on an expedition to Tibet where the rare mariphasa lupina lupina can … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Big Steal (1949)

“It’ll be getting dark soon. I hate the thought of spending the night with an empty revolver.” Robert Mitchum, owner of the sleepiest eyes in Hollywood, was arrested for smoking marijuana in 1948. The scandal shocked few within the industry, … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Lady in the Lake (1947)

“Some cases, like this one, kind of creep up on you on their hands and knees and the first thing you know, you’re in it up to your neck.” First person perspective was an idea that film noir flirted with … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

“Match me, Sidney…” Hollywood was overrun with exposés in the 1950s. Films like Sunset Boulevard (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) dropped men and women into society’s underbelly with little in the way … Continue reading

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