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The Six Films, Six Decades Blogathon

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 16, 2021

Every year, on May 16th, the classic film community celebrates National Classic Movie Day. And every year, Rick over at the Classic TV and Film Café hosts a blogathon to acknowledge this significant day. And every year, no matter what’s going on in my “real” life, I make it at a point to join read more

And Now For Something Completely Different: William Holden in Young and Willing (1943)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 18, 2021

If you’re a William Holden fan (and, really, how can you NOT be?), you may have enjoyed this handsome and talented actor in such noirs as The Dark Past (1948), Sunset Boulevard (1950), and Union Station (1950), but you haven’t lived until you’ve seen him in a little-known gem called Young and read more

List o’ the Week: Movies I’ve Never Seen, Part 2

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 12, 2021

A few years ago, I posted a list of the week that focused on famous classic movies that I hadn’t yet seen. I thought I’d revisit that idea today and serve up 20 more films that fall into this category. Some, like Make Way for Tomorrow and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, are movies that I defini read more

Happy Noir Endings

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 28, 2021

A couple of weeks back, in one of the noir-related Facebook groups that I frequent, a poster commented that film noir movies “don’t have happy endings.” This was disputed by several in the group, and I’m in agreement with them; while I love a downbeat noir ending as much as the next person, read more

Pre-Code on YouTube

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jan 17, 2021

Happy New Year, classic film lovers! I hope that you all are having a great start to 2021 – the last time I wrote, it was for 30 straight days of noir for Noirvember 2020, so I thought I’d start this year with a leap into the pre-Code pool. If you read my Noirvember posts, you’ll know that there’s read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 30: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2020

Can you believe that this is the last day of Noirvember? Seriously, where does the time go? Ah, well – no use moaning over spent months. We’ve got more important things to do. I’m wrapping up my YouTube noir series with The Hitch-Hiker (1953). Interestingly (to me, at least), it’s my second read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 29: Try and Get Me! (1950)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 29, 2020

Today, I’m recommending a movie that I’ve only seen once and, frankly, I don’t know if I’ll ever see it again. It’s not because it’s not a first-rate noir. It is. It’s just that it’s often hard to take – especially toward the end. But please don’t let that stop you from checking read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 28: City That Never Sleeps (1953)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 28, 2020

You don’t hear much about City That Never Sleeps (1953), and that’s a real shame. It’s got a lot of good stuff, from great use of shadows to voiceover narration (okay, it’s the city talking, but whatever). It’s also chock full of dark, cynical, and duplicitous characters, including a magician read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 27: Kiss of Death (1947)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2020

Kiss of Death (1947) is one of those noirs that I knew about before I saw it. This is the one where Richard Widmark tosses a wheelchair-bound old lady down a flight of stairs. How could you not want to check out a movie with a scene like that? But there’s more to this film than Widmark’s psychopathi read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 26: Quicksand (1950)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 26, 2020

Mickey Rooney? In film noir? You bet your babes in arms. Today’s YouTube pick is Quicksand (1950), a noir that will have you practically on the edge of your seat. It’s so chock full of noir, it’ll have you shouting at your TV: “No! Don’t do it!” Until almost the end, that is – when read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 25: Odd Man Out (1947)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 25, 2020

I’d heard about today’s YouTube pick for years, but I never had any real interest in seeing it. Once I finally decided to check it out, I was blown away. Odd Man Out (1947) stars James Mason, but he may be the only performer in the film that you’ve ever heard of. But, believe me, it won’t matter read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 24: D.O.A. (1949)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 24, 2020

Today’s YouTube pick is one of noir’s best-known offerings: D.O.A. (1949). It’s got a perfect noir premise, a perfect noir opening, a perfect noir end, and in between, a characteristically labryrinthine noir plot. D.O.A. also serves up a great cast that includes Edmond O’Brien, Luther Adler read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 23: The Brothers Rico (1957)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 23, 2020

Like a handful of my other YouTube recommendations this month, I’d only seen today’s film once, years ago, before reviewing it again for today’s post. But once was enough. I remember being pleasantly surprised when I discovered the movie – I didn’t know anything about it going in, except that read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 22: The Great Flamarion (1945)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 22, 2020

I love, love, love today’s YouTube noir pick: The Great Flamarion (1945). It’s another one of those films that, for decades, was completely off my noir radar. (Noir-dar?) Then, a few years ago, I was sent a copy of the movie by a fellow noir lover who I met through an Internet message board. And read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 21: 99 River Street (1953)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 21, 2020

For my money, John Payne is one of the most underrated stars of the film noir era. Like his fellow noir vet Dick Powell, Payne’s earlier career consisted of a number of comedies and musicals – lightweight vehicles that seemed a perfect fit for his good looks and breezy air. But in the late 1940s, read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 20: Fourteen Hours (1951)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 20, 2020

Finding Fourteen Hours (1951) was a happy accident. Before a couple of years ago, I’d never even heard of it before – despite the fact that the cast includes noir vets Richard Basehart, Paul Douglas, Agnes Moorehead, Jeff Corey, and Howard da Silva. I don’t even remember how I happened to stumble read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 19: Pitfall (1948)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 19, 2020

Today’s pick is my third Lizabeth Scott starrer of the month: Pitfall (1948). Do I need to even bother saying that it’s a favorite? The film boasts a stellar cast that, in addition to Scott, includes Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt, and Raymond Burr; brisk direction by Andre De Toth; and an engaging story read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 18: Raw Deal (1948)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 18, 2020

I never consider Raw Deal (1948) when thinking about my favorite noirs. And yet, every time I see it, I’m reminded of how good it is. Maybe the reason that Raw Deal doesn’t make it onto any of my Top 10 lists is because, to me, its parts are greater than the whole. Not that it’s not a first-rate read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 17: Brute Force (1947)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 17, 2020

Brute Force (1947) is not your typical film noir. Almost entirely set inside the confines of a maximum security prison, there’re no rainswept city streets, no anti-hero detectives, and the two femmes fatales are on screen a total of about three minutes. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a darker read more

YouTube Noir: Noirvember Day 16: Scarlet Street (1945)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 16, 2020

Dan Duryea. Joan Bennett. Edward G. Robinson. Fritz Lang. Talk about a winning combination. They’re the principals who brought to life yet another one of my favorite noirs, Scarlet Street (1945). It’s been in the public domain for so long that I’ll be surprised if anyone’s left who hasn’t read more
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