Film Noir part 3
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Film Noir- comes from the French and means "black cinema". It was used to describe a particular type of film produced in Hollywood during the post war years. These films were full of cynicism, darkness, intrigue and mystery.
Today it's raining and snowing here in Utah, which is a perfect day for this type of movie, a herbal tea and blanket.
This Gun for Hire- Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and character actor Laird Cregar. Part of the Universal Noir collection, the role of hitman Raven catapulted Alan Ladd into international stardom. Lake ends up a hostage, she and Ladd end up in a plot with plenty of twists and turns. Reviews state that Alan was at his best in this role as a hard nose blood thirsty killer. No need for special effects when you have an actor this special.
This vehicle is part of the Universal Noir collection. Starring Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo (Ms. Herman Munster) and Dan Duryea (I smell another hub). Lancaster plays a guy who takes up odd jobs to make ends meet and is still lovelorn over his flighty ex wife (De Carlo) who ran off with a hood (gangster) and now needs her forlorn husband to come to the rescue.
Lancaster's wife's emotions run hot and cold, leading the character into the dark seemy side of the lives and inner workings of gangsters.
Pour in murder, blackmail, deceit, a race against time, an alcoholic songwriter, a cheating husband and walla ... film noir. 1946 film stars Peter Lorre, Dan Duryea, June Vincent and Constance Dowling. A wrongly convicted cheating husband is on his way to the electric chair. It's a race against time to prove the innocence of the wrongly accused. Back in the day you didn't die of old age on death row.
The Big Clock
Ray Milland plays the lead character editor George Stroud, who accidental meets the mistress of his boss Earl Janoth, played by the great Charles Laughton. The mistress ends up dead and the boss challenges his employee to find out who is the culprit, hence the big clock. Time ticks away and we have a race against time. Laughton is thoroughly disgusting in this role in which he shines.
I Wake up Screaming
20th Century Fox first film noir production. It was highlighted not only with the star roster, but the lighting used "mystery lighting" was the first of it's kind. The unique lighting gave the film a distinct air of mystery. Starring Victor Mature, Betty Grable (first non-musical role), Carole Landis and the creepy Laird Cregar.
Victor Mature's character meets a waitress (Carole Landis), and they strike up a relationship in which the fight promoter turns the waitress into a star. Soon after the star is murdered and the promoter is number one the police suspect list. On the run he enlists the assistance of the star's sister (Grable) who believes in Mature's innocence. Again a race against time with plenty of plot twists and turns. This is one of my favorite film noir vehicles.