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  1. I’d like to see this film, The Green Cockatoo, and I think I will at some point in the not-too-distant future. I like some of the British noir I’ve seen. I have a copy of Brighton Rock on VHS, it’s been a few years since I’ve last watched it, think I might revisit it tonight. I also have Cavalcanti’s They Made Me A Fugitive, I’ve watched it a number of times, very good, but veddy British, their crime films were a bit more quirky as compared to ours. Two other films worth mentioning are They Drive By Night, from the late Thirties, and Daughter of Darkness, from the late Forties. Siobhan McKenna is very good in the latter, and even though the film takes place in a rural setting, the film is very moody, very shadowy, McKenna is a femme fatale as country girl. A friend gave this to me on VHS a few years back but I haven’t been able to locate it, dammit, I’m dying to see it again. Lance Comfort directed DoD, and right around the same time he directed another film I’m dying to see, but no one’s seen it or has it that I know of, entitled Temptation Harbour, with Robert Newton and Simone Simon. About They Drive By Night, Ernest Thesiger (best remembered as Praetorius in Bride of Frankenstein) plays a serial killer who goes about strangling women with nylon hose. Emlyn Williams is Shorty, who, fresh out of prison, goes to visit an old flame, only to find her dead in her bed, strangled. He goes on the run for fear that someone will blame him for her death. Great scenes of roadside truckstops, truckers driving in darkness through heavy wind and rain. Movies Unlimited has this I believe, I bought it from them years ago. Public domain, but still worth seeing. When it comes to noir I’m always looking to expand my horizons.

  2. Great post Guy! Thanks. I was not aware of Daughter of Darkness and Temptation Harbour, so you have certainly widened my horizons. I reviewed an interesting British noir, The Good Die Young (1954), here . Btw, I have added Noir Woodcuts to my Blogroll.

  3. Superb posts- Especially the possibility of Green Cockatoo pre-dating the supposed u.s 1st noirs- Please check my brand new Fragments of Noir blog & give your opinion- Cheers

  4. Hi Alan. Since writing this I have gone further back with Lang’s You Only Live Once (1937) and Renoir’s La Nuit de Carrefour (1932). I still haven’t found a copy of The Green Cockatoo.

    Just visited Fragments of Noir. An interesting visual approach – and a greater header image. I see you have a shot from Kar Wai Wong’s In the Mood For Love, which I love, though I consider his 2046 more noir. I will add your blog to my blogroll.

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