Recess Noir

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FilmsNoir.Net will be in recess for a couple of weeks.  Meantime here is a list of camp b-noirs to watch while I am away:

The Chase (1946) Insane hoods pursue shell-shocked vet. Totally surreal obscure noir melodrama (?) like no other movie you have ever seen.

I Love Trouble (1948) Hot-jive noir. Laughs and smooth-as-nylons repartee, while guys get slapped hard, drugged, and slugged from behind.

I Married a Communist (1949) Commies as hoods. Never flags. Erotic fission and violent noir pyrotechnics make for enthralling & wild ride.

Shock (1946) Perverse b-noir. Murder witness goes catatonic. Her shrink is the killer. A dark Lynn Bari smolders. Enticingly preposterous!

Strange Illusion (1945) Bizarre Hamlet remake. Edgar Ulmer turns PRC b into camp expressionist noir of foul villains with a knockout finale.

The Unsuspected (1947) Camp noir! Curtiz directs, Woody Bredell lenses, Waxman scores, Claude Rains over-acts, and Audrey Totter is a hoot!

Woman on the Run (1950) Intelligent b-thriller set on the streets, tenements, dives, and wharves of Frisco, with a roller-coaster climax.

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  1. Hi! Tony,
    I hope that you and your family have a pleasant journey. (Adventure)
    Now I will address each film…individually…

    The Chase (1946) Insane hoods pursue shell-shocked vet. Totally surreal obscure noir melodrama (?) like no other movie you have ever seen.
    Oh! Yes, I have watched this film and your critique
    sums this film up for me…By the way, I purchased this film (which is on a double feature DVD with a
    film entitled…Bury Me Dead.
    Below is a comment left over there on Amazon.com by an Amazon.com customer about the film…
    “The Chase” is unusually violent, even by 1940’s film noir standards. There’s two scenes where women get slapped or punched, one where a man gets killed by a big dog, one with a woman getting stabbed, two scenes of people getting shot, and one with a car getting destroyed (with two people inside) by a speeding train!”

    I Love Trouble (1948) Hot-jive noir. Laughs and smooth-as-nylons repartee, while guys get slapped hard, drugged, and slugged from behind.
    Now, if only the power-that-be would restore this film and place it on DVD…(Just like they recently did with the hard-to-find 1946 film Night Editor.)

    I Married a Communist (1949) Commies as hoods. Never flags. Erotic fission and violent noir pyrotechnics make for enthralling & wild ride.
    Once again, you summed in up in a Twitter second!(By the way it was just released as part of the WB DVDr collection.)

    Shock (1946) Perverse b-noir. Murder witness goes catatonic. Her shrink is the killer. A dark Lynn Bari smolders. Enticingly preposterous!
    Agreed…enough said…I have to purchase this film just to add to my Fox DVD Collection. Because I all ready own the 1946 film “Shock” on DVDr.

    Strange Illusion (1945) Bizarre Hamlet remake. Edgar Ulmer turns PRC b into camp expressionist noir of foul villains with a knockout finale.
    Once again, you summed this film up in a Twitter second!

    The Unsuspected (1947) Camp noir! Curtiz directs, Woody Bredell lenses, Waxman scores, Claude Rains over-acts, and Audrey Totter is a hoot!
    Oh! Yes, this is one of my favorite film noir…, which was just released as part of the Warner Bros. DVDr releases. I will probably rewatched this film later today.

    Woman on the Run (1950) Intelligent b-thriller set on the streets, tenements, dives, and wharves of Frisco, with a roller-coaster climax.
    Author Eric Beetner, wrote an article (for the Film Noir Foundation) comparing overrated film (noirs) to underrated film (noir) and guess which film that he thought was overrated.
    Answer: The Woman in the Window and can you guess which he film thought was underrated?
    :roll:

    My closing words…Tony; I hope you and your family have a pleasant break and Godspeed!
    Take care!
    DeeDee ;)

  2. Hi! Tony,
    Oh! Yes, Sony plan to release the 1946 film Night Editor finally, a restored print of this classic film noir.

    I’am so sorry, but no images of both box sets are available yet…unfortunately, for me I have only watched 2 films from these 2 boxsets and they are: The Killer that Stalked New York (1950) and Night Editor (1946).

    WHAT:Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 1
    WHEN:February 9th
    STUDIO:
    Sony
    PRICE: Retail $24.96, Our: $19.99
    TITLES:
    The Killer that Stalked New York (1950), Two of a Kind (1951), Bad for Each Other (1953) & The Glass Wall (1953)

    ——————————————————
    WHAT:Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 2
    WHEN: February 9th
    STUDIO:Sony
    PRICE: Retail $24.96, Our: $19.99

    TITLES:
    Night Editor (1946), One Girl’s Confession (1953),(One Girl’s Confession (1953),will be screened at NoirCity next month) Over-Exposed (1956) & Women’s Prison (1955)

    ——————————————————

    With Rita Hayworth and Film Noir Classics, Vol. 2 sets also expected in the first half of next year, Sony is kicking of the new year right with the announcement of their Bad Girls of Noir Collections for release on February 9th.

    Each collection (above) is a two-disc set with minimal bonus features. Details below.

    They will retail for $24.96 each, but are available at ClassicFlix.com for only $19.99 each.

    Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 1

    In the 40’s and 50’s the juiciest roles for actresses in Hollywood were often in B-pictures that explored the dark side of life: starring roles as cool, calculating gals who could stick a knife in a man’s back and make him like it. Lizabeth Scott, Gloria Grahame, and Evelyn Keyes were some of the best of the period, and are among Noir fans’ favorites for their roles in such classics of the genre as Dead Reckoning and The Racket (Scott), The Big Heat and Human Desire (Grahame), 99 River Street and The Prowler (Keyes).

    Here’s your chance to see them at work in some great films straight out of the vault, newly restored and re-mastered, for the first time on DVD. Co-starred with the likes of Edmond O’Brien, Charlton Heston, and Vittorio Gassman these dames shine a like the brightest stars in Hollywood, and each film packs in plenty of the best bad girl behavior.

    BONUS FEATURES:

    Terry Moore on Two of a Kind
    The Payoff-All Star Theatre Episode
    Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 2

    Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter, Jan Sterling, Ida Lupino and Janis Carter. Forgery, adultery, theft, blackmail and murder. The Bad Girls of Noir are back, in Volume 2, and these gorgeous gals with malice in their hearts are sure to thrill hard-boiled fans of Noir.

    Fan favorite Cleo Moore finally gets her due in three films that highlight the talents of the beauty who was compared to Marilyn Monroe, but whom fans love for her earnest, if stilted portrayals of dim-witted gals who can’t catch a break. Four films, restored and re-mastered are all new to DVD, and sure to provide plenty of excitement for the noir aficionado. Watch out for these gals, they’re dangerous–which makes them oh, so fun to watch.

    By the way, I see the “great” Lou Boxer, is following you on Google.

    DeeDee ;) :)
    _________________

  3. Hi! Tony,
    Here goes some more FYI…
    Perhaps the most important writer to the world of film-noir, Cornell Woolrich, would have been 106 today. His work was turned into numerous films and tv episodes.
    Mr. Woolrich’s work…
    STREET OF CHANCE, THE LEOPARD MAN, PHANTOM LADY, MARK OF THE WHISTLER, DEADLINE AT DAWN, FALL GUY, THE CHASE, THE GUILTY, BLACK ANGEL, FEAR IN THE NIGHT, I WOULDN’T BE IN YOUR SHOES, NIGHT HAS 100O EYES, THE WINDOW, REAR WINDOW, OBSESSION, NIGHTMARE.
    This post was copied and pasted and the credit for it goes to another true noiraholic…Thanks,

    DeeDee ;)

  4. Thanks so much DeeDee for your fantastic contribution here. Great to hear that so many neglected noirs are finding their way on to DVD. Looking forward to your next undercover report!

  5. A fantastic contribution indeed here by Dee Dee, and one I’m afraid I can’t match even one-tenth of the way, not that I would want to. Tony, have a wonderful trip up north, I can’t wait to hear all about it, and maybe even a post will go up appraisaing us of the partculars. Of course I will jot down these noirs you recommend, but again I wish you a fabulous time!

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