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  1. Hi! Tony,

    What another interesting post…Oh! Yes, I have watched RKO “Follow Me Quietly” only on three occasion(s) and I agree with your assessment of this film wholeheartedly.

    By the way, I have watched and enjoyed viewing the following films too… Bodyguard (1948),
    I’am yet to view…Trapped (1949), and The Clay Pigeon. (1949),

    I plan to purchase Armored Car Robbery (1950), with release of the upcoming Warner Bros. Volume 5 box set later this month. (I’am not sure of the exact release date of this box set.)
    Oh! Yes, I own both…
    His Kind of Woman (1951 unaccredited), and The Narrow Margin(1952). (I have watched and enjoyed viewing both films.)

    Tony said, “At 60 minutes Follow Me Quietly packs a powerful punch…”

    I agree with wholeheartedly…this film do pack a “punch” and clocking in at 60 minutes to boot.
    I must seek out and purchase…
    Schirmer’s Encyclopedia of Film (2007) sounds as if it would be a great companion to author Lyons’ book Death on the Cheap.

    What can I say, a great quote by the renowned French director, Jean Renoir, but of course!

    Tony said, “One scene of cop cars speeding towards the camera and delivering suspects to a police station I have seen in at least three other RKO features, and as late as Joseph Lewis’ 1955 noir “The Big Combo.”
    Ha! Ha, I will be on the look out for
    “stock” photography when I view this films in the future.

    Tony, thanks, for sharing and once again, for being my guest. (Guest of Honour, last month until early June.)

    DeeDee :)

  2. Hi! again Tony,

    Robert Mitchum once commented to Arthur Lyons about his movies of the 1940s and 1950s: “_ell, we didn’t know what film noir was in those days. We were just making movies. Cary Grant and all the big stars at RKO got all the lights. We lit our sets with cigarette butts.”

    A review of Lyons’ Death on the Cheap:
    Film noir was made to order for the “B,” or low-budget, part of the movie double bill. It was cheaper to produce because it made do with less lighting, smaller casts, limited sets, and compact story lines about con men, killers, cigarette girls, crooked cops, down-and-out boxers, and calculating, scheming, very deadly women. In Death on the Cheap, Arthur Lyons entertainingly looks at the history of the B movie and how it led to the genre that would come to be called noir, a genre that decades later would be transformed in such “neo-noir” films as Pulp Fiction, Fargo , and L.A. Confidential . The book, loaded with movie stills, also features a witty and informative filmography (including video sources) of B films that have largely been ignored or neglected lost” to the general public but now restored to their rightful place in movie history thanks to “Death on the Cheap.”

    DeeDee ;) :)

  3. Tony,
    I want to take the time to wish you, a Happy Father’s Day!…That is if Australian(s) celebrate Father’s day in the same manner as in the United States.
    Take care!
    DeeDee ;) :)

  4. Your use of the one rarely seen film (sadly I have never laid eyes on it myself, either) to illustrate teh aesthetics of film noir is a veritable college class of instruction and appreciation that yet again raises the ball at this ever-enriching shrine. You peel the gauze around this most interesting film, and then lend a coordinated and disciplined dissection of the various components. It’s frankly the kind of lucid study that belongs in a noir volume, my friend.

  5. I enjoyed your approach in describing this film, and others and will have to seek it out.

    I’ve found, like a lot in life, that less is more!

    Cheers!

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