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  1. From the lizard to the tension, sans dialog, these are the films I enjoy, much more than the newer ones, although they are OK.

    You can always convey a lot, without a lot of action and dialog, to be sure!

    Nicely done and Cheers!

  2. DeeDee

    Hi! Tony,
    Tony said,”Riff-Raff (1947) is a routine RKO comedy-adventure movie that has a certain flair with snappy dialog and an engaging cast. It would be a stretch to call it a noir, but the opening sequence is so visually noir and accomplished that it should not be missed…”

    I have to agree with you, wholeheartedly, that the opening of the 1947 film Riff-Raff has a very “noirish” beginning.

    Unfortunately, I have never watched this film and most importantly, you’re not along when it comes to not classifying this film as a film noir…
    …neither do authors (Spencer Selby, in his book)Silver, Ward, Ursini in their new revised book.

    Personally, I thought it was a film noir after checking out singer andrewkarnavas…film noir website.
    By the way, what a nice trailer, and nice poster/photograph of actor Pat O’Brien and Anne Jeffreys too.
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;-D

  3. DeeDee

    Hi! Tony,
    I just stop by again to wish you and your family a
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Take care!
    DeeDee ;)

  4. Alas I have not seen this one, but Tony has given this a vigorous treatment here. And as far as George Diskant goes, he simply one of the greatest of all cinematographers, and this is indeed an absolutely stunning opening, with superlative use of lighting. I also love the idea of extending your examination of film noir to include films that aonly partially qualify.

    I echo Dee Dee’s Best Wishes for happiness on Mother’s Day, if indeed you are celebrating it in Australia on this day. I know the UK has it at a different time.

  5. Thanks Coffee Messiah, DeeDee, and Sam.

    Yes, it is indeed Mothers day here also, and I will pass on your regards to my wife Peggy. Thanks!

  6. ReverendStanCarlisle

    I can see the ABC 1 logo in the bottom right corner. I must have missed this one…I didn’t know this was an Australian site.

  7. Yes Reverend ;) I am in Sydney.

    ABC week-nights can be a treasure trove of RKO noir. Last night for example, they had a noir double: The Company She Keeps (1951) and Woman on the Run (1947).

    Tony

  8. kenR

    …It’s true Tony, this opening ranks amongst the great movie openings. With a little more editing this could be a tight little gem! As it is, it’s still a very good watch.

    It owes a great deal to ‘The Maltese Falcon’ ’41 that it tries very hard to imitate, even with the private eye’s name ‘Sam Spade’ being changed to ‘Dan Hammer’. Script and Cinematography are top flight. Percy Killbride and a good general cast help a great deal.

    KenR

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