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Lana Turner and John Garfield Simmer in The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice is an entertaining piece of vintage classic film noir. Lana Turner and her leading man John Garfield  generate sparks and they both turn in superb performances. There’s a key moment when the two meet that simply smoulders with desire and tension. Watch for Lana’s outfits and see if you can… Continue reading Lana Turner and John Garfield Simmer in The Postman Always Rings Twice

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North by Northwest is a Cinematic Masterpiece

These iconic images are from Alfred Hitchcock’s gripping spy thriller North by Northwest. Ever the master, the director mixed action and suspense, sexual tension and comedy to make what is easily one of his best works in a long list of cinematic masterpieces. Cary Grant stars alongside Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Martin Landau.… Continue reading North by Northwest is a Cinematic Masterpiece

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A Stolen Life and Dead Ringer Offer Double Doses of Bette Davis

A Stolen Life and Dead Ringer often get mistaken for each other although the films were made nearly 20 years apart. Both starred Bette Davis and had similar storylines. Twin Bettes, what more could we ask for! Here’s an interesting side note, Paul Henreid who played Victor Laszlo in Casablanca, directed Dead Ringer. Transcend Fine… Continue reading A Stolen Life and Dead Ringer Offer Double Doses of Bette Davis

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Sultry Lake, Amazing Ladd and Superb Work from William Bendix in The Blue Dahlia

Blue Dahlia was made in 1946 and starred two popular actors of the day, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. William Bendix definitely stole the show in this one. Novelist Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay and versatile director George Marshall directed.  If you want to familiarize yourself with film noir, you won’t go wrong with this… Continue reading Sultry Lake, Amazing Ladd and Superb Work from William Bendix in The Blue Dahlia

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The Clock is a Wartime Love Story That Tugs at the Heartstrings

The Clock is a quiet, tender, beautiful film set during wartime with genuine performances from the beautiful and talented Judy Garland and her equally talented leading man, Robert Walker.  The supporting cast adds to this film’s appeal. I first watched it when I was little more than 10 years old on a Saturday morning rerun… Continue reading The Clock is a Wartime Love Story That Tugs at the Heartstrings

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Jack Lemmon …. Oh, what he would do for womankind!

Jack Lemmon is one of my favourite actors. I find that I always discover something new in his performance whenever I watch him. He can very easily make us laugh one minute and cry the next. When I was younger I had always considered him a comedic actor. I hadn’t yet discovered these gems, that… Continue reading Jack Lemmon …. Oh, what he would do for womankind!

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The Desperate Hours – Tightly Wound Film Par Excellence

Director William Wyler’s The Desperate Hours was based on actual events. This was the only time Hollywood veteran leads Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March appeared together. After seeing this film, you’re going to wish these actors they did more! The frequent stand-offs between the two characters is guaranteed to keep you at the edge of… Continue reading The Desperate Hours – Tightly Wound Film Par Excellence

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Double Indemnity is Tops in Film Noir Genre

Double Indemnity is a much-admired gem that comes up a lot when listing top films in the noir genre. This one is a  masterpiece and it is flawless, it has everything; adultery, corruption, murder. It uses familiar Los Angeles locales quite effectively. As femme fatales go, Barbara Stanwyck’s Phyllis Dietrichson is it. Fred MacMurray is… Continue reading Double Indemnity is Tops in Film Noir Genre

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Sunset Boulevard. They just don’t make them like this anymore ….

Set among the decaying ruins of Hollywood’s splendour days gone by, Sunset Boulevard film is a great place to start if you are new to the film-noir genre. It’s still quite a popular film, not surprisingly it has withstood the test of time. It’s a very dark film with just the right touch of black… Continue reading Sunset Boulevard. They just don’t make them like this anymore ….