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Then, I returned to my chronological progression through Kimberly Truhler's "FILM NOIR STYLE: The Killer 1940s" book…watching the movies as she goes through them in her book. I reached the halfway point of the book this past weekend…ending with 1945 on Sunday and starting the 1946 chapters last night.

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Watched a Netflix movie over the weekend that I'd never even heard of before.  It's called "The Devil All the Time".  VERY dark movie, but it keeps your interest throughout.  Not exactly anti-religion, but close.  It is definitely worth a watch, but like I said...VERY dark themes.

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4 hours ago, Strider said:

Then, I returned to my chronological progression through Kimberly Truhler's "FILM NOIR STYLE: The Killer 1940s" book…watching the movies as she goes through them in her book. I reached the halfway point of the book this past weekend…ending with 1945 on Sunday and starting the 1946 chapters last night.

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Great stuff Strider!

How would rank the leading ladies in those 5 films? Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner?  Looks wise I mean?

I would rank Bacall even above Hayworth. I think Bacall was one of sexiest women in film.

Crawford at the bottom.  Something about those weird eyebrows.

Bogart and Bacall, doesn't get much better than that.

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20 hours ago, kipper said:

Great stuff Strider!

How would rank the leading ladies in those 5 films? Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner?  Looks wise I mean?

I would rank Bacall even above Hayworth. I think Bacall was one of sexiest women in film.

Crawford at the bottom.  Something about those weird eyebrows.

Bogart and Bacall, doesn't get much better than that.

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That's easy. Lauren Bacall all the way.

Then, Rita Hayworth.

I was never a big fan of the cheap blonde look, so Claire Trevor and Lana Turner would be down the list. Claire Trevor is a good actress and has been in some great films ("Stagecoach", "Johnny Angel", "Born to Kill", "Key Largo") but Hollywood was filled with girls who looked like her. I wouldn't throw her out of bed, but I was never mesmerized by her looks.

Lana was a 'star' but not really much of an actress. I find a lot of her performances stiff and wooden. Again, her looks never kept me up at night…those kinds of blondes were a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood. Whenever I watch "The Postman Always Rings Twice", I always think John Garfield is an idiot for not just bailing out of town with Audrey Totter and leaving Lana in the dust.

Joan Crawford is last. She was okay in her early days but by the 1940s, she really overdid it with the eyebrows and the shoulder pads. Plus, her acting became increasingly over melodramatic.

Back to Lauren…she had IT. Hot looks, sophistication and playful sexiness, a smoky, sultry voice, talent. Rita had talent and looks, too, no question…gotta love that luscious red hair. But Lauren had a just bit more of that something special that is indefinable. But you know it when you see it.

 

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Still in the year 1946…what a fucking great year for film. People talk about 1939 but 1946 gives 1939 a run for its money as Hollywood's Greatest Year.

Another great Bogie-Bacall pairing.

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Here is another great pairing…what a gorgeous couple Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant make. Ingrid is way up at the top of the list for me…yes, above even Lauren Bacall.

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On 2/24/2021 at 3:01 PM, Strider said:

That's easy. Lauren Bacall all the way.

Then, Rita Hayworth.

I was never a big fan of the cheap blonde look, so Claire Trevor and Lana Turner would be down the list. Claire Trevor is a good actress and has been in some great films ("Stagecoach", "Johnny Angel", "Born to Kill", "Key Largo") but Hollywood was filled with girls who looked like her. I wouldn't throw her out of bed, but I was never mesmerized by her looks.

Lana was a 'star' but not really much of an actress. I find a lot of her performances stiff and wooden. Again, her looks never kept me up at night…those kinds of blondes were a dime-a-dozen in Hollywood. Whenever I watch "The Postman Always Rings Twice", I always think John Garfield is an idiot for not just bailing out of town with Audrey Totter and leaving Lana in the dust.

Joan Crawford is last. She was okay in her early days but by the 1940s, she really overdid it with the eyebrows and the shoulder pads. Plus, her acting became increasingly over melodramatic.

Back to Lauren…she had IT. Hot looks, sophistication and playful sexiness, a smoky, sultry voice, talent. Rita had talent and looks, too, no question…gotta love that luscious red hair. But Lauren had a just bit more of that something special that is indefinable. But you know it when you see it.

 

I have them in the same order as you, and for pretty much the same reasons.  Yes, Claire Trevor was a good actress, but an average looker in her time.   I never got the Lana Turner appeal either, but I know she was one of the actresses considered a "gay icon" for some reason.

 

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Watching Donovan's Reef (1963) right now.

Fun John Wayne / John Ford film.  Film in Kauai.  Beautiful scenery

 

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5 hours ago, redrum said:

Watching the early Star Trek episodes. Ricardo Montalban was a super heavy as Khan. Madlyn Rhue was his flame. 

Khan Night | Star Trek √ČireThe Life Achievements, Family and Death of 80's Actress Madlyn Rhue

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Just watched Fast Times again with director commentary on.  Amy Heckerling director and Cameron Crowe screenwriter.

I'm amazed that Heckerling (from the Bronx NY), and Crowe (grew up in Palm Springs and then later San Diego), was able to pull of a film set in Los Angeles (the Valley) so well.  But what we learn from the commentary, is how much Sean Penn brought to the film by "seasoning" the story with his own brand of SoCal "spice".  Penn being born here in SoCal and growing up in Santa Monica, he made the difference. 

 

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