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3 hours ago, paul carruthers said:

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That's some penalty! Forcing some guy with no legs to climb a stripper pole as his friend is being rogered. Don't know where this is taking place but I sure don't want to go there.

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5 hours ago, BobDobbs said:

That's some penalty! Forcing some guy with no legs to climb a stripper pole as his friend is being rogered. Don't know where this is taking place but I sure don't want to go there.

San Francisco. 😄

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40 minutes ago, redrum said:

San Francisco. 😄

Ah ha! Now it all makes sense 😉

That and Treasure Island are my two favorite Lon Chaney movies. The man was a truly gifted actor.

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On 7/12/2021 at 12:35 AM, BobDobbs said:

Ah ha! Now it all makes sense 😉

That and Treasure Island are my two favorite Lon Chaney movies. The man was a truly gifted actor.

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The 1952 original...

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…and the 1990 remake.

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No surprise the original was better. Because I saw the great 1952 Richard Fleischer-Charles McGraw-Marie Windsor "The Narrow Margin" last Sunday at the Summer of Noir fest, I wanted to rewatch the 1990 Peter Hyams-Gene Hackman-Anne Archer remake and see how it compared. I had not seen the remake since it came out in theatres in 1990 and my memories of it were vague, if any.
Suffice to say, it is not awful but it also not essential. They changed the plot somewhat…instead of a gangster's wife on her way to the grand jury, Anne Archer is a witness to a mafia hit. So much of the movie feels by rote and just plain unnecessary.
One scene in both movies illustrates the difference…the scene where Charles McGraw/Gene Hackman "meet cute" with Jacqueline White/Susan Hogan. In the 1952 version, this scene is handled much better. In the 1990 remake, it is stiff and awkward and badly acted and sticks out like a sore thumb. In fact, Susan Hogan's character is a red flag giveaway right from the start, so the suspense with her is null and void. 
At least the remake is relatively short. Not as economical as the original, but at 97 minutes it is still shorter than most modern movies tend to be. The remake has a lot of pointless and derivative padding. 

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Cheesy Elvis double-feature. I always had this feeling of déjà vû when I watched Allison Pill in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World". After watching "Spinout", I realized why...Allison Pill's character owes a debt of inspiration to Deborah Walley's spunky drummer 'Les' in "Spinout".
But let's be honest...nothing against Deborah and Shelley Fabares, but Diane McBain is too stunning to resist. And that voice...it purrs like Suzanne Pleshette's. I met her a couple of times and she was a real sweetheart…and Tippi Hedren was a good friend of hers, so I got to meet her, too.
It is always hilarious watching the backing band in Elvis movies to see who can mime playing their instrument competently and who's a dud. And in the dance scenes there are usually some wacky dancers...and possibly Terri Garr and Toni Basil.
As for "Roustabout", Barbara Stanwyck may have been 57 but I still think Elvis should have forgotten about Joan Freeman and gone after Barbara. Happy heavenly birthday Barbara!
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My Barbara Stanwyck birthday double-feature last night. Because "The Lady Eve" and "Ball of Fire" will be playing in local theatres soon, I decided to watch two of her more sinister roles.
Sam Fuller's "Forty Guns" has one of the most blazingly thrilling openings I have ever seen in a film…and Barbara Stanwyck did her own riding.
So weird to see Kirk Douglas under the title credits in a film, even below Van Heflin. But "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" was Kirk's first film.
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11 hours ago, redrum said:

Love Charles McGraw (on the left)

Listen to laughing boy. 😄

The Killers (1946): Charles McGraw, William Conrad | George peppard,  Actors, Charles

Charles McGraw is badass. And of course, that is William Conrad on the right. From the classic 1946 "The Killers", which made Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner 'stars'.

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2 hours ago, Strider said:

Charles McGraw is badass. And of course, that is William Conrad on the right. From the classic 1946 "The Killers", which made Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner 'stars'.

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What lovely gams you have, Ginger.

Ginger Rogers, Mid 1930's

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I have been practically living at the New Beverly Cinema over the weekend.

Excellent Preston Sturges double-feature. It is always fun to introduce friends to these two classics.

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Something entirely different last night.

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11 hours ago, redrum said:

Just watched the trilogy. $3 at the recycle store. Always loved Klaus KInski's twitch. 😄 

Diego Tripodi > Illustration > Spaghetti western

It's a damn good twitch. Can't believe you did not already have these three on dvd, redrum!

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On 7/23/2021 at 1:54 PM, Strider said:

 

Stider, thanks for posting this, this was GREAT.

The scene is so bad, that it is actually good. I have to believe Quentin would approve. In fact, it almost makes me wonder if this didn't inspire Tarantino to some extent with Kill Bill???

I loved this!  And the camera blocking, the zooms, the slo-mo, was not all that bad really.  I would love to capture this video and then layback a different audio bed under it with some great music.  And then it really would feel like part of Quentin's crime drama sub genre.

 

 

 

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