Any non-Bond film.....Comments while you watch...

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    Leon Ames is in several Lana Turner movies.
    This an MGM movie.
    My favorite studio after RKO.
    Also, it's Bond's studio.
    MGM didn't really do too many noirs, actually.
    At least not like RKO, Warners or Universal.
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    I've never seen any of the remakes or other versions of this story.
    I should watch the Jack Nicholson version some day.
    He's another of my favorite actors.

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    There's several subtle nuances throughout that completely embody toxic relationships in this film.
    Little bits of business between Garfield and Lana that are spot on.
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    Cecil Kellaway gives a superb performance.
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    Off to Malibu Lake to off Cecil Kellaway.
    Too bad Karloff's not around to just throw him in the lake.
    I should revisit California some day, just to see Malibu Lake.
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    Great section as they're being blackmailed by lawyers and set up.
    Lana is pissed off.

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    John Garfield is getting told off.
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    Hume Cronyn is great at playing weasels.
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    The great Alan Reed, Fred Flinstone himself in the flesh.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Leon Ames is in several Lana Turner movies.
    This an MGM movie.
    My favorite studio after RKO.
    Also, it's Bond's studio.
    MGM didn't really do too many noirs, actually.
    At least not like RKO, Warners or Universal.

    ..oddly, when I was younger I knew Leon Ames mostly as the next door neighbor on "Mr. Ed." :))
    But, yes, the supporting cast for this film is excellent.
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    Dwayne wrote: »
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Leon Ames is in several Lana Turner movies.
    This an MGM movie.
    My favorite studio after RKO.
    Also, it's Bond's studio.
    MGM didn't really do too many noirs, actually.
    At least not like RKO, Warners or Universal.

    ..oddly, when I was younger I knew Leon Ames mostly as the next door neighbor on "Mr. Ed." :))
    But, yes, the supporting cast for this film is excellent.

    Haha! That's right- MR ED.
    He's in a ton of noirs, LADY IN THE LAKE, ANGEL FACE, DIAL 1119, etc
    Great character actor.
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    They get hitched and right away John Garfield strays with Audrey Totter.
    Another great noir femme fatale.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
    Posts: 2,567
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    This film really is another variation on DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Same author, James Cain.
    I actually prefer this, even though DOUBLE INDEMNITY is a more classic, iconic example of the noir genre.
    I suppose it's like prefering THUNDERBALL to GOLDFINGER or SKYFALL to CASINO ROYALE.

    I'm a pretty big fan of Barbara Stanwyck as well as Fred MacMurray, but damn, Lana Turner and John Garfield are much more up my alley.

    I totally love both films. Yet, despite having similar plots, I find the vibe different for the two films. While I have little empathy for Stanwyck, I do find myself feeling sorry for Lana's Cora. She really wants to make something of that diner (ambition) and her husband, by forcing her to take care of his ailing sister - without consulting her first - makes her attempt to "escape" somewhat logical.
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    One of my favorite scenes, Alan Reed tries to blackmail Lana and Garfield.........and gets his ass kicked.

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    It's pretty funny. :D

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    I love this bit after she finds out he's strayed on her with Audrey Totter.

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    I love how jealous and pissed off she gets here.
    Great stuff.
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    Dwayne wrote: »
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    This film really is another variation on DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Same author, James Cain.
    I actually prefer this, even though DOUBLE INDEMNITY is a more classic, iconic example of the noir genre.
    I suppose it's like prefering THUNDERBALL to GOLDFINGER or SKYFALL to CASINO ROYALE.

    I'm a pretty big fan of Barbara Stanwyck as well as Fred MacMurray, but damn, Lana Turner and John Garfield are much more up my alley.

    I totally love both films. Yet, despite having similar plots, I find the vibe different for the two films. While I have little empathy for Stanwyck, I do find myself feeling sorry for Lana's Cora. She really wants to make something of that diner (ambition) and her husband, by forcing her to take care of his ailing sister - without consulting her first - makes her attempt to "escape" somewhat logical.

    True. There's excellent motivation for the characters in this film.
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    John Garfield wears trucks held up with a belt............like Superman.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    ....you know there are "people" that watch this film and are disappointed since there is no mailman!!!! =))
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    ........and Garfield gets sentenced to the gas chamber. Love it!!!
    Great ending to a great noir!
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    Dwayne wrote: »
    ....you know there are "people" that watch this film and are disappointed since there is no mailman!!!! =))

    Haha! :D

  • DwayneDwayne New York City
    Posts: 2,567
    For the record, here is the Siskel and Ebert review of the 1981 remake (their review starts about mid-way through the clip).


    Spoiler: They really didn't like it.
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    Dwayne wrote: »
    For the record, here is the Siskel and Ebert review of the 1981 remake (their review starts about mid-way through the clip).


    Spoiler: They really didn't like it.

    They really played entire scenes on their show. I miss Siskel and Ebert. Even though I didn't always agree with their reviews they were pretty entertaining.
    They tended to review films on their own merit rather than comparing them to other adaptations as with this film.
    Here's one of my favorite episodes where they praise black and white movies......

    https://siskelebert.org/?p=5693
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