A Domestic Film Noir
12 April 2024 | 12:11 pm

Serious Question: Is there such a thing as a domestic film noir? And: Can a film noir take place in the bright California sunshine? Here’s our query: In the 1951 “B” movie, Cause for Alarm! (exclamation point included), there are many noir-ish elements, such as a situation that quickly Spirals out of control, a reluctance to call law enforcement, and … Continue reading 

Joan Crawford’s Fierce Ambition
5 April 2024 | 12:53 am

We (yours truly) adore the on-screen Joan Crawford. Was she the single greatest actress of her generation? Nope. Was she remarkable? You bet. With a 47-year Hollywood career, she understood what it took to become a Movie Legend. It is Crawford’s film career that is the subject of a new biography, Ferocious Ambition: Joan Crawford’s March to Stardom (University of … Continue reading 

Buddy Road Movie 1949: Smart Convict vs. Dense Cop
29 March 2024 | 1:00 pm

Here’s an underrated “B” Crime Drama/Buddy Road Movie you might like: Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949). The film stars Howard Duff as a U.S. Treasury agent, and Dan Duryea as the criminal who Hates his Guts. You’ll not be surprised to learn Duff was the agent who sent Duryea to Alcatraz. Their “reunion” occurs early in the film, and the scene … Continue reading 


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