Category Archives: Film Noir

Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge: The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

I just recently finish Max Alvarez’s The Crime Films of Anthony Mann, which was published by the University of Mississippi Press earlier this year. It was a perfect tie-in with a retrospective series the UCLA Film and Television Archive did … Continue reading

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Noir City: Alias Nick Beal (Farrow, 1949)

[This post comes with the disclaimer that I’m slightly obsessed with Ray Milland.] I had the pleasure of seeing Alias Nick Beal at the Noir City LA festival this evening over at the Egyptian Theater. The film screened as the … Continue reading

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Ministry of Fear (Lang, 1944)

In my quest for total Ray Milland movie-watching domination, I’ve seen Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear twice in the last two weeks. For a movie that apparently Lang did not hold in high-esteem, even going as far as apologizing about … Continue reading

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Fabulous Films of the 1940s Blogathon: Key Largo (Huston, 1948)

This entry is part of The Classic Movie Blog Association’s Fabulous Films of the 1940s blogathon.  The title of John Huston’s Key Largo perhaps suggests a rousing adventure on the southern island, yet in reality the film presents itself more … Continue reading

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Gone Too Soon: Alan Ladd

This is my contribution to Comet Over Hollywood’s Gone Too Soon Blogathon. To be honest, the image that comes to my mind when Alan Ladd’s name is brought up is the soft-spoken sharpshooter in Shane. At the height of his … Continue reading

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2011 in Film (Or, How I Spent a Good Chunk of My Life)

Sometime around the beginning of last year, I decided to keep track of the movies I watched throughout the year. I probably missed a few in the those first months of the year, but I went back and added what … Continue reading

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The Crooner, the Noir-Tough Guy, the Director/Producer

I couldn’t let today go by without a birthday post for Dick Powell. Born today in 1904 in Mountain View, Arkansas, Powell went from small town to theater MC, to a Hollywood contract with Warner Brothers. TCM had a birthday … Continue reading

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