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January 22nd, 2017

dfordoom @ 07:20 pm: Offbeat (1961)
Offbeat (released in the US as The Devil Inside) is a 1961 low-budget film noir-influenced British crime thriller concerning Scotland Yard’s famous Ghost Squad. This was a real-life division within Scotland Yard whose officers infiltrated criminal organisations for extended periods of time.

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January 18th, 2017

allisontooey @ 10:45 pm: It Kind of Reads Like a Headline From the Tabloids, Doesn't it?
I've posted a review of the "true story" I was a Communist for the FBI over at my journal.

Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/157134.html

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January 15th, 2017

dfordoom @ 11:13 pm: The Mandarin Mystery (1936)
The Mandarin Mystery is a 1936 murder mystery made by Republic Pictures and based on the Ellery Queen detective novel The Chinese Orange Mystery.

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January 11th, 2017

allisontooey @ 08:35 pm: It's Like Disney's Pocahontas, Only More Inexplicable
I've posted a review of the Bolivian silent movie Wara Wara over at my journal.

Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/156533.html

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January 8th, 2017

allisontooey @ 08:54 pm: If Yellowstone paid this movie to increase their tourism, I don't think they got their money's worth
I've posted a review of the 1936 movie Yellowstone over at my journal.

Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/156351.html

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January 4th, 2017

dfordoom @ 05:07 pm: Headline (1943)
Headline is a 1943 British crime film set against the backdrop of a big city news room.

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January 2nd, 2017

dfordoom @ 07:53 pm: classic movie highlights of 2016
I’ve watched a lot of exceptionally good classic movies in the past year. Picking a top ten list proved to be too hard so I’ve gone for a top dozen. Here they are, with links to my reviews.

The Black Camel (Hamilton MacFadden, 1931) - so far my favourite Charlie Chan movie and it’s certainly the most ambitious.

Man on the Flying Trapeze (Clyde Bruckman, W.C. Fields, 1935) - terrific W.C. Fields comedy.

Sweethearts (W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard, 1938) - charming Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald musical.

Nocturne (Edwin L. Marin, 1946) - great hardboiled crime thriller starring George Raft, perhaps not absolutely noir if you’re a purist but an excellent movie.

Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat, 1946) - superb English murder mystery with a dazzling performance from Alistair Sim.

Born To Kill (Robert Wise, 1947) - absolutely classic top-notch noir and there’s not the slightest doubt that this is noir. Strange, overheated and disturbing.

Corridor of Mirrors (Terence Young, 1948) - an unusual and exceptionally interesting British gothic melodrama with a slight noir flavour to it.

Wide Boy (Ken Hughes, 1952) - a fine British noir with a splendid performance from the very underrated Sydney Tafler.

You Can’t Escape (Wilfred Eades, 1956) - British suspense thriller with some nifty plot twists.

Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957) - delightful frothy Fred Astaire musical.

Jet Storm (Cy Endfield, 1959) - fine British aviation disaster movie.

The Third Alibi (Montgomery Tully, 1961) - excellent British mystery thriller.

December 31st, 2016

allisontooey @ 11:37 am: Money and Religion; Two Things that Make the World (and Movies) Go Round
I've posted a grab-bag of reviews over at my journal to close out the year. As always, I will link only to the relevant reviews. Unfortunately, I could only find a poster for one of the movies, but rest assured, there are actually two of them.

Millionairess review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/155430.html#cutid1
Tepeyac review: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/155430.html#cutid4

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December 28th, 2016

allisontooey @ 07:24 pm: The Blue Reviewer Strikes Again
I've posted a review of Blake Edwards' A Shot in the Dark over at my journal.

Review here: http://allisontooey.livejournal.com/155292.html

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dfordoom @ 11:00 pm: Western Union (1941)
Western Union, made at 20th Century-Fox in 1941, was Fritz Lang’s second western. Lang, rather surprisingly, actually liked westerns a good deal. While his movies in this genre don’t attract the same critical plaudits as his exercises in film noir like Scarlet Street and The Big Heat they do tend to be interesting. Western Union is not as eccentric as Rancho Notorious but it’s a little unusual.

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