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Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Feb 23, 2017.

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    I watched this yesterday via the TCM app. “Wacky” is certainly an apt description of this film. Probably the only noir / comedy / swashbuckler / musical out there. Howard Hughes sure was one odd duck.
     
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    Too many airplane crashes, but he was strange before them.
     
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    I think Eddie spent too much time talking about the original film producers and not enough time on the final cast. I enjoyed the audio commentary as it was very informative. The film isn't film noir as it has too much humor in it and is not dark enough overall. Lucille Ball looked really good in this film and I loved her film interactions with George Zucco.
     
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    Yeah, in many ways, George Zucco stole the show with this really endearing performance.

    I enjoyed the film, but Sirk committed a fatal error early-on in terms of the film's mystery element by showing us, ever so briefly, the silhouette of the killer. Just a glance identified for me immediately who the murderer was going to be having just read the cast list in the main titles (even though to the screenwriter's and director's credit, it is carefully obscured in the rest of the movie until it's finally revealed). So, since I knew who the killer was, I got the majority of my entertainment value from Lucy's several escapades and the grand assortment of superb Hollywood character actors she came into contact with. What a great cast (and some like Gerald Hamer didn't even get ANY billing)!

    I also agree that this was another movie that really couldn't solidly be classified as a film noir. No doubt about next week's, though, Murder, My Sweet.
     
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    I watched "A Bell for Adano" (1945) again on Fox Movie channel. A solid WWII film in which the American Army brings law and order to an Italian town that they liberated from the Germans. A great cast with John Hodiak, Gene Tierney, William Bendix, Henry/Harry Morgan and Richard Conte makes an appearance. Tierney with a blonde wig always looked weird to me. Her as a blonde almost looks like a different person with that wig. Anyhow, as to the movie itself, it's an above average film with some sincere and comedic moments throughout the movie. Another film title that needs to be on disc, either DVD or BD in Region 1/A.

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    TBH, before the movie even began I thought that actor would be the murderer. Yes, the silhouette of the killer confirmed my suspicion too. Plus, one character viewed as the possible killer just loved women too much for me to seriously consider him the killer. By the way, Karloff was great in his limited time in the film.

    This week, I'm going to try to watch "A Scandal in Paris" (1946). It's the second movie with "Lured" in that Cohen Media Blu-ray release. I've never seen this film, though, I owned the 2003 DVD before I bought this BD release.

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    Lured. A great cavalcade showcase of character actors getting to strut their stuff, but a terrible narrative: the story was completely disjointed, had no pace or momentum and you knew who the killer was halfway through, but they kept stringing that along and also losing Lucy for that long stretch. It's like they had all these great bits for the character actors and they just pushed it all together and, oh, by the way, we'll pick up this little murder mystery somewhere along the way. But Lucy's comic instincts were firmly on display, even when it wasn't entirely appropriate; just her takes, facial expressions and reactions. Such great timing. But Lucy and this as a Noir; not a chance.
     
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    Lucy is wonderful in the noir The Dark Corner.
     
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    Yes, she was great in that film. It's too bad the studios couldn't figure out how to use her properly.
     
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    The incorrect aspect ratio link is VERY valuable. Thanks for including it.
     
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    I don't know how accurate or up-to-date it is now, but it was valuable to me back when I first became aware of it.
     
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    Tonight on Noir Alley with Eddie Muller we have "Murder, My Sweet" (1944) in which the character Philip Marlowe first appears in a film.

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    Compare Claire Trevor in this 1944 film to her appearance in "Key Largo" (1948). Quite a difference in characters and appearances. One of my all-time favorite actresses right behind Barbara Stanwyck and Gloria Grahame.

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    Love Murder, My Sweet, and I'm so glad we have it on Blu-ray already. I'll record it for Eddie's comments, of course, but probably won't watch it.
     
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    I will probably do something similar — watch just the “host intro” segment via the TCM app. I own the BD, too.

    I did watch “Lured” via the app a few days ago. It was interesting seeing Lucille Ball in a different type of role, and I always love George Sanders. However, the main plot point — Scotland Yard recruiting a dance hall girl, deputizing her, and even giving her a gun, was quite a reach for me.
     

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