Tag: Richard Widmark

Disturbed in Noir: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) + Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

Disturbed in Noir: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) + Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

September 21, 2018 | By

Two tales of the disturbed! Vengeance-fueled punk Tolly in Sam Fuller’s UNDERWORLD U.S.A (1961) + delusional babysitter Nell in Roy Ward Baker’s DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK (1952), both on Blu from Twilight Time!

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BR: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

BR: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

September 21, 2018 | By

Before her career exploded, Marilyn Monroe appeared in a very low-key suspense drama, playing a deeply disturbed woman whose uncle foolishly thinks is cured and perfectly suited for babysitting the daughter of a wealthy couple…

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DVD: Frogmen, The (1951)

DVD: Frogmen, The (1951)

July 11, 2017 | By

Set against the Pacific War with the Japanese, The Frogmen regurgitates the tried and true storyline of a disliked leader who eventually wins the approval of his mournful and cynical team, but it’s the underwater assaults that are of chief interest here…

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BR: 1984 / Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

BR: 1984 / Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

July 4, 2016 | By

Comparative review / essay on the 5 attempts to dramatize George Orwell’s dystopian sci-fi classic 1984: the 1953 radio play, 1953 Studio One teleplay, 1954 BBC teleplay, 1956 film version, and the 1984 film version recently released on Blu by Twilight Time…

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DVD: Street with No Name, The (1948)

DVD: Street with No Name, The (1948)

January 22, 2016 | By

Not unlike House of Strangers (1949), The Street with No Name is a fellow noir that’s perhaps been overshadowed by its bigger, and in this case, crazier colour CinemaScope remake, Sam Fuller’s House of Bamboo (1955), but Harry Kleiner’s story and William Keighley’s direction managed to form a near-perfect 1948 thriller that’s more true crime than noir…

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BR: Broken Lance (1954)

BR: Broken Lance (1954)

January 1, 2016 | By

Perhaps in looking for another suitable smaller-scaled project for up and coming star Robert Wagner + its flamboyant widescreen CinemaScope process, Fox chose to dust off the script of a relatively recent film noir, House of Strangers (1949), Philip Yordan’s adaptation of Jerome Weidman’s novel…

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BR: Two Rode Together (1961)

BR: Two Rode Together (1961)

June 14, 2014 | By

Based on the novel Comanche Captives by Will Cook, Rode is a mish-mash of ideas and tones that make for a strange movie which starts off like a buddy film – First Lt. Gary (Richard Widmark) forcibly escorts old buddy / small town Marshal McCabe (James Stewart) away from a cozy job…

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BR: Hell in High Water (1954)

BR: Hell in High Water (1954)

July 7, 2012 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer: Excellent Extras: Very Good Label: Twilight Time Region: All Released: June 13, 2017 Genre: Action / Adventure / Romance / Cold War Synopsis: A melange of postwar allies and former foes are enlisted to use a secret submarine and get photographic evidence on a potential Red Nuclear Menace. Special Features: Isolated […]

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