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Bruno Anthony’s Reliance on Public Transportation

One of our favourite on-screen performances is Robert Walker‘s turn as the psychopath Bruno Anthony in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Strangers on a Train (1951). Walker is electrifying as the spoiled, too-smart-for-his-own-good Anthony, a man with a slippery, non-stick charisma that easily deflects criticism. Even his rare flashes of anger are charmingly displaced by a mischievous smile and an amusing it’s-not-my-fault demeanour. There… Continue reading Bruno Anthony’s Reliance on Public Transportation

Drama · Film Noir

Ida Lupino’s Murderous Sucker Punch

In 1940, Warner Bros. released They Drive By Night, a commentary on the American trucking industry. It starred George Raft, who was one of the studio’s biggest stars, and a young British actress who would steal the entire film. Her name was Ida Lupino. Lupino plays the perfectly-coiffed but disaffected wife of a trucking company… Continue reading Ida Lupino’s Murderous Sucker Punch

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Teresa Wright: Film Noir Superhero

Spoiler Alert! In Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, Teresa Wright does something no law enforcement agency is able to do. She handily dispenses with a dangerous villain and makes The World A Safer Place. (Get this: She does so while wearing classic leather pumps and tailored outfits.) Shadow of a Doubt (1943) is Hitchcock’s attempt to scare the pants off… Continue reading Teresa Wright: Film Noir Superhero

Drama · Film Noir

Contrary to Popular Opinion: The Postman Should Cut & Run

We knew this day would come. We knew there would come a day when we would spill our darkest movie secret. It’s this: We think the 1946 holy grail of film noir, the one that’s on everyone’s Top 10 List, is dreadfully overrated. In fact, we can hardly sit through it. The Postman Always Rings Twice, in our opinion,… Continue reading Contrary to Popular Opinion: The Postman Should Cut & Run

Film Noir

The Big Sleep: The Head-Scratching Film Noir

Dear Reader: As part of The Great Movie Debate Blogathon, we are going to argue against The Big Sleep. Yup, you read that right. Against. Now, we realize The Big Sleep is on everyone’s Top 10 List, and we respect that. It’s a legendary film noir with engaging characters, beautifully designed sets (from Carl Jules Weyl)… Continue reading The Big Sleep: The Head-Scratching Film Noir