One year, one film: 1950 – In a Lonely Place

One year, one film: 1950 The film: In a Lonely Place, dir. Nicholas Ray starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE In a Lonely Place is a film I haven’t watched in years (something I need to remedy!), but it’s a film I still remember very well, even after so much time has passed. Based on the novel of … Continue reading One year, one film: 1950 – In a Lonely Place

Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

Michael Ward (John McGuire) is a newspaper man. He’s got a good life: front-page bylines, a recent pay raise, and he’s engaged to a beautiful woman named Jane (Margaret Tallichet). Michael arrives at a diner and tells Jane the reason for his raise: he’s a key witness to a murder case, and he’s helped send Joe Briggs (Elisha Cook, Jr.) to death row after seeing … Continue reading Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

The Window (1949)

Tommy Woodry (Bobby Driscoll) is a trouble-making tween with a reputation for lying. His latest prank involves his whole family: when Tommy says they’re moving from Manhattan to a Texas ranch, the landlords begin showing their apartment, expecting them to move out any day. The Woodrys are fed up with Tommy’s behavior. He frequently tells them tall tales, some of which amuse them, but his … Continue reading The Window (1949)

Mill Creek Musings: The Limping Man (1953)

Frank Pryor (Lloyd Bridges) is an American soldier on a plane bound for London. It has been six years since he last visited the city. As the passengers step off of the plane, Frank asks the stranger behind him for a light. Just a moment later, a sniper’s shot kills the stranger. Naturally, as a witness to the crime, Frank is questioned by Scotland Yard … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Limping Man (1953)

Mill Creek Musings: Please Murder Me (1956)

“Dear Ray: In exactly… 55 minutes, I will be dead. Murdered. First of all, let me explain, I find myself completely sober, reasonably sane, and not at all surprised. It started back in World War II…” These words (and further explanation of the speaker’s past) make one hell of an opening to Please Murder Me, a 1956 noir film. Just before the credits, we see … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Please Murder Me (1956)

Favorite things about… Double Indemnity (1944)

NOTE: This post is a part of TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck Filmography project. I’m on a mission to view (or re-watch) and review all of Barbara Stanwyck’s films! For more posts in this series, visit the Listography page. The favorite film: Double Indemnity, a 1944 noir directed by Billy Wilder, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Raymond Chandler The synopsis: Walter Neff is a straight-laced and … Continue reading Favorite things about… Double Indemnity (1944)

Blonde Ice (1948)

Claire Cummings (Leslie Brooks), a society reporter living in San Francisco, is giving up her career in favor of marriage. Her groom is Carl Hanneman (John Holland), a wealthy businessman. Claire isn’t in love with Carl. She’s actually in love with Les Burns (Robert Paige), a sports writer from the paper where she worked, who hoped he’d be the one to marry her. After the … Continue reading Blonde Ice (1948)