Second Looks: Berlin Express (1948)

“The dove of peace was a pigeon. A dead pigeon.” Dr. Heinrich Bernhardt is in Paris, post-war, to attend a secret UN conference focused on German reunification. Elsewhere, a mysterious message has been found — “9850,” “21:45,” the letter “D,” and “Sulzbach” — attached to a dead pigeon. The police are unable to figure out the coded message but know that it’s some sort of … Continue reading Second Looks: Berlin Express (1948)

Backfire (1950)

Happy #Noirvember! TMP has celebrated film noir with a review from the genre every Sunday this month. To bring the celebration to a close, today’s film is 1950’s Backfire. Previously in this series: When Strangers Marry (1944), Decoy (1946), No Man of Her Own (1950) Bob Corey (Gordon MacRae) was wounded near the end of the second World War and is now attempting to recover … Continue reading Backfire (1950)

When Strangers Marry (1944)

Happy #Noirvember! TMP will be celebrating film noir with a review from the genre every Sunday this month. First up, a criminal tale from a director better-known for his work in the horror genre: William Castle. On to the review! Millie Baxter (Kim Hunter) is a newlywed, bound by train for New York. Her new husband, Paul (Dean Jagger), is a salesman and was called … Continue reading When Strangers Marry (1944)

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

Whispering City (1947)

Albert Frederic (Paul Lukas) is a well-known Quebec City lawyer and patron to many a local artist. Years ago, a friend of Albert died in an apparent accident. On her deathbed, the deceased man’s fiancé (Mimi D’Estee) confesses to young reporter Mary Roberts (Mary Anderson) that he was actually murdered. Naturally, Mary’s interest is piqued and she decides to investigate the case, but in doing so … Continue reading Whispering City (1947)

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: Quicksand (1950)

Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) is a mechanic with a big ego. He believes he’s irresistible to women, and he’s fallen for a beautiful waitress named Vera (Jeanne Cagney, sister of James), who agrees to go out with him. The only problem is that Dan doesn’t have the kind of money it takes to impress a woman like Vera, whose goal in life is to own … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Quicksand (1950)

Mill Creek Musings: Woman on the Run (1950)

While walking his dog one night, Frank Johnson (Ross Elliot) sees a man get shot and killed. Noticing that he has an audience, the killer shoots at Frank twice, but misses. Realizing that his life is in danger if the man tracks him down, Frank nearly agrees to go into protective custody, but decides it’s better to go into hiding on his own since the … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Woman on the Run (1950)

Mill Creek Musings: Inner Sanctum (1948)

Inner Sanctum opens with a very mysterious man who calls himself a doctor — but the honorary kind, not medical. While traveling by train, he’s asked by another passenger what time it is. He’s able to tell time without a watch, and the young woman sitting next to him is impressed. She begins talking to him, mentioning that she’s traveling with her fiance and that she … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: Inner Sanctum (1948)

Mill Creek Musings: The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Dr. Clive Esmond (Alexander Knox) reacts strangely when he’s held up at gunpoint by Frank Clemmons (Dirk Bogarde). Rather than sending his attacker to prison, Dr. Esmond decides to invite him home… to serve as a guinea pig for Esmond’s apparent psychological “cure” for criminal behavior. Dr. Esmond’s wife, Glenda (Alexis Smith), is just returning home from a trip to Paris when she discovers her … Continue reading Mill Creek Musings: The Sleeping Tiger (1954)