Noirvember 2017: Week 3 Recap

Ok, pal... Here it is again...

It’s moving right along, isn’t it? Savor the noir as long as you can and if you’ve missed any of my previous posts or recaps, please check out the first two weeks here. Now on to the Week 3 recap:

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Noirvember 2017, Episode 21: Two Men in Manhattan (1959)

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Two Men in Manhattan (Deux hommes dans Manhattan) (1959) Jean-Pierre Melville
Kanopy streaming (1:25)

I’m stepping outside my own guidelines for Noirvember today by viewing a film from 1959. The reasons? The film appears on Kanopy, a new streaming service that all Anne Arundel County library patrons can access for free, and it’s a Jean-Pierre Melville film that I hadn’t previously seen.

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Noirvember 2017, Episode 20: Scandal Sheet (1952)

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Scandal Sheet (1952) Phil Karlson
TCM (1:22)

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I believe there’s no such thing as too much Phil Karlson, so I proudly present Scandal Sheet for your Noirvember viewing pleasure. Broderick Crawford (who previously appeared in The Mob) stars as Mark Chapman, a no-nonsense newspaper man who has taken over the slagging New York Express and – much to the chagrin of the paper’s Board of Directors – turned it into a tabloid sensation.

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Noirvember 2017, Episode 19: Dark City (1950)

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Dark City (1950) William Dieterle
Olive Films Blu-ray (1:38)

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Danny Haley (Charlton Heston, in his first major screen role) and his hustler buddies (Ed Begley and Jack Webb, with Harry Morgan hanging around) target a man named Winant (Don DeFore) in a poker game. Winant does well during his initial game, then gets into trouble when he returns the next night. Big trouble. Things get so bad that Winant’s brother comes around looking for the the gang of hustlers.

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Noirvember 2017, Episode 18: Tight Spot (1955)

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Tight Spot (1955) Phil Karlson
Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics III DVD (1:37)

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It seems odd that a play which ran for only 21 performances on Broadway would get the green light for a movie starring Ginger Rogers and Edward G. Robinson, but that’s what happened with Tight Spot. Based on the 1953 play Dead Pigeon by Lenard Kantor, Tight Spot is another “protect the witness long enough for her to testify” movie, this time with a female prison inmate and former model Sherry Conley (Ginger Rogers) willing to expose mobster Benjamin Costain (Lorne Greene) in front of a jury.

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