Noirvember 2016, Episode 21: The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)


The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) Robert Wise
Netflix streaming

A Polish woman named Viktoria (Valentina Cortese) and her friend Karin Dernakova (Natasha Lytess) are barely hanging on in a Belsen concentration camp near the end of WWII. Karin dies just before liberation and Viktoria, whose husband died in the German occupation of Poland, assumes Karin’s identity. Why? Karin’s little boy Christopher (Gordon Gebert) was sent to live in San Francisco with his wealthy Aunt Sophia. The aunt has died and Christopher probably doesn’t remember his real mother, so it’s worth the risk, right?

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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Noirvember 2015: Episode 15


Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) Robert Wise

Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte, above left) owes $7,500 to a bookie and child support to an ex-wife. Earl Slater (Robert Ryan, above right) is an ex-con, growing old with nothing to show for it but hate, prejudice, and a woman named Lorry (Shelley Winters, below) who loves him despite his many faults. The only person keeping Johnny and Earl from killing each other is Dave Burke (Ed Begley, above center). Burke is an ex-cop who wants to get back at the system after having his career ruined when he refused to cooperate with upper level crime investigators.

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The Set-Up (1949) Noirvember 2015: Episode 2


The Set-Up (1949) Robert Wise
Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 1 DVD

Bill “Stoker” Thompson (Robert Ryan) has all the cards stacked against him. He just doesn’t know it. Everyone else does, though. Stoker’s wife Julie (Audrey Totter) is concerned that at his age (35), Stoker is going to get seriously hurt or killed if he stays in the ring. His manager Tiny (George Tobias) is so sure Stoker will lose his next fight against a 23-year-old fighter that he doesn’t even let Stoker know that a local mobster expects him to take a dive. And if all that wasn’t bad enough, the crowd at the Paradise City Arena has nothing but boos and hisses for Stoker and cheers for the younger guy.

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Run Silent Run Deep (1958) Robert Wise


Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
Hill-Hecht-Lancaster (United Artists)
Directed by Robert Wise
Produced by Harold Hecht, William Schorr, James Hill
Written by John Gay
Adapted from the novel by Edward L. Beach
Cinematography by Russell Harlan
Edited by George Boemier
Music by Franz Waxman
Kino Lorber Blu-ray
(black-and-white, 1:33)

I find it somewhat odd that I live near Annapolis, Maryland, a place where boats and boating constitute such a huge part of the culture, a strange place for someone who doesn’t like the water or boating. I simply cannot understand the excitement of getting on a boat, sailing, drifting, racing, fishing, etc. It’s just one of those things that’s not part of my DNA.

However, I am fascinated by submarines.

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