They Came to Cordura (1959) – Episode 98

They Came to Cordura (1959)

 

Welcome to today’s show, They Came to Cordura (1959), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is They Came to Cordura (1959). I’m going to do a lot of background on the historical events related to this movie. Francisco “Pancho” Villa was a Mexican Revolutionary general that lived for 1878 – 1923. Villa was the commander of the División del Norte. He was quite successful for a time fighting the Federal forces of usurper Victoriano Huerta. Following two major loses in 1915 Villa’s forces were in tatters. On March 9, 1916, Villa raided across the US border and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico. Villa’s …

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It Happened One Night (1934) – Episode 97

It Happened One Night (1934)

 

Welcome to today’s show, It Happened One Night (1934), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

This movie was requested by Rick. Thanks for the suggestion because this was a movie I didn’t know too well. Today’s movie is It Happened One Night (1934). This Depression Era comedy is ranked number 35 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Movies of All Times and number 8 on the AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. This movie won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor -Clark Gable, Best Actress – Claudette Colbert, Best Director – Frank Capra, and Best Writing, Adaptation – Robert Riskin.

Clark Gable was …

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Tarzan Syndrome

Tarzan Syndrome

The Tarzan Syndrome is when any newcomer arrives in a location or culture and has an overblown effect on the locals and their cultural interactions.

Origins – He [Chris Rock] decries the business’s preference for what he calls “Tarzan movies,” films in which a naive, poor black character is “discovered” by whites and finally wins over mainstream society with a combination of their help and his own street smarts. “People do what works and no black actor has ever worked better than Eddie Murphy,” Rock says. “So a movie like ‘Trading Places’ is great, when you do it on the highest level, with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd and John Landis at their peak. But if you do a cheap version of it, you really have something that’s not so cool. New York Daily News

Tarzan Syndrome

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Scrooged (1988) – Episode 96

Scrooged (1988)

 

Welcome to today’s show, Scrooged (1988), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is Scrooged (1988). This is a wonderful comedy starring Bill Murray and Karen Allen. It is a modern retelling of “A Christmas Carol.”

Actors

Robert Mitchum played Preston Rhinelander big boss of the network. Mitchum was covered in Episode 54 – Out of the Past (1947).

Bill Murray played Francis Xavier Cross AKA Frank Cross. This SNL funnyman went on to star in some of the finest comedies of the last 45 years. Murray was born in Illinois in 1950. He and his brothers worked as caddies while attending Loyola Academy. He …

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A Christmas Story (1983) – Episode 95

A Christmas Story (1983)

 

Welcome to today’s show, A Christmas Story (1983), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is A Christmas Story (1983). It is a family friendly traditional holiday tale.

Actors

Melinda Dillon played the role of loving Mother Parker. Melinda was born in Hope, Arkansas in 1939. Melinda was working in improv when she made her film debut in The April Fool (1969). Her next role came seven years later with Bound for Glory (1976). Melinda is perhaps best known for the mother of a kidnapped son in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Other roles include Absence of Malice (1981), A Christmas Story (1983), …

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White Christmas (1954) – Episode 94

White Christmas (1954)

 

Welcome to today’s show, White Christmas (1954), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is White Christmas (1954). Don’t ever watch this movie. I only selected it so I could use the von Scherbach quote from Stalag 17 (1953). This film has entirely too much singing even for a musical. The dancing, however, was excellent.

Actors

Bing Crosby played singer Bob Wallace. Crosby was born in Washington in 1903. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University but was more interested in singing in local bands. In 1925, Bing and part of the band left for Los Angles. Bing eventually signed with CBS and was very popular …

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Forty Essential Film Noir Classics

Double Indemnity - Forty Essential Film Noir Classics

I have trouble stopping at 40 on this Forty Essential Film Noir Classics. I will continue to update the list as more movies are added.

I wanted to add a definition for Film noir, so I went to the great movie critic Roger Ebert.  I have shortened his definitions but included the link below so you can read the complete original.

1. A French term meaning “black film,” or film of the night.

2. Doesn’t mislead you into thinking there will be a happy ending.

3. Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places.

4. Cigarettes. Everybody in film noir is always smoking. The best smoking movie of all time is Out of the Past, in which Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas smoke furiously at each other.

5. Women who would just as soon kill you as love you, and vice versa. This is priceless JEC.

6. For women: low necklines, floppy hats, mascara, lipstick, boudoirs, …

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Brute Force (1947) – Episode 93

Brute Force (1947)

 

Today’s movie is the film noir Brute Force (1947). It tells the tale of a group of prisoners that tell their story using a pin-up picture in their cell. It is noted that the inspiration and violence in this movie is in direct response to the Battle of Alcatraz, May 2-4, 1946[1]. At the federal prisoner in San Francisco Bay, the prisoner fought until their deaths even though their situation was hopeless. Ironically, Burt Lancaster, playing the role of Robert Stroud in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), helped to end the Alcatraz escape attempt. Of course, this part of the movie is not based on historical fact.

The movie is social commentary on the rise of fascism and Nazism. The pin-up picture of the woman used in the film is said to be a composite of actresses Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth, and Ella Raines, by painter John Decker[2]. I don’t see it.

Actors

This prison movie had a rather large cast included 10 actors …

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John Carradine – Second Best Dracula

John Carradine

John Carradine is a fantastic American actor that had 321 television and film credits. He was very tall and slim and had a wonderfully deep voice that made him ideal playing horror roles.

John Carradine was born on February 5, 1906, in New York City. When Carradine was two years old his father died. When his mother remarried they moved to Philidelphia. Apparently, his new stepfather treated him brutally. Carradine ran away from home when he was 14 but later returned. For a time he attended Philadelphia’s Graphic Arts Institute. Later he moved to New York and lived with his uncle Peter Richmond. At some point, he studied under a sculptor in Richmond, Virgina. For a time he worked as painter and sketch artist. He eventually ended up in New Orleans in 1925. Remember Lugosi showed up there in late 1920. I believe this is where you go to learn to be a vampire and I think I turned into on one Maudlin Monday night myself. During this travel period, …

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I Want to Live! (1958) – Episode 92

I Want to Live! (1958)

 

Welcome to today’s show, I Want to Live! (1958), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunesand give me a review.

Today’s movie is I Want to Live! (1958). It is a gritty film noir that focuses almost exclusively on the female part of the story. The main character can be described as a femme fatale as she only brought down herself. This movie is driven by a lively jazz soundtrack. It highlights the differences between sweet jazz and legitimate or swing jazz. The lighting for mood is well done and should be watched carefully. Susan Hayward gives a masterful performance and won a much deserved best actress Oscar.

 Actors

Susan Hayward played the …

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Laura (1944) – Episode 91

Laura (1944)

 

Welcome to today’s show, Laura (1944), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunesor follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunesand give me a review.

This is a very unusually film that is classified a film noir. The story follows a detective as he falls in love with a murdered woman. Director Otto Preminger added some odd homoerotic tension and many key noir elements are missing.

Let’s jump right in with the actors.

ACTORS

Dana Andrews was cast in the role of Det. Lt. Mark McPherson who falls in love with a dead woman. Andrews was first covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965).

Vincent Price played the role of Shelby Carpenter, a southern huckster that was engaged to …

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Gary Cooper – The High Noon Man

Sergeant York (1941)

Gary Cooper was born in Montana in 1901. Both his parents were English immigrants. The family was well to do and owned a large ranch where Cooper spent a good portion of his youth. Cooper spent a couple of years going to
school in England before returning to Montana.

Cooper was out of school for some time with a hip injury from an auto accident. In 1920, he finally graduated with the help of a teacher that got him interested in drama. Cooper went to college in Iowa but was more successful with painting than drama. He left after about 18 months.

In 1924, he followed his parents to Los Angeles where he eventually got a job as a western stunt rider for a poverty row studio. Cooper didn’t care for the stunt work because it was hard on the body and cruel to the horses. He hired an agent and paid for his own screen test.

He began to get extra work like being a Roman guard in …

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Double Indemnity (1944) – Episode 90

Double Indemnity (1944)

Welcome to today’s show, Double Indemnity (1944), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is Double Indemnity (1944). This movie is almost always on the list of the top five film noirs of all times. The story is told in a narrative style so you can see how the main character came to be in the circumstance that they are in. The femme fatale for this film is one of the darkest of all. The angles, lighting, and smoking are first-rate. This is the best example of high pants, fast talking 1940-1950s filmmaking

While this is not my favorite film noir, reserving the number one spot for something with Humphrey Bogart …

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