Lionel Atwill – Authority Figure to Accused Sex Fiend

Lionel Atwill

Lionel Atwill was born March 1, 1885, in Croydon, United Kingdom. He studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London, in 1904 and soon after made his screen debut. He performed stage work in Australia before arriving in the US. Atwill came to America in 1915 and starred with Lily Langtry in “Mrs. Thompson.” He was in 25 productions on Broadway before beginning major film work in 1932. He had a deep voice and bullying manner which severed him well in his roles as noblemen, mad doctors, military, and policemen. He usually wore a trademark thin mustache. His roles include Captain Blood (1935) and To Be or Not to Be (1942). He was well adept at horror with roles like the crazed sculptor in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), and as Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein (1939). His other roles include The Wrong Road (1937) for RKO and Dr. James Mortimer in 20th Century Fox’s film version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), and…

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The Set-Up (1949) – 113

The Set-Up (1949)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Set-Up (1949), 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. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Set-Up (1949). This film was based on a poem by Joseph Moncure March, about a black boxer with the stuff to be a champ but was never given the chance. A small piece of the poem reads: Mean as a panther, Crafty as a fox, He could hit like a mule, And he knew how to box. A dark-skinned jinx, With eyes like a lynx, A heart like a lion, And a face like the Sphinx. Sounds like it may be the inspiration for “The Warriors Creed” by Dropkick Murphy as well. Robert Ryan played washed up boxer Stoker. Ryan was covered in Episode 51 – Battle of the…

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From Here to Eternity (1953) – 112

From Here to Eternity (1953)

  Welcome to today’s show, From Here to Eternity (1953), 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. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is From Here to Eternity (1953). This is a war film but there is very little fighting in this movie. It is a love story, but it is all secondary to being a soldier. Burt Lancaster stars as a top sergeant that gets involved with Deborah Kerr’s character. Lancaster’s character tries to take care of Montgomery Clift character as he falls for a prostitute played by Donna Reed. The title of the film is taken from a Rudyard Kipling poem title “Gentlemen-Rankers” and the lines are: Gentlemen-rankers out on the spree, Damned from here to Eternity, A gentleman ranker is an enlisted soldier who may have been a former…

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Seven Days in May (1964) – 111

Seven Days in May (1964)

  Welcome to today’s show, Seven Days in May (1964), 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. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Seven Days in May (1964). This star-studded military movie doesn’t feature any combat. But there is enough action for anyone, as a rogue general tries to replace the US president in a military coup. Every actor in this movie is amazing but I want to call out Edmond O’Brien who plays a drunken Senator. Rod Serling wrote the screenplay and the movie was directed by John Frankenheimer. So, let’ jump right into the actors, many of whom of show veterans. Actors Returning Burt Lancaster played Gen. James Mattoon Scott. The great Burt Lancaster was covered in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). Kirk Douglas played Col. Martin…

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Great Femme Fatales of Film Noir

Glorida Grahame Femme Fatales

What are Femme Fatales? Femme Fatales are easy to spot in a Film Noir but they are not that easy to define. They are much more complex than an attractive woman that leads men who love them to doom. It is easy to spot their traits like Roger Ebert did in the quote below, but it doesn’t capture it all. Are they woman the rebel against the norms of their era and seek a life free from the chains of traditional marriage or are they simply bad girls. These characters are what makes Film Noir great and they deserve much more credit. I have listed a dozen of the top Femme Fatales roles in the table below. Many more Femme Fatales deserve to be on the list. Roles played by Gloria Grahame, Lizabeth Scott, Marie Windsor, Carolyn Jones, and Anna May Wong deserve mention and will eventually have to expand the list. Femme Fatale Traits – Low necklines, floppy hats, mascara, lipstick, boudoirs, calling the doorman by his first name,…

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Free Film Noir ebook

The Film Noir Premier ebook

Film Noir is the most American of all visual art forms. This style of movie making became popular in the 1940s and 1950s during and following World War II. The mood of the country was more pessimistic and the films reflected this. No longer did the good guy ride off into the sunset. He was just as likely to be struck down by a beautiful Femme Fatale. Now you can get my updated Free Film Noir ebook.   I have combined all of my film noir reviews into a single ebook for ease of reading. You can download a copy of the Free Film Noir ebook by clicking on the link below and entering your email. I will not spam you and I am not selling anything. You will get notices about the Classic Movie Reviews with Snarky podcast.   The Film Noir Premier ebook [kudanileads_on_click_intent optin_id=optin_4]Get the updated Film Noir ebook free [/kudanileads_on_click_intent]   After you get your Free Film Noir ebook check out these noir blogs! Femme Fatales Forty…

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The Caine Mutiny (1954) – 110

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Caine Mutiny (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 The Caine Mutiny (1954) starring among others, Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, and José Ferrer. This great movie covers two of my favorite genres, war movies, and trial movies. What can be better than a military court martial movie? This film was directed by Edward Dmytryk and based on a Herman Wouk novel. So, let’s get going with the actors, many of whom we have seen before. Actors Humphrey Bogart played the lead role of Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg, a man who had served too hard and too long. The great Humphrey…

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Director John Ford – Mean as they Come

Director John Ford

Director John Ford can be considered to be as mean as they come. Born: February 1, 1894 in Maine Died: August 31, 1973 in California Selected Biography 1917 A Marked Man 1917 Bucking Broadway 1917 Straight Shooting 1917 The Secret Man 1918 A Woman’s Fool 1918 Hell Bent 1918 The Craving 1918 The Phantom Riders 1918 The Scarlet Drop 1918 Thieves’ Gold 1918 Three Mounted Men 1918 Wild Women 1919 A Fight for Love 1919 A Gun Fightin’ Gentleman 1919 Ace of the Saddle 1919 Bare Fists 1919 Marked Men 1919 Rider of the Law 1919 Riders of Vengeance 1919 Roped 1919 The Outcasts of Poker Flat 1920 Hitchin’ Posts 1920 Just Pals 1920 The Girl in Number 29 1920 The Prince of Avenue A 1921 Action 1921 Desperate Trails 1921 Jackie 1921 Sure Fire 1921 The Big Punch 1921 The Freeze-Out 1921 The Wallop 1922 The Village Blacksmith 1922 Little Miss Smiles 1923 Cameo Kirby 1923 Hoodman Blind 1923 North of Hudson Bay 1923 The Face on the Bar-Room…

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The Hallelujah Trail (1965) – 109

The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

  Welcome to today’s show, 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. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Hallelujah Trail (1965). This movie is a western comedy that skewers everyone, as competing groups try to intercept a wagon train filled with whiskey. This movie has a surprising cast of big stars led by Burt Lancaster and Lee Remick. Actors Burt Lancaster played the lead role of Col. Thaddeus Gearhart. The great Burt Lancaster was covered in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). Pamela Tiffin played Louise Gearhart, daughter of the Colonel and follower of the temperance movement. Tiffin was covered in One, Two, Three (1961). Bing Russell played Horner, one of the miners. Russell was covered in Episode 12 – Billy the Kidd Versus Dracula (1966). Dub Taylor played the…

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The Searchers (1956) – 108

The Searchers (1956)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Searchers (1956), 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 one of the greatest westerns ever filmed. But the driven nature of the main character Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) is somewhat troubling to viewers and his overt hatred for the Indians is hard for a modern audience. Rotten Tomatoes states “If John Ford is the greatest Western director, The Searchers (1956) is arguably his greatest film, at once a grand outdoor spectacle like such Ford classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950), and a film about one man’s troubling moral codes, a big-screen adventure of the 1950s that anticipated the…

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El Dorado (1967) – 107

El Dorado (1967)

  Welcome to today’s show, 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 El Dorado (1967). It is another in a series of John Wayne formula and posse movies.Hey but it is a lot of fun and has a great story and a lot of action. This film is basically a remake of Rio Bravo (1959) with different actors. Except for John Wayne. Of course, he’s in it. So let’ jump right into the actors, many of whom of show veterans. Actors John Wayne played the role of Cole Thornton, a gunman for hire. Wayne was first covered in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). Paul Fix plays the town sawbones, Dr.…

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Big Jake (1971) – 106

Big Jake (1971)

  Welcome to today’s show, Big Jake (1991), 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 Big Jake (1991) a romping stomping rooting tootin man fest. This movie has so many great lines it’s fun to watch even if you’re not buying the whole premise. Most of the actors we have talked about before so I’ll jump right in. Actors John Wayne plays Jacob, the patriarch of the McCandles clan, who has been away for like 10 years because he prefers the company of men, I mean he can’t live in the same house with Martha McCandles (Maureen O’Hara). Of course, we have spoken about John Wayne extensively begin with Episode…

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The Glory Guys (1965) – 105

The Glory Guys (1965)

  Welcome to today’s show, 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 The Glory Guys (1965). This is a fun little cavalry romp that tells the tale of love and Custer’s Massacre. Actors Tom Tryon played the role of Capt. Demas Harrod. Tryon was covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965). Slim Pickens played veteran Sgt. James Gregory. Pickens was covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965). Harve Presnell played head scout Sol Rogers. Presnell was born in California and spent his youth in the great outdoors. When he was 7, it was discovered that he had a great voice and he began singing in church.…

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The Magnificent Seven (1960) – 104

The Magnificant Seven (1960)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Magnificent Seven (1960), 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. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is the western testosterone fest, with a grouping of some of the manliest men of all time, The Magnificent Seven (1960). The plot is very simple. Seven down on the luck American gunfighters go south to protect a Mexican village from bandits. The movie is a western adaptation of the Akira Kurosawa masterpiece Seven Samurai (1954). On to the actors. Actors Today we have a lot of veterans. Yul Brynner played super cool gunfighter, Chris Larabee Adams. Brynner was covered in Episode 68 – The Buccaneer (1958). Charles Bronson was cast as gunfighter Bernardo O’Reilly, half Mexican/half Irish. Bronson was covered in Episode 17 – Hard Times (1975). Horst Buchholz…

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