The Prowler (1951) – 135

The Prowler (1951)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Prowler (1951), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast formally known as 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 Prowler (1951). This Film Noir crime drama starred Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. The role for Keyes was said to be a divorce present from her ex-husband Director John Huston.[1] This will be a great film to finish our #Noirvember fest with. An uncredited New York Times movie review upon release said the film was “Surreptitious amour, a rich legacy, and a murder have been pyramided into an impressive drama.”[2] iMDB.com rates this movie at 7.3 while Rotten Tomatoes has it at 100%.[3] This movie was directed by Joseph Losey. The screenplay was written by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo and came out under his working…

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The Harder They Fall (1956) – 134

The Harder They Fall (1956)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Harder They Fall (1956), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast formally known as 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 Harder They Fall (1956). This is a gritty boxing Film-Noir without a serious femme fatale. This movie was Humphrey Bogart last film. Rod Steiger led a vicious crew of gangsters. Real boxers rounded out the crew. Mark Robson directed this tale of corruption and betrayal in the sweet science. We have three veteran actors and several new ones. Actors Returning Humphrey Bogart played a sports writer that had fallen on hard times, Eddie Willis. The great Humphrey Bogart was covered in Episode 25 – Sahara (1943). Jan Sterling played the devoted and sweet wife of Eddie, Beth Willis. Sterling was covered in…

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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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99 River Street (1953) – Episode 38

99 River Street (1953)

99 River Street (1953) is a gritty film noir classic that follows a down and out boxer as he deals with gangsters as a result of his wife’s infidelity. 99 River Street (1953) Rough Script Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. I am excited to be bringing my first review of a film noir classic. So let’s jump right into Episode 38 99 River Street (1953). This movie was written for the screen and shows the gritty life of an ex-boxer turned cabbie that gets involved with gangsters as a result of his wife’s infidelity. John Payne played the role of ex-boxer and current cab driver Ernie Driscoll. Payne was born in 1912 to a well to do family. He was raised in Roanoke, Virginia. The easy life continued until the death of his father forcing Payne to withdraw from school to help support the family.…

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Blackboard Jungle (1955) – Episode 35

Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. Today we have the third of our back to school movies and it is the first of its kind. Today’s film is Blackboard Jungle (1955). When this film was released it shocked a post-war American audience. Glenn Ford does a great job in this role and it surprised me because I know him primarily as a cowboy actor or as Superman’s dad if you are younger. Glenn Ford plays the first-time teacher Richard Dadier. Ford was born in Canada in 1916 and moved to the US when he was 8. After high school, he began working in theater and taking odd jobs including with Will Rogers who taught him to ride a horse. Wow. In 1939, he began working for Columbia Pictures and became a US citizen the same year. His first major role was Heaven with a Barbed Wire…

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