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 was going to take on Key Largo (1948) but I got so excited by the crazy cabbies in Episode 38 – 99 River Street (1953) that I wanted to jump to another movie that had crazy cabbies as well and that movie is Episode 39 – Dark Passage (1947), another fine film noir classic featuring Humphrey Bogart and his beautiful wife Lauren Bacall.
Of course, Humphrey Bogart, playing the role of escaped convict Vincent Parry, is the star but they made the strange choice of not showing his face until around the one-hour mark. Although there are lots more to tell about Bogie I covered him in Episode 25 – Sahara (1943).
Lauren Bacall played the role of Irene Jansen. Bacall was born in 1924 in New York City. I’m seeing a trend. Bacall … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Glenn 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 Fence (1939). In late 1942, Ford joined the Marine Corp reserve.
He spent his time working in the Photographic Section. He was discharged in 1944 for ulcers. In 1958, he returned as a reserve officer.
Ford’s best-known role is most likely the film noir classic Gilda (1946) with co-star Rita Hayworth. This pair eventually made five movies together.
Through the 50s and 60s, Ford’s career was on fire. He made thrillers, dramas, action, comedies, and westerns. Some of his best-known films include A Stolen Life (1946) with Bette Davis, The Secret of Convict Lake (1951) with Gene Tierney, The Big Heat (1953), … Continue reading