Edmond O’Brien – American Tough Guy

Edmund O'Brian

Edmond O’Brien was born in the Bronx, New York in 1915. O’Brein stated that he learned magic tricks from his neighbor Harry Houdini. He was in the school theater and major in drama a Columbia University. He started on Broadway debut at 21.

He was brought to Hollywood and he was uncredited in his first film – Prison Break (1938). The next year he was in a supporting role as “Gringoire” in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) with Charles Laughton.

He joined the Army Air Force during World War II and returned to a solid career as a supporting actor. By 1950, he was given the lead role in D.O.A. (1950).

O’Brien has roles in other film noir classics such as The Killers (1946) and The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

In 1954, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Barefoot Contessa (1954).

Perhaps one of O’Brien’s greatest performance was as the drunken newspaper editor Dutton Peabody in The Man …

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Noirvember Film Noir Fest

Double Indemnity - Forty Essential Film Noir Classics

Noirvember Film Noir Fest

Film noir is one of the defining cinema styles.This style is heavily influenced by current events and politics. Some of the themes explored in film noir are: Postwar anxiety and societal malaise, Guilt and dread, Psychoanalysis and trauma, Criminality and the limits of rational investigation, Existential despair, The inability to separate truth from lies, and The role of women in postwar society (TCM Presents Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir, Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.). It can be argued that the USA may be headed into another noir phase following the 911 attack.

As it becomes darker and colder in November it is time to sit back and enjoy classic film noir as a part of your own Noirvember.

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D.O.A. (1950) – Episode 48

D.O.A. (1950)

D.O.A. (1950) is a classic fast paced film noir with razor sharp dialog. The guys are tough and gals are beautiful. This movie will keep you guessing until the end.

D.O.A. (1950) 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is D.O.A., not doa (1950). You have to put the periods in your search or you’ll get something else. This is a great film noir classic that is told in flashback format. It has lots of tough guys like Edmond O’Brian and Neville Brand.

Edmond O’Brien plays the lead as Frank Bigelow accountant and notary. He was covered in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).

Pamela Britton played the role of Pula Gibson. Britton was born into an acting family. While in college Britton …

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Dark Passage (1947) – Episode 39

Dark Passage (1947)

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 …

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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 …

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Glenn Ford – From Film Noir to Superman’s Father

Glenn Ford

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), …

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