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 that we have covered previously. So…

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The Big Combo (1955) – Episode 78

The Big Combo (1955)

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 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. With today’ film were are going to jump heavily into Film Noir. Today’s movie is The Big Combo (1955) and it has a lot of Noir power and actors. ACTORS Many of the actors we have already covered so I will jump right in with them. Jay Adler played the role of Detective Sam Hill assistant to Lt. Diamond. We covered Adler in Episode 38 – 99 River Street (1953). Michael Mark had a very small role as Fred the hotel clerk. Mark was covered in Episode 46 – The Wasp Woman (1959); Lee Van Cleef played the role of small time…

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