Monthly Archives: December 2016

Town Without–Whatever

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” “Town Without Pity” is a film noir that doesn’t appear, at first glance, to be a film noir. It starts off as a controversy-film. Four G.I.s stationed in Germany rape a young town girl. It then becomes … Continue reading

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Flabbergasted!

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” M.G.M.’s ode to the evils of drink, “The Wet Parade” offers us Robert Young and Jimmy Durante as fellow Treasury agents looking to get the goods on those rats selling booze to a booze-hungry public in defiance … Continue reading

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Fast Vacation

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” Those who read and admire the hard-boiled school of crime fiction consider Paul Cain’s “Fast One” to be one the toughest products of the genre. So when you hear that upscale Paramount–not gritty Warner Brothers–filmed it in 1933 … Continue reading

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No Hard Feelings

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” I had wanted to see Rouben Mamoulian’s 1931 gangster film “City Streets” for a long time. I’ve always enjoyed Mamoulian’s stylishly-directed films–“Applause,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “The Mark of Zorro”–and this one was based on an … Continue reading

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