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Happy Birthday, Johnny Madero, Pier 23

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 24, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment
On this date (23 April) back in 1947, the radio drama Johnny Madero, Pier 23 made its debut. It
 was the second detective drama that resulted from the collaboration of Jack Webb and Richard L. Breen

St. Regis Hotel in 1904
St. Regis Hotel in 1904

Jack Webb was born 2 April, 1920, in
Santa Monica, California, the son of Margaret (née Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. Samuel split before Jack’s birth and and thus the child was rasied by his mother and maternal grandfather, who lived together in Bunker Hills St. Regis Apartments.


15th Annual Festival of Film Noir, Final Week at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 15, 2013 01:10am | Post a Comment


The Mrs. and I were fortunate enough to catch three of last week's showings, including the fantastic Saturday night tear jerker Chicago Calling.  Unfortunately we'll be gone for the final week of the festival.  Hopefully some of you will make it out as there are some stellar pictures being offered!

Wednesday brings the powerhouse all star combo of Cry of the City and The KIllers.  The Cry cast includes Richard Conte, Victor Mature, Shelly Winters and most importantly Hope Emerson KIllers stars Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster at their most ravishing and William Conrad at his creepiest.

Thursday brings a pair of lesser knowns in Undercover Man and So Dark The Night.  So Dark has quite a cult following and could prove to be a goodie.

The Native Son and No Way Out combo on Friday should be spectacular.  No Way Out is a gritty, racially charged classic, featuring Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Harry Bellaver.  The criminally underrated Bellaver, best known as Detective Frank Arcaro from the Naked City TV series, is great as the deaf/mute brother of Ray Biddle, Widmark's maniacal, psycho racist.  Richard Widmark throws his whole self into character and really summons up some demonic forces in this film.  Native Son is an Argentinian/French production based on the well known Richard Wright novel.  Directed by Pierre Chenal of Le Dernier Tournant (1st adaption of Postman Always Rings Twice) fame, this is a very rare screening and is well worth the price of admission.

15th Annual Festival of Film Noir Continues at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 10, 2013 11:13am | Post a Comment



Wednesday, April 10th begins the second week of the 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre.  Wednesday brings us a pair of Fritz Lang rarities in the gothic melodrama House By The River and Joan Bennett vehicle Secret Beyond The Door.  The stunning Ms. Bennett was a Lang favorite, appearing in Woman In The Window and Scarlet Street.  She had a long and varied career including notable roles as the headmistress of both Collinwood in the original Dark Shadows TV series and the boarding school in Dario Argento's Suspiria

Thursday offers up a couple of not-on-DVD rarities in The Case Against Brooklyn and City Across The RiverCIty is considered amongst the earliest film to deal with street gangs and juvenile delinquency and features a young Tony Curtis as well as familiar character faces in Stephen McNally, Jeff Corey, Anabel Shaw and Thelma Ritter

Friday promises much in the double feature Street Of Chance and Night Has A Thousand Eyes, both based on Cornell Woolrich novels and boasting casts featuring Clare



Trevor
, Burgess Meridith, Sheldon
Leonard and Edward G Robinson.

15th Annual Festival of Film Noir Kicks Off Friday at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 2, 2013 11:59pm | Post a Comment


This Friday, April 5th, kicks off the 15th Annual Festival Of Film Noir at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.  Things get moving fast with a Cy Enfield double, Try And Get Me (aka The Sound Of Fury) and Hell Drivers. The Film Noir Foundation's newly restored print of Try And Get Me should be a stunner- not available on DVD, this is rare glimpse into Enfield's U.S. career which was prematurely derailed due to HUAC blacklisting bullshit.  Hell Drivers is a Rank Organization picture featuring Irish beauty Peggy Cummins, best known for her roles in Gun Crazy and Night Of The Demon.

Saturday brings a great pair of Hollywood damage tales in Sunset Boulevard and The Other Woman.  Needing no introduction, Sunset Boulevard's brilliance never seems to diminish, it's depiction of desperation and delusion seems applicable to every generation of former greats and their hangers on.    The Other Woman features the criminally under rated Cleo Moore as a scheming second string actress who gets involved in a blackmail plot that goes awry.  Those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Moore should check out the Bad Girls Of Film Noir, Vol 2 DVD set, we often have used copies for sale at the Hollywood Amoeba.




(In which we mine for some gold.)

Posted by Job O Brother, February 11, 2013 02:04pm | Post a Comment
counting sheep
Don't try this at (my) home.

I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in days; what sleep I have gotten is mostly thanks to the fine folks who make Motrin PM. (In the interest of full disclosure you should know that while McNeil Consumer Healthcare – makers of the aforementioned drug – are not a sponsor of the Amoeblog, they do give us free donuts on Mondays and occasionally wash our cars for an extra buck or two.)

While my Mom was kind enough to pass down to me a knack for cooking and robust health, I also inherited her tenuous sleeping habits. We deal with it similarly, too: we listen to the radio to keep our minds from, as she puts it:

“Going, going, going… just making plans and playing with ideas.”

Or, as I put it:

“Obliterating my peace of mind with the chaos and fury of post-traumatic stress fantasies catalyzed by a cruel and crippling world.”

It’s semantics, really.

Mom likes to treat this with AM radio, a favorite program being Coast to Coast. While this particular broadcast seems to promote a nightmarish reality of government conspiracy, alien invasion, body snatching and morally questionable fringe-sciences, she finds it delightful. That she does speaks to her unwavering trust in our fellow man and her willingness to believe everyone deserves to prove their innate goodness – even if, I suppose, it’s lizard-men from another planet who are covertly running our government.

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