Classic Movies

Guest Review: The Racket (1951)

By Philip Schweier The Racket (1951) also features Robert Ryan, but this time he’s on the other side of the law, starring as Nick Scanlon, public enemy #1 in an unnamed city where Robert Mitchum, as honest police captain Tom McQuigg, holds the line between decent folk and the forces of evil. The film opens as… Continue reading Guest Review: The Racket (1951)

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Classic Movies

Guest Review: On Dangerous Ground (1952)

By Philip Schweier On Dangerous Ground (1952) is a rare case in which I can’t wait for a movie to end. It is part of a film noir collection I received for Christmas, but it represents the low end of the five films in the collection, in my opinion. Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) is a reasonably… Continue reading Guest Review: On Dangerous Ground (1952)

Classic Movies

Guest Review: The Asphalt Jungle  (1950)

By Philip Schweier The Asphalt Jungle (1950) is the simple story of a crime, but because criminals are by nature untrustworthy, the crime begins to unravel virtually from the get-go. But this is also the story of motivation. Not greed, mind you, but what drives people to do certain things. According to Doc Erwin Riedenschneider, the… Continue reading Guest Review: The Asphalt Jungle  (1950)

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Guest Review: Lady in the Lake (1947)

By Philip Schweier Lady in the Lake (1947) is based on the Raymond Chandler story of the same name, which features his private eye, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is one of those characters which has been featured in many movie adaptations but never played by the same actor twice, Robert Mitchum being the exception. As much as I… Continue reading Guest Review: Lady in the Lake (1947)

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Guest Review: Gun Crazy (1950; aka Deadly is the Female)

By Philip Schweier Before there was Bonnie and Clyde (1967) there was Gun Crazy (1950), the story of two young kids crazy in love. So in love they’d rather not work for a living, and so crazy they turn to crime. The story begins one rainy night as 14-year-old Bart Tare (Russ Tamblyn, before he moved to New York’s West Side… Continue reading Guest Review: Gun Crazy (1950; aka Deadly is the Female)

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Guest Review: The Set-Up (1949)

Frequent Thrilling Days of Yesteryear commenter/contributor Philip Schweier offers up his take on my favorite of actor Robert Ryan’s films—Phil received a DVD set of films noir for Christmas (I’m guessing it was Warner’s Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 1) and apologizes for being so tardy in getting around to seeing them but as he told me in… Continue reading Guest Review: The Set-Up (1949)

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Guest Review: The Naked Kiss (1964)

By Philip Schweier (NOTE: Mr. Schweier felt his review would be more TDOY-appropriate if he included his own observations, which are printed in snarky red.) The Naked Kiss (1964) opens to some jazzy trumpet straight out of Greenwich Village, as a woman (Constance Towers) proceeds to smack a nameless joe (Monte Mansfield) around with her purse. “I’m through, Kelly. Please,”… Continue reading Guest Review: The Naked Kiss (1964)