Movie Diary 3/15/2012

The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall, 1945). I last saw this picture on the KOMO late movie (or something) many many years ago, yet lots of scenes and images stuck in the brain: William Bendix brawling in a bar and complaining about “monkey music,” or Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake eating breakfast at a hotel by the sea. Despite the plainness of Marshall’s style, it’s got a lot of essential noir stuff about it.

Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak, 1944). German expat director squeezes extra value from shadows and mirrors and staircases; so what else is new? Ella Raines is believably enterprising, Franchot Tone believably disturbed.

At What a Feeling!, a look back at Oliver Stone’s Salvador, a welcome Eighties break from the prevailing Top Gun mood.


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