Part Five of ‘White Zombie’

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S. of A., where I happen to live. And even though I could stuff myself with food and simply laze around the house, I’ve chosen not to do so.

And I’m not overlooking the fact that it’s Saturday again. So, it’s time to show another part of this ridiculous ludicrous hilarious fascinatingly-weird movie! 🙂

For good or ill your amusement, here it is … Part Five of White Zombie!!!

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

Since it’s Thanksgiving, I figured I’d keep this post short and sweet! 🙂

Thanksgiving is a great time to indulge, not only in food, but in watching your favorite films.

So … in the spirit of the holiday, here are 15 Great Thanksgiving Movies to Watch With Family This Holiday!

And right up near the top is one of my favorites! Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! 🙂

Via Paramount Pictures.

Two of the films on the list are Woody Allen flicks that I love!

Broadway Danny Rose

and Hannah and Her Sisters!

And the holiday wouldn’t be complete without A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving? 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving! Treat yourself to a great movie!

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Spy Noir and Nazi Agent (1942)

Adding “Nazi Agent” to my list of movies I’ve got to see! 🙂

B Noir Detour

This post is brings together my ongoing interest in the films of Conrad Veidt (see introductory post here) and the history and definition of film noir.

Film noir can be read and defined in multiple ways, depending on one’s point of view. It’s cycle, style, and genre, for example. And within that trio of descriptors, there are implications for historical and cultural interpretation.

If noir is a cycle, that limits its range to a number of years, often delineated as 1941-1958 — from Maltese Falcon to Touch of Evil. The cycle is also often defined as American in origin, as explained by critics from France.

If noir is a style, its defining features are visual and sometimes aural. So, it’s about darkness, chiaroscuro lighting, back alley and underworld settings, lush romantic mood music alerting us to ill-fated romance and criminal doings, and the like. Such films…

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A fascinating blog post! :)

via Joan Crawford And Humphrey Bogart

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‘White Zombie’ — Part Four

Yes, people, it’s back again and simply refuses to end! It’s yet another part of the alleged first zombie movie ever made, at least as a feature film.

So … without further ado, here’s Part Four of White Zombie! 🙂

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My Review of ‘They Won’t Believe Me’ (1947)

This is another entry in the TCM Noir Alley line-up. Told almost entirely in flashback in probably the longest, most rambling witness testimony in any courtroom ever, the main character Larry Ballentine (played by Marcus Welby against type by Robert Young), who stands trial for murder, explains what actually went down.

Via RareFilm

You see, Larry married Greta (played by Rita Johnson) for her money, not love. So, he ends up seeing Janice Bell (played by Jane Greer, in role that established her film noir chops) on the side.

Via Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings

Their liaisons are innocent and in a quiet restaurant, but Janice grows unhappy with the situation. Unwilling to break up Larry’s marriage, even though he’s miserable, Janice gets a job transfer to Montreal and breaks off the relationship. At that point, Larry says, “That’s it. I’m leaving Greta. And I’ll meet you at the train station, Janice.”

But then he doesn’t do it, even though Greta comes home while he’s packing a bag and starts to help him. Then, she tells him she already knew what he was up to and that he was clearly unhappy with her. And knowing perfectly well that he’s only into her for the moolah, in a bid to win his love, Greta buys into a brokerage firm where Larry can get a job. Greta also conveniently buys a nice house in California, where the job is. Now, wasn’t that sweet?

So, Larry goes along with Greta, without even a fare-thee-well to Janice.

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Naturally, once ensconced at his new job and digs, Larry strays again. This time with employee Verna Carlson (played by Susan Hayward) who covers Larry’s ass for him takes steps to protect Larry after he screws up falls down on the job. After which, Verna basically throws herself at him seduces Larry, because she’s a complete slut an unabashed gold-digger.

Oh, but this seamy happy scenario can’t last forever, can it? Because Greta again susses out the truth. She calmly informs Larry that she’s sold her interest in the brokerage, so he’s out of a job. Oh, and she’s moving to a decrepit an old Spanish ranch in the middle of freaking nowhere, so Larry’s out on his ass in the street. Unless, of course, he chooses to live with Greta out in the boonies. Did I mention that Greta flat-out refuses to divorce Larry?

Okay, folks. That’s the set-up that leads to the death that leads to Larry’s trial for murder. Care to lay bets on who dies?

I have to say that even though Larry is supposed to be an homme fatale, it must be noted that good old Greta is a bit of a see-you-next-Tuesday! 🙂

I especially loved seeing Jane Greer playing a nice woman, as opposed the scheming bitch she played in Out of the Past.

The farther you get into the story, the more hopeless it seems for Larry. The plot builds tension and suspense well and kept me guessing as to how it would end, although I’ll admit I wasn’t completely surprised.

It may also interest you to know that the movie was produced by Joan Harrison, one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite collaborators.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I think the movie’s theme is less about the drawbacks of adultery and more about how, even when we’re innocent, our downfall can come from failing to forgive ourselves.

This is one of those lesser-known films that deserves a look! If you’re willing to ignore the fact that no defense attorney could get away with such drawn-out testimony! 🙂

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‘White Zombie’ – Part Three

It’s with great trepidation pride that I give you the third part of the movie that’s considered the first feature length zombie picture (at least, according to Wikipedia).

And that movie is … White Zombie! 🙂

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