Archive for April, 2011

Ingrid Bergman (Alicia Huberman), Cary Grant (Devlin), Claude Rains (Alexander Sebastian). Screenplay by Ben Hecht. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: U. Running time: 101 minutes. Classical Hollywood is not supposed to do real romance, and it’s as simple as that. I have voiced this opinion many times before, but it’s worth reiterating just how forced, […]

Vanessa Redgrave (Jane), David Hemmings (Thomas), John Castle (Bill), Jane Birkin (The Blonde). Screenplay by Tonino Guerra and Michelangelo Antonioni. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Rating: 15. Running time: 111 minutes. ‘Something fantastic has happened!’ This is how Blowup‘s protagonist responds to the witnessing of what he believes to be an attempted murder. No wonder Hollywood’s […]

Alan Ladd (Philip Raven), Veronica Lake (Ellen Graham), Robert Preston (Michael Crane). Screenplay by Albert Malz et al. Directed by Frank Tuttle. Rating: PG. Running time: 80 minutes. Now this is a noir with real gusto, and a villain to genuinely fear. The all too delicious duo of Ladd and Lake pays huge dividends here, capitalising […]

Alan Ladd (Johnny Morrison), Veronica Lake (Joyce Harwood). Screenplay by Raymond Chandler. Directed by George Marshall. Rating: PG. Running time: 96 minutes. Bizarrely relaxed noir ‘thriller’ which could do with a good kick up the backside, The Blue Dahlia goes through the motions of carving out a murder mystery with the help of a handful of […]

Teresa Wright (Charlie Newton), Joseph Cotten (Uncle Charlie). Screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Alma Reville and Sally Benson. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 108 minutes. If I said Dial M was an exercise in suspense, us as viewers anxiously waiting for the film’s characters to discover what we already know, then it seems that […]

Ray Milland (Tony Wendice), Grace Kelly (Margot Wendice), Robert Cummings (Mark Halliday). Screenplay by Frederick Knott. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 105 minutes. Yet another example of Hitchcock’s obsession with murder, but glorious all the same, Dial M, like Rear Window also of ’54, gives us a husband trying to get rid of his […]

Burt Lancaster (Ole ‘Swede’ Andreson), Ava Gardner (Kitty Collins), Edmond O’Brien (Jim Reardon). Screenplay by Anthony Veiller. Directed by Robert Siodmak. Running time: 103 minutes. The Killers is textbook noir: murder, mystery and dark motives, all playing out around a glamorous temptress lurking in the background who goes by the name of Kitty Collins. She’s better […]