Feb 21

Episode 43: The Big Sleep

This week, we watch Bogey and Bacall in The Big Sleep!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it should truly be experienced. This film can be found for streaming rental from iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and several other services.

Please join us again on March 3rd, when we finish our Marlowe Marathon with The Long Goodbye!

The Big Sleep (1946)
The Big Sleep poster Rating: 8.0/10 (65,717 votes)
Director: Howard Hawks
Writer: William Faulkner (screen play), Leigh Brackett (screen play), Jules Furthman (screen play), Raymond Chandler (from the novel by)
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
Released: 31 Aug 1946
Plot: Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Feb 07

Episode 42: Murder, My Sweet

Murder My SweetThis week, we watch Dick Powell (!) play Philip Marlowe (!!!) in Murder, My Sweet!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because Dick Powell is a delight to behold. This film can be found for streaming rental from iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, and several other services.

Please join us again on February 21st, when we continue our Marlowe Marathon with The Big Sleep!

Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Murder, My Sweet poster Rating: 7.6/10 (9,151 votes)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Writer: John Paxton (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel)
Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Otto Kruger
Runtime: 95 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 09 Dec 1944
Plot: After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Jan 20

Episode 41: The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian CandidateIn this week’s episode, we felt like talking about politics for some reason, so we watched The Manchurian Candidate!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because if you haven’t seen the movie by now, you owe yourself a treat. This film can is a little hard to find on streaming right now, but it is available on Amazon Streaming if you have a Starz account (…or if you sign up for their 7-day free trial, hint hint).

Please join us again on February 7th, when we launch into the world of Philip Marlowe with Murder, My Sweet!

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate poster Rating: 8.0/10 (61,944 votes)
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: Richard Condon (based upon a novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay)
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury
Runtime: 126 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 24 Oct 1962
Plot: A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Jan 07

Episode 40: Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of SuccessIn this week’s episode, we have MANY THINGS TO SAY about Sweet Smell of Success!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it has one of the sharpest, most cynical scripts in all cinema history. This film can currently be seen streaming on FilmStruck, iTunes, and DirecTV.

Please join us again on January 21st, when we take on The Manchurian Candidate!

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success poster Rating: 8.2/10 (20,464 votes)
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Writer: Clifford Odets (screenplay), Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Ernest Lehman (novel)
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 04 Jul 1957
Plot: Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Dec 21

Episode 39: The Thin Man

The Thin ManIn this week’s episode, we lighten up a bit (and drunken up a bit) for the holidays, with The Thin Man!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it is oh so delightful. This film can currently be seen streaming on iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, YouTube, and Google Play.

Please join us again on January 7th, when we dive back into the darkness with Sweet Smell of Success!

The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man poster Rating: 8.1/10 (20,978 votes)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Writer: Albert Hackett (screen play), Frances Goodrich (screen play), Dashiell Hammett (from the novel by)
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Released: 25 May 1934
Plot: Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Dec 19

Episode 38: Cape Fear (1991)

Cape FearIn this week’s episode, we follow up our screening of the original Cape Fear with Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because DeNiro’s appetite for scenery chewing must be witnessed. This film can currently be seen streaming on Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play… just about anywhere.

Please join us again on December 21st for a far more cheerful film, the ever-delightful Thin Man!

Cape Fear (1991)
Cape Fear poster Rating: 7.3/10 (129,992 votes)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: John D. MacDonald (novel), James R. Webb (earlier screenplay), Wesley Strick (screenplay)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Released: 15 Nov 1991
Plot: A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Nov 21

Episode 37: Cape Fear (1962)

Cape FearIn this week’s episode, we go back to our Robert Mitchum well with a screening of the original Cape Fear!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because Robert Mitchum demands it. This film can currently be rented from Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes.

Please join us again on December 7th when we follow up with Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake of Cape Fear!

Cape Fear (1962)
Cape Fear poster Rating: 7.8/10 (20,573 votes)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Writer: John D. MacDonald (novel), James R. Webb (screenplay)
Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin
Runtime: 105 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 12 Apr 1962
Plot: A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Nov 07

Episode 36: The Long Good Friday

The Long Good FridayIn this week’s episode, we watch a film that made a star out of Bob Hoskins: The Long Good Friday!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s amazing and it has Helen Mirren in it. This film can be a challenge to find right now, since the Criterion Collection DVD has long been out of print (spine #25!), but DVDs and Blu-Rays from various other publishers can be found on Amazon for a reasonable price. (Stray illicit streaming copies can also be found around the internet, but we didn’t see any right now that were of good quality.)

Please join us on November 21st when we visit the original Cape Fear!

The Long Good Friday (1980)
The Long Good Friday poster Rating: 7.7/10 (14,203 votes)
Director: John Mackenzie
Writer: Barrie Keeffe
Stars: Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan, Kevin McNally, Patti Love
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 02 Apr 1982
Plot: Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his ...

Oct 23

Episode 35: Odd Man Out

Odd Man OutIn this week’s episode, we get our James Mason on with a viewing of Odd Man Out!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because this film is fascinating. This film can be rented on Amazon Prime, and is available on DVD.

Please join us on November 7th when we continue forward in British film history with a film that made a star out of Bob Hoskins: The Long Good Friday!

Odd Man Out (1947)
Odd Man Out poster Rating: 7.8/10 (6,272 votes)
Director: Carol Reed
Writer: F.L. Green (by), F.L. Green (screenplay), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)
Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick
Runtime: 116 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 23 Apr 1947
Plot: A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery. Action takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Oct 07

Episode 34: Sorcerer

SorcererIn this week’s episode, we look at William Friedkin’s 1970s remake of Wages of Fear, Sorcerer!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because this is a film to be experienced. This film can be rented in HD on Amazon Prime, and is available on DVD and Blu-Ray in all its restored glory.

Please join us on October 21st when we go back into the world of British film noir with Odd Man Out!

Sorcerer (1977)
Sorcerer poster Rating: 7.7/10 (9,651 votes)
Director: William Friedkin
Writer: Walon Green (screenplay), Georges Arnaud (novel)
Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou
Runtime: 121 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Released: 24 Jun 1977
Plot: Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

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