Melissa

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Name: Melissa Kaercher
Date registered: April 13, 2017

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  1. Episode 53: Winchester ’73 — January 7, 2018
  2. Episode 52: Call Northside 777 — December 21, 2017
  3. Episode 51: Body Heat — November 7, 2017
  4. Episode 50: Double Indemnity — October 7, 2017
  5. Episode 49: Diabolique — May 21, 2017

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Jan 07

Episode 53: Winchester ’73

Winchester 73For this week’s episode, we continue with our Jimmy Stewart series as we visit Anthony Mann’s noir-western, Winchester ’73!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because there be spoilers ahead. The film is readily available on streaming on Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon.

Please also join us again on January 21st, when we return with an episode about Rear Window!

Winchester '73 (1950)
Winchester '73 poster Rating: 7.7/10 (13,765 votes)
Director: Anthony Mann
Writer: Robert L. Richards (screenplay), Borden Chase (screenplay), Stuart N. Lake (story)
Stars: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally
Runtime: 92 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Released: 12 Jul 1950
Plot: The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Dec 21

Episode 52: Call Northside 777

Call Northside 777For this week’s episode, we launch into a Jimmy Stewart series, starting with Call Northside 777!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we spoil things. The film is readily available on streaming on Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon.

Please also join us again on January 7th, when we return with an episode about Winchester 73!

Call Northside 777 (1948)
Call Northside 777 poster Rating: 7.4/10 (6,792 votes)
Director: Henry Hathaway
Writer: Jerome Cady (screen play), Jay Dratler (screen play), Leonard Hoffman (adaptation), Quentin Reynolds (adaptation), James P. McGuire (based on articles by)
Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker
Runtime: 112 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 01 Mar 1948
Plot: Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Nov 07

Episode 51: Body Heat

Body HeatFor this week’s episode, we delve into Lawrence Kasdan’s steamy 80’s thriller, Body Heat!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because don’t care about spoilers. The film is readily available on streaming on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.

Please also join us again on November 21st, when return with an episode about Call Northside 777!

Body Heat (1981)
Body Heat poster Rating: 7.4/10 (25,504 votes)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Released: 28 Aug 1981
Plot: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Oct 07

Episode 50: Double Indemnity

Double IndemnityFINALLY, it’s here! For episode 50, former co-host Windy returns to the podcast for an episode about Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we dive right into the plot. The film is readily available on streaming with a subscription to FilmStruck, and is available for rental on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.

Please also join us again on October 21st, when return with an episode about Body Heat!

Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity poster Rating: 8.3/10 (111,483 votes)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Billy Wilder (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (screenplay), James M. Cain (from the novel by)
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall
Runtime: 107 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 06 Jul 1944
Plot: An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

May 21

Episode 49: Diabolique

DiaboliqueIn this week’s episode, we introduce Tonya to another Henri-Georges Clouzot masterpiece: the truly wicked Diabolique!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because of spoilers. No, really, we are truly, honestly serious this time… you don’t want this one spoiled if you’ve never seen it! The film is readily available on streaming with a subscription to FilmStruck. (They have a free trial deal, too.)

Please also join us again on June 7th, when we celebrate our 50th episode with Double Indemnity!

Diabolique (1955)
Diabolique poster Rating: 8.1/10 (48,275 votes)
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writer: Pierre Boileau (novel), Thomas Narcejac (novel), Henri-Georges Clouzot (scenario and dialogue), Jérôme Géronimi (scenario and dialogue), René Masson (collaboration), Frédéric Grendel (collaboration)
Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel
Runtime: 117 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Released: 21 Nov 1955
Plot: The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

May 07

Episode 48: Gilda

GildaThis week, we watch the amazing Rita Hayworth in Gilda!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because Rita Hayworth truly must be witnessed. The film is readily available for rental on streaming services such as Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube. It is also available with subscription to FilmStruck.

Note: as you will soon be able to tell while listening to the episode, our recording session was interrupted by everything. Dogs! Phones! Husbands! Pizza guy! We apologize. In spite of all that, please join us again on May 21st, when we go back to Clouzot with a viewing of Diabolique!

Gilda (1946)
Gilda poster Rating: 7.8/10 (22,664 votes)
Director: Charles Vidor
Writer: E.A. Ellington (story), Jo Eisinger (adaptation), Marion Parsonnet (screenplay)
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Released: 25 Apr 1946
Plot: A small-time gambler hired to work in a Buenos Aires casino learns that his ex-lover is married to his employer.

Apr 24

Episode 47: Vertigo

VertigoThis week, we go see Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in 70mm, and then we have a whole lot to say about it!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because oh boy do we spoil all the details. The film is readily available for rental on streaming services such as Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube.

Note: Melissa only introduces Alee during the first segment, because they weren’t sure Tonya wasn’t at the theater yet, and she wasn’t sure she was going to make it in time for the start. She did get to the theater, though, so she hopped in for the after-film discussion… but Melissa totally forgot to introduce her after the music break. Sorry for any confusion!

Please join us again on May 7th, when we watch Rita Hayworth play Gilda!

Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo poster Rating: 8.4/10 (282,768 votes)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Alec Coppel (screenplay), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay), Pierre Boileau (novel), Thomas Narcejac (novel)
Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore
Runtime: 128 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Released: 21 Jul 1958
Plot: A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Apr 07

Episode 46: Chinatown

ChinatownThis week, we are joined by geography professor David Tyler McKay for a discussion about Chinatown!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we spoil the hell out of it. The film is readily available on streaming services such as Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and YouTube.

Please join us again on April 21st, when we launch back into the world of Hitchcock with Vertigo!

Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown poster Rating: 8.2/10 (241,262 votes)
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Robert Towne
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez
Runtime: 130 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 20 Jun 1974
Plot: A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Mar 22

Episode 45: Desert Fury

Desert FuryThis week, we are joined by Matthew Kessen for a very rare screening of Desert Fury!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode… if you can. This is sadly a very difficult movie to track down right now. We were lucky enough to see an actual film print at The Heights Theater. If you are truly determined, the movie has been released on DVD overseas and copies can often be found on Amazon. You can also probably find downloadable copies online, if you know where to look.

Please join us again on April 7th, when we continue with another color noir with Chinatown!

Desert Fury (1947)
Desert Fury poster Rating: 6.7/10 (918 votes)
Director: Lewis Allen
Writer: Robert Rossen (screenplay), Ramona Stewart (novel)
Stars: John Hodiak, Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 15 Aug 1947
Plot: The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Mar 07

Episode 44: The Long Goodbye

The Long GoodbyeThis week, we close our Marlowe trilogy with Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s fascinating. This film can be found for streaming rental from Amazon and Vudu.

Please join us again on March 21st, when we continue with another color noir with Desert Fury!

The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Long Goodbye poster Rating: 7.7/10 (20,482 votes)
Director: Robert Altman
Writer: Leigh Brackett (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (novel)
Stars: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell
Runtime: 112 min
Rated: R
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Released: 31 May 1973
Plot: Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.

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