Melissa

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Name: Melissa Kaercher
Date registered: April 13, 2017

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  1. Reel Education: Noir will return March 21st! — February 15, 2018
  2. Episode 55: The Third Man — February 7, 2018
  3. Episode 54: Rear Window — January 24, 2018
  4. Episode 53: Winchester ’73 — January 7, 2018
  5. Episode 52: Call Northside 777 — December 21, 2017

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Feb 15

Reel Education: Noir will return March 21st!

We’ve had some challenges scheduling our next recording sessions, so we will not be able to post any new episodes until March 21st. Sorry for the delay!

Our parent podcast A Reel Education will continue uninterrupted over the next month, so while you’re waiting for our return, please check out their latest episode about High Noon, as well as their upcoming episodes about The Goonies and this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner!

Feb 07

Episode 55: The Third Man

The Third ManFor this week’s episode, we visit one of the great British noir films, The Third Man!

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

Please also join us again on February 21st, when we watch another WWII aftermath noir, Berlin Express!

The Third Man (1949)
The Third Man poster Rating: 8.2/10 (128,298 votes)
Director: Carol Reed
Writer: Graham Greene (by), Graham Greene (screen play)
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard
Runtime: 93 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 12 Oct 1949
Plot: Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Jan 24

Episode 54: Rear Window

For this week’s episode, we conclude our Jimmy Stewart series as we view Hitchcock’s delightful Rear Window!

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 February 7th, when we talk about the amazing British classic, The Third Man!

Rear Window (1954)
Rear Window poster Rating: 8.5/10 (360,212 votes)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (based on the short story by)
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter
Runtime: 112 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Released: 01 Sep 1954
Plot: A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

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 (13,887 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: NOT RATED
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 (25,656 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 (48,640 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 (22,876 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 (286,058 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.

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