Melissa

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Name: Melissa Kaercher
Date registered: April 13, 2017

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  1. Episode 50: Double Indemnity — October 7, 2017
  2. Episode 49: Diabolique — May 21, 2017
  3. Episode 48: Gilda — May 7, 2017
  4. Episode 47: Vertigo — April 24, 2017
  5. Episode 46: Chinatown — April 7, 2017

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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 (109,287 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: PASSED
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 (47,053 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 (22,296 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 (279,038 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 (236,756 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 (20,200 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.

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 (68,304 votes)
Director: Howard Hawks
Writer: William Faulkner (screen play), Leigh Brackett (screen play), Jules Furthman (screen play), Raymond Chandler (short story "Killer in the Rain")
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 (9,608 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: 22 Feb 1945
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 (63,989 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: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Released: 24 Oct 1962
Plot: A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

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