Tag Archive: Fritz Lang

Sep 17

Episode 32: Rancho Notorious

Rancho NotoriousIn this week’s episode, we welcome playwright/actor Kelvin Hatle to our table as we discuss what happens when Fritz Lang directs a western: Rancho Notorious!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because you really must witness at least the drinking game scene. This film is available on DVD from Amazon and can probably be found a few other select places. (Beware of the streaming copy on DailyMotion, which is missing scenes.)

Please join us on September 21st for an episode about the French masterpiece of tension: The Wages of Fear!

Rancho Notorious (1952)
Rancho Notorious poster Rating: 7.0/10 (3,284 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Daniel Taradash (screenplay), Silvia Richards (original story)
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry
Runtime: 89 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Western
Released: 19 Sep 1952
Plot: After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Aug 21

Episode 31: Ministry of Fear

Ministry of FearIn this week’s episode, we have a grand time talking about all that cake in Fritz Lang’s Ministry of Fear!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s loads of fun and we don’t want to spoil it for you. This film is available on DVD from Amazon and elsewhere, and if you’re lucky, there might still be an illicit copy of the whole film hanging out on YouTube.

Please join us on September 7th for the third and final movie in our Fritz Lang triple feature: Rancho Notorious!

Ministry of Fear (1944)
Ministry of Fear poster Rating: 7.2/10 (5,571 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Graham Greene (novel)
Stars: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke
Runtime: 86 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 05 Feb 1945
Plot: Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.

Aug 07

Episode 30: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

The Testament of Dr. MabuseIn this week’s episode, we thoroughly enjoy a movie banned personally by Joseph Goebbels: The Testament of Dr. Mabuse!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because the second part of the episode will probably make no sense whatsoever if you don’t. This film is easily available via a great 2-disc set released by Criterion, and is also currently available streaming on Hulu Plus.

Please join us on August 21st for second movie in our Fritz Lang triple feature: Ministry of Fear!

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse poster Rating: 7.9/10 (9,876 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Norbert Jacques (characters), Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou
Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Schündler, Oskar Höcker
Runtime: 122 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime
Released: 01 Jan 1933
Plot: A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

Dec 21

Episode 15: The Big Heat

The Big HeatThis week, we watch Fritz Lang’s amazing noir, The Big Heat!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it is truly great. This film is currently available for streaming rental on iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, and Microsoft, and is also available on DVD.

Join us on January 7th for our episode on The Asphalt Jungle!

The Big Heat (1953)
The Big Heat poster Rating: 8.0/10 (19,473 votes)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Sydney Boehm (screenplay), William P. McGivern (Saturday Evening Post serial)
Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby
Runtime: 89 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Released: 01 Oct 1953
Plot: Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.