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ONE WAY STREET

Alan's sporadic takes on Film Noir and other aspects of pop culture

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  Some idle thoughts on how some of the star-crossed couples of film noir would celebrate Valentine Day. You’ll have to fill in the blanks with the actors and the movies. Walter and Phyllis might ignore the 45 mile an hour speed limit and decide to kick it down at the beach in Santa Monica. Would Holiday Carleton be inspired to find a way to keep Ralph Cotter from the arms of heiress Margaret Dobson? Jeff and Kathie would probably start off with a drink at the La Mar Azul before heading to Pablo’s to gaze in each others eyes over some American music. Paula misses Frank and just wants him to come home to Banning. Martha asks Sam to drive up at the campsite above the city to look at the lights next to a campfire that is still smoldering… just like her passion Helen gets Sam in a clinch...
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  James Whitmore died the other day and I selfishly thought, "There's goes another irreplaceable actor that I will never get to meet." The more I learned about Whitmore, the more it seems he might have been an irreplaceable human being. Whitmore first entered my consciousness in a Twilight Zone episode that I saw at my grandparents apartment when I was ten years old. He portrayed a well-intentioned, but authoritative leader of a group of people who have been stuck for decades on a barren planet. When the group is able to return to Earth, Whitmore's character mutates from putting the welfare of his people first to becoming frantic over what will become of him now that his mantle of leadership is removed. It was an amazing portrayal about the unintended outcome of power that left this kid absolutely stunned at the finale and thinking about it the next day... and...
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  I am extremely pleased that Richard Harland Smith selected yours truly at ONE WAY STREET as a Premio Dardo Award winner on his always-fascinating TCM Movie Morlocks blog. This award (which is presented sans any obligatory bric-a-brac like a gold statuette, a stuffed marlin for that odd wall of mine that lacks a film noir one sheet or a Fifth Skull of Jonathan Drake candle holder) is predicated on: “...the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers (and) gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.” As someone who has a consistent record of winning bupkiss, the Dardos award personally means a lot… well... as Mel put it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wDdFyDq7oA&feature=related All kidding aside, Richard's writing in the fantasy genre magazine Video Watchdog, the TCM Morlocks site and elsewhere is relentlessly entertaining. I recommend that you read his recent post on one of the great, all-time sci-fi movies, The Incredible Shrinking Man...
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