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My blog posts for ONE WAY STREET will be missing in action as I attempt to complete my biography of Michael Curtiz in 2015.


I have several terrific events coming up in 2015: NOIR CITY Hollywood at the Egyptian Theatre April 3-19,  The 16th Annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, NOIR CITY Chicago in the month of August and most exciting, I’ll be producing and hosting the first annual Palm Springs Classic Science Fiction Festival on October 21-23 at the Camelot Theaters.


Best Regards,




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

Posted by on in Actors and Actresses
  Robert Mitchum on screen epitomizes ultimate cool… always has, always will. I have a short list of favorite Mitchum pictures…doesn’t everyone? Out of the Past- the quintessence of the noir stained private eye; Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear playing two of the most wonderfully despicable blackguards in movie history; Blood on the Moon, The Sundowners, The Story of G.I. Joe… and now there is a new addition to the list. I had originally watched The Wonderful Country (1959) via an old VHS broadcast tape nearly five years ago. Savoring it last week in HD on a big Plasma screen, courtesy of the Western Channel, was a revelation. As Martin Brady, Mitchum is a rawhide-tough pistolero who has grown weary of dangerous subservience. Surviving in the El Paso border country while on the run for avenging his father’s post Civil War murder, he discovers that riding point for a...
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Posted by on in Odds and Ends
  If you are intrigued by science fiction, vintage radio and Charles McGraw (I go 3 for 3 with this lineup), you will be interested in this 1950 radio podcast, courtesy of Escape and Suspense! a blog devoted to the enjoyment of the CBS radio show Suspense and its sister show Escape. These archived programs feature original stories performed by some of the all-time great vintage actors.
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  Ann Savage was one tough broad. And that title is a royal adornment for a lady who was pure class. Ann Savage, who seemed indestructible, quietly passed away on Christmas Day. My friend and colleague Eddie Muller's masterly profile of Ann in his wonderful tome, Dark City Dames fills in most of the blanks about the ups and downs of a life that was resolutely lived on her own terms. As chronicled by Eddie, the Ann Savage story is a compelling read. My own memories of Ann are more prosaic. I had an extended conversation with Ann in the lobby of the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs between film screenings back in 2002. We discussed the similar nuances of piloting an airplane (Ann) and piloting a large ship at sea (me). It was terrific to learn a bit about the authentic Ann behind the public veil of her ferocious Vera...
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