NOIR CITY 15 is coming!


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

For those of you who are not Facebook habitues, I wanted to post a link about the upcoming Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival next week 13-16 May in Palm Springs at the Camelot Theatres. It is our tenth anniversary and with a line up of rare films and guest stars such as Ernest Borgnine, June Lockhart, Ann Robinson, Julie Garfield and Tommy Cook, this year's fest will be landmark event. Hope to see you there! ...
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Shortly after relocating to the far reaches of the western San Fernando Valley, I came across this sign while driving home one day.  Was this street named after Francis Lederer, actor?  Of course, it was.  It must have been fate and a collective touch of native soil that brought us together. My awareness of Lederer began at a young age. After viewing Return of Dracula (1958) on local N.Y. television, I firmly believed that the Czech-born thespian was the real Count Dracula and Bela Lugosi was well... Bela Lugosi. Sorry about that all you devoted Lugosiphiles. I was enamored with horror and sci-fi movies before acne and a deeper voice.  Francis Lederer and that Dracula movie made quite an impression on me.  I particularly enjoyed Lederer's continental lilt as the Count -  "...and your arm holding that cross, it feels like lead, no?" - along with a uniquely creepy score composed...
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2/8/2010: Sad news. Bobby Hoy passed away early this morning. He leaves a loving family and a legion of friends and colleagues who will miss him greatly. R.I.P. Here us a link to his obit in the L.A. Times. It was my distinct privilege to attend the Golden Boot Award ceremony last week that honored Bobby Hoy. The Golden Boot is the most prestigious Western genre award that recognizes the elite of that special fraternity of actors, stuntmen, writers, directors who contributed significantly to the Western tradition in films and television. Here's a link that provides more detail about the legacy of the Golden Boot Award. It is disheartening to realize that the ranks of this exclusive alliance are becoming increasingly thinned by the inexorable march of time. For those of us who grew up during the 50's and 60's, the Western experience, especially on television, was an important part...
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