TV’s Mightiest Mouthpiece—The Noir Roots of Perry Mason

TV’s Mightiest Mouthpiece—The Noir Roots of Perry Mason

CROOKED MOUTHPIECES date back to the era of 1930s porto-noir gangster movies (reaching their apogee with Louis Calhern’s turn in The Asphalt Jungle), but crusading defense attorneys who trod the line between cleverness and corruption proved to be scarce onscreen.   ...
Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Alfonse at work Grandfather lit up a Salem and recalled the young Joan Crawford as we sat around the dining table.  “She would do anything with anybody,” he said with a knowing wink.  Grandmother shushed him with  “Alfonse!” as she and Mom cleared the table. Mom...
Thar She Blows!

Thar She Blows!

Twilight Time releases a restored Blu-ray® of John Huston’s essential Moby Dick (1956)   In the film, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), there is a beach scene with an alluring ingénue telling James Stewart that she began reading Moby Dick but gave it up because, “who...
A Few Thoughts on NAPOLEON

A Few Thoughts on NAPOLEON

The presentation of Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON this Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, dwarfs any previous experience that I’ve ever had in a movie theatre.  I have never seen a film of such epic scale with the most amazing attention to authentic...
Rose & Joan:  Rest in Peace

Rose & Joan: Rest in Peace

I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Rose Freeman aka Joan Taylor who was a featured actress in movies and television from 1949 until her retirement in 1963. Rose was a special lady and we had a rather unusual relationship that began over five years...
Back on the Street with THE BIG COMBO and PITFALL

Back on the Street with THE BIG COMBO and PITFALL

To inaugurate my new and improved ONE WAY STREET blog and web site, I am posting my introduction to THE BIG COMBO and PITFALL double feature when I presented on Wednesday night at the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown L.A. While I was crossing the street at the...
A Golden Boot for Bobby Hoy

A Golden Boot for Bobby Hoy

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...
Wanted:  More Film Preservationists

Wanted: More Film Preservationists

Although One Way Street has been on an extended hiatus because of my on-going Michael Curtiz biography and a medley of other unapproved excuses, I have returned – a cyber-Lazarus – to proselytize for the cause of film preservation, specifically film noir...
The Count of Canoga Park . . . and my mental CD player

The Count of Canoga Park . . . and my mental CD player

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...
Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

While resolving that I will not be at the screenings of Red Light and Walk a Crooked Mile at Noir City in San Francisco this Thursday because work beckons, my thoughts turned to . . .  The Noir City opener this weekend in San Francisco A better weekend of darkness...