FILM NOIR RECYCLED

We know studio backlot streets and overdressed Hollywood sets when we see them, but even the canniest among us are still fooled to a certain extent when viewing movies from the ancient studio era, particularly films noir. Yes, we may say to ourselves, “Oh, that is clearly a studio backlot!” or “That chair seems strangely familiar,” but how many of us know precisely when we last saw a particular backlot street or piece of studio furniture? The following are some sightings from my countless classic movie viewings. Continue reading

Desperate (RKO 1947)

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Anthony Mann’s 1947 film noir Desperate (whose star Steve Brodie is pictured on the front page of this blog in an original publicity still provided from Photofest) holds a special place in my heart because it was the first of his crime thrillers I researched while preparing my book proposal. My investigations into the making of this lower-tier “B” programmer took me to the UCLA Special Collections library in Los Angeles/Westwood, which houses the invaluable RKO Radio Pictures corporate papers. Continue reading