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The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby MissGoddess » September 28th, 2009, 9:54 am

Has anyone seen this early entry by director Budd Boetticher? Going over the schedule
for October, I saw it listed and wondered if it were worth recording. It airs October 8th,
at 4:45 a.m. EST.


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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby Dewey1960 » September 28th, 2009, 1:42 pm

A very so-so mystery with relatively few noir elements. But, like most films from this period and of this style, it is certainly (at the very least) worth recording.

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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby MissGoddess » September 28th, 2009, 1:46 pm

Thank you, Dewey.
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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby CineMaven » September 28th, 2009, 6:00 pm

"A very so-so mystery with relatively few noir elements. But, like most films from this period and of this style, it is certainly (at the very least) worth recording." - Dewey1960.

So-so??? Why my Dewey, my good man...JANIS CARTER is in it. Tsk! Tsk!
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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby Dewey1960 » October 1st, 2009, 8:18 am

The lovely and talented CineMaven opined: So-so??? Why Dewey, my good man...JANIS CARTER is in it. Tsk! Tsk!
Yes, and Elizabeth Taylor was in CLEOPATRA. I guess the point is that even wildly talented performers are capable of landing themselves in mediocre entertainments, especially during the so-called golden days of the studio system. I would never recommend someone not see a film for any particular reason but, on the other hand, it seems unrealistic to assume that because a performer we like (in this case the usually wonderful Janis Carter) is featured in the cast, the film's overall quality is automatically upgraded. One big problem with THE MISSING JUROR (for me) is that Miss Carter isn't called upon to do what she does best: make everyone's existence a living nightmare. Which isn't to say that simply because she's not the antagonist (George Macready handles that chore here) she isn't capable of delivering an interesting performance. She's terrific in POWER OF THE WHISTLER (from the same studio and roughly the same year) where she's menaced nearly into oblivion by a deranged psychopath (Richard Dix). Now that's entertainment!

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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby CineMaven » October 2nd, 2009, 12:48 am

Okay Mr. 1960. You've made a good argument. 'Just b'cuz someone we like is in a motion picture doesn't make the movie good.' I understand that...intellectually. Many of a fave of mine have appeared in clunkers. And while I was watching, I knew the film was a clunker. (Let's not pick on La Liz, okay? If you wanna pick on someone, pick on Diane Keaton). But isn't that better than watching a clunker that doesn't have someone you like in it???

Okay, okay...you got me. I've got no argument.

But I'm going to go rogue here and confess that I'll always watch "Butterfield 8."
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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby MissGoddess » October 2nd, 2009, 8:18 am

CineMaven wrote:Okay Mr. 1960. You've made a good argument. 'Just b'cuz someone we like is in a motion picture doesn't make the movie good.' I understand that...intellectually. Many of a fave of mine have appeared in clunkers. And while I was watching, I knew the film was a clunker. (Let's not pick on La Liz, okay? If you wanna pick on someone, pick on Diane Keaton). But isn't that better than watching a clunker that doesn't have someone you like in it???


hahahahahahaaa!! I TOTALLY agree (Exhibit A: Natalie Wood in Penelope---love it!)

But I'm going to go rogue here and confess that I'll always watch "Butterfield 8."


Put me in that rogues gallery because I LOVE that movie (more than I should)!! It's the perfect
mother-daughter movie!

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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby Dewey1960 » October 2nd, 2009, 10:32 am

Everyone's favorite MAVEN sez: Okay, okay...you got me. I've got no argument.
Maybe you got no argument, but you DO have the passion, and that's what counts in the end. And, in fact, you do have an argument, since any discussion about film ultimately resides in the realm of subjective reasoning. It's like that guy in OUT OF THE PAST who says to Mitchum, "Everybody''s right."

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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby CineMaven » October 2nd, 2009, 10:56 am

Ms. G.,

#1. Aaaaaah "Butterfield 8." Love when she grinds that stiletto into Harvey's foot as he holds her tighter. But for true S & M pleasure you've got to catch the great Karloff in "The Black Cat" (1934). That art deco set, the outfits Karloff wore...(that dinner jacket was DIVINE!!!) NOW you're talkin'!! Oh...no one was talkin' about S &M. Nevermind. My Asperger's kicked in.


#2. Dewey,

I LOVE that guy in "OUT OF THE PAST". He didn't sound like he was an actor. Dead pan...dry.

"Maybe you got no argument, but you DO have the passion, and that's what counts in the end."

So do I get the job Mr. Ziegfeld...helping you plan next year's Noir Fest; selling popcorn or Raisinettes?? Or talking movies. It might be fun. The Roxie must be ten times bigger than our NYC's FILM FORUM. Whaddya say?

In the end folks, I'm just advocating for watching "The Missing Juror." It might be so-so, and Janis Carter is no Janis Paige, I mean Patti Paige, I mean Patty Duke, I mean the Duke of Earl...I mean Judi Dench. But it's a good ol' fashioned Hollywood "B" movie...and we love those.

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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby Dewey1960 » October 2nd, 2009, 7:37 pm

Quoth the Maven: So do I get the job Mr. Ziegfeld...helping you plan next year's Noir Fest; selling popcorn or Raisinettes?? Or talking movies. It might be fun. Whaddya say?
We'll give it a definite maybe!
And by all means watch THE MISSING JUROR. Then we'll talk. It is, after all: a) in black & white and, b) just over an hour long.

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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby CineMaven » October 3rd, 2009, 2:47 am

Dewaay Dewaaaay...I'd feel more hopeful about that job if you had said maybe definitely, but first things first. "The Missing Juror." :-)
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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby MissGoddess » October 3rd, 2009, 12:00 pm

I'm afraid the author of this thread missed the missing. Did you catch it, Mave?

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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby CineMaven » October 3rd, 2009, 12:25 pm

Hi Ms. G. "The Missing Juror" airs October 8th. You still have a chance to view it and judge for yourself.

Did you catch Friday nite's documentary on thrillers?? Some didn't care for it, but I enjoyed it.
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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby MissGoddess » October 3rd, 2009, 12:53 pm

I thought it was on last night! Well, that shows how discombobulated I can be, not even reading my own post.

I didn't care for the doc, I'm afraid. I switched to Major Dundee (not much
of an improvement) and then watched Heroes for Sale...what a depressing,
grim movie! But it was strong and well made.
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Re: The Missing Juror (1944)

Postby JackFavell » October 3rd, 2009, 3:35 pm

You think that's bad? I stayed up to watch Heroes for Sale, made it through RO's intro and promptly fell asleep. I didn't see one BIT of it.

The worst thing is, I woke up RIGHT after it was over. I do this all the time...


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