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Yeah, I liked that location, but was disappointed there wasn't more. (considering it was close by)
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Hibi wrote: November 6th, 2023, 3:49 pm Yeah, I liked that location, but was disappointed there wasn't more. (considering it was close by)
FWIW, I remember when Bunker Hill was being demolished and being made way for the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to be built in its place.

Yep, and I also remember seeing those Pacific Electic Red Cars trollies you see in this movie traveling in front of City Hall along Spring Street as well.

(...very very VAGUELY, you understand!!!) ;)

LOL
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Dargo wrote: November 6th, 2023, 4:08 pm
Hibi wrote: November 6th, 2023, 3:49 pm Yeah, I liked that location, but was disappointed there wasn't more. (considering it was close by)
FWIW, I remember when Bunker Hill was being demolished and being made way for the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to be built in its place.

Yep, and I also remember seeing those Pacific Electic Red Cars trollies you see in this movie traveling in front of City Hall along Spring Street as well.

(...very very VAGUELY, you understand!!!) ;)

LOL
HA!!!
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ElCid wrote: November 6th, 2023, 1:43 pm I agree that O'Keefe is not overly impressive, but I did enjoy him in Abandoned. Cover Up is one of my favorite "Christmas" movies. I had not known that O'Keefe co-wrote the screenplay for it under a pseudonym. Of course I consider Barbara Britton the main attraction and then throw in William Bendix.
O'Keefe does a good jobs in most movies I have seen with him as the type that just plods along putting pieces together, holding the plot together and so forth. Not an in you face type actor - which is often good.
I find O'Keefe effective in films like Raw Deal and Woman on the Run: movies where if his character was played by a major star (e.g. Mitchum in Raw Deal) the ending would have been different as to not taint a major star (since actors that are stars typically don't go to prison or get killed at the end) or if an actor like Dan Duryea was used in Woman on the Run, many in the audiences would have been clued in to watch for the double cross.
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I saw Abandoned a number of years ago and had forgotten many of the details. Fairly good flick
and it moves right along with little wasted space. O'Keefe was okay, though I find his wisecracks to be
rather tame. A guy like Dick Powell got better ones, though I never took a scrawny runt like Dicky as a
tough P.I very seriously. There is something spooky about all those official buildings at night with people
wandering around. I felt a bit sorry for Raymond Burr. Yeah, he was a bad guy but not as bad as the other
folks in the baby broker scheme. I was hoping he might take the money and run instead of going
back to his apartment. And the baby brokers were pretty nasty types who got what they deserved at the
end.
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Andree wrote: November 6th, 2023, 8:29 pm I saw Abandoned a number of years ago and had forgotten many of the details. Fairly good flick
and it moves right along with little wasted space. O'Keefe was okay, though I find his wisecracks to be
rather tame. A guy like Dick Powell got better ones, though I never took a scrawny runt like Dicky as a
tough P.I very seriously. There is something spooky about all those official buildings at night with people
wandering around. I felt a bit sorry for Raymond Burr. Yeah, he was a bad guy but not as bad as the other
folks in the baby broker scheme. I was hoping he might take the money and run instead of going
back to his apartment. And the baby brokers were pretty nasty types who got what they deserved at the
end.
Another nutcase on FTN!!! I'm amazed how these people get a slap on the wrist for what they've done. She should've got a life sentence imo. Shot them both in cold blood! Last weeks was even worse! Got a nice stay in a mental hospital and a chance to hit the streets again. His parents never noticed his strange behavior all that time? Where were they when he was sitting staring into space or doing somersaults in the yard???? Just a disgrace.
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Dargo wrote: November 5th, 2023, 8:12 pm
Bronxgirl48 wrote: November 5th, 2023, 6:00 pm I have an almost pathological distaste for Dennis O'Keefe. Don't ask me why.
Okay Bronxie, I won't ask you why. However, and while I've never been all that impressed with the guy myself, I thought he was pretty darn good in 'Abandoned'.

(...and especially so with his line delivery of the surprisingly clever dialogue in this film)









There is no rhyme or reason why certain people on film give me the willies -- for all I know if I met them in person I might have a more favorable response. I refer to not only Dennis O'Keefe but Arthur O'Connell and the dreaded JUNE ALLYSON.
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Hibi wrote: November 7th, 2023, 2:06 pm
Another nutcase on FTN!!! I'm amazed how these people get a slap on the wrist for what they've done. She should've got a life sentence imo. Shot them both in cold blood! Last weeks was even worse! Got a nice stay in a mental hospital and a chance to hit the streets again. His parents never noticed his strange behavior all that time? Where were they when he was sitting staring into space or doing somersaults in the yard???? Just a disgrace.
She must have had a good lawyer or else the laws are rather lax, though this took place in Kentucky.
I missed last week's episode. Since ID is already showing reruns in the 8 o'clock slot maybe it will be on
next week. I thought ol' granddad might be the one to go off as it seemed he might be one of these
neighborhood boss types, but he didn't. Yes, life without parole seems to fit her crime.
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Andree wrote: November 7th, 2023, 4:28 pm
Hibi wrote: November 7th, 2023, 2:06 pm
Another nutcase on FTN!!! I'm amazed how these people get a slap on the wrist for what they've done. She should've got a life sentence imo. Shot them both in cold blood! Last weeks was even worse! Got a nice stay in a mental hospital and a chance to hit the streets again. His parents never noticed his strange behavior all that time? Where were they when he was sitting staring into space or doing somersaults in the yard???? Just a disgrace.
She must have had a good lawyer or else the laws are rather lax, though this took place in Kentucky.
I missed last week's episode. Since ID is already showing reruns in the 8 o'clock slot maybe it will be on
next week. I thought ol' granddad might be the one to go off as it seemed he might be one of these
neighborhood boss types, but he didn't. Yes, life without parole seems to fit her crime.
The black guy who kept hearing voices. Another nut case. Didn't seem to have a job. Lived with his adoptive parents........
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How could I forget the other major actor who gives me the willies --- GLENN FORD!
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Bronxgirl48 wrote: November 7th, 2023, 2:08 pm

There is no rhyme or reason why certain people on film give me the willies -- for all I know if I met them in person I might have a more favorable response. I refer to not only Dennis O'Keefe but Arthur O'Connell and the dreaded JUNE ALLYSON.
Wait! "Arthur O'Connell"???!!! The guy who is so often cast as a somewhat milquetoast, doddering and inconsequential old guy in almost any and every movie I've ever seen him in???

LOL

Yep Bronxie, I'd say there certainly IS no "rhyme of reason" for these "willies" you say you get from some actors, alright!

(...still love ya though) ;)
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Bronxgirl48 wrote: November 7th, 2023, 5:47 pm How could I forget the other major actor who gives me the willies --- GLENN FORD!
Funny you mentioning Glenn Ford here now.

Ya see, for YEARS I could never understand how THAT guy had such a successful career as a leading man in the movies. Nope, I always thought of him as being, well, bland. And when it came to his looks, rather, lets say "pedestrian".

However, in these last few years and after watching a number of movies in which he starred, I've found myself kind'a warmin' up to the guy.

Can't explain it other than this way, but yeah, I have to admit that whatever Glenn's "attributes" were, I'm startin' to now see 'em a bit.

(...SAY, maybe someday I'll ALSO have this SAME little "epiphany" about a PRESENT DAY actor who I've always thought of as being "bland" in the extreme...I'm talkin' KEVIN COSTNER here!!!...nah, that probably won't ever happen) LOL
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Dargo wrote: November 7th, 2023, 6:30 pm
Bronxgirl48 wrote: November 7th, 2023, 2:08 pm

There is no rhyme or reason why certain people on film give me the willies -- for all I know if I met them in person I might have a more favorable response. I refer to not only Dennis O'Keefe but Arthur O'Connell and the dreaded JUNE ALLYSON.
Wait! "Arthur O'Connell"???!!! The guy who is so often cast as a somewhat milquetoast, doddering and inconsequential old guy in almost any and every movie I've ever seen him in???

LOL

Yep Bronxie, I'd say there certainly IS no "rhyme of reason" for these "willies" you say you get from some actors, alright!

(...still love ya though) ;)







Check Arthur out in THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO -- nothing inconsequential about him there, plus he's got a delightful scene with a particularly talkative snake. Fine, versatile actor (BUS STOP, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, PICNIC, etc.) but he just gives me the willies!

I'll bet there are certain actors/actresses that give YOU the willies -- come on, spill it! (maybe not here in Noir but Musings.)
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Bronxgirl48 wrote: November 8th, 2023, 2:58 pm
Check Arthur out in THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO -- nothing inconsequential about him there, plus he's got a delightful scene with a particularly talkative snake. Fine, versatile actor (BUS STOP, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, PICNIC, etc.) but he just gives me the willies!

I'll bet there are certain actors/actresses that give YOU the willies -- come on, spill it! (maybe not here in Noir but Musings.)
Funny you mentioning this today, as I discovered one (an actor that is) who kind'a gave me the willies while I watched a poor attempt at what seemed a sex comedy last night on TCM during this month's Gloria Grahame SOTM presentations.

The film was 'Blonde Fever' (1944), but no, I'm not talkin' about she who would apply her lipstick WAY over her upper lip line here.(and somethin' I seem to always fixate on in every closeup shot of her and in every movie she was ever in)

Nope, I'm talkin' about THIS guy here...
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Philip Dorn

Ya see, not only was he playin' a creep of a philandering husband (to Mary Astor) in this thing and which of course doesn't endear himself to the audence to begin with, AND not only was the Dutch-born American actor pretty much one-note throughout this thing, but while watchin' this turkey of a film it suddenly dawned on me the creepy vibes this guy gives off, generally speaking, and yep, even thinking back to when he played Irene Dunne's husband in 'I Remember Mama'.

(...and so there's one for ya here, Bronxie)
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Dargo wrote: November 8th, 2023, 3:50 pm
Bronxgirl48 wrote: November 8th, 2023, 2:58 pm
Check Arthur out in THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO -- nothing inconsequential about him there, plus he's got a delightful scene with a particularly talkative snake. Fine, versatile actor (BUS STOP, ANATOMY OF A MURDER, PICNIC, etc.) but he just gives me the willies!

I'll bet there are certain actors/actresses that give YOU the willies -- come on, spill it! (maybe not here in Noir but Musings.)
Funny you mentioning this today, as I discovered one (an actor that is) who kind'a gave me the willies while I watched a poor attempt at what seemed a sex comedy last night on TCM during this month's Gloria Grahame SOTM presentations.

The film was 'Blonde Fever' (1944), but no, I'm not talkin' about she who would apply her lipstick WAY over her upper lip line here.(and somethin' I seem to always fixate on in every closeup shot of her and in every movie she was ever in)

Nope, I'm talkin' about THIS guy here...
Image
Philip Dorn

Ya see, not only was he playin' a creep of a philandering husband (to Mary Astor) in this thing and which of course doesn't endear himself to the audence to begin with, AND not only was the Dutch-born American actor pretty much one-note throughout this thing, but while watchin' this turkey of a film it suddenly dawned on me the creepy vibes this guy gives off, generally speaking, and yep, even thinking back to when he played Irene Dunne's husband in 'I Remember Mama'.

(...and so there's one for ya here, Bronxie)
I recorded that as I'd never seen that film or heard of it. I'm always distracted when actresses wear lipstick beyond their lipline. That happened in Experiment in Terror w/Lee Remick's close up in the garage in the beginning. I'm always drawn to that and don't focus on what's going on in the scene.

Gloria had this fixation about her lips and would stick cotton in the front of her mouth to give her a more pouty look! I imagine if she were young and working today, she'd be getting collagen injections in her lips.
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