Sunday, June 10, 2018

See Bogie Play a Heavy! TCM's Film Noir of the Week is Conflict (1945), Starring Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, and Sydney Greenstreet (at 10 a.m.!)



By David in TN
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 1:04:00 A.M. EDT


Humphrey Bogart and Grant Mitchell

TCM's Film Noir of the Week at Midnight ET Saturday Night-Sunday Morning (and 10 a.m. Sunday) is Conflict (1945), starring Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, and Sydney Greenstreet.

Bogart, Rose Hobart, and Alexis Smith

Humphrey Bogart is probably the actor most identified with film noir, but his role in Conflict is unusual in having him as the villain. Bogart's character is in love with his sister-in-law (Smith). His wife (Rose Hobart) knows but refuses to divorce him. Bogie tries to solve this problem in typical noir fashion by killing his wife, hiding the body, and proclaiming her “missing.”

Ironically, when Bogart pursues Alexis Smith, she has no interest in him. Suddenly, it appears Hobart may still be alive. Bogie's doubt and paranoia increase.


Sydney Greenstreet plays a psychiatrist friend of the family who investigates.

Conflict is based on a story by veteran noir director Robert Siodmak and directed by Curtis Bernhardt.



1 comment:

David In TN said...

TCM's Film Noir of the Week at 12:15 am ET Saturday Night-Sunday morning, and again at 10 am ET Sunday morning is Pitfall (1948).

Pitfall stars Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, and Raymond Burr. Powell is a successful insurance agent bored with his wife (Jane Wyatt) and his home life in the suburbs. He has an affair with a model (Scott). When Scott discovers Powell''s character is married, she ends the affair.

Raymond Burr, film noir's best "heavy," plays a shady private investigator with designs on Scott. Burr makes life hell for Powell's family. Meanwhile Scott's boyfriend (Byron Barr) is released from prison on parole.

Noir icons Scott, Burr, and Powell make this good film noir viewing.