Friday, December 23, 2022

TCM Film Noir of the Week Update

By David in TN
friday, december 23, 2022 at 11:36:00 p.m. est

TCM’s Film Noir of the Week is off for the next two weeks, presumably for Christmas and New Year’s.

As for Mr. Soft Touch (1949), it was an hour and a half I’ll never get back.

1 comment:

David In TN said...

TCM's Film Noir of the Week Returns with Roy Ward Baker's Don't bother to Knock (1952) Saturday Night-Sunday Morning at Midnight and 10 a.m. ET with Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Elisha Cook Jr., Jim Backus, Lurene Tuttle.

Film Noir Guide: "The setting is a large New York hotel. Monroe is a suicidal mental patient whom the hotel's elevator operator (Cook) has referred to hotel guests (Backus and Tuttle) as a reliable baby sitter. Widmark plays the callous boyfriend of the hotel's torch singer (Bancroft), who has just given him the boot. Depressed, Widmark hooks up with Monroe and attempts a little hanky panky, but she starts calling him by her dead boyfriend's name and he rightly suspects that she's not all there."

"This is an exciting little thriller, tightly scripted and well acted (especially by Monroe). Bancroft, in her film debut, manages to look more glamorous than the dowdy Monroe (sans makeup)."

David In TN: Marilyn Monroe plays a psycho.