The Harder They Fall (1956) was directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in his last film before his death in 1957. The film was based on the 1947 novel by Budd Schulberg and remains a stinging indictment of pre-commissioned boxing in the United States. Bogey plays Eddie Willis, a down on his luck former sports writer who’s not just looking to make [...]
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse is appropriately named because it is AMAZING! Landing somewhere between a dry Brit comedy and a hardcore gangster movie, the odd-ball gem is hard to categorize. I first saw the movie a few years ago and was delighted when I saw it come up in TCM’s rotation this week. I couldn’t [...]
Now that you’ve read Ben O’Brian’s rockin’ review of The Petrified Forest, you probably want more. (Who doesn’t want more Humphrey Bogart. He’s kind of like cowbell that way). Check out this gallery of production stills from The Petrified Forest featuring Humphrey Bogart, gentlemanly Leslie Howard, and an impossibly young and beautiful Bette Davis.
The Petrified Forest begins with a solitary hitchhiker wandering through the dusty desolation of an Arizona desert road; his canteen empty and his walking stick leading the way as automobiles and tumble weeds pass him by. He eventually makes it to a lonely gas station diner with the words “LAST CHANCE” writ big on the [...]
Well here we are, in my brand new home! Is that wine? You shouldn’t have, but thank you so much! I hope you’re digging the “new look” here at PCF. Stay tuned for more neat-o changes and special things as I work through my issues. In the meantime, I have some totally fun and [...]
Today is the Film Friday Weekly Roundup very late afternoon edition. Why is Pretty Clever Film Gal so late today? Because she forgot it was Friday! Part of the magic of the holiday season is that you completely lose track of time, forget what day of the week it is, and generally feel life is [...]
It’s been a busy week at Pretty Clever Films Headquarters thanks to TCM’s Summer Under the Stars. First we’re treated with Lon Chaney day and then Humphrey Bogart day. At night, I hear TIVO softly crying to himself in the other room. Even though I have roughly a gagillion movies to watch, I still took [...]
It’s rainy but it’s Friday! A rainy summer afternoon is designed for staying in with good coffee and great movies. Or really really bad movies… maybe it’s time to dive into the cheesy sci-fi flicks TCM has been airing in the “Drive-In Double Features” series? Whether you’re going high-brow or low-brow, pick a flick and [...]
While poking about the interwebs, I found this excellent 2006 review of Conflict from Noir of the Week. Sadly, as the review notes, Conflict is still not available on dvd. It does appear to be available from Amazon on something called Vee Aych Ess, whatever that is. Spoilers ahoy.
Read the 1945 NYTimes Review for Conflict. Do you fit this description: The appeal of this film, which is unpleasant and obviously morbid in theme, will be to those customers who are fascinated by the anxieties of a tortured man, who like to listen figuratively to the desperate thumping of a telltale heart. Then read [...]