RARA-AVIS: Noir Channel

From: Bludis Jack ( buildsnburns@yahoo.com)
Date: 14 Feb 2004

Kerry Schooley asks:

<<Hey, howcum there's no Noir Channel, huh?>>

Turner Classic Movies goes through noir periods every now and again. Some days you can get an eight-hour tape and copy four or even five films.

Once, I was lucky enough to get all three versions of the Maltese Falcon. It is interesting how each has a different take. In one version,
"Satan Met a Lady," Bette Davis played the Bridget O'Shaughnessy role. In a comic scene at the end Spade promises to wait for her until she gets out of jail. You had the feeling the Spade was totally tongue in cheek and that Bridget would escape before she ever got to jail.

The Casper Gutman role was played by a chunky woman who must have been in a hundred movies in the thirties and forties.

Jack Bludis

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