I am finding myself watching movies I didn’t used to watch. In the past I watched Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis types of movies. I also gravitated towards movies with famous duos such as Katherine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy or Doris Day/Rock Hudson. However, there were some movies I never thought I’d find myself watching. While I enjoyed mystery movies, there was a certain type I avoided: film noir. Good grief, I didn’t even give film noir movies a chance!
Enter Eddie Muller…
If you haven’t seen Eddie Muller on the Turner Classic Movies Channel yet, then you’re in for a very informative and interesting treat. Muller presents a film noir every Saturday night which is re-aired the next morning on TCM. He presents terrific pre-movie and post-movie film noir information.
Dashiel Hammett’s Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe are probably the most recognizable examples of Film Noir movies. Film Noir seems to be based on hardboiled pulp fiction mysteries (not Cozies). If you’ve spent any time in a library or second-hand bookstore looking at the very old paperback mystery covers you have probably come across novels that could be translated into film noir movies. Many of the covers featured beautiful, seductive, scantily-clothed women (“femmes fatales”), possibly with a prominent revolver somewhere on the book cover.
For those of you who have access to TCM, do yourself a favor and check Eddie Muller’s time-slot out. Once I watched one of his Noir Alley shows, I was hooked!