This time, it's another film noir episode with a twist. The French invented the term film noir in the late 1940s but they produced a film in 1931 which influenced film noir. That movie, La Chienne directed by Jean Renoir is the focus of this podcast along with Scarlet Street from 1945, which is the American remake of it. Both tell the same story but in different countries with different viewpoints.
This time around we go from a 1952 perfect crime movie, Phil Karlson's Kansas City Confidential (which you can view here for free) starring John Payne, Preston Foster and Lee Van Cleef to 1965 biowarfare paranoia with John Sturges' The Satan Bug starring George Maharis and Anne Francis.
Two films noir recommended by none other than Martin Scorsese. Firstly we have the docudrama from 1955 - The Phenix City Story starring John Ireland and Richard Kiley, then a minimalist noir involving an idiosyncratic hitman, Murder By Contract starring Vince Edwards, Herschel Bernardi and Phillip Pine.
Two Godfrey Campbridge movies from 1970 this time. First, the race satire Watermelon Man also starring Estelle Parsons, then the adaptation of Chester Himes' crime novel Cotton Comes To Harlem starring Cambridge, along with Raymond St Jacques, Calvin Lockhart and Judy Pace.
A while back Liz Trevaskis and I talked about my family's history of violence on ABC Local Radio Northern Territory. This is that chat. Trigger warning.
More Hitchcock for #168 - one of his best movies Notorious from 1946 starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, then one of his lesser known films, Stage Fright from 1950 starring Jane Wyman and Michael Wilding.
This time around it's time for two movies starring and directed by Jose Ferrer. First 1955's The Shrike also starring June Allyson and The Great Man co-starring Jim Backus, Julie London, Dean Jagger and Keenan Wynn.
For 166 I look at a couple of good crime dramas. 1970's adaptation of John D, MacDonald's Darker Than Amber starring Rod Taylor, Theodore Bikel, Suzy Kendall and William Smith, then to 1981 for the neo-noir drama Cutter's Way a.k.a. Cutter and Bone starring Jeff Bridges, William Heard and Lisa Eichhorn.