Bizarrely this is actually a British film. Even with the fact it’s a train trip featuring New Yorker Rod Steiger through America into Mexico. In reality all the interior shots are filmed at Shepperton Studios in England whilst the exterior Mexico landscapes were filmed in Spain. Rod Steiger plays Carl Schaffner a German businessman who’s become a British citizen. Schaffner is extremely wealthy and relentlessly obnoxious with it. To be honest he’s not far removed from a Nazi gestapo officer! Shouting orders and demands at all his lackeys. He’s the brains of the organisation. The big man in the high tower. Until, one day a simple phone call flips his world upside down. Continue reading “Across the Bridge (1957) Rod Steiger And A Train Trip To Mexico For A Fistfull Of Dollars”
Heavy hitting gangsters all on the screen at the same time. This film portrays the notorious last years of bank robber and gangster John Dillinger and his infamous gang of men. Written and directed by a legend in his own right John Milius.
Set during the Great Depression in the early 1930’s this action packed movie follows the charismatic John Dillinger on his quest to relieve the banks of their funds. Following the deaths of several law enforcement officers during the carnage of the Kansas City Massacre in 1933 FBI special agent Melvin Purvis steps up on a personal mission to bring these hoodlums to justice. If that justice is at the hand of a gun and a smoking cigar, so be it. This is the story of the G-Men (the FBI government men) and their mission to put a stop the Dillinger Gang, the ruthless terror gang. Here are all the players surrounding our Public Enemy Number One…… Continue reading “Dillinger (1973) Warren Oates Is Public Enemy Number One”
Here’s the second Video Store Action Heroes collaboration between four likeminded movie dudes from the golden era of the video rental scene. Starring Todd from Cinema Monolith, Mike from Mike’s Take on the Movies, Greg at Destroy All Fanboys, and myself Mikey here at Wolfmans Cult Film Club.
This time it was to pick a Charles Bronson movie not featuring the usual by his side, Mrs Bronson AKA Jill Ireland. A hard task when you think Charlie and Jill made 15 films together but luckily our CB was a film making machine. Continue reading “Mr Majestyk (1974) Video Store Action Heroes 4 x Action Packed Bronson VHS Movie Memories”
And there I was sitting in a world where Stacy Keach was the only Mike Hammer from the hands of crime novelist Mickey Spillane. Stacy’s Mike smashed his way though our 80’s television screens like a, well, Hammer. Stacy Keach was perfect for the part as the tough, gruff and brutally efficient, hard-boiled private investigator. I just didn’t know there was a whole gang of different Mike Hammer’s bringing justice throughout the ages. Kolchak The Night Stalker very own Darren McGavin played him in a 50’s series and in a universe defying paradox, creator Mickey Spillane actually plays his own “baby” in the 1963 film The Girl Hunters. (I need to see this) Continue reading “Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Panting Barefoot Panic Starts The Hammer”
How come the criminals, all the gangsters, fences, wiseguys all seem to be making bucks? Seeing all the crooks you put away getting released early and still making big money. Racketeers that manage to slip through your fingers living the life of luxury from the proceeds of organized crime. It starts to get to Lieutenant Barney Nolan (Edmond O’Brien). 16 years on the force laying down the law on the streets, for what? a paltry pension and no savings!. He deserves more. He’s put his life on the line every single day seeking justice for these damn criminals, how is it fair? He dreams of a big house in the suburbs, all the mod cons, the whole shebang, with his beautiful, happy smiling girl, Patty Winters (Marla English) by his side. It would be a wonderful life, he’d have to use his badge to get it though but how far would he go?
Tagline – A wild trigger finger… a lust for big money… and a weak spot for fast blondes hurled him from the straight-and-narrow to a crooked one-way road!
Continue reading “Shield for Murder (1954) A Cops Descent Into Oblivion”
Yep I know, how could I have not seen Touch Of Evil yet? Yep a slapped botty for sure but hey maybe it was all leading up to this viewing that would hit me like a strong swig of Tequila hitting that sweet spot. I know everyone has seen it, so I will not be doing a rough description of the plot or what I thought of the film because that is self-explanatory. So here’s ten points that blew me away with awe and wonder. Continue reading “Touch of Evil (1958) Orson Welles & 10 Things That Blew Me Away!”
Here’s a film noir that hits a whole heap of crazy, yet still manages to keep its feet on the ground. Director Anthony Mann delivers this mile a minute crime drama that whips you into a frenzy with it’s rapid fire action, suspense and thrills and spills. Love triangles, gangsters, hitmen, a twisted firestarter, roadblocks, man hunts, torture, fights, gun battles and inner monologues. This film has it all in it’s 79 minute runtime, sit back and strap yourself in for the ride. Continue reading “Raw Deal (1948) Prison Break, Pyromaniac Mobster, A Threesome & A Theremin!”
You know it’s gonna be a tough trip when even your own truck tries to ground and pound you!
Nick Garcos (Richard Conte) is a war veteran returning to the family home to see his jolly loving folks. Nick’s got gifts, his sweet girlfriend Polly is there and Pops and Mama are singing and smiling. The war had been tough but life is good and the smell of Mama’s cooking fills his heart, everything is perfect? STOP! Pull that needle right across the record…….
Continue reading “Thieves’ Highway (1949) Wages Of Fear With Apples For Nitroglycerine!”
There are some films in your teenage years that resonate a true fondness in your memory. You remember when you first watched it, that feeling of getting to know the characters as their friendship for each other develops. Invested in their close bond together on the screen, you care for these characters as they look out for one another. This comes across in laughter, bravery in the face of danger, keeping an eye on their partners back, a bond so close they could be brothers, a real bromance. The buddy cop movie is always a sure fire winner in that movie genre cannon. Running Scared ticked all those boxes for me as a youth. Continue reading “Running Scared (1986) Maybe Scared To Ruin Your Teenage Memories?”
I watched pintsized Mickey Rooney get himself into a right pickle last night, in the 1950 film Quicksand. An excellent recommend from tip top Todd over on the Cinema Monolith film blog. You gotta read his knowledgeable and very funny notes on what makes the perfect film noir over on his article Ten Rules Of Film Noir, it hits the genre spot on and above all, it’s very entertaining. So I have put this film up against the Todd test, let’s see how it fairs. Continue reading “Quicksand (1950) Mickey Rooney & Cinema Monolith Show Us The Rules Of Film Noir”