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Title: Mayo, Archie
Post by: 1SO on April 10, 2016, 09:00:56 AM
1. It's Love I'm After
2. The House Across the Bay
3. Bordertown
4. A Night in Casablanca
5. Ever in My Heart
6. The Mayor of Hell
7. Night After Night
8. Angel on My Shoulder
9. Gambling Lady
10. The Man With Two Faces
11. Moontide
12. Illicit
13. Confirm or Deny
14. The Case of the Lucky Legs
15. Call it a Day
16. Svengali
17. Black Legion
18. The Petrified Forest
Title: Re: Mayo, Archie
Post by: MartinTeller on April 10, 2016, 12:01:44 PM
1. Moontide
2. A Night in Casablanca
3. The Petrified Forest
Title: Re: Mayo, Archie
Post by: 1SO on June 19, 2018, 09:33:08 PM
Confirm or Deny (1941)
★ ★
Fritz Lang wanted to focus on Hitler's attempt to invade England, but the studio wanted to tell a love story during the London Blitz. Lang was delighted when a medical condition removed him from the picture and it's impossible to tell what he might've filmed in the final product. I wasn't the least bit surprised to learn the story of an obsessed reporter comes from Samuel Fuller.  Though he didn't write the script, there's the same snap and bite found in the far more successful Park Row. (

It just takes a while to get there. The first half-hour of this 75-minute movie sets up little besides a developing romance between Don Ameche and Joan Bennett. Things pick up once Ameche comes up with a hustle to get the news out ahead of everyone else, but he doesn't have the commanding patter of Cagney or O'Brien. There's an interesting idea about not reporting the news because the Germans read the paper too, but the material needed Fuller's direction (or Lang) to really make it spin.
Title: Re: Mayo, Archie
Post by: 1SO on September 15, 2018, 01:50:36 PM
Call it a Day (1941)
★ ★
I kept thinking this was Warner's other hack Lloyd Bacon ( (Bacon. Mayo.) and was going to comment on him being responsible for the worst performance by James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland, but they get to split responsibility. Like Bacon, the director can also take credit for some fine comic gems - Larceny Inc. for Bacon and It's Love I'm After for Mayo - but here there's the sense that most any other director on the lot would've made better decisions. (Except Bacon maybe.) It's not all bad. Roland Young has an excellent story, full of smiles and laughs and the final scene is quite touching and romantic. But a pox on any filmmaker than makes poor Olivia come off like a bad actress.
Title: Re: Mayo, Archie
Post by: 1SO on October 13, 2018, 08:59:07 PM

Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
Mistakenly filed away for Shocktober, this does have a sequence set in Hell and a story involving Satan (Claude Rains), but it's a more lighthearted affair, with Paul Muni as a gangster given a 2nd chance. In Scarface, Muni played one of cinema's greatest crime bosses, but here he's unbelievably dumb, thuggish and slow to catch on. However, Rains is perfectly cast in one may be one of his greatest roles. (It's so hard to choose.) He knows the right amount of playful mischief and sinister scheming to bring to each moment. Make me wish he played The Devil more often. Also with Anne Baxter, giving off a strong Jenna Fischer vibe.
★ ★ ★ - Okay