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What's your favorite film by Edgar G. Ulmer?

People on Sunday (co-director)
0 (0%)
The Black Cat
3 (20%)
Bluebeard
0 (0%)
Strange Illusion
0 (0%)
Detour
5 (33.3%)
The Strange Woman
0 (0%)
Carnegie Hall
0 (0%)
Ruthless
0 (0%)
The Man from Planet X
0 (0%)
The Naked Dawn
0 (0%)
The Amazing Transparent Man
0 (0%)
Beyond the Time Barrier
0 (0%)
other (specify)
0 (0%)
Haven't seen any
7 (46.7%)
Don't like any
0 (0%)

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Ulmer, Edgar G.
« on: October 27, 2010, 02:46:43 PM »
1. Detour
2, People on Sunday
3. The Black Cat

4. Bluebeard
5. The Strange Woman

6. Murder Is My Beat
7. Ruthless

8. Strange Illusion

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Re: Director's Best: Edgar G. Ulmer
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 02:52:53 PM »
1. Detour
2. Bluebeard
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Re: Director's Best: Edgar G. Ulmer
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2010, 02:57:33 PM »
Haven't seen any

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Re: Ulmer, Edgar G.
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 01:16:44 AM »
Detour: 6/10
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Re: Ulmer, Edgar G.
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2016, 11:47:17 AM »
1. Detour (3.5)
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Re: Ulmer, Edgar G.
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2016, 12:52:08 AM »
1. Detour
2. The Strange Woman
3. The Black Cat
4. Murder is My Beat

5. The Naked Dawn
6. Bluebeard

7. Ruthless
8. Strange Illusion

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Re: Ulmer, Edgar G.
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2019, 07:59:43 PM »

The Strange Woman (1946)

I first learned of Hedy Lamarr in a lyric of "Feed Me" from Little Shop of Horrors, which frames her as a great beauty of the classic era. That's been my opinion of her presence vs. her talent, having seen her in 14 movies now. Last January, I watched H.M. Pulham, Esq. and remarked...

Lamarr has never been trusted to do so much beyond looking pretty. Her finest performance by miles.

Her commanding performance here surpasses it, both in making a lasting impact and showing what a breathtaking woman she can be. The performance reminded me of Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind, but with more personal agency and clever tactics to get men to do what she wants. (The Noir influence is here more than in the lighting.) She even borrows Leigh's raised eyebrow to let you know she has a plan. The rest of the acting is at Bette Davis' level.


The film never quite hits the heights, mainly because the men lack dimension. George Sanders is a fine actor, but terribly miscast as a lumberjack. (I had to include the image above because Sanders as a Brawny Man isn't easy to picture.) There's also a terrible late act religious ceremony to give Lamarr guilt. Ulmer stages scenes better when it's about visual emotion instead of thudding dialogue. A number of shots feature fire in the background, cutting through the darkness and waiting for Lamarr like visual Hellfire.
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Re: Ulmer, Edgar G.
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2019, 11:09:25 PM »
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Murder is My Beat (1955)
★ ★ ★ - Okay
Super low-budget to where this could easily be mistaken for a TV Pilot (and the resolution perfectly sets up such a series with our hero connected to the law and the underworld.) On those terms though, its a fairly fun ride with an engaging mystery plot.


The Naked Dawn (1955)
★ ★
Unintentionally campy western starring Arthur Kennedy as a Mexican bandit. The portrayal of Mexicans is laughably limited - they only eat tortillas - and Kennedy pushes through the accent and makeup, mostly playing Santiago as a super-sized American. This contrasts the material, which tries to seriously portray the problems of being a Mexican in the American West. The result is amped-up goofiness, reminding me of Fritz Lang's Rancho Notorious, which also starred Kennedy.
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Re: Ulmer, Edgar G.
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2019, 05:26:21 AM »

The film never quite hits the heights, mainly because the men lack dimension. George Sanders is a fine actor, but terribly miscast as a lumberjack. (I had to include the image above because Sanders as a Brawny Man isn't easy to picture.)

He looks kind of suave even in a lumberjack shirt.

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Re: Ulmer, Edgar G.
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2019, 05:34:55 AM »
The Black Cat, 35
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