Just about every film buff and mystery fan knows the classic films noir - “The Big Sleep”, “Murder My Sweet”, “Out of the Past”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “The Postman Always Rings Twice” and “Double Indemnity.” But here are a few not-quite-so-famous noirs that are also worth a look. (I’ll be posting one a day for a week.)
“The Blue Dahlia” – (1946) Penned by Raymond Chandler, starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and Bill Bendix as a returning GI with a steel plate in his head. Ladd returns from his service overseas to find his wife has fallen in with a fast crowd. Chandler wrote it as they shot and allegedly polished off a case of Scotch, with round-the-clock nurses in attendance, in order to get the script done on deadline. The original draft had brain-damaged Bendix as the heavy but the Pentagon objected.
Fave line, Bendix, going ballistic at hot jazz on the jukebox: “They’re playin’ dat monkey music again!”
Causes John Knoerle Supports
Paralyzed Veterans of America
St. Labre Indian School