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.)
“I Wake Up Screaming” – (1941) Stars Victor Mature and Betty Grable in a rare serious role. Promoter Frankie Christopher, being grilled by police in the murder of a model, recalls in flashback: Meeting her as a waitress, trying to parlay her beauty into social acceptance and a lucrative career. He succeeds only too well. She's on the eve of deserting him for Hollywood when someone kills her. Frankie teams up with the dead girl’s sister (Grable) to track down the killer.
Mature and Grable, who make no one’s list of Hollywood’s greatest thespians, nonetheless have great chemistry.
Fave line, Mature, to the cop who’s hounding him: “Must be a great life. Kinda like a garbage man, only with people.”
Causes John Knoerle Supports
Paralyzed Veterans of America
St. Labre Indian School