Well, obviously noirish enough for me! Here are the latest essays in the marvelous Wonders in the Dark Romantic Countdown. With luck some publisher will have the gumption to think about making a book out of this series.
One of my odd little quirks is that, when articles on movies fail to bear release dates, I suddenly get a lot less interested in reading them. In part this is obviously because I might find myself rushing eagerly to read about, say, the thunderingly wrong version of a movie like Double Indemnity. (In fact I like both the thus-titled versions I’ve seen, but, y’know, bad examples make the point, thing.) More importantly, perhaps, is that I feel, if an author can’t be bothered correctly to identify the movie s/he’s talking about, then how much should I trust the rest of her/his opinions?
In fact, all of the essays in the Countdown so far have been pretty damn’ fine, but if I hadn’t been peripherally involved in the project I’d not have bothered to read some of them.
Look at those above. The undated Love Me Tonight. Is that a pre-Code wonder or a modern DTV crapola? How can we tell — or even begin to guess — without the date?