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The Blue Dahlia (1945) | Raymond Chandler’s only original screenplay is a hard-boiled film noir classic must-see

The classic 1940s noir thriller, The Blue Dahlia, stars Alan Ladd as discharged naval flier Johnny Morrison who returns home to Los Angeles to discover his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) has been unfaithful. 301 more words


September 3: Happy Birthday Garrett Hedlund and Eileen Brennan

Garrett Hedlund turns 32 today.  Hedlund has been acting since he was 19, and two or three times in that decade-plus, he has won “Rising star” or “Best young star” awards of some sort, but he has never taken that step forward to become a leading man; he is the sidekick, part of the “beta couple,” or part of an ensemble cast.  1,137 more words

Celebrity Birthdays

A few lines from westerns

A week ago, I was sharing in a comment the movie line, “Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges.” This line appeared in two different western movies, “The Treasures of the Sierra Madre” and again in the western comedy “Blazing Saddles.” 393 more words


Guns of the Timberland (1960)

Give me a western with Alan Ladd and Gilbert Roland and I’m all set for a rip roaring showdown. Especially when I see screen baddie Lyle Bettger’s name in the cast list and a movie adaptation of a Louis L’amour novel. 650 more words

Daily Take

August 1, 1953: Don't Take Your Guns to Town

In 1953, a new type of western hit the movie screens. Moviegoers were looking for something more complex than the head-em-off-at-the pass, white hat/black hat fare that Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers had been dishing out through the forties. 222 more words

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Movie Review: Shane (1953)

Rating: B/ There are some people who come unexpectedly into your life and, for better or for worse, change it forever. This is the case  for Joey Starrett (Brandon De Wilde,) the young son of homesteaders Joey Sr. 745 more words

Alan Ladd - Master of Zen Menance

Confession time: I was never really into Alan Ladd. It’s not that I didn’t like him but I just never paid much attention to his movies. 292 more words