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Format: Noir Alley on TCM
Director: Fritz Lang
First - this episode of Noir Alley was hosted by Eddie Muller and actor Dana Delaney, and what a goddamn delight. Delaney has a presence and intellect that fits in perfectly with the TCM vibe. She's a total cool kid who knows her stuff. This wasn't, as happens on TCM from time to time, some actor wandering in who kinda-sorta likes a topic or film. She wrote articles on Gloria Grahame for this quarter's Noir City magazine - so she was more than a bit prepared. And, as long as she's Dana Delaney, she's going to be great talking about any topic.
Human Desire (1954) has enough elements going for it that it's totally watchable, but there's a reason I haven't returned to it til now. Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame star. It's directed by Fritz Lang. There's a budget behind it. You can do worse than Broderick Crawford. My memory of it was the last act sort of falls apart, and before the movie opened, Delaney basically explained why: I guess they totally rewrote the last act from the book and French movie it was based upon, and for some reason give Glenn Ford's character a moral high ground he hasn't earned and Graham's character is totally thrown to the wolves despite this making no sense in the film.