Format: Noir Alley on TCM on BluRay
Viewing: 3rd or 4th
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
I'd already seen this, so I wasn't going to watch it, but I've been on a Victor Mature kick lately, and Laird Cregar is so damn good in this movie I wanted to at least watch his scenes. I also hadn't really contextualized I Wake Up Screaming (1941) in the timeline of the noir movement, and it's crazy to see a movie that so thoroughly *already* has down the noir style visually when the form was just getting started.
|Victor Mature is a little cagey|
Of course it's also so early it does some things later noir never would try. It stars Betty Grable. The score is 40% the first few bars of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" over and over - which is a mystery even czar of noir Eddie Muller wasn't able to crack. How did this famous WB-owned song wind up in a Fox movie about a dead starlet?
|If I ever wake up with Laird Cregar staring me down, I will, indeed, be screaming|
This time I also particularly paid attention to that dead would-be-starlet, played by Carole Landis. She has the edge that could spin her any of several directions in Hollywood, including potentially as a noir dame, but she went the musical-comedy route (sadly, Landis diedshortly after the war). I won't lie - I like her more that Grable, but that isn't a massively tall order
|That's right, Betty. You keep telling yourself it's okay to dress like you're 14.|
But if you doubt the films bona fides, it DOES star a young Elisha Cook Jr. So. There you go.