Upon Further Review:
Hear ye, hear ye! this is my contribution to Order in the Court. It is a joint blogathon by, Theresa Brown's Cinemavens ESSAYS from the COUCH, and Lesley Gaspar's, Second Sight Cinema. Check out their web-site for other disorders and feel free to leave a comment regarding THE PURPLE HEART.
On April 18th 1942, in one of our nation’s greatest examples of heroism, 16 B-25s took off from the carrier USS Hornet and bombed Tokyo. The Doolittle Raid inflicted minimal damage but its effect on morale was tremendous. For the first time since the attack on Pearl Harbor the United States was able to strike a blow against Imperial Japan. Most the 16 crews were forced to land in China and brought to safety by the Chinese. One crew was captured by the Japanese, brought to trial in Japan, under the specious claim of bombing civilian targets and indiscriminately killing civilians. The Purple Heart, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Dana Andrews, Richard Loo, Richard Conte, Sam Levene and Farley Granger, is Hollywood's take on that event.<click to read more>
UPON FURTHER REVIEW:
I have come to the conclusion that Night and The City is as perfect a film-noir as a film can be. It has been said that one of the characteristics of film-noir is that there will be no happy ending. And boy, oh boy, is that the case here. It's as true for the minor players as it is for Harry Fabian, played by Richard Widmark in what I think is his best performance. Fabian is a club tout; his job is to steer tourists to a particular club where in return he gets a small commission. In the hierarchy of hustlers, he's at the bottom. But he has dreams of grandeur, and invariably every dream he has turns into a nightmare, as much for the person whom he tricked to go into business with as it does for himself. He's a little man whose only goal is to be a big-shot, and have the players and the big timers know his name instead of only just as the lower level street people who know him. <to read more click here>