Tag Archives: Robert Ryan

3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s CROSSFIRE

Crossfire [1947] 1. “Some of them are named Samuels. Some of them got funnier names.” 2. Empty moonlit patio. 3. “Where were you when he needed you? Maybe you were someplace having beautiful thoughts. Well, I wasn’t. I was in … Continue reading

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3 things about Roy Ward Baker’s INFERNO

Inferno [1953] 1. “Come back here! That’s my rabbit!” 2. Busty yellow bathing suit. 3. Flaming roof coming towards you.

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3 things about Anthony Mann’s THE NAKED SPUR

The Naked Spur [1953] 1. “Maybe we sat down at the same card game once or twice, but that don’t mean dirt to me now!” 2. As played by Robert Ryan, Ben Vandergoat’s laugh is rather like Bobby Peru’s laugh … Continue reading

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s BORN TO BE BAD

Born to be Bad [1950] 1. An artist’s studio with a view remarkably similar to Madge’s apartment in Vertigo. 2. “How many times do you I have to tell you that you love me?” 3. He discreetly changes the price … Continue reading

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3 things about Sam Peckinpah’s THE WILD BUNCH

The Wild Bunch [1969] 1. Ernest Borgnine smiles. Ernest Borgnine chuckles. 2. Tobacco-stained teeth and beard. 3. He pours a trail of champagne from her toes to her thigh.

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3 things about David Miller’s EXECUTIVE ACTION

Executive Action [1973] 1. This movie’s believability begins and ends with the casting of Dick Miller as a sharpshooter assassin. 2. “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” refashioned as a dirge. 3. Stacks of book boxes all helpfully stenciled “BOOKS.”

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3 things about Darryl F. Zanuck’s THE LONGEST DAY

The Longest Day [1962] 1. “Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor.” 2. Click-click of the rifle. 3. The end credits take great care to let us know that everything is “alphabetically listed.” Bonus: the presence of two Bond villains … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE SET-UP

The Set-Up [1949] 1. She pauses at the threshold of the arena. The crowd roars. She turns away–she can’t go in. 2. “Hey, Stokes! Where’s your wheelchair?” 3. His shirtsleeves sticking out of his sport coat.

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Unproduced disaster film.

A dream last night. It was an all-star cast which included Mary Tyler Moore, Nancy Walker, James Mason, and Robert Ryan. The premise: it’s four weeks before Christmas and the Grand Opening Day of a new, state-of-the-art shopping mall. One … Continue reading

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3 things about Fred Zinnemann’s ACT OF VIOLENCE

Act of Violence [1948] 1. The slow scrape of his shoe on the sidewalk. 2. She cradles the bottle of milk, nervously massaging it. 3. Alongside the train tracks they approach one another, like a shootout in a western.

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