Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Eat Drink Man Woman in the Window

 

Though the drink and the chick look delicious
He thinks it's a trick, is suspicious
Take care if a skirt
In her lair starts to flirt
If she's slinky and slick, she's malicious.


 

Joan Bennett offers Dan Duryea a drink in  The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang, 1944).

Monday, January 23, 2017

William Irish Whiskey



Black Angel's original scribe
Got deranged, hit the fridge, to imbibe
That icy cold liquor
Sufficed as a kicker
Tales most strange, unabridged he'd describe.

David Cairns



William Irish is one of the pseudonyms of noir crime and suspense writer Cornell Woolrich.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

An Inspector Falls



Though Sellers had passed, to be sure         
The franchise would last ... or endure.
One film was completed
With scenes once deleted.
The next one would cast Roger Moore.

Donald B. Benson

Image: Joanna Lumley, Roger Moore, and Ted Wass in Curse of the Pink Panther (Blake Edwards; 1983). After Peter Sellers's death, Trail of the Pink Panther had a reporter tracing the vanished Clouseau in a film full of outtakes and deleted gags from earlier films. Curse introduced a replacement bungling detective (Wass) who found Clouseau -- converted by plastic surgery into Roger Moore (doing an enthusiastically goofy Sellers imitation).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Working Dead



To pastures more sunny and flowered
Went Harlow, Lugosi, and Howard.
But posthumous credits
through doubles and edits
Can leave one a little bit soured.

Donald B. Benson

Image: Between Walter Pigeon and Clark Gable and behind binoculars is actress Mary Dees, doubling for Jean Harlow in Saratoga (Jack Conway; 1937). Saratoga was completed despite Harlow's death; Bela Lugosi "starred" in Plan Nine From Outer Space via a few soundless shots Ed Wood had taken for something else; and Shemp Howard's final Three Stooges shorts used doubles and footage from earlier films.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Two Creepy People



Drunk Duryea or bored Peter Lorre,
the cur who thinks gore's hunky-dory?
Whodunnit? We're sharing
that one's a red herring
Quite sure that there's more to the story.

Shady nightclub owner Peter Lorre hires composer and pianist Dan Duryea in the noir murder mystery Black Angel (Roy William Neill; 1946). Title by Donald B. Benson, a creepy people person.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy Hour of Reckoning



Marty reeks like a stumbling bum
He looks peaked, a glum flophouse crumb
Though he swills like a sot
He still ain't forgot
Why he seeks to be comfy and numb.

Dan Duryea stars as booze sodden songwriter Martin Blair in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Demon Run



He speeds as if chased by the past
He needs one more taste, one more blast
But this booze swilling mope
Plays the blues with no hope
In the weeds, he's a waste, sinking fast.

Dan Duryea runs for his life in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946). Title by Donald B. Benson.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Noir is Hell



Poor Danny did not have much luck
Chicks ran when they'd spot him, yelled "Yuck!"
If one gave him a tumble
He'd rave and then crumble
His can in noir plotting was stuck.

David Cairns

Dan Duryea and June Vincent in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dipsomaniactor



Perpetual schlub, schmoe and loser
Pathetic night-clubber and boozer
This poor Dan's a sad dope
Has no chance, has no hope
He's no threat, just a substance abuser.

 David Cairns

Dan Duryea played more than his share of down and out drunks. And no one did a flophouse alky better than he. With June Vincent in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

CGIs Without a Face



Like carrion snacking on feasts
They tear and attack like wild beasts
Then wearing death-masks
They carry out tasks
Not caring the actor's deceased.

Surly Hack with David Cairns



The late Peter Cushing does not appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards; 2016), The character of Grand Moff Tarkin is a creepy computer generated simulacrum, a digital zombie. Shame on the film's producers, and shame on Cushing's estate.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

These Ghoulish Things Remind Me of You



Your eyes and your nose, some guy's head
Disguising his pose in your stead
Abusing your face
In a gruesome disgrace
One dies but the show's never dead.

The late Peter Cushing does not appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards; 2016). Grand Moff Tarkin is a fabrication: it's actor Guy Henry with layers of CGI "fake-up".

Friday, January 13, 2017

Verbal Duryea



Hangdog Dan's started slurring his words
Got some brandy and gurgled two-thirds
Amnesiac? Crazy?
Post-blackout, all's hazy
This rancid liqueur's for the birds.

David Cairns

Dan Duryea drinks like there's no tomorrow in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Binge Benefits



In spirits awash, I go blurry
My fears have been quashed, I've no worry
Like the grime of the day
My crimes fade away       
So, cheers! Let's get sloshed in a hurry.



Dan Duryea's drunken flashback in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946). Title by David Cairns, all business.