Monday, February 21, 2011

The Movies They Watched

From February 14 through 21, June and Art is participating in For the Love of Film (Noir):  The Film Preservation Blogathon.  The June and Art letters are still here, but during this week they will be embellished with film noir images and other supplementary material.

Through this blogathon, over 80 bloggers are hoping to raise significant funds to support the work of the Film Noir Foundation and restore The Sound of Fury, a 1950 film noir starring Lloyd Bridges.  Please contribute to the effort by going to this link, the Maltese Falcon donation
button, or through the donation buttons on host sites
Ferdy on Films and the Self-Styled Siren.

“Then we’ll probably go to a movie.”
                                                                     June Anderson
                                                                     Letter to Art Price, Feb. 18, 1950

June and Art met on May 30, 1949 and began dating very soon afterward.  Movies were a big part of both their lives.  Their letters reflect this.

These were the glory days of film noir.  The genre reached its peak in the late 1940s/early 1950s and will forever be associated with the evocative black-and-white cinematography of these movies.

Looking at the nine months of their courtship to date (June 1949 to February 1950), chances are they watched a number of the following film noir releases:

Criss Cross with Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo

Follow Me Quietly with William Lundigan and Dorothy Patrick
House of Strangers with Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, and Richard Conte
Scene of the Crime with Van Johnson and Arlene Dahl

Too Late for Tears with Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea
The Window with Bobby Driscoll

Red Light with George Raft and Virginia Mayo
White Heat with James Cagney and Virginia Mayo

Beyond the Forest with Bette Davis and Joseph Cotten
Border Incident with Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, and Howard Da Silva
Chicago Deadline with Alan Ladd and Donna Reed
The Clay Pigeon with Bill Williams and Barbara Hale
Johnny Stool Pigeon with Howard Duff, Shelley
Winters, Dan Duryea, and Tony Curtis
Thieves’ Highway with Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, and Lee J. Cobb
Trapped with Lloyd Bridges and Barbara Payton
The Woman on Pier 13 with Robert Ryan and Laraine Day

Abandoned with Dennis O’Keefe and Gail Storm
Port of New York with Yul Brynner and Neville Brand
Strange Bargain with Martha Scott and
Jeffrey Lynn
They Live By Night with Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell
Whirlpool with Gene Tierney and Richard Conte

The Big Steal with Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer
The Reckless Moment with James Mason and Joan Bennett
The Threat with Charles McGraw and Virginia Grey
Undertow with Scott Brady and Dorothy Hart

The File on Thelma Jordan with Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey
Gun Crazy with John Dall and Peggy Cummins
The Hidden Room with Robert Newton and Sally Gray
Tension with Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, and Cyd Charisse

Backfire with Virginia Mayo, Gordon MacRae, and Edmond O’Brien
No Man of Her Own with Barbara Stanwyck and John Lund
Reign of Terror with Robert Cummings and Richard Basehart
The Secret Fury with Claudette Colbert and Robert Ryan
The Tattooed Stranger with John Miles and Patricia Barry
The Third Man with Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles
Woman in Hiding with Ida Lupino and Howard Duff

Interesting distribution of movies...  I wonder if the studios thought these films weren’t appropriate summer fare and therefore held off releasing their darker crime dramas until fall and winter.

Thanks to the IMDb Advanced Title search engine for allowing me to sort by date!

(Tomorrow – June's temper tantrum.)

© 2011 Lee Price

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