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Love the photo captions.


I watched this a few months back and liked it a lot.

Good taste on your part.

Glad you like the captions, Janet.

As y'all may remember, I've written about this movie before. But I wanted it to be included in this series. I'm currently watching The Big Steal, made a couple of years after this one, also starring Mitchum and Greer, and it's not remotely as good. Not in general, and not with regard to their performances. Which was not necessarily their fault. The writing and cinematography are not at all in the same class.

I'm sure I watched it because of that previous post.

And it turns out that I didn't watch it a "few months ago," but almost exactly a year ago. Time does fly.

That's when I watched it too.


I'm glad to hear y'all take my advice. :-) I guess you noticed that the other post was about a year ago. I would have guessed two, at least.

Where is everybody?!? Usually I get a big spike in page views on Wednesdays, because of the movie posts (I assume), but today it's about half the usual, and slightly under Monday.

Everybody has been watching the convention and they're all in the hospital with stomach problems or in the psych ward.


Or in a cave in Montana.

I a woman moved to a cave in Montana, would you call her Dot?


Aside from pundits, my impression is that most of the people watching the Republican convention are Democrats. Maybe I have a lot of Democrat readers that I don't know about.

Today's first reading. Seems pretty apt.

This word of the LORD came to me:
Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear!

I remember the devotion of your youth,
how you loved me as a bride,
Following me in the desert,
in a land unsown.
Sacred to the LORD was Israel,
the first fruits of his harvest;
Should any presume to partake of them,
evil would befall them, says the LORD.

When I brought you into the garden land
to eat its goodly fruits,
You entered and defiled my land,
you made my heritage loathsome.
The priests asked not,
“Where is the LORD?”
Those who dealt with the law knew me not:
the shepherds rebelled against me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal,
and went after useless idols.

Be amazed at this, O heavens,
and shudder with sheer horror, says the LORD.
Two evils have my people done:
they have forsaken me, the source of living waters;
They have dug themselves cisterns,
broken cisterns, that hold no water.


James M. Cain (Double Indemnity) was one of the script writers on Out of the Past, though an uncredited one. Maybe he was responsible for that extra special something in the film.

That's what I thought, too. But while looking for reviews etc for this, I ran across something, which I'll try to find again, that described a somewhat troubled path to the final script. The movie is based on a book, Build My Gallows High, by Daniel Mainwaring (writing under a pseudonym). According to whatever it was I read, Mainwaring also did the first script, and it was deemed unsatisfactory. Then Cain was brought in, and whoever was making the decision didn't like his script, either. So it was turned over to someone else whose name I can't remember, and that's what was finally used. Of course that doesn't mean none of Cain's work was used. I guess the whole story is an anecdote told by someone now dead, so we'll probably never know.

All too timely scripture, Janet.

Ive been travelling. Right now im sitting on the tarmack in a five hr delayed plane with a cat in a cat carrier

Mac, maybe it was Roger Ebert's review where you read about the possible actual writer? Anyway, Ebert says in it that another critic who read all the versions of the screenplay wrote him, saying this: "Mainwaring's script was not very good, and in one draft featured awful voice-over narration by the deaf-mute. Cain's script was a total rewrite and even worse; it was totally discarded. The great dialogue was actually the work of Frank Fenton, a B-movie writer whose best known credit was John Ford's 'Wings of Eagles.'"

Yes, that's the one. I guess "totally discarded" doesn't leave much room for any Cain contribution. I guess screenwriters are like novelists: some just have one good piece of work in them.

Grumpy, I spent the day with two small children, and my first thought was that your situation sounded better. Not really, but the thought crossed my mind, as I read your comment after a particularly quarrelsome hour.

Made it to nyc 2 am. Charged 100 dollars for the airport cab and too tired to argue


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