Edited by Carl on 8/14/2015, 12:08 pm
Checked out Elliot Lavine's program of obscurities last night at the Castro, which featured the moody Chinatown at Midnight the quirky "noir-medy" Dangerous Blondes, as well as Mysterious Intruder, a William Castle-directed entry of the Whistler series.
A modest crowd turned out but those in attendance seemed to enjoy all three flicks. Chinatown had some compelling SF location shots, and Hurd Hatfield (Picture of Dorian Gray) carried the film as its villainous multi-lingual killer.
Dangerous Blondes was the highlight. Clearly a low-rent ripoff of the Thin Man series, it was nonetheless a hoot, and it had a 27-year-old Evelyn Keyes as its gorgeous centerpiece (including one scene where she's draped in nothing but a bath towel). The film had a great look about it, and it was just shadowy enough to qualify as noir. Worth a search to watch if you've never seen it, and I hadn't. The all-but-forgotten Allyn Joslyn, who may have had the best pencil-thin moustache in Hollywood this side of Errol Flynn, had a rare starring role and pulled it off nicely, particularly in the big finish.
Great character actor performance by Hobart Cavanaugh, who almost steals the movie as an elderly elevator operator.
The Whistler flick looked great on the big screen. Nothing like seeing a 30-foot tall Mike Mazurki lurking about.