1--A new blu-ray promising a significant restoration of the film is due on December 12. It will be interesting to see if such cleanup might actually detract from the murky mastery of this film. "Shadows and fog" are so essential to the allure of RAW DEAL that too much clarity could push the film off a cliff into full over-the-top mode and spoil its precious, precarious balancing act.
2--Eddie served up some purplish teleprompter passages in his pre-screening intro, but managed not to stumble over them while otherwise conveying some enjoyable tidbits. To be fair, it is hard to articulate the tension of opposing forces that makes RAW DEAL so compelling: he had to fall back on merely descriptive terms ("stylized") to sum up the attributes that are more easily digested via the written word.
He was more heartfelt in his post-screening notes, which did not leave any room for first-person commentary from Marsha Hunt (for that, we are left to find YouTube footage shot by an attendee which captured her appearance there on NC 5's opening night).
3--Interesting variations are out there regarding the story of Claire Trevor's late-in-life interview where she talks about "bad girls" and "good girls." The "bad girl" line is what Eddie went with for his closing commentary, but ten years ago in SF the story focused on Trevor suggesting that Marsha Hunt was typecast as the "good girl."
It's entirely possible that both terms came up in that conversation, which to my knowledge was neither taped nor transcribed. Certainly true that both actresses found it hard to step away from the preconceptions that had been put into place by Hollywood.
4--John Alton's camera tricks deserved more mention, even for a purported "basic" audience. That would probably work better if TCM decided to make NOIR ALLEY into a "double feature," where there could be a little more time devoted to such things (i.e. some additional content in between the films being shown).
I think Eddie could definitely provide some of that if TCM were to decide that some number of the NOIR ALLEY shows would be "double-features," which would permit something less rudimentary to be put together for the audience. Maybe a double feature once a month...it would be worth considering.
5--The unique quality of Claire Trevor's voiceover also deserves more attention and acclaim. It's clear that many liberties were taken with it WRT the action in the film (there are a couple of points where she is commenting on action in the film to which she's actually not privy...) but the hushed tones of her delivery and her line readings easily allow us to gloss over such details.
Female voiceovers in noir are rare...off the top of my head I can think of six:
--Trevor in RAW DEAL
--Bennett in SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR
--Lupino in WOMAN IN HIDING
--Stanwyck in NO MAN OF HER OWN and JEOPARDY
--Coleen Gray in KISS OF DEATH
For my $$, Trevor's is up there with MacMurray (DOUBLE INDEMNITY) and Holden (SUNSET BLVD). I don't think Eddie gave quite her enough credit--he spent more time on the use of the theremin during those recitations than he did on showing how seamless the voiceover is in terms of mapping Trevor's character arc.