The ID tag above linking you to the very short blurb (more virtual column inches devoted to the picture of the Noir Alley host than to the article itself) gives away the media focus for NC Boston. (We did not link to other media sources plugging the event, which ran over the weekend--whereas the one we shared did at least get into the "social outcry" noirs that were programmed, the rest did not, focusing more on the carnival atmosphere and the continuing hunt for millennials that not only obsesses Eddie but much of TCM's "brain trust.")
One wonders whether the hotel that Eddie stayed in will decide to correct the situation that left Mr. Noir Alley without a way to watch himself discuss CONFLICT at the more civilized 10am slot available to those who live on the East Coast. The film is one of a dozen films this year that have run on Noir Alley despite having been in frequent TCM rotation for the years prior to the show's inception. It's that Bogart thing, of course--and Eddie does seem to hold it in some semi-inexplicable regard for the reason that Bogie is playing a bad guy (albeit reluctantly and rather listlessly).
But at least it did give him the opportunity to touch upon the Blacklist in connection with Rose Hobart (the murdered wife in CONFLICT). Of course, these tidbits just sort of lead nowhere, since neither TCM nor Eddie seems to have stuck upon the idea that it would be really innovative to show films related to some of these commentaries in the slots immediately following the Noir Alley presentation--for example, two Rose Hobart pre-Code vehicles could have been programmed to screen after Eddie's comments, which could have concluded with "...and stay tuned on TCM as we present two intriguing pre-Code films featuring Rose Hobart as a twentysomething who was being groomed for stardom--something that just didn't quite come to pass for the attractive and outspoken actress...."
Lots of potential for all this, but limited followthrough due to "lifestyle" and "millennial marketing" taking precedence over "the connective tissue of film history." Can Eddie rectify this? One can only hope...