A bit odd until you remember that La Liz refused to be interviewed by Eddie during the years when he was particularly interested in the "hush hush" stories of the so-called "baritone babe," a zealous pursuit that was thwarted by Liz's good friend Marvin Paige. Is this an instance of some posthumous payback?
Liz remains a divisive figure in film noir, to be sure: her first three noirs (MARTHA IVERS, DEAD RECKONING, DESERT FURY) are clearly not showcases for her acting talent. But PITFALL is actually the film in which Liz shows she can act. She brings a different tone and attitude to her portrayal of Mona Stevens, and while she's still a bit stifled by her affectations, she delivers her lines with a greater sense of conviction than was the case previously. As she noted in several interviews revealing her perceptiveness, Mona Stevens was the first character she played that felt like a real human being to her.
The fact is that both Liz and Jane Wyatt are odd ducks in noir, what with their refined ways and long vowels. Liz's looks were apparently supposed to make her into a sassy femme fatale, but--as Anastasia Lin pointed out some years back--Liz never played a truly bad girl in any of her Paramount noirs. Those were always the loan-outs.
These nuances were missing in Eddie's commentary, as he was a bit too eager to hype Wyatt's surprising but rather tepid turn as a femme fatale in THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF, which is next week's selection for N/A.
None of the above is meant to contradict the FNF brain trust's love for de Toth and screenwriter/script doctor Bill Bowers--it's certainly justifiable. But, as noted earlier, why can't TCM make room in their Sunday schedule for some followup programming that would expand on Eddie's plug for the behind-the-camera talent? For example, Bowers and de Toth made a series of westerns--even collaborating on the script for THE GUNFIGHTER (a film directed by Henry King, not de Toth). Sunday AM is a great time to play these, and just 1-2 adjacent films that dovetail from the background facts that Eddie recites would be likely to keep folks in front of their TV sets a bit longer on Sunday mornings.