Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Lady in the Lake **** (1947, Robert Montgomery, Audrey Totter, Lloyd Nolan, Tom Tully, Leon Ames, Jayne Meadows) – Classic Movie Review 746

This splendidly gimmicky 1947 murder mystery film noir classic is directed by its star Robert Montgomery in his directorial debut, and is based on Raymond Chandler’s renowned hardboiled 1944 novel The Lady in the Lake. In […]

Jan, 25 · in Reviews

The Postman Always Rings Twice ***** (1946, Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, Audrey Totter) – Classic Movie Review 744

Based on the sizzling hardboiled thriller novel by James M Cain, director Tay Garnett’s 1946 movie is a beloved classic of film noir cinema. Ironically wearing white throughout, Lana Turner glows and smoulders in what’s […]

Jan, 25 · in Reviews

Farewell, My Lovely [Murder, My Sweet] ***** (1944, Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley) – Classic Movie Review 739

‘A Sensational Triumph for the NEW Dick Powell.’ Dick Powell bid farewell to the crooning day job when he took over the persona of Raymond Chandler’s classic hard-boiled private eye Philip Marlowe, up to his neck […]

Jan, 25

The Falcon Takes Over ***½ (1942, George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason, Edward Gargan, Ward Bond, Hans Conried, Turhan Bey) – Classic Movie Review 741

George Sanders stars in 1942 in a highspot in Michael Arlen’s débonair detective Falcon series, unexpectedly based on Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, and the first film of the great writer’s classic hardboiled thriller novel. […]

Jan, 24

The Magnificent Ambersons ***** (1942, Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Agnes Moorehead, Anne Baxter, Ray Collins) – Classic Movie Review 743

The Magnificent Ambersons, with a screenplay by Orson Welles based on the novel by Booth Tarkington, is two thirds of a cinema masterpiece. Unfortunately, clumsy butchering by RKO studio executives completely ruins the final section […]

Jan, 24

The Big Sleep *** (1978, Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone, James Stewart, Candy Clark, Joan Collins, Richard Boone, Edward Fox, John Mills, Oliver Reed, Harry Andrews, Richard Todd) – Classic Movie Review 742

Director Michael Winner’s reworking of Howard Hawks’s 1946 film noir masterpiece with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall makes the twin cardinal errors of updating the yarn to the Seventies and misplacing it like a duck […]

Jan, 24

Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte ***** (1964, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Mary Astor, Victor Buono, Cecil Kellaway, Wesley Addy) – Classic Movie Review 737

Director Robert Aldrich’s 1964 movie is an even smarter, though admittedly perhaps not quite as entertaining or iconic, mystery horror thriller, reuniting him with the great Bette Davis, his star on 1962’s What Ever Happened […]

Jan, 23

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