'The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of...'

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

'The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of...'

...which would be the rara avis, the black bird or...

Title frame

...and I took a run up to Holtsville this afternoon for the 75th Anniversary screening of the great Warner Brothers classic.

Paid $13.50 for the privilege, too, about 40 times what I paid the last time I saw it in a movie house!

(Would've been okay except that whoever was manning... or womanning... the projection booth had it incorrectly framed so that the top and bottom of the black & white images were cut off. Only time in my life I've ever wished for an IATSE Local #640 operator to have been in the booth!)

But the experience was otherwise terrific... the John Huston direction and screenplay (from the surefire Dashiell Hammett source material) were top notch, as were the performances of Bogey, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Lee Patrick and Elisha Cook Jr.

The role of the femme fatale, "Brigid O'Shaughnessy," was adroitly portrayed by Mary Astor, but the actress never did anything for me... I must give her due in this one though I much prefer the Bebe Daniels version in the 1931 original.

Still, it's a wonderful movie with a near perfect cast, and it was a good diversion for a rainy Wednesday afternoon.

Bonus... the 1941 trailer:


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