Tuesday, 26 August 2008


Sorry about the lack of posts recently. My time has been taken up with a couple of new projects and movies have been put aside for a short period. Got some interesting titles coming up soon including Kurosawa's version of Dostoevsky's THE IDIOT, an early Bergman called SUMMER INTERLUDE and the restored version of Carl Dreyer's VAMPYR. I'll get these posted as soon as possible. But for now here is a little light diversion which I'm going to call MOVIE SNAPSHOTS. They are just that...little snapshots of lines of dialogue, images, scenes or performances that are burned into my memory when, often, the rest of the film has faded. My first movie snapshot comes from a routine 1950's crime thriller called HELL ON FRISCO BAY directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Alan Ladd, Edward G.Robinson and Joanne Dru. In one scene Alan Ladd goes into a bar to question a bar room gal played by Fay Wray. When Ladd leaves Fay is left alone at a table with her drink and a guy sidles up and sits down. "Can I drive you home?" says the guy. Fay looks at him "You gotta car?" The guy shakes his head, "No, a whip!"....years later I have forgotten the plot, I'd even forgotten that the film was in color but I've never forgotten that line.

1 comment:

Cerpts said...

You gotta be kiddin' me!!!! This movie I gotta see just for that line alone!!!