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Comments on old movies from an old and passionate guy

"The Black Widow" - British Noir Murder Adventure
released on October 22, 1951

The Actors: Christine Norden (Christine Sherwin), Robert Ayres (Mark Sherwin), Jennifer Jayne (Sheila Kemp), Anthony Forwood (Paul Kenton), John Longden (Mr. Kemp), John Harvey (Doctor Wallace), Reginald Dyson (Police Sergeant), Joan Carol (first hotel desk clerk), Madoline Thomas (Sherwin ex-housekeeper), Jill Hulbert (Helen, Kemp's maid), Bill Hodge (second hotel desk clerk)

Christine's Not Really Your Type . . .

The Black WidowA man is driving along a lonely country road when he sees a body lying in the road ahead. When the driver tries to help the man, he is conked over the head and the man takes the driver's wallet, identification and car, driving off and leaving the car's owner out cold. The thief drives off and crashes over a cliff, dying in the exploding car. Of course the world assumes that the dead man is the owner of the car, and the real owner has amnesia and has no idea who he is. When Mark Sherwin, played by Robert Ayres, returns to his home and discovers his grieving widow it looks like rainbows and happy days ahead . . . Mark's grieving widow Christine, played by Christine Norden, tells Mark how happy she is that he is alive. She tells him that she has called the police to clear up the confusion and has called the undertaker to remove the casket in the parlor that contains the burned body of the thief. But Mark looks out the window as the undertaker is removing the coffin and sees his wife dressed in black and going with the casket. He follows and is just in time to see his own funeral, complete with grieving widow. She has not told anyone that her husband is still alive, and the world believes him to be dead . . . the world and her lover Paul, who is Mark's best friend. Now what is Mark to do? He knows that his wife wants the world to think that he is dead . . . the only reason could be that she and her lover intend to kill him tonight. Forewarned is usually forearmed, but we are not convinced that Mark can outwit the plans of Christine and her lover as they join him in evening dress for the final hours of Mark Sherwin. When the shot rings out while Christine is answering the door, the suspense and intrigue are ratcheted up another notch and our knuckles will be getting even whiter, as the hair stands up on the back of our neck. There is no more treacherous creature than the Black Widow. One note about the print - Hopefully one day I will find a better copy, but the only copy that I could find was recorded from an old television presentation many years ago, and the contrast is poor, and a couple of spots the film freezes for a moment before continuing, but don't be put off by that, because this story is deliciously devious, twisted . . . and evil. Unfortunately the only surviving print of this story that I could find is very worn . . . I purchased three different copies from collectors in three different countries and each is as bad as the other . . . But if you can deal with the faded, overexposed print, you are in for a wonderful crime adventure. I will keep searching for a better copy, but until then . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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Some of my Favorites:

William Powell and Carole LombardProbably my all time favorite movie, My Man Godfrey in 1936 not only gives us an comedic peek at the wealthiest and poorest during the Great Depression, but also was the vehicle for Carole Lombard to create the movie icon of the 'dumb blonde screwball comedy' that is a popular theme even today.

Barbara Stanwyck and Gary CooperMeet John Doe - 1941: The Frank Capra classic set in the Great Depression era that pits the common man against the political masters. You can't be a fan of old movies until you watch Frank Capra's old movies. This one premiered seventy years ago, and it still stirs our emotions and thoughts now. It is as timely as if it were produced today.

John Wayne and Gail Russell in Angel and the Bad ManAngel and the Bad Man - 1947: One of the great teachers of the Secret Law of Attraction is Dr. Joe Vitale . . . but before he was even born actor John Wayne paid for and produced this Cowboy Western that featured The Law of Attraction.

James Cagney in The Time of Your LifeThe Time of Your Life - 1948: James Cagney financed this strangely different feel-good movie, and he plays the part of Joe, a barfly that tries to live his life by making everyone around him better. I watch this one often, and try to become more like Joe every day.

Joe E. Brown in Painted FacesPainted Faces - 1929: Comedy legend Joe E. Brown is a circus clown in a surprisingly serious role as a juror in a Christmas week murder trial who tells the other jurors a story that will change their verdicts in a pre-code drama that could not have been made a few years later.

Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn in CharadeCharade - 1963: It doesn't get much better than Cary Grant and Audry Hepburn in a tale of death, deception, spies and lost wealth as a woman tries to sort out the good guys from the bad guys in this cold-war spy thriller love story.

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