that's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Hollow Man" from last night.
and last night, since 'revenge' doesn't start showing on sundays until this coming sunday september 30th, we watched movies.
1 of my favorite films - i have many - is 'the 39 steps.' and i love the 1939 version with madeline carroll that's directed by alfred hitchock.
however, i love the 1959 version even more. this 1 is directed by ralph thomas and, i think, 1 of the best color experiments of that period. for british films or american or whatever. the use of color is just so apt and on the money.
with a film like this, color used poorly can kill it. this is basically a mystery with heavy film noir overtones.
at the start of the film - either - a man sees a spy killed. then he's visited and brought into the spy games. it's a really great movie. (if you've seen madeline carroll in bob hope's 'my favorite blonde,' you will recognize elements of the film.)
i don't know the cast except from this film. but ralph thomas is a director whose work i really enjoy. 'a nightingale sang in berkely square' is a really good caper film, for instance. he also directed the funny spy film 'some girls do' back in 1969. the dr. goldfoot films and this 1 are where the 'fembots' come from. dr. goldfoot had a whole industry of robot women working for him. in 'some girls do,' joanna lumley plays a robot.
joanna lumley's done a million great roles but i think most of us know her for being purdey on 'the new avengers' (british spy series) and for being patsy on 'absolutely fabulous.'
'some girls do' is a bull drummond mystery - a character from early sound films. ralph thomas made 2 bull drummond films in the 60s, the other was 'deadlier than the male' with, among others, elke sommer.
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