Old Movie Review – Journey Into Fear

Every now and then I like to review a movie that doesn’t get much attention these days.

Released by RKO in 1943 this Mercury Theatre Production featuring and regarded to have been part directed by Orson Welles although he always maintained the film remained Norman Foster’s.  I had high hopes for Journey into Fear but despite a talented cast was left disappointed by what is a rather pedestrian thriller.  Joseph Cotton plays a munitions expert sent to Turkey to assist that countries Navy in the ongoing conflict but a company contact encourages him to enjoy a night out and while in a nightclub an attempt is made on his life.  The head of the Turkish secret police bundles him off without his wife or any luggage on a passenger ship but are the other passengers all they seem?

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What is it that makes baseball work so well for the movies?

I know very little about baseball and what little I do know is because of the movies, with the exception of boxing has any sport been featured in so many great movies?

Compare that with the most universal of world sports football or soccer as the American’s call it, how many great soccer movies none spring to mind perhaps only Escape to Victory rates a mention.

Baseball however ranges from the misfits make good of Major League and a League of their Own to the Arthurian allegory of the Natural via the true stories of Moneyball and Eight Men Out to the small town hero of Bull Durham and the fantastical Field of Dreams.

So what is it that makes baseball work so well for the movies?

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Old Movie Review – Somewhere in the Night

Every now and then I like to review a movie that doesn’t get much attention these days.

Somewhere in the Night – Often packaged on DVD as that now coolest of genes the ‘Noir’ Somewhere…. really doesn’t fit into this category.  It has elements of the noir such as the difficulty of the returning soldier to fit into society, a sort of femme fatale, psychological trauma but in the end it’s more a straight ahead crime film.

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