It is being reported that "John Wick" director, Chad Stahelski, is developing a reboot of Highlander (1986).

Sounds good.

The only question is whether I should apply for the Sean Connery part or the one portrayed by Christopher Lambert, in the series of films.

If you are interested in any of the following, you MUST see this film:

* steam locomotives
* the postal service
* the 1930s
* great documentaries
* history

In fact, even if you aren't interested in these things, you should still watch this film

This film is a classic, and it is available to watch for free:

player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/wa

One of the co-stars of "Dear Murderer" was Jack Warner. He was, of course, playing the part of a policeman (Inspector Pembury).

In later years he would be demoted to Constable George Dixon, in the long-running "Dixon of Dock Green". This TV show was a continuation of a part he played in the 1950 film "The Blue Lamp". Unusually, in the film he is killed after 20 minutes, but he was resurrected for the TV series.

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For any films which I rate as "thoroughly recommended" I would hope film noir fans would rush off to view them.

The good news about Dear Murderer (1947) is it can be viewed for free online, at the BFI website:

player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/wa

So, what are you waiting for? 😃

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This week's was:
Dear Murderer (1947)

This film is an absolute belter of a . One of the best to come out of the UK, or anywhere for that matter. It was produced by the Gainsborough studios who were better known for making melodramas. However, this film, without being graphic, has some gruesome murders.

The setting is entirely stagey, without any outside locations, but is none the worse for it. You will be enthralled by the plot

Thoroughly recommended.

Patricia Neal, always a personal favourite, never looked lovelier in any of her other starring roles. Plus, she put in a great performance, as a sort-of femme fatale. Diplomatic Courier was also one of her favourites.

Film buffs will also note an early co-starring role for Karl Malden, and brief uncredited movie appearances by Charles Bronson & Lee Marvin.

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This week's was Diplomatic Courier (1952).

DC is a rather superior Cold War spy thriller and , starring Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal and Hildegard Knef. It has a feel of realism with the slightly out-of-his-depth diplomatic courier (played by TP) trying to prevent a secret document falling into the hands of the Soviets. All the leads put in great performances, B&W photography is very atmospheric, and the direction is suspenseful & taught.

Recommended.

I've always liked Sterling Hayden's portrayals of the affable "good-guy" in Film Noir of the 1940s & 50s. In particular, his performance in the classic The Asphalt Jungle (1950) is one to seek out.

He was also a real-life adventurer, and WWII hero. He was assigned to the US OSS and completed two deployments with partisans in Italy & Yugoslavia. I have only recently discovered that he had a Highland connection, when he was trained as a Commando at Achnacarry in 1941.

I'm watching Down to Earth (1947), which is a musical, fantasy film & comedy starring Rita Hayworth. It is candyfloss light, but very entertaining.

The move is entirely a vehicle for Rita, and she really makes the most of it. She is superb. Rita plays the part of Terpsichore, one of the nine muses of Greek mythology, and the goddess of dance. Ms Hayworth, a dancer to trade, puts her skills to great effect. Rita playing a goddess is only too believable.

Recommended.

Everyone will be familiar with the modern term Geek, meaning an expert in a technical field, and possibly a person with limited social skills.

However, did you know it was an archaic term used in carnivals to mean a performer of grotesque acts? How that transferred to the modern usage is uncertain.

Going even further back, Geek came from the English Geck meaning a fool, and in turn from the Germanic Geck meaning to croak or cackle.

Still want to self-identify as a geek?

I'm watching The Big Sleep (1946) for the umpteenth time. The bookstore scene with Humphrey Bogart and Dorothy Malone must be one of the greatest from any film noir, or indeed of any genre.

For my money Dorothy's brief appearance knocks the spots off the big star Lauren Bacall. She can keep her glasses on, too.

The film was, of course:
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

Quite a different film from the Johnny Weissmuller outings of the 1930s & 40s. Greystoke was closer to the Edgar Rice Burroughs book. It was also more sympathetic towards the animals.

Lambert was good as Tarzan, but the movie could have made more of the love between him & Jane. Andie MacDowell was under utilised. The 130 mins could have been better used.

Still worth seeing.

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If you haven't guessed the name of the movie already, this image will surely give it away.

Christopher Lambert as the famous jungle hero raised by apes.

The building shown earlier is Floors Castle, which sits on the banks of the River Tweed.

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The first half of the movie is set in equatorial Africa. We are treated to typical scenes of European explorers, with their local guides and pack carrying servants.

The actor in the centre of this screenshot, wearing the pith helmet, is fairly well known.

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During the opening sequences of the movie they show the ancestral house with text below stating "somewhere in Scotland". Eh? The movie is based on a famous book, which I haven't read, but I'm certain there wasn't a Scottish connection.

However, the movie keeps showing Scottish imagery. For instance, here is the band playing the the music for the eightsome reel.

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Some screenshots from a mystery movie.

Can you guess the movie?

It was a popular film in its day, but probably isn't that well known now.

An example of how the Doris Day photo was used to promote the film. You can tell this is her film, because her name is in the same text size as the movie title. In comparison her fellow cast members' names are so small they can hardly be seen.

Ms Day's "co-star" was John Rait, the father of Bonnie.

Interesting that in this version of the photo the pajama detailing, and some of the hearts are coloured blue.

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A photo of Doris Day from her 1957 musical film "The Pajama Game" for St. Valentine's Day.

There are only a very few musicals that I really like, and this isn't one of them. Very competently acted, and one or two good songs including "Hernando's Hideaway", but the whole package doesn't satisfy.

The imagery in this movie is a bit of a departure for Doris. Out goes the entirely wholesome image, in comes a more sexy Doris. This photo was used extensively for promotion.

My new coffee grinder is hour glass shaped, which encourages me to hold it in one hand while turning the grinding handle with the other. Consequently, as well as the grinding noise I get a maracas sound from the coffee beans.

Every time I make coffee I feel like Carmen Miranda (minus the fruit on my head).

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