(work in progress!) Films are listed alphabetically. (I'm sticking only to '40s and '50s titles.) If a movie is missing…
The Desperate Hours
A reign of violence sweeps the screen
Escaped convicts terrorize a suburban family they're holding hostage.
Takes a while to get going, but once it does it manages to sustain an incredible amount of tension, punctuated by unexpected moments of brevity.
Bogart is on menacingly gruff form, but it's Robert Middleton who leaves the biggest impression as the truly odious Kobish.
It's really interesting watching the three groups within the film as they all strive for their own resolutions. From the family held hostage, who slowly become more unified in defeating their captors, the authorities who close in on the cons through good old fashioned detective work, and the villains themselves, who begin to crack under the pressure when the plan goes awry.
I also liked the use of close-ups to convey characters emotions. They're used sparingly, but when they do happen, they are effective.
Perhaps a touch too long, this is nontheless a wonderful example of 1950's film-making.
Taut, tense and thrilling with a climatic ending. Well acted, Bogart is always at his best when he's player edgier characters. Expertly shot by Wyler and it was definitely a "what would I do" type of film.
Noirish thugs intrude on the white picket fence 50s. Bogart brings enough sadness to his character that he becomes empathetic by fits and starts, but it is never long before anger and violence overwhelm him again. His sense of himself as a class warrior — someone who the family he takes hostage would ignore on the street downtown — makes the dynamic especially interesting.
Napokon sam pogledao The Desperate Hours (1955) koji mi je bio na čekanju već jedno par mejseci. Film je o odbjeglim kriminalciam koji savim slučajno odaberu jednu kuću kojoj će se skrivati te teroriziraju domačine, mislim da je ova tema obrađivana dosta puta u kasnijim filmovima.Poprilično dobar film, baš me je iznenadio tada već 50 godina klasičnom i tada modernom prikazu porodice, iako film počinje kao obična porodična drama, pokazati će se kao napet krimi film, sa dosta dinamičnom radnjom koja drži pažnju tokom cijelog filma, kraj mi je bio očekivan sa happy endom mada je zanimljivo vdijeti na koji će se način to sve završiti. Za one godine film je veoma ozbiljno urađen na trenutke ima scene psiholoških filmova…
Terrific and actually pretty violent 1955 romp with Bogey and Fredric March - both of whom are fantastic.
I think I've come at this Bogart starring Home Invasion Noir from the wrong direction, having already seen Sinatra in Suddenly, Tierney in Devil Thumbs a Ride and Cash in Door to Door Maniac in recent weeks/months everything about Desperate Hours felt very familiar indeed. Sure a clearly ailing Bogart plays the desperate gangster very well, carrying a different sort of threat to those other performances but it's essentially the same movie.
Based on a novel and play of the same name which was inspired by real events this film from director William Wyler stars Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March and Arthur Kennedy. Escaped convicts hold a family hostage while the police race against time to find them.
Given that so much of this film takes place in one location it is pretty obvious that it was based on a play but enough other locations have been added to at least make it seem a little more “cinematic”. The plot manages to hold plenty of tension and handles the dilemma facing the family well. There are some good performances from the cast but I can not help but wish Paul Newman had been given the chance to reprise the role of the antagonist which he had in the original play.
Bogart is amazing again.
The plot is simple and perhaps a bit cliche by now: A trio of escaped convicts hold a suburban family in hostage. Director William Wyler may not be Alfred Hitchcock but he still is able to retain suspense and tension althroughout the film. Humphrey Bogart, who plays the leader of the convicts, was fantastic. He creates a frightening, yet all-too-human villain. He's the main reason that even though I've seen a lot of these types of films before this, it still feels fresh and gripping.
- 99 River Street
- Ace in the Hole
- Among the Living
- Angel Face
- Armored Car Robbery
- Out of the Past
- The Maltese Falcon
- Touch of Evil
aka The Big List of Noir Films and/or Films with Noir Elements
I decided to make a more comprehensive list…
- The Long Night
- The Devil Thumbs a Ride
- The Prowler
- La Señal
- The Hot Spot
Perhaps the narrowest category of the underrated series and also one of the toughest to accurately define. Because the genre…