Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Let's go out to the movies....

But wait! We're watching movies right inside the hotel on Wednesday night!

By the way, does anyone out there remember actually seeing these little gems of films at actual drive-ins? I do. Yes, I'm that old.


It'll be a triple feature on Wednesday night, with evening registration just outside our 'theater', and popcorn before, during and after intermission. We might try to scare up a few hot dogs, too. (Don't even bother to tell me they're bad for me. I know it. Nothing that yummy could possibly be health food.)

Now, here's the question, and it's a big one.


I certainly have my own ideas.

There's this guy.......

...and this guy.....

We could go for the lighter side....

...or darker.....

...or forget crime altogether, and go for the funny bone....

The point is, what do you want to see?

This is your chance to tell me which movies set in San Francisco (that I can get on DVD) you'd like to watch. I will tabulate the results, do careful math.....who am I kidding? I'll read any comments, think about it, and then head for the video store to see what I can get my grubby little mitts on. But I would like to hear your opinions.

While you're thinking, here's another intermission clip. This stuff makes me really love YouTube.....


Blogger Vince said...

Here's a vote for at least one vintage SF movie in the lineup ... like maybe The Lineup from 1958?

September 15, 2010 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

There is no question that one of them has to be "San Francisco" with Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Jeanette Macdonald which includes the earthquake and Jeanette singing "San Francisco open your golden gates...." throughout. It's not a mystery, but it is Hollywood's version of the early history of the city and it's a fine movie.

If anyone doesn't know the film:

--Marjorie from CT

September 16, 2010 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

And there's always "The Maltese Falcon". It's Dashiell Hammett's Frisco with Sam Spade and whole cast of nefarious characters:

Oh, and for fun, there's "What's Up Doc" a screwball comedy with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal and what looks to be some actual footage shot in SF during a mapcap chase:

--Marjorie from CT

September 16, 2010 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger J. Kingston Pierce said...

I'll put in my two cents for Dark Passage, The Maltese Falcon, Bullitt, and Lady from Shanghai. Maybe also Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam and Out of the Past.


September 16, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Excellent suggestions, you guys!


(Keep 'em coming ;-)

September 16, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger bretalli said...

OK .. The safe bets would be something like The Maltese Falcon and Vertigo ---- and they are great but I would nominate the following:
(1)The House on Telegraph Hill with Valentina Cortese & Richard Basehart. (I saw this when I was 5 years old and remember it.)
(2) Sudden Fear with Joan Crawford.
(3) Daughter of Shanghai (Right On J,K.Pierce!) with the great Anna May Wong and Philip Ahn (really outstanding in this film).
That is my 3 choices !! For fun I'm with Marjorie - What's Up Doc.
Barney Retallick .. Seattle

September 16, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Didn't even know about Sudden Fear - I must investigate ;-)

September 16, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I logged in to cast a vote for The Lineup. Good to see I'm not the first.

Watch The Lineup, and you'll never look at a wheelchair the same way again.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

September 16, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Canberra Dilettante said...

What Marjorie said!! Two of my all-time favourites! (And what about "Chinatown"? Have never seen it, but want to).

September 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Canberra Dilettante said...

PS, the 1950's must have been a great time to be an a capella singer!

September 17, 2010 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

"Murder by Death" - an absolutely wonderful spoof of classic detectives. There's Dick and Dora Charleston (David Niven and Maggie Smith) and their terrier, Sam Diamond (Peter Falk), Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lancaster), Sydney Whang (Peter Sellers), a blind butler, etc., in the classic foggy SF mansion hosted by Lionel Twain (Truman Capote). Five detectives are invited to dinner and a murder.... and you won't even have to rent it; I can bring the dvd.

September 18, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

I'm loving all the great suggestions - wish we had more time to show more films ;-)

September 18, 2010 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Martyn Waites said...

I'm probably too late, but here goes with my suggestions. As plenty of people have said, THE MALTESE FALCON is a good bet. And then there's VERTIGO of course and how about THE SNIPER? A cracking film noir from Edward Dmytryk starring Arthur Franz and, of course, San Francisco. Brilliant stuff.

September 22, 2010 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger Marja said...

May a non-convention attendee enjoy the SF triple feature?

October 12, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

I'm so sorry, Marja, Bouchercon events are open only to registered attendees.


October 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

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