Saturday, January 21, 2017
To pastures more sunny and flowered
Went Harlow, Lugosi, and Howard.
But posthumous credits
through doubles and edits
Can leave one a little bit soured.
Donald B. Benson
Image: Between Walter Pigeon and Clark Gable and behind binoculars is actress Mary Dees, doubling for Jean Harlow in Saratoga (Jack Conway; 1937). Saratoga was completed despite Harlow's death; Bela Lugosi "starred" in Plan Nine From Outer Space via a few soundless shots Ed Wood had taken for something else; and Shemp Howard's final Three Stooges shorts used doubles and footage from earlier films.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Drunk Duryea or bored Peter Lorre,
the cur who thinks gore's hunky-dory?
Whodunnit? We're sharing
that one's a red herring
Quite sure that there's more to the story.
Shady nightclub owner Peter Lorre hires composer and pianist Dan Duryea in the noir murder mystery Black Angel (Roy William Neill; 1946). Title by Donald B. Benson, a creepy people person.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Marty reeks like a stumbling bum
He looks peaked, a glum flophouse crumb
Though he swills like a sot
He still ain't forgot
Why he seeks to be comfy and numb.
Dan Duryea stars as booze sodden songwriter Martin Blair in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
He speeds as if chased by the past
He needs one more taste, one more blast
But this booze swilling mope
Plays the blues with no hope
In the weeds, he's a waste, sinking fast.
Dan Duryea runs for his life in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946). Title by Donald B. Benson.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Poor Danny did not have much luck
Chicks ran when they'd spot him, yelled "Yuck!"
If one gave him a tumble
He'd rave and then crumble
His can in noir plotting was stuck.
Dan Duryea and June Vincent in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).
Monday, January 16, 2017
Perpetual schlub, schmoe and loser
Pathetic night-clubber and boozer
This poor Dan's a sad dope
Has no chance, has no hope
He's no threat, just a substance abuser.
Dan Duryea played more than his share of down and out drunks. And no one did a flophouse alky better than he. With June Vincent in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Like carrion snacking on feasts
They tear and attack like wild beasts
Then wearing death-masks
They carry out tasks
Not caring the actor's deceased.
Surly Hack with David Cairns
The late Peter Cushing does not appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards; 2016), The character of Grand Moff Tarkin is a creepy computer generated simulacrum, a digital zombie. Shame on the film's producers, and shame on Cushing's estate.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Your eyes and your nose, some guy's head
Disguising his pose in your stead
Abusing your face
In a gruesome disgrace
One dies but the show's never dead.
The late Peter Cushing does not appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards; 2016). Grand Moff Tarkin is a fabrication: it's actor Guy Henry with layers of CGI "fake-up".
Friday, January 13, 2017
Hangdog Dan's started slurring his words
Got some brandy and gurgled two-thirds
Post-blackout, all's hazy
This rancid liqueur's for the birds.
Dan Duryea drinks like there's no tomorrow in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).
Thursday, January 12, 2017
In spirits awash, I go blurry
My fears have been quashed, I've no worry
Like the grime of the day
My crimes fade away
So, cheers! Let's get sloshed in a hurry.
Dan Duryea's drunken flashback in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946). Title by David Cairns, all business.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
How drunk can this guzzler get?
Eyes sunken, he's fuzzy and wet
What booze does he use?
The usual brews
In a funk, he get's buzzed to forget.
Dan Duryea has a drunken flashback in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946).
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
For his anguish he drinks: anesthesia
For a hangover, milk of magnesia
But he blacks out, gets fuddled
All cracked-up and muddled
Now he's jangled, can't think: it's amnesia!
June Vincent watches Dan Duryea sleep one off in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946). Our title could refer to any number of tales by author Cornell Woolrich, writer of the film's source novel.
Monday, January 9, 2017
For the blues and the shakes he gets blotto
"All the booze that it takes" is his motto
The keyboard gets drunk
The music they make is staccato.
Dan Duryea hits the skids in Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946). Title idea by rhapsodic Donald B. Benson.