|Title:||Two O'Clock Courage|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
|07.06.06||Internet|| Tonight is Anthony Mann Noir Night! Two crackin movies that as far as I know are unavailable on DVD... procured thanks to the generosity of TCM and the ingenuity of l33t internet hax0rs.|
First up is this movie, whose title seems to be some sort of circa-1945 saying that I have no clue what it means... 5 "oClock shadow is still around I guess, but what the hell happens at 2 O'Clock? 2 AM or PM? For some reason (probably the completely separate term "liquid courage") I think it has something to do with being drunk...
In actuality, it's the name of a stageplay that's involved with the Amnesia Mystery plotline of the picture. What's immediately surprising is just moments after a pitch dark ultra-noir opening where a man wakes up on a street corner bleeding from the head with no clue of who he is and what he's doing there the movie cranks into fast forward screwball comedy pacing and rapid-fire wise-acre dialogue like this was some light Cary Grant comedy. Stylistically it's not very noirish at all... but it still has a few themes and hints that make me categorize it as such.
I actually got a kick out of the main twist that explains the movie... pretty fun... and at a whopping 66-minute running time it really flies by. This is really just an intro though, because the movie that I really want to see is coming up next.