FRITZ LANG (in Hollywood)

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Scarlet Street (1945) 5
The Big Heat (1953) 2
The Woman in the Window (1944) 2
Clash by Night (1952) 2
You Only Live Once (1937) 1
Rancho Notorious (1952) 1
Moonfleet (1955) 1
Man Hunt (1941) 1
The Blue Gardenia (1953) 1
Fury (1936) 0
Human Desire (1954) 0
While the City Sleeps (1956) 0
American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950) 0
House by the River (1950) 0
Secret Beyond the Door (1948) 0
Cloak and Dagger (1946) 0
Ministry of Fear (1944) 0
Hangmen Also Die (1943) 0
Moontide (1942) (uncredited) 0
Western Union (1941) 0
The Return of Frank James (1940) 0
You and Me (1938) 0
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1957) 0


velko, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:14 (ten years ago) link

Fury and You Only Live Once have Expressionist acting and script moments at odds with the fear and trembling that Lang imparts to, say, the lynching scenes in the former; but it's not too much to say that what I retain most is Sylvia Sidney's expressions of terror in both films.

The quiet moments between Barbara Stanwyck and Paul Douglas, and Stanwyck's exchanges with a terrifically unaffected Marilyn Monroe in Clash By Night are other highlights. I'm fondest, though, of The Woman in the Window, which has Edward G. Robinson's best performance (which is saying a lot) and a wrong-man scenario that Hitchcock might have envied.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:17 (ten years ago) link

while the city sleeps is late sleeper (lol)
really good ida lupino and dana andrews

velko, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:21 (ten years ago) link

I've only seen Clash by Night and The Big Heat. Clash by Night wins.

abanana, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:21 (ten years ago) link

actually, moontide doesn't belong, his work on that was mostly cut out

velko, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:22 (ten years ago) link

Of what I've seen, Scarlet Street easily. Most want to see Ministry of Fear.

Eric H., Friday, 21 November 2008 02:27 (ten years ago) link

ministry of fear pretty solid with another great dan duryea villain turn

velko, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:30 (ten years ago) link

he used so many of my favorite actresses - sylvia sidney, gloria grahame, joan bennett, ida lupino
http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/60/60_images/60grahamebig2shot.jpg

velko, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:00 (ten years ago) link

omigod and I didn't even mention The Big Heat! Lang mebbe had the best Hollywood career of the Continental emigres.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:06 (ten years ago) link

Probably 'The Big Heat', but 'You Only Live Once' was very cool. I've got several more of these, but not yet watched them. This is foolish.

James Morrison, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:35 (ten years ago) link

Definitely Scarlet Street for how the outrageous story turns subtly disguise the typical Langian fate suck. And ooh boy, Dan Duryea played the scummiest of scumbags here!

But I do want to put a word in for a personal fave, You and Me, Lang's quasi-musical with a loopier and lighter touch than usual. Check it out.

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 21 November 2008 04:17 (ten years ago) link

you & me is really bizarre

velko, Friday, 21 November 2008 04:33 (ten years ago) link

I vote for Woman In The Window, despite the dodgy ending. Apart from the last five minutes, it's the perfect noir.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 21 November 2008 08:32 (ten years ago) link

of the ones I've seen (12 I think), it's between Fury, Scarlet Street and The Big Heat.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 21 November 2008 14:01 (ten years ago) link

Definitely The Big Heat, but The Blue Gardenia is good too and is gonna get zero votes unless I vote for it.

Ruudside Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 21 November 2008 14:07 (ten years ago) link

Lee Marvin en route to yr house w/ coffee pot

Dr Morbius, Friday, 21 November 2008 14:20 (ten years ago) link

that pic of Fritz above makes him look like William F. Buckley, Jr.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 21 November 2008 14:23 (ten years ago) link

anyone ever see American Guerrilla in the Philippines? that's the only one on the list that i have no interest in.

velko, Friday, 21 November 2008 22:35 (ten years ago) link

Blue Gardenia was lots of fun--Peter Lorre as evil nightclub owner in preposterously-huge-stairwelled nightclub.

James Morrison, Saturday, 22 November 2008 00:35 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 27 November 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 28 November 2008 00:01 (ten years ago) link

And they said the youth of today wouldn't turn out the vote.

Blue Gardenia was lots of fun--Peter Lorre as evil nightclub owner in preposterously-huge-stairwelled nightclub.

You must be thinking of something called Black Angel

Ruudside Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 28 November 2008 04:33 (ten years ago) link

that's a decent ranking (tho Fury is upper-echelon)

Dr Morbius, Friday, 28 November 2008 04:59 (ten years ago) link

I WAS thinking of 'Black Angel'. Damn. I know I've seen 'Gardenia' - [check IMDB to remind self] - ah, the Anne Baxter passes out, wakes up to a murdered man one. Yeah, that was quite good. My memory, obviously, is not.

James Morrison, Friday, 28 November 2008 12:23 (ten years ago) link

nine months pass...

For UK ILXers, Sky Arts 2 are kicking off a Lang season on Thursday, starting with Metropolis and an hour-long conversation with William Friedkin from the 70s. Hoping they mix up the German classics with the Hollywood work.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Tuesday, 1 September 2009 17:03 (ten years ago) link

Sylvia Sidney is seriously sexy in 'You Only live Once'

When two tribes go to war, he always gets picked last (James Morrison), Tuesday, 1 September 2009 23:57 (ten years ago) link

is that Friedkin interview on a Criterion disc?

Indiana Morbs and the Curse of the Ivy League Chorister (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 September 2009 12:39 (ten years ago) link

ten months pass...

Human Desire released yesterday; got a copy at home.

Filmmaker, Author, Radio Host Stephen Baldwin (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 July 2010 20:55 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/the-other-fritz-lang-20110127

I am pissed that I have to miss Moonfleet.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 29 January 2011 02:08 (eight years ago) link

posters

http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/2864

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 February 2011 04:31 (eight years ago) link

I caught Scarlet Street / Woman in the Window the other weekend at the Film Forum. Great stuff, I can see why Scarlet Street topped this poll!

Nhex, Tuesday, 8 February 2011 04:56 (eight years ago) link

and it's not as great as the film it's a remake of!

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 8 February 2011 06:49 (eight years ago) link

Woman on the Window >>> Scarlet Street

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 February 2011 15:13 (eight years ago) link

Gosh, Stanwyck and Ryan in Clash By Night put Method actors to shame.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 13 February 2011 21:07 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Just got done w/While The City Sleeps--freaking awesome.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho! (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 03:31 (eight years ago) link

Haha! Actually just watched "Fury" again. Was he the best at capturing the "look" of the underworld/criminals? Especially in his 30s flicks. Great movie.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 7 June 2011 05:38 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

Rancho Notorious...goddamn.

Lady Writer, Male Seether (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 January 2012 03:57 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Got a copy of Ministry of Fear, given the Criterion treatment.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 15 July 2013 02:09 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

Saw the three featuring Joan Bennett recently, Man Hunt, The Woman in the Window, and Scarlet Street.

In Man Hunt it confused me why Walter Pidgeon as the British "Captain Alan Thorndike" did not have the appropriate accent - I was kind of expecting that to come up later as a plot point, but no, it was just that Pidgeon didn't bother with an accent. But then Joan Bennett did attempt a cockney accent...............

Watching Dan Duryea in the other two films led me to think Jon Lovitz modeled his pathological liar character "Tommy Flanagan" from SNL on Duryea's chiseler characters here. Same voice/inflection.

I thought it was a goof that Edward G. Robinson does a double take when he sees Duryea as a doorman at the end of Woman in the Window but imdb says it's "incorrectly regarded as a goof." I say the point's arguable.

Always love when Greenwich Village is portrayed in old films such as Scarlet Street as being full of painters and subterranean Italian restaurants. Were that it were like that today.

Ranking:

The Woman in the Window > Scarlet Street > Man Hunt

Josefa, Thursday, 11 July 2019 15:34 (three months ago) link


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