Presented by James M. Tate / 1/12/2017 / No comments / anne jeffreys , biopic , film noir or melodrama , forties
LAWRENCE TIERNEY CINEMA: B-MOVIE MONSTER OF DILLINGER
|The DILLINGER Gang led by Lawrence Tierney YEAR: 1945|
|Larry takes aim|
So in what's known as The Lawrence Tierney DILLINGER... compared to the more realistic and historically accurate Warren Oates DILLINGER... there's a strong touch of Noir since our man starts out naive and downright stupid: thrown in prison for attempting to knock-off a corner store to buy his beautiful, shallow date a few more drinks at a fancy restaurant. Then, behind bars, what he learns — especially from Edmund Lowe as a bank robbing mentor named Specs — turns the real life criminal/folk hero into what The Tierney DILLINGER is: a downright formidable monster in his very own proverbial Monster Movie...
|Tierney shoots his way through his own Crime Noir|
Meanwhile, American History buffs are repelled by this semi-Noir programmer, especially those keen on seeing DILLINGER as a likable icon who found a way out of The Great Despression: Our temperamental beast winds up slaughtering a pretty boy with an axe and killing a friendly old couple, and is more intent to murder than steal. Otherwise, beyond the ultra-violence, it's an entertaining popcorn thriller that sticks to a basic bank heist formula but not without throwing in a few particularly creative scores where the camera provides neat angles, dark lighting and terrific use of montage.
|Personal Collection DVD Signed by Anne Jeffreys|
|Despite Larry's rep, Anne had only nice things to say|