Episode 258 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)

This dame was trouble. I could tell. Those big, brown eyes, so innocent, eyes that said “trust me, I won’t stab you in the back.” Right. I’d heard that before and I had the scars on my trapezius to prove it. She tossed her long mane of hair aside and crossed her long, gorgeous legs, all four of them. I sat back and . . . four? Mane? BUMPY?! How did you even fit in the dress?! And lipstick? Ponies don’t have lips! Get out of my office!

Welcome to a brand new, shiny series! Well, it’s not shiny or new. It’s dark and bleak and gritty and the sun never shines. It’s “Walk the Dark Street,” our series on film noir, that noir-y-est of all film styles. We’re leading off with “Sunset Boulevard.” Sure, it’s not a detective story but it’s dark, cynical, world-weary, and it’s got a dead monkey in it: all the ingredients for a noir film. Join us, won’t you? You’re ready for your close-up, aren’t you?

Poll question: What is your favorite film noir?

3 thoughts on “Episode 258 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)”

  1. I was told that no one could be my friend unless they had watched this movie with me at least once. It is not an inaccurate assessment. I just love it and it is definitely film noir. I was a little shocked there was no mention of the Carol Burnett skits! Swanson showed up at a show and Burnett was convinced she was about to get a slap but instead Swanson was flattered by it all, been bag boobs and all!

    I could list 100 film noir I love, it grew out of the german expressionism which is maybe my first, favourite style and this, Touch of Evil, The Third Man, Pépé Le Moko… such a list! I have a soft spot fro Kubrick’s first film, Killer’s Kiss. There is a tense scene at the end in a mannequin factory that is so creepy!
    Time to feed the penguins and create a moose/beaver hybrid.

  2. Oh man, I’d completely forgotten that sketch! Honestly, I think I hadn’t seen the movie when I actually saw the sketch, so I didn’t really get it (although watching her slap Harvey Korman is always hilarious. His expressions!). For anyone here who hasn’t seen the sketch:

    Those are some very cool entries for film noir! I admit, I’ve never heard of “Pépé Le Moko” or Kubrick’s “Killer’s Kiss.” These may have to go on the list.

    Good luck with your cross-breeding experiments! I look forward to my first taste of booser meat!

    1. Pepe la mojo was also a carol Burnett skit! She was amazing with what she would parody.
      Oh great beaver/moose needs to go out again. No more poutine after noon from now on!

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