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Al Edwards
11-19-2004, 04:07 PM
Dr. Broadway:Never Seen
Moonlight in Havana:Never Seen
Nobody's Darling:Never Seen
My Best Gal:Never Seen
Strangers in the Night:Never Seen
Two O'Clock Courage:Never Seen
Strange Impersonation:B
The Bamboo Blonde:B
Raw Deal:A+
He Walked by Night:A
Reign of Terror:A-
Border Incident:B
Side Street:A-
Winchester 73:A+
The Furies:A
Devil's Doorway:B+
The Tall Target:B+
Bend of the River:A
The Naked Spur:A+
Thunder Bay:B+
The Glenn Miller Story:A
The Far Country:B+
Strategic Air Command:B
The Last Frontier:B+
The Man from Laramie:A
Serenade:Never Seen
Men in War:A+
The Tin Star:B
God's Little Acre:Never Seen
Man of the West:A
El Cid:A-
Fall of the Roman Empire:A+
The Heroes of Telemark:B
A Dandy in Aspic:Never Seen

Bill Pissott
11-19-2004, 04:12 PM
One of my all time favorite directors. In order of preference:

Raw Deal
He Walked By Night
Reign Of Terror
Side Street
Strange Impersonation

Still desperately need to see The Tall Target.

Aaron G
11-19-2004, 10:11 PM
T-Men and Raw Deal are both fantastic noirs and I was lucky to see T-Men in a cinema! I've still gotta open my DVD copy of Winchester73 though! Mann made some great hard-boiled cinema in his day.

Bill Pissott
11-19-2004, 11:25 PM
Mann made some great hard-boiled cinema in his day.

Absolutely! Of the films I have seen, I would have to say that Reign Of Terror was the most pleasant surprise for me. I wasn't expecting much but boy did I get it and then some.

Al Edwards
10-12-2007, 10:49 PM
Richard Basehart is very good as the villain in Reign of Terror.

Jay M
10-15-2007, 08:37 AM
Strangers in the Night:C+ --an absolutely nuts movie, but fun

Strange Impersonation:D, a rip-off, imho, I can't believe Mann had anything to do with it

T-Men:A+, my favorite of the Mann Noirs
Raw Deal:A+
He Walked by Night:A
Reign of Terror:A-
Border Incident:A
Side Street:A-
Winchester 73:A+, my favorite of the Mann westerns
The Furies:B+

The Tall Target:B+
Bend of the River:B
The Naked Spur:A

The Glenn Miller Story:B-

The Man from Laramie:A

Men in War:A+, a small masterpiece
The Tin Star:C+

Man of the West:A

A Dandy in Aspic:B+, good and worth seeking out

Barry M.
04-12-2009, 10:42 PM
VCI's new release of REIGN OF TERROR (double-billed with THE AMAZING MR. X) seems to be a significant upgrade in quality over the Alpha & other PD versions. I'm not entirely certain that the screencaps below are from this DVD (and I blush that I'm not properly citing the original source), but they look nice. Anybody got this yet & care to comment on the quality?







Bill Pissott
04-13-2009, 08:53 AM
Strange Impersonation:D, a rip-off, imho, I can't believe Mann had anything to do with it

I thought the film had some trademark Mann touches to be honest. Frequent Mann cinematographer John Alton was not used on this film but some of the scenes involving light and shadow had that Mann touch I thought as did some of the close-ups which were a Mann trait. Granted, I haven't seen the film in years and it was part soap opera with a kind of cop out ending but it was enjoyable enough with some Noir touches as well.

Bill Pissott
04-13-2009, 08:54 AM
Those REIGN OF TERROR caps do appear to be a nice upgrade from the Alpha disc. That is one seriously good period piece Noir IMHO.

Steve R
04-13-2009, 09:28 AM
I'm a huge Mann fan and am glad to hear there is a better quality version of this one out. Haven't seen it in years... I'll hunt this one down. Thanks for the tout.*

*tout , that's noir talk for tip. :cool:

Barry M.
04-13-2009, 09:58 AM
Cave, Steve R.: I think they come from the VCI. Not sure -- I was looking for a confirmation review of the disc myself. It's under ten bucks from amazon marketplace sellers (deepdiscount!), so I should probably just jump on it.

Christopher Quinn
04-13-2009, 02:06 PM
The Tin Star - B+
The Man from Laramie - B+
The Naked Spur - B+
The Furies - C
Winchester '73 - A
He Walked by Night - C
Raw Deal - B
Railroaded! - B
Desperate - B

Al Edwards
09-14-2011, 06:56 PM
Strategic Air Command-Decent Mann/Stewart film which I read was inspired by Ted Williams. Some good moments but could have been better.

Al Edwards
12-19-2011, 05:52 PM
Devil's Doorway-Decent Mann western with a strong climatic confrontation scene and a pretty good tragic ending.

Al Edwards
07-01-2012, 05:01 AM
Men in War-One of my favorite Mann films that reminds me of the korean war movies of Samuel Fuller. Both Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray(as the Gene evans type character) are great in it, and Robert Keith gives a good performance as well.

Paul A J Lewis
07-01-2012, 05:04 AM
MEN IN WAR is very good. Would love to have a decent DVD release of this one. It deserves it.

Steve R
07-01-2012, 10:27 AM
Paul, Agreed that Men in War is a terrific film.
Robert Ryan's low key style fits with Mann very well.
Those scenes with him and Aldo Ray walking along and talking
were blocked nicely. I think that's due to Mann's experience in the theatre.
Great cast, too with a pre-Combat TV series Vic Morrow.

To me it's a companion piece to Don Siegel's Hell is for Heroes. Both
small scale war stories of a weary unit called upon to do more. These two
films never seem to get much recognition for either director.