Cagney did a fair amount of comedy in his career, like The Bride Came C.O.D. and Mr. Roberts. His last movie before retiring in the '60s (he came out of retirement in the '80s, shortly before he died) was One, Two, Three a not entirely successful political comedy, but if it doesn't really succeed, it's not for lack of that Cagney energy; as I remember it, at points in the movie he borders on manic.The Irish in US (1935) The O'Hara brothers, Danny (James Cagney), Pat (Pat O'Brien), and Mike (Frank McHugh), all live at home with ma (Mary Gordon). Cagney is the youngest, and unemployed. He hopes to be a boxing manager, and Carbarn Hammerschlog (Allen Jenkins) is his fighter. An entertaining comedic film, seems strange to see Cagney in such a role, though.
Funnily enough, when A Quiet Place was released my first thought was "That sounds like a complete rip-off of The Silence". I'm not sure how much they've changed the story (apart from seemingly relocating it from the UK to the USA) but The Silence is based on Tim Lebbon's 2015 novel of the same name, which is brilliant.The Silence. Monsters abound so everyone has to keep their big mouths shut. Had its moments but it was so derivative of the superior A Quiet Place.
I am going to try and find this---rippa there. Hammer was great.Crescendo (1970)
Psychological shocker from Hammer. Stephanie Powers is working on her thesis on a great composer, now deceased. The composer's widow takes her into her fancy home to do research. Inhabiting the place are her son, confined to a wheelchair, a maid, and a manservant. Things don't seem too bad at first, but then the audience finds out about the various skeletons in the closet, long before the heroine does. It seems the son is a heroin addict. His mother is his main source, but she doesn't give him enough to keep him from going into fits of painful withdrawal. The maid keeps him supplied, intending to force him to marry her so she can inherit the estate. Besides all this domestic drama, we have somebody playing the piano in the dead composer's music room. The story moves very slowly, the first killing (you knew there were going to be some, didn't you?) not arriving until an hour into the film, but it all builds up to a wild climax at the very end. Not the most plausible twist ending in the world:
The man in the wheelchair has an insane identical twin brother kept hidden. James Olson, best known to me for The Andromeda Strain, does a good job in both roles.
The whole thing is more like chamber music than a symphony, with a very small cast and almost all scenes taking place in the house.
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