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DVD Talk reviews for Monday, November 11th, 2019

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Seven Days to Noon (Blu-ray)
<small>by Stuart Galbraith IV</small><hr />

A remarkable little British film, a postwar thriller with slight science fiction elements, Seven Days to Noon (1950) follows the frantic (yet also, in the British manner, most orderly) search for an atomic weapons scientist who threatens to explode central London with a nuclear device the size of a portable typewriter.

Produced and directed by John and Roy Boulting, the unusual film has no stars, to the point where the actors aren't even listed in the opening credits, and has a strong semi-documentary approach that anticipates not only the later Quatermass TV serials and films, but may well have influenced early 50s American science fiction as well. Indeed, the 1953 Ivan Tors production The Magnetic Monster is practically a remake.

Though largely forgotten today, the film was a highly-regarded novelty at the time of its release, even winning an Academy Award for Best Story. The wri...Read the entire review »


The Gun Runners (Blu-ray)
<small>by Stuart Galbraith IV</small><hr />

The Gun Runners (1958) is a very B-movie version of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, a story already filmed twice before, first famously by Howard Hawks in 1944 (starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall), then again as The Breaking Point, directed by Michael Curtiz in 1950, with John Garfield and Patricia Neal in the leading roles. Undoubtedly the big-scale films of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms the year before, and that same year's The Old Man and the Sea prompted this second remake.

This version, made independently on the cheap, probably for well under $500,000 and maybe half of that, is by far the least interesting, despite some good direction by Don Siegel. The good but variable cast includes Audie Murphy, Patricia Owens, Eddie Albert, Everett Sloane, and former "Miss Stockholm" Gita Hall. It's not bad, but except for Al...Read the entire review »

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