(Not A Totally) Random Movie Mention: ORSON WELLES’ “TOUCH OF EVIL” (1958)

Oh Hellz Yeah!

I Was In The Mood For Something Really Cool…

…I Just Couldn’t Decide On What That Would/Should Be.

So…

…I Went-A-Browsin’ In Me Ole Collection.

There Were So Many Titles To Choose From That I Was Simply At A Loss.

And Then, I Spied This One…

ORSON WELLES

TOUCH OF EVIL

(1958)

…Starring…

CHARLTON HESTON

&

JANET LEIGH

&

ORSON WELLES

…And Directed By…

…Yup…

ORSON WELLES

!!! !!!! !!!

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It Had Honestly Been A Couple Years Since I’d Kicked-It-Back To Watch This One.

So I Was Rather Excited To Hunker-Down With It, Last Night.

This Is One Of Those Cases Of…

THE BEST

-Vs-

MY FAVORITE

…My Peeps.

In Regard To Flicks Where…

ORSON WELLES

…Has Pulled The Ole Double-Duty…

…Being BOTH Director AND Actor…

CITIZEN KANE

…Is (likely)

THE BEST

…But But BUT…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Is Totally…

MY FAVORITE

Period.

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There’s Not Even An Argument Needed Here.

I Loved…

CITIZEN KANE

…Sure Sure Sure…

…As It’s A Very Important Flick In The Annals Of Cinematic History…

…But It’s Simply Not As Entertaining, To ME, As…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Hands-Down AND Fo SHO!

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It’s Even Hard For Me To Decide Which Lead Character I Prefer.

CHARLES FOSTER KANE

…Is A Veritable TITAN In Regard To Motion Picture History.

But But BUT (again)

…Is He A Better Character Than…

HANK QUINLAN

…Our Totally Corrupt Police Captain, And All Around Film History Nasty-Boy In…

TOUCH OF EVIL

???

I Dunno, Kids.

It’s Like The Old “Apples -Vs- Oranges” Argument.

You Love Them Both, But They’re Honestly, Truly So Vastly Different.

So It’s Very Hard To Draw A Line On This One.

I Will Say This…

HANK QUINLAN

…IS…

…One Of The Very VERY Best BEST Film Baddies Of ALL-TIME!

That’s Another Big Ole FO SHO!

I’m Very Serious, My Peeps.

For Those Of Y’all Who Have Seen…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Can You Not Honestly Say He Was So Disgustingly Believable That, By The End Of The Flick, You Were Ready To Shoot Him, Yourself?!?

EXACTLY, My Peeps, EXACTLY!!!

I Wanted Him Dead, Also!!!

ORSON WELLES

…Plays…

HANK QUINLAN

…To Sheer Evil-Baddie-PERFECTION.

Period Period.

The Only Imagination Stretching One Has To Do With…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…Is Attempting To Accept…

CHARLTON HESTON

…As A Mexican Narcotics Officer.

Not To Say He Misplayed The Part.

No.

He Did His Best To Make Us Look Beyond The Oddity Of It.

In Fact, He Brings The Emotional Portion Of The Flick.

So I Feel He Did A Commendable Job With His Part.

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ANYWAY, My Peeps…

…If You’re A Fan Of Those Classic Noir Dramas…

…You Really Really REALLY Need To Check-Out…

TOUCH OF EVIL

…As It’s One Of The Very VERY Best BEST Of The Genera.

I’ve Recommended It To Many People And Have Yet To Get A Word Of Flack Back On It.

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Most Movie Buffs Pride Themselves On Having Seen…

CITIZEN KANE

…And Rightly So.

It’s A Classic Among The Great Classics.

BUT…

…If You Really Want To Impress ME…

…I’d Much Rather Hear You Say You’ve Taken The Time To Kick-It-Back With…

TOUCH OF EVIL

Period Period Period.

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THREE and THREE: The Alfred Hitchcock Edition

Alright, My Peeps…

…I’ve Had Plenty Of Fun Doin’ Bloggin’ings Of This Type…

…And I’ve Been Mulling Over This Particular Bloggin’ing For A While.

So Let’s Just Jump On In, Shall We?!?

LET’S!!!

… … …

THREE and THREE: The Alfred Hitchcock Edition

… … …

First-Up…

MY THREE FAVORITE ALFRED HITCHCOCK FILMS YOUΒ DO KNOW

#3

Β “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

“NORTH BY NORTHWEST” (1959) Starring CARY GRANT, EVA MARIE SAINT and JAMES MASON

#2

“REAR WINDOW”

“REAR WINDOW” (1954) Starring JAMES STEWART and GRACE KELLY

#1

“PSYCHO”

“PSYCHO” (1960) Starring ANTHONY PERKINS, VERA MILES, JOHN GAVIN and JANET LEIGH

… … …

…And Then…

MY THREE FAVORITE ALFRED HITCHCOCK FILMS YOUΒ DON’T KNOW

#3

“FRENZY”

“FRENZY” (1972) Starring JON FINCH and BARRY FOSTER

#2

“SHADOW OF A DOUBT”

“SHADOW OF A DOUBT” (1943) Starring JOSEPH COTTEN and TERESA WRIGHT

#1

“ROPE”

“ROPE” (1948) Starring JAMES STEWART, FARLEY GRANGER, and JOHN DALL

… … …

Now Seeeeeeeee…

…Wasn’t THAT Fun?!?

SUUURRREEE IT WAS!!!

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