Blast of Silence

Continuing on with my crime noir film watching I chose this film mostly because of it’s excellent title.

This was a low budget film written and directed by a chap named Allen Baron who would later go on to direct TV classics such as The Brady Bunch, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. The producer of this film also did the cinematography.

The main character is a hitman contracted to knock-off a gangster. The film follows him as he meticulously prepares for the job, but on the way meets an old flame which complicates his work and ultimately leads to his downfall. The acting by Allen was very good, but not Oscar-winning good because this film did not make a large amount of money. The writing too was good, and even though there was little action there was enough tension to keep the story going. And like The Seven-Ups there was a lot of olde New York to see.

The icing on the cake in this film was the narration by Lionel Stander (uncredited), you will remember him as the star of Hart to Hart as Max, co-starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Click here to listen to his narration in the opening theme of Hart to Hart… dig that funky disco!

So this was a pleasant surprise. It is pretty low key and low budget, but it has been a lot better than many of the big budget crime film productions from the same era. Recommended watching.

Date watched: July 1st
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 76

Cul-de-Sac

This was a 1966 British film directed by Roman Polanksi.

This is the first film I have seen with Donald Pleasence in a lead role. As this was a 1966 film he was quite young looking, still bald though. But, he was damn funny.

Also in this was Lionel Stander, you may remember him from Hart to Hart as Max. He was great too as the gangster thug, but he also was very funny at times. Read up about him on Wikipedia, he had a very interesting life.

Good stuff.

Date watched: February 8th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2013: 17