Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cruel Yule

'Twas Christmas, but he couldn't tell
Imprisoned alone in a cell
His cheer turned to woe,
He sits on death row,
Awaiting a film noir farewell.

Above: Elyse Knox and Regis Toomey in I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (William Nigh, 1948), a no-budget noir adapted from the Cornell Woolrich story by crime scribe Steve Fisher (I Wake Up Screaming). Don Castle plays an innocent man who's shoes implicate him in a murder; Toomey is the creepy cop who wants to get Castle's wife (Knox) under the mistletoe. Watch a scene on youtube, here. Image source: Noir of the WeekThanks to Noir City for the title.

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