Thursday, December 29, 2011

One Falsetto Move

Some stinker decided to throttle
A singer -- she died croaking glottal
The law first suspects
Her songwriting ex,
Slowly sinking inside of a bottle.

In Black Angel (Roy William Neill, 1946), Dan Duryea is Martin Blair, an alcoholic songwriter whose wife has just been silenced. The spine of the plot is a nifty mystery by Cornell Woolrich, but this is also the adaptation that best captures that noir author's doomed romanticism. Title by Norm Knott, aka "The Velvet Frog".

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