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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

A Feast For The Eyes: Guilty As Hell 1932 - Post #1

The excellent Guilty As Hell 1932, starring Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Richard Arlen, Adrienne Ames, Henry Stephenson, and Noel Francis. Directed by Erle C. Kenton, and beautifully photographed by Karl Struss. That's Claire Dodd in the reflection.











4 Comments:

Blogger Mariana said...

I heard that the first movie director to coin that cliché where you see the victim dying on the reflexion of the murderer's glasses was Alfred Hitchcock. I wonder who can claim to have been the very first?

9:11 PM  
Blogger michaelE said...

I suspect there's a D.W. Griffith film somewhere with it. As I think about it, maybe a Sergei Eisenstein?

2:34 PM  
Blogger jtk said...

That's very intriguing. I'd really like to know the answer to who was the very first. Do you happen to know which film Hitchcock first used the victims reflection in? Perhaps Hitchcock was the very first? Wouldnt it be really interesting to know all the old movie cliche firsts? We know the first screen kiss, the first grapefruit shoved in someones face and the first train going in a tunnel after two people kiss, but how about the first murder, the first woman slapping a mans face, the first man's toupee blowing up off his head, and things like that. Im not even sure of who did the first close-up, I dont think it was Griffith.

Griffith sounds possible for the reflection in the glasses. Im embarrassed to say im not all that familiar with his work.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Mariana said...

I believe the Hitchcock movie was Strangers on a Train. That was in 1951, so not the first. Near the end at the fair the villain strangles a woman with glasses. The actress is his own daughter!!

9:40 PM  

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