Whistling in Brooklyn (S. Sylvan Simon, 1943). Watched this one on a whim, since it was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. Red Skelton made three B-movies as “The Fox”, a radio detective who finds himself embroiled in hijinks. This is the final one of the series, and features a long sequence at Ebbets Field (among the Dodgers who make appearances: Dolph Camilli, Leo Durocher, Ray Hayworth, Billy Herman, Ducky Medwick, Bobo Newsom, Mickey Owen, Arky Vaughan, even super-fan Hilda Chester). Skelton is fun, and the film moves at a lightning pace. Rags Ragland steals the movie … Ragland is forgotten now, but he was a regular presence in MGM movies in the 40s, friends with everyone from Welles to Sinatra. It was nice to revisit my childhood, and I’ve seen worse movies. 6/10.
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958). #23 on my Facebook Fave Fifty list. #21 on the They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They list of top 1000 films of all time. 10/10.
The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946). #22 on my Faves list, #282 on the TSPDT list. 10/10.