Dan Duryea Poster Gallery

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

Duryea, Dan (Black Bart) (5)

Looking back I think my earliest memory of Dan Duryea was probably watching westerns with my Father on Saturday afternoon television. Ride Clear of Diablo with Audie Murphy and Night Passage with both Murphy and James Stewart stand out to the best of my recollections. Both films allowed Dan to chew the scenery and from that point on both his face and that off centered laugh and grin have been branded to my brain ever since. While he did play lead roles it’s the rattle snake mean characters that one doesn’t easily forget. Then I discovered the Noir films and like Burt Lancaster in Criss Cross you’re best not to turn you’re back to him.

“You think I’m a killer, don’t you? ”

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Dan and Peter add up to a Noir lover’s dream.

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The voice of Dan meets the smooth tones of Mason.

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Like Duryea, John Payne could fit nicely…

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Storm Fear (1955)

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

A gang of bank robbers on the run hold up at a farm just as a winter storm hits the area forcing the criminals to play tough with the family living within. Now if I told you Dan Duryea and Cornel Wilde were the two opposing stars in the film, wouldn’t you just assume that Duryea was the criminal? Not so this time out in this black and white thriller that saw Wilde do triple duty as director, producer and star.

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Duryea is introduced as the world weary husband to Jean Wallace and father to David Stollery. It’s a rather weak character in the Duryea cannon that sees him jealous of handy man Dennis Weaver and as we shall see later, for good reason. When Weaver is away from the farm, a sedan arrives carrying a wounded Cornel, a moll in a mink played by Lee Grant and a gun happy…

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Bad Blonde: TOO LATE FOR TEARS (1949)

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Too_Late_for_Tears_DVDI just finished viewing the 1949 feature TOO LATE FOR TEARS on TCM. The title may sound like a weepy tearjerker, but this is film noir dynamite. Once incomplete due to falling into public domain, the UCLA Film & Television Archive have restored it to its black & white glory. I’d never seen this one before, and it was time well spent. It’s based on a Saturday Evening Post serial by screenwriter Roy Huggins, who later went on to produce television classics like MAVERICK, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, and BARETTA. TOO LATE FOR TEARS can hold it’s own with the better known noirs of the era.

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