The Wrong Man (1956) [UPDATE]

Generally speaking, I try not to publish a post about a movie until I think I've found every possible filming location for it. But every once in a while, a new discovery pops up afterwards, and I am pleased that one has popped up for "The Wrong Man." I'm putting this new location in this quick update … Continue reading The Wrong Man (1956) [UPDATE]

Marty (1955)

Originally produced as a one-hour TV drama starring Rod Steiger and written by Paddy Chayefsky, "Marty" is a poignant feature film about a lonely, unattractive, unmarried middle-aged man who meets a woman at a dance hall who is also lonely and unattractive. By the night's end, both of them manage to break through their inferior attitudes … Continue reading Marty (1955)

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Based on the life of boxer Rocky Graziano, Somebody Up There Likes Me tells the story of a quick-tempered street thug from the Lower East Side with a history of petty crimes, who eventually turns his life around and becomes the World Middleweight Champion. James Dean was the original choice to play the title role, but … Continue reading Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Big (1988)

Out of all of the films directed by Penny Marshall, 1988's "Big" is arguably her most successful one, both critically and financially. This was a noteworthy achievement, not only because Marshall was still fairly new to directing, but because it was the fourth "boy in an adult body" film to be released by a major studio in a 12-month period. The two … Continue reading Big (1988)

The Wrong Man (1956)

"The Wrong Man" is a docudrama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Harold J. Stone. The film is based on the true story of a Queens resident, Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, a professional musician who was wrongfully charged with a series of local robberies. Shot in and around New York City, … Continue reading The Wrong Man (1956)

Side Street (1950)

A New York City mailman is chased by both cops and crooks when he steals a shipment of dirty money. This film-noir directed by Anthony Mann re-teams Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell (who previously starred together in 1948's "They Live by Night") for a gritty urban crime story. And to add a sense of realism, almost all … Continue reading Side Street (1950)

The Rag Man (1925)

In this silent film, a runaway orphan forms a partnership with a junk dealer on the Lower East Side and helps him make his fortune, while also curing him of his loneliness. The film stars an 11-year-old Jackie Coogan, who shares the screen with the underrated Jewish comic actor Max Davidson and a horse named 'Dynamite.' It … Continue reading The Rag Man (1925)

The Lost Weekend (1945)

This Academy Award winning film tells the story of a writer as he fights to overcome his addiction to liquor. Directed by Billy Wilder, "The Lost Weekend" stars Ray Milland, Howard da Silva, Doris Dowling, and Jane Wyman, along with a flamboyant appearance by character-actor, Frank Faylen. Although most of the principal photography took place in Hollywood, Wilder insisted on … Continue reading The Lost Weekend (1945)