Day 25 of Noirvember: The Great Flamarion (1945)

A pal I met through the World Wide Web sent me a DVD of this movie, and it literally sat languishing in my home for years before I decided to check it out. Boy, what a bonehead! First off, the film stars director-turned-actor-turned pulp fiction writer Erich Von Stroheim (perhaps best known as Max, Norma Desmond’s butler in Sunset Boulevard), and noir veteran Dan Duryea, who would hold my riveted attention if he were on screen scraping bird poo off of his car. The film also features Mary Beth Hughes, who never rose to great cinematic heights but is a personal favorite of mine; she starred in I Accuse My Parents, which was skewered by the guys over at Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Von Stroheim is the title character, an expert marksman who makes his living demonstrating his craft in a vaudeville show. Hughes plays Connie Wallace who, along with her dipsomaniac husband, Al, works as Flamarion’s assistant in his act. The plot heats up when Flamarion falls for Connie and they find that Al stands in the way of their happiness. Betcha can’t guess how they solve that little problem.

How could a femme fatale have such a sweet and innocent face?

Favorite character:

Connie Wallace is just about the prettiest, sweetest-looking femme fatale on screen. With her flowing locks, peaches and cream complexion, and velvet-soft voice, you’d never suspect that she was more like a deadly viper than a sympathetic saint. At one point in the film, she was not only juggling her husband and Flamarion, but she also added a third ball to the rotation in the form of a fellow vaudevillian. She was one industrious sister.

Favorite quote:

“If you think I’m gonna let you go so that some other guy can have you, you’re off your nut!” Al Wallace

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 25, 2017.

5 Responses to “Day 25 of Noirvember: The Great Flamarion (1945)”

  1. This was one of the few gems I found in one of those 50 Movies on 15 DVD’s for $9.99 packages. Very worthwhile.

  2. I’ve seen this movie and it’s everything one would hope it would be.

  3. […] film was helmed by acclaimed noir and western director Anthony Mann. He also directed The Great Flamarion (1945), Border Incident (1949), Winchester ’73 (1950), and Man of the West […]

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