My Favorite Edgar G. Ulmer Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Detour (1945)

2.   The Black Cat (1934)
(no relation to the Edgar Allan Poe story)

3.   The Naked Dawn (1955)

4.   Bluebeard (1944)

5.   Ruthless (1948)

6.   Strange Illusion (1945)

7.   Her Sister’s Secret (1946)

8.   The Strange Woman (1946)

9.   Murder Is My Beat (1955)

10. The Man from Planet X (1951)

11. People on Sunday (1930)
(co-directed with Robert Siodmak)

10 thoughts on “My Favorite Edgar G. Ulmer Films

  1. Do some research on him because he is considered to be one of the greatest B filmmakers ever. I do not know If you ever saw The Black Cat, but that one featured both Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff together for the first time and the plot concerns Lugosi’s character battling a satanist of sorts played by Boris Karloff. Here is a link to a 2004 documentary that talks more about Ulmer, it is called “Edgar G Ulmer – The Man Off-Screen” Now I do not think it is available in the UK, but here is a youtube link to that documentary and thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. “Detour is a perfect low budget noir and The Black Cat is just plain brilliant.”

    I could not agree more 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. I adore Detour. Ann “Freaking” Savage! Wow! She has some of the greatest/campiest lines in cinema history and she delivers!. She really elevates the material. Tom Neal is very, very good too. He has that sweaty, fatalistic look of a drifter that we all recognize and he plays it to the hilt. I think it’s a beautifully shot film. Ulmer did so much with so little. It’s near perfect to me, all things considered.

  4. As with Cat People, Detour succeeds on so many levels with it’s low-budget. I mean it comes off exactly the way it should and it never feels glossy at all. This is a 1940’s film noir with true grit and grime and yes “beautifully shot” too as you so eloquently state. As for Ann Savage, I could not have said what you have just said any better. Considering that Ulmer achieved “so much on so little” as you so eloquently state again, all I can add in conclusion is that they did not often (or sometimes) call Edgar G. Ulmer “The King of the B’s” for nothing 🙂 Anyway, keep those comments coming 🙂

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