Moviedrome Mondays: The Harder They Come (1972)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Perry Henzell’s 1972 Jamaican cult crime classic The Harder They Come. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 19, 1994 (read here). Not much to add here except that I agree with every single that Cox has so eloquently (as always) stated about this influential film. Last, but not least, it features one of (If not) the greatest music soundtracks ever (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to The Harder They Come

Since I could not find a link to it’s actual original theatrical trailer onĀ youtube, go search on youtube for various clips of the film

Here is a youtube video link of British film critic Mark Kermode talking about it as one of his BFI player choices of the week

Moviedrome Mondays: Coogan’s Bluff (1968) and The Narrow Margin (1952)

This Moviedrome Monday entry is a double bill consisting of two chase thrillers.

Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

Not only could I not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Don Siegel’s 1968 action thriller Coogan’s Bluff, but the transcript page for it could not be found (read here). The episode’s original airdate was June 5, 1994 (read here). Coogan’s Bluff is not only a highly entertaining chase film in it’s own right, but considering that it is directed by Siegel and starring Eastwood as a cop (the first of their five collaborations), it may also serve as something of a dress rehearsal (as others have implied) for Dirty Harry three years later in 1971 – arguably their most financially successful teaming. Given the cowboy hat that deputy sheriff Walt Coogan (Eastwood’s character) wears in the film, some others have also implied that it is an intriguing blend of the cop thriller with the western. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Don Siegel films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

The Narrow Margin (1952)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Richard Fleischer’s 1952 film noir gem The Narrow Margin, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 5, 1994 (read here). Cox’s thoughts are always insightful, though I may be a bigger fan of the film than he is. Fleischer delivers a tightly paced low-budget thriller (set mostly on a train) that surprises viewers every step of the way. Equally inspired was the idea of casting unknowns in the roles. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Richard Fleischer films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Carnal Knowledge (1971)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Mike Nichols sexually frank 1971 drama Carnal Knowledge, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 29, 1994 (read here). I am with Cox on this one in that it never really achieves it’s aims. Despite excellent performances from it’s cast, the emotional drama never really ignites or fascinates like it should.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer