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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tired Old Queen at the Movies: Flamingo Road

Johnny does Sam Spade, and Steve Hayes reviews the 1949 Crawford film noir vehicle:
Joan Crawford is once again a gal with a gun, who's up to her neck in trouble in FLAMINGO ROAD (1949). Under the watchful eye of Mildred Pierce director Michael Curtiz, Crawford has a melodramatic field day as a carnival girl from the wrong side of the tracks in search of respectability at any cost. Along for the ride is former co-star and resident sleazebag Zachary Scott, and newcomer David Brian, both vying for her romantic attention - and the menacing and magnificent Sydney Greenstreet, sweating, spitting and sinister as the local sheriff who wants her out of town. With veteran character actresses Gladys George, Gertrude Michael and Iris Adrian rounding out the cast, FLAMINGO ROAD is Joan Crawford at her Warner Brothers best.

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