The other guys

After seeing Groom’s gifs of Siodmak’s Killers, I thought I’d try some of Don Siegel’s 1964 version. It’s a retelling rather than a remake. There are some interesting connections between the two. Apparently Siegel was originally hired to do the 1946 version. The Folger’s coffee lady was in both films.

Siegel’s film was inferior to the 1946 version, and not noir in style or mood. Still, it had some good performances on the part of the two killers (Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager) and the killee (John Cassavetes). It was also Ronald Reagan’s last film before he went Schwarzenegger and became the governor of California.

Here we see Marvin as he’s about to take his shot, Reagan as he walks in on his girlfriend and her boy toy, and Angie Dickinson as she wonders what she’s doing.

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4 Responses to The other guys

  1. Jim Groom says:

    That Lee Marvin GIF is a work of art of the highest order. But nothing warms my soul more than a Reagan GIF. Man, that could be an entire subgenre of animated GIFs. This is brilliant. I guess all we have left to animate is Tarkovsky student version of The Killers from 1956.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofHN3PTpVg

  2. Jim Groom says:

    By the way, I am now pulling your posts tagged hardboiled into the Hardboiled class site, hope you don’t mind 🙂 Went back and watched the 64 Killers after this post, Reagan was so good! And I want to be part of the Sons of lee Marvin now:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sons_of_Lee_Marvin

    • phb256 says:

      Cool!
      I did not know about the Sons of Lee Marvin, but it sounds like a cool group. I don’t have the looks for it though.

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