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Orson, you’ve got a touch of evil on you… no, a bit to the left… look, let me get it

Touch of Evil is a film we’ve been meaning to watch for ages and, thankfully, it didn’t disappoint.

Orson Welles puts in an astonishing turn as the corpulent, corrupt cop Hank Quinlan, and the film is also notable for featuring Charlton Heston as the least-convincing Mexican ever (but at least he didn’t try to do a Mexican accent, thank god). Apparently, in the original script Heston’s character was going to be American and his wife, played by Janet Leigh, was going to be Mexican, but Welles swapped the nationalities around when he rewrote the script. Perhaps he just wanted to see what Charlton would look like with bootpolish black hair and a baggy suit.

Janet Leigh is fantastic as the fearless (on the exterior at least) wife of Heston’s character, and there’s a great scene near the beginning where she stands up to some nefarious gangster sorts. As the film progresses though, little by little we see her fear creep through, and there’s a palpable feeling of unease as the danger surrounding her character grows over the course of the movie.

It seems we’ve obviously got a fondness for film noir, as we’ve already featured several, both new and old, in our rundown of 101 Films, and taking a glance at the films we’ve got on our ‘to do’ list, there are plenty more to come. Here’s to looking on the bleak side of life.

I’ll admit we do get a little bit distracted in the podcast though, particularly in our earnest discussion over transplanting the cast of Touch of Evil into ‘Allo ‘Allo. Janet Leigh as Helga anyone? Orson Welles as René? Seems like a match made in heaven…

Oh, and there’s one more thing I should mention: Charlton Heston plays a narcotics officer, not a district attorney as we say in the podcast. Fun fact: Ian originally said he was a narcotics officer, but I insisted that he was ‘actually a district attorney don’cha know’, and we actually re-recorded that bit to ‘get it right’. Whoops, sorry Ian!

Anyway, without further ado, here’s our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 028 – Touch of Evil

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Director: Orson Welles Year of release: 1958 Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Country: USA

Podcast 028: Touch of Evil

Join us as we dive into the dark and seedy world of Orson Welles’ classic film noir Touch of Evil… but then get a bit distracted and start talking about Allo Allo and Transformers: The Movie. It’s business as usual on 101 Films!

101 Films Podcast 028 – Touch of Evil

Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever?

The Third Man. The greatest British film ever made and the 57th best American film ever made. It also has the honour of being the 16th 101 Films You Should Have Seen (Probably) podcast. Who is The Third Man? Well you won’t find out here as Lewis and Ian go to great pains to not spoil the plot; instead they discuss Sir James Bond, Bernard Lee as Sgt. Paine, zithers getting us into dithers, Post-War Vienna being divided into Russian, American, French, British, Autobot and Decepticon sectors, and Zardoz-based youth gangs.

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101 Films Podcast 016 – The Third Man

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Director: Carol Reed Year of release: 1949 Studio/Distributor: London Film Production, British Lion Films Country: UK

Podcast 016: The Third Man

The Third Man. The greatest British film ever made  and the 57th best American film ever made. It also has the honour of being the 16th 101 Films You Should Have Seen (Probably) podcast.

101 Films Podcast 016 – The Third Man