I Love Trouble

We’ve had a heat warning here in Seattle for the past couple of days. Supposedly it’s going to top 100 today. Tuesday nights are usually game night but we called it yesterday because many folks were out of town or unavailable. Rather than sit around a hot house, Nik and I decided to take advantage of the Noir film festival running at the SIFF Theater this month. We saw a film from 1948 called I Love Trouble. This is one of those lost movies that disappeared into a studio vault after its release. It was never released on VHS or DVD and only recently was the studio convinced to dig it out so it could be shown at festivals like this. Eddie Muller, author of Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir, was on hand to talk about the film and give a little background on the author of the screenplay and the novel on which it’s based. His name was Roy Huggins. He started as a yet another crime author knocking off Raymond Chandler, but went on to have a lengthy career in TV. He created such shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, and Baretta. The film was a lot of fun. It is indeed Chandler-esque but it never takes itself too seriously. You might even call it a noir-comedy, as it was full of great banter and zingers. Muller warned the audience beforehand that they shouldn’t try to make sense of the plot, but I’m not sure why. I followed it just fine and it made sense to me. Anyway, I Love Trouble was an enjoyable romp and should it show at a festival near you, I recommend checking it out.

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