Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

On Saturday Matinee, we showcase full-length films from or about the diesel era. If you have any favorites you would love to see on the next Saturday Matinee, shoot me a message or comment in the box below.

On this rainy Saturday, we're playing another noir classic.  This time, it's T-Men from 1947. 

The story is about two US Treasury agents who go undercover in an attempt to break a counterfeiting ring.

The agents try to join the gang by posing as counterfeiters from out of town. They eventually join the gang but the stakes are set even higher when one of the agents is killed by the gang while the other undercover T-man watches in horror.

With Dennis O'Keefe, Alfred Ryder, and Wally Ford on screen, the real star here is John Alton's superb black and white cinematography; using harsh, minimal light, he creates a world that just peeks out of pools of black.

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Comment by Larry on August 29, 2011 at 7:41pm
When I read the title "T-Men" my mind went straight to the gutter. :)
Comment by John Picha on August 28, 2011 at 6:17pm


if exploring the subject of national pride in movies of the 1940s is something you enjoy, you may be interested in 'the best years of our lives' from 1946. here is the trailer if you're curious. 



'the best years of our lives' may be a good choice for a saturday matinee. it features the skills of cinematographer extraordinaire, greg toland, of citizen kane fame.



Comment by Dacia Jesseman Ferris on August 28, 2011 at 5:40pm
One of the things I like most about these old movies involving government crack downs is the focus on national pride. The beginning of this film reminds me of Born Yesterday a bit.
Comment by John Picha on August 27, 2011 at 6:35pm

great choice!

viewers be sure pay attention to the lighting in this one. it features the cinematography of legend John Alton. if you'd like to find our more about his method check out the book 'painting with light.'


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