The Legion of Decency: Under the Radar?

I have added to yesterday’s post Big Week for Noirs on Oz TV a rather risque poster for The Ghost Ship (1943), and a ‘covered-up’ version, which Dark City Dame (“DCD”) in a comment to the post, suggests, I think rightly, was a censored version of the original.  DCD also tells us of another poster for I Love Trouble (1948), which leaves only a little more to the imagination.  We both wonder if these two posters ever did get released?

The Ghost Ship (1943)I Love Trouble (1948)
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Stop Press: Original Poster for 20,000 Years In Sing Sing (1932) Located

I have been searching for ages for a thumbnail of a poster for 20,000 Years In Sing Sing (1932) for that film’s entry in the FilmsNoir.Net Films Noir Catalog, and I know from my search stats that many visitors have been looking too.

I have finally located an original poster, which looks in excellent condition, for sale for US$600 from

Item #: 11425 Mini Window Card. 8in x 12in, FINE, U.S.

Be quick if you have the cash, as I don’t. I will have to settle for this image:

20,000 Years In Sing Sing (1932)

Kiss Me Deadly (1955): Hollywood Dada

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Watched Kiss Me Deadly last night. This cult classic from Robert Aldrich owes more to surrealism than to film noir: it is a totally weird yet compelling exploration of urban paranoia from the pen of Micky Spillane.

While she only appears briefly at the start of the film, the performance of Cloris Leachman as the doomed Christina, pervades the film until the cataclysmic finale. A must-see movie!

I love this Italian poster, which has taken some liberties – unless I missed the nude scene…

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)