John Knight does not host a blog,but he is a regular contributor to The Hannibal-8, Laura's Miscellaneous Musings, Riding The High Country and Speakeasy as well.
As far as his attitude to cinema goes, he would best describe myself as a dedicated B Movie Junkie!
Check out his Underrated '55 and '45 lists from last year:
REBEL IN TOWN (Alfred L. Werker; 1956)
Dark,grim austere post Civil War Western. John Payne plays a stern ex Union officer who still hates all Rebels.When his young son is killed by one this leads to ironic,unexpected results.
THE PROUD ONES (Robert D. Webb; 1956)
The always watchable Robert Ryan plays a sheriff with a lot on his plate-a town overrun with bad guys, a deputy with "issues" plus the fact his sight is failing. One if the most underrated of all Fifties Westerns.
RAW EDGE (John Sherwood; 1956)
That fine actor Herbert Rudley having played the ultimate sap-victim to a femme fatale; in the cult Noir DECOY now gets his revenge on womankind.Rudley turns 1840's Oregon into a medieval fiefdom whereby the first "unattached" female becomes the "property" of the first man to claim her. With lugs like Neville Brand,Emile Meyer and Robert Wilke slugging it out,no Western Gal ever had it so bad. As Albert Zugsmith productions go place this one between TOUCH OF EVIL and SEX KITTENS GO TO COLLEGE.
THE BOSS (Byron Haskin; 1956)
Dalton Trumbo's allegorical tale of corruption in "Anytown USA" Sadly the MGM MOD is in bad shape-this film needs a proper restoration. Strongly acted with a couple of great set pieces.
SLIGHTLY SCARLET (Allan Dwan; 1956)
Two Worlds collide in this film. Firstly the World where gorgeous redheads lounge around in lavish apartments. Then we are thrown suddenly into the world of brutal thug Solly Caspar (Ted De Corsia) who likes to hold court over his minions in virtual darkness.Arlene Dahl is aces as an alcoholic, kleptomaniac, nymphomaniac.
STRANGE INTRUDER (Irving Rapper; 1956)
Donald Murphy dying from extreme torture during the Korean War tells his buddy (Edmond Purdom) that he'd rather see his kids dead than in the custody of his wife's sleazebag lover (Jacques Bergerac). Purdom, now back in America; shell shocked and traumatized may just take his buddy at his word.Though not a total success the film deserves some credit for tackling difficult subject matter-infidelity and PTSD. Ida Lupino is superb as a lonely woman who has fallen for the wrong guy.
THE BLACK SLEEP (Reginald Le Borg; 1956)
This film has it's admirers and knockers but at least it's a game low budget ($250,000) attempt to revive Gothic Horror Universal also tried this in the early Fifties with THE BLACK CASTLE and THE STRANGE DOOR both pretty good. At least THE BLACK SLEEP kept us going until Hammer and Roger Corman showed us how it should be done. I would be VERY surprised if at least two other contributors do not choose this film as one of their Underrated '56 entries.