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The first film-noir directed by legendary filmmaker Anthony Mann (T-Men, The Naked Spur).

A Marine sergeant (William Terry) stationed overseas falls in love with a woman only through correspondence. On the train back home, he meets a beautiful young doctor (Virginia Grey) who’s starting a new practice in the same small town.

Once in town, he finds his pen pal’s place of residence, but to his surprise he only finds the girl’s mother (Helen Thimig) living at the old mansion with her servant (Edith Barrett)

The old woman informs him that her daughter has gone away and will return shortly, but asks him to stay at the mansion until her return. This gothic and haunting mystery in the tradition of Hitchcock’s Rebecca was beautifully shot Reggie Lanning (Hoodlum Empire).

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on January 12, 2013 at 5:11am

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Van Johnson cracks heads and cases in this hardboiled crime thriller costarring Gloria DeHaven and Arlene Dahl, directed by Roy Rowland (The Girl Hunters) and written by Oscar-winner Charles Schnee (They Live by Night). Assigned to investigate the murder of a plainclothes detective outside a bookie joint, homicide lieutenant Mike Conovan (Johnson) must also prove the cop was not on the take after $1,000 is found in his pocket. Following a slim set of clues, Conovan is beaten, shot and double-crossed as he sets out to catch a killer and clear the detective’s name.

A departure from M-G-M’s usual glamor and glitz, Scene of the Crime was part of production head Dore Schary’s effort to provide post-war audiences with grittier, more realistic entertainment. The film succeeded on all counts, returning a handsome profit to the studio and earning an Edgar nomination from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture.

Comment by Darkness To Light... on January 12, 2013 at 5:07am

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Accepted into the Los Angeles Police Academy, cadets Chuck O’Flair (Ralph Meeker, Kiss Me Deadly), Harry Whenlon (Jeff Richards, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and Russ Hardley (Robert Horton, Wagon Train) pass the rigorous training program, but are soon bored with their humdrum assignments.

After a grueling series of tests, they’re transferred to the LAPD’s elite motorcycle squad and begin to patrol the city. So when a routine traffic stop ends in Whenlon’s murder, O’Flair and Hardley set out to track down the killers: two truckers involved in a hijacking ring.

One of the last features shot in the semi-documentary style popularized by The Naked City and Dragnet, Code Two is a police procedural highly regarded by motorcycle enthusiasts due to its scenes of vintage Harley Davidsons being put through their paces on off-road trails, obstacle courses and the mean streets of early ‘50s L.A.

Comment by Darkness To Light... on January 12, 2013 at 5:03am


"MURDER IS MY BEAT..."

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Pretty Eden Lane earned herself a one-way ticket to the slammer for the murder of her boyfriend. But the cop escorting Eden to prison has his doubts about her guilt – especially when Eden glances out their train window and claims she sees the dead man, very much alive.

A lean, fast-paced thriller for fans who like hard-boiled detectives and hard-time dames, Murder Is My Beat boasts noir talent on both sides of the camera: director Edgar G. Ulmer of the crime mini-classic Detour, and star Barbara Payton, who sizzled as the moll in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, co-starring James Cagney.

Comment by Darkness To Light... on January 12, 2013 at 4:59am

"DEATH IN SMALL DOSES"

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Speed kills, as Peter Graves attempts to bust up a black market amphetamine racket in this action-packed thriller directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Joseph Newman (This Island Earth).

When bootleg bennies threaten to destroy the long-distance trucking industry, undercover FDA agent Tom Kayler (Graves) is ordered to investigate. Posing as a student driver, he takes a room at a boarding house that caters to truckers, run by the widow of a pill-popping hauler (Mala Powers). So when his hopped-up partner (Chuck Connors) introduces him to a hash-slinging dealer (Merry Anders), Kayler embarks on a trail that leads to murder in this hard-hitting exposé ripped from the pages of The Saturday Evening Post.

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