Two escaped convicts on the run, one with a murderous temper, the other, a belly full of lead! Running for freedom, these two crooks need a place to lay low. A place far away, a place no cop or interfering civilians will go. Hard man Sam Hurley (Stephen McNally) knows the perfect place, an old derelict mining ghost town in the Nevada Desert. Maybe he can arrange to get his fugitive pal Bart Moore (Paul Kelly) fixed up at the same time. With the help of the silent but loyal gangster muscle who helped them breakout the joint, Dummy (Frank de Kova), they make their way to their perfect safe haven. Continue reading “Split Second (1953) Of All The Places To Drop An Atomic Bomb!”→
Captain Walter Anderson – “New York City, an architectural jungle where fabulous wealth and the deepest squalor live side by side. New York, the busiest, the loneliest, the kindest, and the cruelest of cities. Three hundred and eighty new citizens are being born today in the city. One hundred and ninety-two persons will die. Twelve persons will die violent deaths. And at least one of them will be a victim of murder. A murder a day, every day of the year, and each murder will wind up on my desk.”
Depressed and broken ex boxer Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) can’t help reminiscing back to his heyday as a prize fighter and unfortunately to that fateful day when he took a beating on the ropes. The day he damaged his eye, bringing with it the end of his boxing career. He sits there with great sadness, in his apartment, watching a rerun of the fight. Things aren’t helped for our poor Ernie as his wife Pauline (Peggie Castle) loves nothing more that belittling him, reminding him what a loser he is and how he has ruined their future.
Tagline – Rips into you like a double-crossing Dame!
I discovered this tense, well crafted thriller after being impressed by the performance of Neville Brand in director Don Siegel’s brilliant titled and extremely taut prison drama Riot In Cell Block 11. He played the lead character, James Dunn who rebels against the prison system, demanding better living conditions for the inmates. Flicking through his filmography I noted the intriguing Kansas City Confidential directed by Phil Karlson. Neville might not be the lead in this film but he does get to play one of three great quirky bad guys.
Tagline – The Picture That Hits With BULLET FORCE And BLACKJACK FURY!
Which way will Robert Ryan go this time? Will he be his classic bad guy, or maybe he’ll sneak in one of his good guy roles? Then again he could be a man on a redemption path we are taken down? It part of the fun with his films, wondering which way he will go. I did a little post on which journey will Mr Robert Ryan take us on the film Crossfire, if you fancied having a look.
Went for this film mainly because of one of its stars, the delightful Sidney Poitier, a guy who oozes charisma and charm. He always lights up the screen with his presence on every single performance he gives. That broad beautiful smile warms you straight away to each of his characters he plays, displaying an unique warmth that his acting talent brings to his movies. Edge Of The City was a film of his I had never heard of let alone seen before and seeing who he was working with, I have to say I was extremely excited about this drama centered around a New York City dockland.
I know there must be hundreds of noir thrillers in colour but still it felt weird not having the smokey dark backlit, black and white photography that goes so well with the genre. The thing that hits you right from the start of Violent Saturday is the simply gorgeous colour print. I read that at the time of filming it was one of the cheapest movies made using the CinemaScope wide-angle lens and the De Luxe colour print, it really shows. The photography brings out the beautiful deep bright hues in abundance. I wasn’t expecting it, as all I had seen before hand was black and white stills from the picture. Continue reading “Violent Saturday (1955) What! Film Noir in Technicolour? Plus Victor Mature Movies?”→
“A policeman, unlike most men, lives close to evil and violence. He can, like all men make his own private hell. The good pass through it with minor burns, the evil stumble and fall and die in strange places”
Private Hell 36 is the story of two top LA detectives investigating a series of stolen marked $50 dollar bills which keep popping up across the city. Cal Bruner (Steve Cochran) and Jack Farnham (Howard Duff) aren’t just two tough cops, they are also close friends, each has got the others back. Surely nothing can get in the way of this close bond? Continue reading “Private Hell 36 (1954) Dirty Harry & Super Woman Ida Lupino”→