The trouble is, Jarne has never been effectively identified by the authorities — and in fact could be just about anyone whom Gerard meets. Following the trail of evidence to Buenos Aires, Gerard's strongarm methods run afoul not only of the Argentine authorities, but also of a pro-French underground movement which also wants to bring the villain to justice. Weaselly Incza Walter Slezak plays all sides down the middle until he too is ruthlessly rubbed out by the bad guy. Avoid at all costs the computer-colored version of this beautifully photographed black-and-white film.
This time around, Lanyard is in London during the Blitz, where he finds himself up to his neck in Nazi spies. Counter-Espionage was one of several mids Columbia "series" films which dropped the name of the series from the title in hopes of attracting new audiences. Dennis O'Keefe plays Sam Donovan, an insurance detective, investigating the suicide of a policy holder. All signs point to murder, but no one in the victim's hometown is willing to cooperate with Donovan, least of all sheriff Larry Beat William Bendix. Local girl Anita Barbara Britton breaks through the wall of silence and helps Donovan solve the mystery.
Intriguingly, the action of Cover-Up takes place at Christmastime, with the tinselly Yuletide atmosphere providing stark contrast to the sordid murder story. Steele does not understand his own bizarre actions, but explains that he was in a train wreck and had to get back to the museum.
Questioned by Lt. Cochrane Wallace Ford , who tells him there have been no train wrecks in months, Steele relates, in flashback, the events leading up to the incident. Earlier in the day the head of the museum had suspended him for alienating wealthy patrons by criticizing "art snobs" in a lecture. He then received a phone call informing him that his mother was sick, and caught the train to the hospital, but never got there.
Though suspicious of Steele, Cochrane is persuaded by the shadowy Mr. Traybin Herbert Marshall to release him so he can follow Steele. The next day Steele retraces his steps and discovers that someone had set him up to be discredited, though he knows neither who nor why. Following the murder of a friend who was trying to help him, he discovers that forgeries of some very famous paintings are at the heart of the matter, but getting to the culprit is a more difficult task. Unable to remember anything about his past, he starts anew and becomes a psychiatrist.
He never does stop trying to remember his past life, even while his present life continues to advance. He is soon made the head of the state parole board. There he gets entangled with former gang members, one of whom hits him in the head, again. Suddenly, he remembers. He gives himself up, but then receives a suspended sentence. Robert Ordway, criminal-turned-criminologist, in Crime Doctor's Courage. It's just possible that Kathleen, taking into consideration the mysterious deaths of Carson's previous wives, may have killed her husband out of self-preservation.
Ah, but there are several other suspects around and about, including a brace of Spanish dancers Lupita Tovar and Anthony Caruso , an eccentric young man Robert Scott and a mystery novelist Jerome Cowan. Murder-movie buffs will probably glom onto the killer's identity long before Dr. Ordway does. This time, criminal-turned-sleuth Dr. Robert Ordway Warner Baxter befriends amnesiac war veteran Philip Armstrong Myron Healey , who is morbidly drawn to a small-town carnival.
When Armstrong is murdered, Ordway recalls him saying that his death was preordained by sideshow fortune-teller Alfredi Ivan Triesault. An interested observer to the events is Armstrong's meek fiancee Irene Ellen Drew whose cruel twin sister Natalie would seem to be the instigator of the murder. That's a swell theory-except for the fact that Natalie has been dead for two years!
The film's best line is delivered by Inspector Manning William Frawley , but to repeat it here would be giving away the ending. Ordway, a former criminal turned criminologist. In this outing, Ordway is called in to analyze the dreams of elderly Patricia Cornwall Virginia Brissac. Could the guilty party be Diana Burns Rose Hobart , widow of Cornwall's former partner, who has just become a murder victim himself?
Drawing from his own experiences, Mooney has concocted a tale of a newspaper journalist who faces a prison term because he refuses to reveal his sources. Tom Neal plays the Mooney counterpart, a crime reporter who takes on a gang of racketeers. His effectiveness is somewhat diluted when he falls in love with Martha Tilton, the sister of one of the crooks.
Further complicating things is the fact that the foreman of a jury listening to testimony against the racketeers is in fact the leader of the gang. In a break from his heroic "Falcon" role, Tom Conway stars as Steve Barnes, a criminal attorney known for his unorthodox courtroom tactics. After accidentally killing a crooked nightclub owner, Barnes is stuck on the horns of a dilemma when his sweetheart, cabaret singer Georgia Gale Martha O'Driscoll , is arrested for the crime The problem: How can Barnes clear Georgia of the murder without implicating himself? As for the solution All that keeps Criminal Court from A-picture status is its 62 minute running time; on the other hand, the film's impact might have been blunted had it been any longer.
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A duplicitous songstress is murdered, and the prime suspects are members of a nightclub jazz combo. John Litel, the detective assigned to the case, is himself a jazz fan and thus takes proprietary interest in the band. As suspicion shifts from one musician to another, those involved with the case notably Lois Collier, the girlfriend of one of the musicians dig deeper into the clues, discovering at last that the culprit is someone with no music in his soul at all. Though the plot is nothing special, the wall-to-wall music and "hip" ambience of Crimson Canary result in a better than average Universal "B".
Potent film noir look by cinematographer Franz Planer and music by Miklos Rozsa help compensate for Lancaster's miscasting as an easily manipulated husband. Tony Curtis' screen debut; he's briefly seen as De Carlo's dance partner. Williams Rhys Williams.
Both the crooks and the cops seem to have good reason to despise Rice, and he'd like to find out why. He won't get any help from his wife Nina Ellen Drew , however, since she is as hostile towards Rice as everyone else. Gradually, Rice puts the pieces together and discovers that he's far better off not remembering his former self.
Monty Montogomery Ryan is a violent and unstable soldier who, while out on a pass, goes on a drinking spree with three buddies, Floyd Steve Brodie , Arthur George A. Cooper , and Leroy William Phipps. While boozing it up in a tavern, the four men meet Joseph Samuels Sam Levene and his girlfriend Ginny Gloria Grahame , who invite the soldiers back to their apartment for a party. Monty, however, has a fierce hatred of Jews, and he later goes into a drunken rage in which he beats Joseph to death.
Monty's friends can barely remember the incident through their liquor-shrouded memories, but they recall just enough to make themselves scarce when police detective Capt. Finlay Robert Young begins making the rounds looking for information on Joseph's murder. Kelly Robert Mitchum , a soldier who knows the four men, begins to suspect that something is up, and he works with Finlay and Ginny to help ferret out the killer in his ranks, while Monty kills Floyd when he becomes convinced that he's going to talk to the authorities. While director Edward Dmytryk showed real bravery in bringing this story to the screen, it had greater repercussions than he might have expected; the film's controversial themes led to Dmytryk's denunciation by the House Un-American Activities Committee during the McCarthy-era investigations of the s; luckily, unlike other filmmakers who suffered similar accusations by HUAC, Dmytryk continued to work steadily through the '50s and '60s.
Diplomat David Talbot William Powell and his bride Lucienne Hedy Lamarr are enjoying a honeymoon in Paris when David is confronted by extortionists who demand money in exchange for not turning him in to the police. David has no idea what the men are talking about and ignores their threats, but the men prove good to their word, and David finds himself on trial for a series of thefts.
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At the trial, David's name is cleared when Henri Sarrow Basil Rathbone testifies that he knew the man who committed the crimes, a friend of his who recently died. However, after the trial, David meets Sarrow, who informs David that he lied under oath; according to Sarrow, David did indeed commit the robberies while suffering from amnesia after a severe blow to the head, and if he wants to keep the facts quiet, he'll do whatever Sarrow says.
Though Rome recovers, he still must elude Candella and Collins in his desperate attempt to escape his fate. Rome has two visitors in the hospital: his girl friend Teena Debra Paget , who goes into hiding, and Niles Barry Kroeger , a crooked lawyer. Niles tries to bribe Rome to take a jewel theft and homicide rap for a client of his since Rome is facing the electric chair anyway. When Rome refuses, Niles threatens to frame Teena as the client's female accomplice.
Worried that Candella might find Teena, Rome breaks out of jail and goes to Niles's office to accept the offer, but he actually plans to leave the country with Teena. When Niles reneges, Rome kills him, but not before learning the accomplice's identity and discovering the stolen jewels in the lawyer's safe.
Rome finds the accomplice, Rose Given Hope Emerson , and offers to trade the jewelry for the means to leave the country. She agrees, and they arrange a meeting in the subway, but Rome informs Candella of the plan. When the police arrive, Candella is shot, Rose is arrested, and Rome escapes to meet up with Teena in a church. As he is trying to convince Teena to run away with him, a wounded Candella shows up and tells Teena how Rome uses people and that everyone who helped in his escape will be paying a price.
Teena rejects Rome, and he runs again, only to be shot down by Candella. The moral order is ultimately restored, but no one has been left unscarred. Most of the story takes place at a remote and forbidding mansion, where Sandra Marshall Barbara Stanwyck , the widow of the house's owner, arrives to take charge. An apparent golddigger, Sandra refuses to be bought off with a small cash settlement and insists on claiming her late husband's entire estate, which earns her a powerful enemy in the form of research scientist Mark Caldwell Flynn.
Upon learning that her headstrong sister-in-law Julie Geraldine Brooks is kept a virtual prisoner in the house, Sandra begins suspecting that Caldwell is up to no good-a suspicion seemingly confirmed when Julie dies under mysterious circumstances. But as the story slowly unravels, it becomes clear that Caldwell is actually the hero of the piece, while the villain is So begins D. Told by a doctor that he only has a few hours to live, Bigelow desperately retraces his movements of the previous 24 hours, trying to locate his murderer.
Through the aid of his secretary Paula Gibson Pamela Britton who doesn't know of her boss' imminent demise , Bigelow traces a shipment of iridium to a gang of criminals who've used the poison in the commission of a crime. Bigelow had been targeted because he'd notarized the shipment, which came from the chemical firm where he works.
Though we know from the outset that Bigelow isn't long for this world, the film builds up an incredible amount of suspense towards the end, when master crook Holiday William Ching orders his crazed henchman Neville Brand to take Bigelow for "a ride. The story begins as the handsome cad is witnessed quickly leaving a hotel room in the East. He has just stolen money, and a wedding band from a dead woman.
He is next seen in L. There, he begins victimizing two naive sisters and uses them to substantially increase his wealth. Eventually, the two figure out the man's evil game, but there is little they can do to thwart him. Meanwhile, the gigolo is being stalked by the husband of the woman he robbed in the film's beginning. A popular mystery writer, Harry occasionally indulges in amateur detective work, with wife Jane at his side; their friendly nemesis is Inspector Clinton Frank Craven , who'd prefer that the Craigs would stay home and mind their own business.
This proves impossible when Ralph McCormick Edmund Lowe , the owner of a swank fashion studio, is accused of murdering his wife for the love of designer Julie Taylor Anita Louise. Snooping around on their own, the Craigs find the real killer-and nearly wind up victims themselves. There each will be entitled to an equal share of his fortune. He dies, and the eight go to China.
Trouble ensues in the remote cabin when two relatives are murdered. More murder attempts soon follow before the survivors learn the surprising truth. He lies beside a plane crash. Each of the wills is made out to the man. Meanwhile a recent widow and a man work together to get the money her husband died for. They almost get it when they are accosted by the man who was found lying beside the planed.
He claims to be a Nazi spy who is trying to get the money and use it to escape to Germany. The couple captures the spy and donates the money to their government. Making the journey by boat, Beck finds himself the target of several attempts on his life. He also forms a more than professional relationship with his attorney, Nita Paxton Phyllis Brooks.
En route to Galveston, Beck and Nita are shipwrecked and forced to swim for their lives. The identity of their mystery assailant is revealed in the last reel, though for a while it doesn't look like either the hero or the heroine will survive long enough to profit from this knowledge. Jane was injured in a car wreck, and she tells Michael a remarkable story.
She claims that she is actually an espionage agent with top-secret information that could help the Allied war effort; the accident occurred while she was trying to escape from Axis spies who will do anything to get her documents. Michael, who is supposed to keep an eye on Jane, thinks she must be delusional, and when psychiatrist Dr. Ingersol Raymond Massey arrives with Jane's father, Mr. Goodwin Moroni Olsen , he signs Jane out in their custody. However, Michael soon discovers that Mr. Goodwin isn't Jane's father at all; he and Ingersol are actually the Nazi spies Jane was fleeing in the accident, and someone must rescue her before it's too late, both for Jane and the Allied war effort.
One twin commits a murder: The "good" twin is blamed, but provides no alibi in her own defense, since she can't believe that the "bad" twin is guilty. Psychologist Lew Ayres and detective Thomas Mitchell try to get to the truth, a task made difficult by the bad twin's habit of imitating her sister to perfection. Ayres solves the mystery and sorts out which twin is which, but not before nearly ending up on a slab in the morgue himself.
Based on a novel by Vladimir Pozner the same , The Dark Mirror was remade for television in , with Jane Seymour in the lead—er, leads. The first hour or so of Dark Passage does the same thing—and the results are far more successful than anything seen in Montgomery's film. Humphrey Bogart heads the cast as an escaped convict, wrongly accused of his wife's murder. After being forced to beat up a man Clifton Young from whom he's hitched a ride, Bogart hides out in the apartment of Lauren Bacall.
With the help of friendly cabbie Tom D'Andrea, Bogart makes contact with sympathetic plastic surgeon Housley Stevenson, and with his new face actually his old face, which we haven't seen during the first hour or so of the film he seeks out Agnes Moorehead, the actual murderer. An extortion attempt by the man whom Bogart had earlier punched out slows down things a bit, but Bogie finally catches up with Moorehead. Curiously, Bogart is never completely cleared, but he is granted a happy ending of sorts when, to the strains of "Too Marvelous for Words", he and Bacall head for Peru to start life anew.
Dark Passage is more interesting in its individual parts than its sum total, but it does manage to provide an new slant on the traditional Bogey-Bacall pairing. Cobb , his wife, his son, and some friends are taken hostage by escaped murderer Al Walker William Holden and his gang, including girlfriend Betty Nina Foch. Collins, an advocate of rehabilitating criminals through psychiatry, induces his captor to talk about himself through the course of the night.
By calmly and methodically piecing together the strands of the killer's unconscious motivation, Collins rids Walker of his literally murderous rage and prevents a massacre. Shrinks who practice in the noir universe are frequently painted as absurdly omnipotent. When not using their power for evil, like Dr. Collins, of miracle cures. A more complex depiction of an unrealistically powerful, but ambiguously motivated, psychiatrist can be seen in Joseph Losey's The Sleeping Tiger In that British film, Dr.
Clive Esmond Alexander Knox cures a criminal in a few short months but destroys his own marriage in the process. Starring: William Holden, Lee J. This stems from the fact that in her childhood, Leslie was one of four survivors of a torpedoed steamship. Preying upon Leslie's fears, conniving Mr. Sydney Thomas Mitchell , a guest at the Calvin family's Louisiana plantation, concocts a campaign of terror designed to drive the poor girl crazy so that he can claim her vast inheritance. Sydney and his cohorts also have the presence of mind to murder all of Leslie's closest relatives, leaving her utterly helpless.
This resolves lasts for about eight minutes, whereupon Lawrence tackles the case of a missing scientist named Waldo Sampson Alec Craig , the inventor of a synthetic-diamond process. Kidnapped by Sampson's abductors, Lawrence manages to escape, only to be kidnapped again and later accused of murder. The resolution of the plot hinges on the old mistaken-identity device one of the principal characters has an identical twin, and that's all that can be said without giving the game away.
Carryovers from the first "Falcon" film include Allen Jenkins as Lawrence's dimwitted sidekick Goldie and character actor Hans Conried, here cast as a snotty hotel night clerk. The heroine of the play can be described as a "homicidal nymphomaniac," which understandably posed censorship problems when the Catto original was adapted to the screen.
In her second film, Irish stage star Siobhan McKenna plays Emma Baudine, a "black widow" who lures men with her sexual charms and then murders them. Because she is the trusted assistant of village priest Father Corcoran Liam Redmond , no one suspects what Emma is up to -- no one, that is, except the inquisitive Bess Stanforth Anne Crawford , who emerges as the heroine of the piece. Also appearing in her first movie role is Honor Blackman, long before her international TV fame vis-a-vis The Avengers.
Chan deduces that the old lady died of fright, brought on by the apparent visitation of the ghost of her ancestor, a notorious pirate. Suspecting that the ghost was actually one of Miss Nodbury's enemies in disguise, Chan tags along on the treasure hunt to pinpoint the real killer. Meanwhile, Number Two Son Jimmy Chan Victor Sen Yung seeks out suspects on the waterfront, only to be constantly dunked in the briny by a wild-eyed but essentially harmless lunatic Milton Parsons.
Drake hops off and disappears, leading Murdock on a hectic manhunt. Upon meeting Drake's former girlfriend Coral Chandler Lizabeth Scott , Murdock is thrown into a maelstrom of intrigue involving a crooked gambler Morris Carnovsky and a complex blackmailing scheme. The upshot of this is that Murdock finds himself the prime suspect in a murder. When he awakens, Alex discovers that she has been murdered. Though he believes that he's the killer, our hero is talked into locating the actual miscreant by philosophical cab driver gus Paul Lukas and nightclub dancer June Susan Hayward.
Adapted from a novel by Cornell Woolrich, Deadline at Dawn leans towards pretentiousness at times, but is redeemed by the no-nonsense performance by Susan Hayward. Music teacher Bette Davis—who evidently has a large student pool, judging by the size of her penthouse apartment—is reunited with her cellist lover Paul Henreid, whom she believed to have been killed in the war. Henreid wants to marry Davis, but he is unaware that she has, for the past several years, been the "protege" of composer Claude Rains. Rains agrees to keep quiet about his affair with Davis, but takes sadistic delight in tormenting the woman and working behind the scenes to sabotage Henreid's career.
When Rains tells Bette of his plans to publicly humiliate Henreid, she shoots her ex-lover dead. Henreid agrees to stand by Davis no matter what is in store for her. Director Irving Rapper had originally wanted to treat the hoary plot twists of Deception comically, with the three principals walking off together at the end with a "what the hell? He was tersely told to stick to the script; after all, people didn't pay to see Bette Davis but to see her suffer.
Like the version of Jealousy, Deception was based on a play by Louis Verneuil. Shots ring out, and the police rush to the scene. Sergeant Leonard gets there to find the doctor dead, and the woman failing fast. As she lay gasping she decides to tell the sergeant the whole terrible story that began when she got involved with a cop-killing robber who was captured and sentenced to death. He gives his girl half of the map, but unfortunately gets shot by a rival before he can give her the other half. The ruthless woman and another gang member then force the doctor to assist them with their search.
They are heading off to the location, when the double-crossing she-devil kills the other gangster in a horrible manner and continues on with the doctor. They find the chest containing the loot and they get an awful surprise. The woman begins laughing hysterically as if on the verge of a full-blown break down. She shoots the doctor and then flees, thereby bringing the story up to the present. Just before she dies, the ruthless woman reveals the astonishing contents of the chest. She plays Libby, a mountain girl nearly deprived of speech due to her rather hostile environment in general and repressive home life in particular.
A true innocent, she falls head-over-heels in love with Barry Burnett Dane Clark , a member of a prison chain gang building a road through the wilderness. One of those convenient storms endemic to this kind of narrative allows Barry and Libby to escape into the hills but their blissful existence proves of short duration. Breaking out, Carver hits upon a clever scheme to exact a confession from the genuine miscreants. Pretending to help five mobsters escape the Law after committing a bank robbery, Carver drives them far, far into the desert, threatening to leave them at the mercy of the vultures and the sun unless one or all of them confess to the frame-up.
Isabel Jewell is atypically cast as the good-natured daughter of a small-town physician. In his first important role, Steve Brodie plays newlywed trucker Steve Randall, who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time during a fur robbery. Randall Audrey Long unless Steve confesses to a murder committed by Radak's brother during the theft.
Pretending to play along with the villains, Steve manages to escape with his wife in tow. The rest of the film is a prolonged chase, with the Randalls pursued by both the crooks and the cops. A surprise ending caps this film noir mini-classic, which is best appreciated when not seen in its computer-colorized version. Edmund MacDonald. When Haskell suffers a fatal heart attack, Roberts, afraid that he'll be accused of murder, disposes of the body, takes the man's clothes and wallet, and begins driving the car himself.
He picks up beautiful but sullen Vera Ann Savage , who suddenly breaks the silence by asking "What did you do with the body? Holding the threat of summoning the police over his head, Vera forces Roberts to continue his pose so that he can collect a legacy from Haskell's millionaire father, who hasn't seen his son in years.
Lawrence Tierney plays Steve Morgan, a charming but utterly sociopathic criminal who has just robbed and killed a movie theater cashier. Morgan hitches a ride with inebriated conventioneer Jimmy Furguson Ted North. When circumstances lead Jimmy to believe that Steve is the fugitive whom the cops are looking for, Morgan sweet-talks his way into everyone's confidence.
Before he knows what's happening, Jimmy is holed up in a beach house while Steve parties with Beulah and Agnes. Not even the most fervent of film noir fans will be able to predict the outcome of this one. Long ignored by movie buffs, The Devil Thumbs a Ride gained a large following through repeated TV showings in the s and '70s. It is now considered so representative of its genre that one film historian used the film's title for a collection of his essays on B-melodramas.
Autopsies reveal that the brains of the victims were all shrunken -- literally dehydrated -- but there is no known scientific process that would explain how this could happen. Barton must not only determine the cause, but also its connection, if any, to the mysterious Mr. Fouracada Sebastian Cabot and the murder of Crespin, a British agent who was returning from Prague with news of a plot against England. While Barton is investigating the first tragedy, another village is destroyed, making it imperative that he tie up the ends of the case before more people die -- and figure out what the connection of all of it may be to a traveling fair that was seen in the vicinity of both villages before they were wiped out.
Though Ralph Byrd is most closely associated with the role of Tracy, the title character is played herein by Morgan Conway Byrd would be seen as Tracy in the last two series entries. The jut-jawed detective takes on a vicious criminal named Splitface Mike Mazurki , who upon escaping from jail vows to murder all 12 of the jurors who found him guilty.
He manages to knock off three of the jurors before the police force figures out what's happening. Jane Greer, an RKO contractee on the verge of bigger things, appears briefly as one of Splitface's intended victims the film's publicity misled filmgoers into believing that both Greer and Anne Jeffreys would be in the villain's clutches by the end of the picture, when in fact Greer disappears from the proceedings in reel four! On the plus side, Dick Tracy, Detective admirably recreates the larger-than-life milieu of Chester Gould's comic strip, with bizarre camera angles, slightly unreal sets, and character names like Deathridge the Coroner; on the minus side, the film is cheap in the extreme, with a script that seems to have been made up as it went along.
When asked about Dick Tracy Detective in , Anne Jeffreys flatly denied she'd ever played Tess Trueheart until she caught up with the film on videotape she'd completely forgotten the whole experience! The former Frankenstein monster plays an escaped convict masterminding a daring bank robbery. To get in and out of the bank without being noticed, the gang uses an asphyxiating gas that leaves anyone inside momentarily frozen in place. Everyone, that is, except for bank customer Tess Truehart Anne Gwynne , who is able to contact Dick Tracy Byrd from a phone booth in the bank.
With little or no clues, Tracy and his man Friday, Pat Patton Lyle Latell , question the bank customers but none can shed any light on the mysterious goings-on. The disappearance of Dr. Tomic Milton Parsons and the odd behavior of his associate, Dr. Learned June Clayworth , crack the case wide open, however, and Tracy is eventually able to track down both Gruesome and the surprising identity of his boss, L.
Thal Edward Ashley. The legendary horror star apparently later accepted his own box-office value and a Universal comedy was released as Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff. This time, Chester Gould's immortal comic strip hero is called in to handle a fur theft. Davidson , explains — holds the company liable if the stolen furs haven't been recovered within 24 hours of the theft.
The trail leads to Longshot Lily Bernadene Hayes , a would-be fence who is promptly arrested. But when Tracy's snitch, Sightless Jimmy Conlin , is found brutally murdered, the detective realizes that he has more than a simple fur theft on his hands. With the help of master thespian Vitamin Flintheart Ian Keith and ever-present sidekick Pat Patton Lyle Latell , Tracy follows a series of clues that leads him to a deserted junkyard and a fateful confrontation with fiendish killer "the Claw" Jack Lambert. Lawrence Tierney became an overnight cult favorite with his gritty portrayal of maverick bank robber John Dillinger, though top billing is bestowed upon Edmund Lowe as gang chieftan Specs.
The film traces Dillinger's criminal career from his first petty theft to his spectacular demise outside Chicago's Biograph Theater incidentally, this film was banned in Chicago for several years. The film's setpiece is an elaborate armored-car holdup, lifted in its entirety from footage originally shot for Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once Directed by: Max Nosseck.
Wong" mystery, Boris Karloff solves the case of who killed shipping magnate Cyrus P. Wentworth Melvin Lang. Wentworth's flagship "The Wentworth Castle" had tragically caught on fire with a tremendous loss of life. Near suicidal, the shipping tycoon is helped into the next world by persons unknown but dunderhead police captain Bill Street Grant Withers points the finger at Dick Fleming William Stelling , the son of a rival tycoon and in love with Wentworth's daughter Cynthia Catherine Craig.
Promising to eat his hat if young Fleming isn't the killer, Street can only watch as enterprising cub reporter Bobby Logan Marjorie Reynolds assigns Mr. Wong Karloff to solve the case. Which the eminent Oriental sleuth does to the point where Bobby can gleefully add salt to Street's less than edible headgear. The burning of the fictional "Wentworth Castle" was actual footage from the infamous "Morro Castle" fire, a tragedy that took the lives of passengers.
Even so, girl reporter Sue Carey Margaret Lindsay falls in love with Wayne, despite the fact that she also thinks he's guilty. This causes no end of discomfort for city editor Walter Gifford William Gargan , who is in love with Sue himself, and police captain Orr James Burke , who has a vested interest in seeing Wayne delivered to the executioner. By film's end, of course, Sue has helped to prove Wayne's innocence, through the simple expedient of stumbling upon the identity of the real killer. With so much going on, it's surprising that Double Alibi could squeeze in the traditional comedy relief of Roscoe Karns, cast once more as a wisecacking photojournalist.
Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities.
The murder goes as planned, but after the couple's passion cools, each becomes suspicious of the other's motives. Robinson , a brilliant insurance investigator, takes over the investigation. Told in flashbacks from Neff's perspective, the film moves with ruthless determinism as each character meets what seems to be a preordained fate. Movie veterans Stanwyck, MacMurray, and Robinson give some of their best performances, and Wilder's cynical sensibility finds a perfect match in the story's unsentimental perspective, heightened by John Seitz's hard-edged cinematography.
Double Indemnity ranks with the classics of mainstream Hollywood movie-making. Kildare series to dispense with the services of Dr. Kildare Lew Ayres , Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case stars crusty old Lionel Barrymore in the title role. The closing reels lapse into melodrama when Gillespie is kidnapped by mentally unstable convict patient Roy Todwell John Craven and his gang. Like most of the later films in the series, this one is hampered a bit by its excessive length.
Nicholas has come to hate his wife because she has been unable to give him a son; their only child is a daughter he doesn't care for. Miranda Wells Gene Tierney , a distant relative of the Van Ryns, comes to live at their estate and work as an au pair girl; Nicholas becomes infatuated with her and eventually poisons his wife so they can marry. However, while Miranda gives birth to a son, the boy is sickly and does not live to adulthood. Nicholas begins to slip into insanity, moving to the attic of his mansion and drowning his sorrows in drugs.
A distraught Miranda seeks the counsel of the local doctor, Dr. Jeff Turner Jeff Langan ; Dr. If you would, then you would enjoy this book! I could imagine Elizabeth George going to Italy to do "research" for this book and forcing herself to drive around the hills of Tuscany, sample the wines at the vineyards, the old town of Lucca, force herself to sit in the cafes and order a thick viscus Italian coffee, etc. Sonia Yes, in the "acknowledgments" section at the end of the book Elizabeth George mentions having taken Italian lessons and having explored the town, …more Yes, in the "acknowledgments" section at the end of the book Elizabeth George mentions having taken Italian lessons and having explored the town, spoken to police and people in Lucca and so on.
By the accurate descriptions I can tell for I live in that area that she must have visited all the places mentioned in the novel, the town of Lucca and the small villages in the Garfagnana area on the Apuan Alps. I wonder whether she chose Lucca as a setting for the novel after a holiday there or whether she went there expressively for a novel research. See all 5 questions about Just One Evil Act…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Nov 05, Holly Robinson rated it it was ok. Since I'm a writer, I hate posting negative reviews almost as much as I hate receiving them. But I'm just hoping to join in the conversation here and say, "What the hell happened? I've been a loyal George fan through the years, buying every one of her novels in hardcover and, occasionally, as digital books, too, when a book is too heavy to t Since I'm a writer, I hate posting negative reviews almost as much as I hate receiving them.
I've been a loyal George fan through the years, buying every one of her novels in hardcover and, occasionally, as digital books, too, when a book is too heavy to take on a trip and I want to finish it on vacation. Sadly, this book did not deliver. In fact, it made me furious.
The Italian setting should have been a point in its favor, but instead George ladles out so many unnecessary details about the Italian setting and sprinkles so many untranslated Italian phrases throughout the novel, that frankly it reads like a research paper, and not a very interesting one at that. Lynley passes through the novel like a sleepwalker, Havers can't stop herself from staining her clothes, and I frankly couldn't buy into the weak plot line.
I ended up skimming about a hundred pages. The book was so heavy I had to hold it on my lap on a pillow. I'm just bored! Save your money for something better. View all 52 comments. Much too long for the story it told. There were only so many times I could go through the "Azhar's in trouble! Only Barbara can help him! Quick, call the tabloids!
Seriously Much too long for the story it told. Seriously, this was the continuous, looping plot of the book. Plus, there was none of George's characteristic list of interesting suspects with lots of secrets to uncover. Digging into her suspect's lives is one of my favorite parts! However, here the suspect list was so small, it was obvious where the guilt was going to fall. And the person upon whom it fell was boring! He had the weakest motive that I think George has ever given one of her criminals. Plus, the sacrifice that Barbara was supposedly making with all of her terrible decisions never came to pass.
What good is a sacrifice, if you don't actually sacrifice anything and get off scott free? She needed at least a bit of a comeuppance. I did enjoy the addition of Salvatore Lo Bianco, the Italian inspettore. I'd be willing to revisit him in a future book. I also thought the ending was quite affecting. I do want to know what will happen to Barbara and Lynley next. Will we see Azhar and Haddiyah again? I'll probably never give up on George's Lynley series. I am invested in these characters. I just felt that this chapter in the series was bloated with too much circuitous plotting and too few interesting characters.
View all 7 comments. Nov 09, Christina McLain rated it it was ok. You really wish that the authors of some of these books would read the reviews here. Many many reviewers had the same feelings I did about this bloody series. Elizabeth George is a damn good storyteller but she has got to get a life, or more precisely let her characters get a life!! I wonder if she has fallen into the same trap as Peter Robinson. He appears to be using his creation, detective Alan Banks, to live out a middle-aged male fantasy as Banks is a man who can always always get beautiful You really wish that the authors of some of these books would read the reviews here.
He appears to be using his creation, detective Alan Banks, to live out a middle-aged male fantasy as Banks is a man who can always always get beautiful much younger women to fall into bed with him. George, on the other hand seems to be in love with her creation Inspector Lynley, and refuses to let him have a happy relationship. First, she kills off his beautiful pregnant wife, then she allows him a dalliance with his boss, a mean alchoholic bitch.
Now he spends most of this tale chasing after a roller-derby really? And he is an Earl? But if that weren't enough, the author can never cut the valiant Barbara Havers, Lynley's sidekick, a break. Havers, in the early novels, was saddled with her solitary life spent caring for her senile mother, and now she has to suffer from unrequited love,the return of her love's beautiful common-law wife, the abduction of his child, the scorn of her superior officers, the risk of losing her job and the few friends she really cares about.
And still she doesn't get the guy!!!! I do not think I am going to read her again. Enough already. View 1 comment. Sep 16, Belinda rated it it was ok. How to tell when a mystery writer has been working on the same characters for too long: 1. She forgets to murder anyone until the book is more than halfway done 2. She invents new and horrible ways to torture old familiar much-loved characters 3.
She inserts random italian phrases in to the text without translation, requiring the use of a translation dictionary to understand what is going on. Additionally, this book is really really really really long. I used to love this series but it is well and t How to tell when a mystery writer has been working on the same characters for too long: 1. I used to love this series but it is well and truly done.
View all 3 comments. I was truly hoping this book would be the turn around book, when the characters would be set right and true sleuthing would recommence. I have not even mentioned Barbara yet who, in this book, goes to lengths of incredulity, the Havers of earlier books would never have dreamt of, I miss the old Havers. There was something magical about how Lynley and Havers played off each other while solving a splendidly written mystery; I fear those days are long gone.
Just One Evil Act takes the reader to Italy, where Lynley will attempt to get to the bottom of what happened to Hadiyyah. Just One Evil Act is a lengthy book, I happen to enjoy lengthy books, however, the best I can say about this well written book was that it passed the time. Maybe as a stand-alone book I would have actually enjoyed it, but after years of reading about Lynley and Havers and their respective lives, this book just saddened me.
Dec 16, Jenna rated it did not like it. I wanted to grab a hold of an effigy of Elizabeth George and shake it senseless! I know she annoyed many, many faithful readers with the murder of Helen two? And, can we say she is forcing "Deirdre" down our throats, much? I have no patience for this Lynley-Deirdre romance, they are completely unsuited and chalk and cheese and share NO common ground. What is the attraction for Lynley? The mind boggles? What happened to Simon and Deborah this time out? A fleeting mention in a totally obnoxious scene with a cat???
And, since Lynley goes back to "double check" Simon's findings at the lab, I guess Simon isn't much help after all Errors abound Then, the endless Italian phrasing and conversations and endless descriptions of settings and clothing and people was all so unnecessary unless Elizabeth George is now being paid for, by the word.
How this book was "wrapped up" made no sense and was completely beyond the lines of believability. Good thing I got this from my library because I would have been very angry had I purchased outright. And, while I agree with some folks who have spoiler mentioned good riddance to Azhar and Haddiyah, and don't let the door hit you on the way out I fear we aren't done with them quite so easily. Poor Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Lynley's partner is a character created to elicit a wince. She's the visual equivalent of a three-car pile-up; socially inept and unrepentant about it , stubborn, coarse, and cursed with the inability to think beyond the moment she's in or the emotion she's feeling.
And to make matters worse, she's fallen in love. There's no hope to be had in a relationship with the Pakistani man living next door, and Barbara knows it. Still, she aims for an inroad by helping with the care of his daughter. And just as she musters up the courage to confess her attraction, lo and behold, who should saunter back into their lives but the mother of the child.
Dreams are dashed well before the woman abruptly vanishes, daughter in tow. Barbara attempts to take the disappearance on as a police case, but her boss won't allow it. She helps the blindsided father hire a private detective whom, the reader will perceive immediately, is an untrustworthy skunk. Critical days pass with no lead in sight when the mother suddenly reappears to accuse the father of kidnapping. Apparently the child disappeared from a marketplace in Italy. Chaos ensues, though Barbara's boss still insists on non-involvement; her superiors believe this is a matter for the Italian authorities to pursue.
Anxious for progress and out of options, Barbara resorts to the tabloids - moving to extort the police through public shaming to allow her to investigate.
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How she remains employed is the central mystery here for me, but she does and continues to be through a painfully escalating series of stupid choices, missteps and professional gaffes. Everyone in fact, with the sole exceptions of Lynley and his Italian counterpart, is at his or her worst in this story - lying, cheating, sniping, undercutting, colluding and abetting the darkest and dumbest behavior from each other, all and sundry. It's a miserable tale filled to the brim with remarkably ridiculous people. Just one evil act indeed. View all 4 comments. What an infuriating book. By miles, it's the worst in the series--which I really liked very much up to this point.
I'm getting a really strong feeling that George is tired of this series. She departed from it almost completely a couple of books ago, to tell the story of a hapless killer only connected because his random victim was part of the series. Here, she spends hundreds of pages creating and building up new, unrelated characters in Italy.
Anything seems to be preferable to continuing wi What an infuriating book. Anything seems to be preferable to continuing with the characters she's already set up. My biggest problem was with Havers' complete and completely out-of-character insanity. Her character has been well established over the previous seventeen books; we know who she is, how she thinks and feels and acts and yes, how she looks--we get it, she's a slob. Aside from doubling down on the slob element, nothing Havers actually does in this book made any sense. I kept muttering, "Oh, BS--Havers would never do that!
Or that, or that! She knows better! Thinking she can handle or control him? There needs to be a reason, some reason, any reason, why she goes so thoroughly off the rails. Several people have also commented on the apparent lack of editing, and it's sadly true, at both the structural and minor levels. Minor: Havers is described repeatedly as a slob, but at one point George throws her a bone, as someone notes her lovely white teeth.
Uh, what? The woman's a human chimney, and nicotine famously stains teeth as does tea, one of the few essential elements of her diet. Makes no sense. Worse, while dozens of pages are spent on details of Italian scenery, food, and minor characters, at the actual end of the book, the major plot elements like Havers' fate are "settled" in less than ten. No idea; there's no explanation, nothing. In one four-page section, there are no fewer than seven references to the fig bars the scummy private detective eats while trying to figure something out, but in the end, do we ever find out what actually happens to him?
It's a microcosm of the book, really: Tons of unnecessary detail, crowding out the actual story. George is a genuinely talented writer, and I've enjoyed her work for so long, which makes this even more disappointing. This is so far below her usual standard.
Nov 08, Stephanie rated it really liked it. And in some ways, I did! Then reality took hold and I realized that this book was really good, since it was eliciting that kind of reaction from me As always, needed the dictionary God, I sound weird. Anyway, ending was not expected, nor especially liked, but not sure what else she could have done with it.
But it felt a bit like she exhausted herself on the plot and resolution so she was at a point of not being sure how to wrap it up and she thought, well, I will just do THIS Nov 01, Lewis Weinstein rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime-and-thrillers. A brilliant first chapter Lynley is at a roller derby match. EG shows us that Lynley is different, or at least trying to be different, from the man he was before Helen was killed.
This is a magnificent novel, perhaps EG's best ever. Barbara Havers is at the center of it, in all her disheveled glory. Brilliant, persistent, mistake prone - she dominates the book. Lynley is there, an Italian detective is charming, a tabloid journalist is appropriately despicable, but this is A brilliant first chapter Lynley is there, an Italian detective is charming, a tabloid journalist is appropriately despicable, but this is Barbara's book.
The plot is complicated, involving kidnapping and murder, and it has its share of surprises. Posted by J. Kingston Pierce at AM 0 comments. Labels: Harry Bennett. Cover illustration by James Meese. Other novels by Wolfe have been recalled in The Rap Sheet. Kingston Pierce at AM 1 comments. Labels: James Meese. Warning: Artistic inspiration drawn from book titles may vary. Cover illustration by Al Brule. Four for the Money , by Dan J. Marlowe Fawcett Gold Medal, ; cover artist unidentified. Kingston Pierce at PM 2 comments.
Left: Strip for Murder , by Richard S. Prather Gold Medal, ; cover illustrator unidentified. Right: Strip for Murder , by Richard S. Prather Gold Medal, ; cover art by Barye Phillips. Kingston Pierce at AM 2 comments. Sunday, April 21, Happy Easter, Everyone! The distinction is subtle but important. A Hollywood novel is, in some way or another, about the business of movie-making and the people involved in it. The cover art below is by Rafael de Soto. Labels: Rafael de Soto. The price tags are still on them! What makes this arduous experience bearable, is that I enjoy the other people who have volunteered to share the task.
And every once in a while, I chance upon an item, usually squirreled away among well-thumbed magazines and other random clutter, that makes all of the lifting and hauling and dust-incited sneezing worthwhile. Teeny-Bopper was a standalone work, but no less steamy than its predecessors. Amateur theater, you see, is a front for the Commies, and the CIA operative who was investigating this group, Arch Fink, died recently.
A bunch of CIA dough disappeared with him. Powers joins the theater group and meets a menagerie of suburban types, most of whom are hopping into bed with one another. He soon hops into bed with Joy Boxx, a bored housewife and one of the many characters with joke names. The titular teeny-bopper is named Lolly Popstick! This happens all through the novel, meaning the sex scenes are all played for laughs.
While this may have been a racy book for its day, it would barely get an R rating today and the sex is watered down even more with all the witty banter and slapstick acrobatics. Among the authors represented in this thick volume: Dashiell Hammett, Dorothy L. Marriott Watson , and Arnold Bennett. So naturally, I scooped this one up for my own library. Those same shelves offered a handful of entries from the early 20th-century Motor Boys series.
But McGinnis expert Art Scott says that identification is incorrect. This last week was a big one for me at CrimeReads, the Literary Hub-connected site to which I have been contributing for the last year. I had previously spoken with that Los Angeles-area writer on behalf of Kirkus Reviews and The Rap Sheet , and two decades ago as part of a project for January Magazine that celebrated the thenth birthday of The Moving Target. Macdonald has long numbered among my favorite crime novelists, and it was a real joy to again celebrate his year career and, I hope, incite a new generation of readers to pick up his novels.
Labels: Ross Macdonald. Do you remember newhound-turned-private investigator Larry Kent? Probably not. He began life on I Hate Crime , a s Australian radio drama series created by Ron Ingleby , then became a phenomenon in print—initially in a succession of novelettes, but ultimately in hundreds of novels. Most of those tales were set in New York City, and all of them boasted prodigious body counts.
Dunn from Queensland. They were squirted out so quickly that accurate copyright info and author attribution would have only slowed them down. The covers usually featured paintings of leggy, full-figured babes and sported such snappy and often exclamation mark-endowed titles as Kill Me a Little!
Add on the or so radio shows, and our Larry turns out to be one of the hardest working eyes around. Curious about the undeniably eye-catching cover art on these e-books, I asked Whitehead if he could identify the illustrators. Many of their western paintings are equally impressive. Kingston Pierce at PM 0 comments. Books with a Beat. Once there he finds one body after another and many shady and unknown enemies with plans to kill him. Cover illustration by Bob Doares. Labels: Bob Doares , Book Fixes. Joseph Lombardero. Kingston Pierce at AM 3 comments.
Labels: George Gross. Monday, March 18, Establishing the Look of Lew. His portrayals of the same character for the two Bantam releases shown here— The Name Is Archer and Find a Victim —present Archer as a more hard-boiled figure, appropriate for those times. Labels: Mitchell Hooks , Ross Macdonald.
Thursday, March 14, Getting Hooks into Archer. Regrettably, that early resistance meant I missed purchasing new copies of the Hooks editions when they first hit bookstores; I have since had to resort to tracking down used copies at higher prices. If anyone reading this post can help me to identify the artist or artists who were responsible for the paperback fronts displayed below, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Kingston Pierce at AM 4 comments. Older Posts Home. Subscribe to: Posts Atom. Kingston Pierce. Search This Blog. Enter your e-mail address: Delivered by FeedBurner.
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