1947, 92 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Mann

Director Anthony Mann and DP John Alton - king of chiaroscuro - pull out all the stops in relating the intensely exciting and shockingly brutal tale of Treasury agents, led by the redoubtable Dennis O’Keefe, going undercover to infiltrate a cadre of counterfeiters. Great character bits from Charles McGraw and Wallace Ford in a vivid script by crime scribe John C. Higgins. One of the most artfully arresting visual spectacles of the original film noir era!

1948, Paramount [Universal], 95 min, USA, Dir: George Marshall

More a comedy-adventure than a straight noir, but we welcome any chance to see Paulette Goddard in her prime! She plays a gambler who antes herself up as the prize in a game against a professional card shark (Fred Clark). Upon losing, she takes it on the lam, pursued cross-country by a private dick (Macdonald Carey) hired to haul her back to the altar. Surrounded by a wonderful cast (Stanley Clements, Percy Helton, Frank Faylen, Taylor Holmes, Charles McGraw), Goddard shows why she was one of the most luminous and charismatic stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Not on DVD!

1954, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Harold D. Shuster

One of the rarest films of the original noir era, this tidy tale of unjust persecution plays like a B-movie version of Les Miserables, transplanted to the streets of Los Angeles. An innocent bank clerk (Barry Sullivan), the fall guy in an embezzlement scheme, is pursued to the brink of insanity by a fanatically righteous insurance investigator (a memorably merciless Charles McGraw). Costarring Dorothy Malone.

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