CITY OF FEAR
1959, Sony Repertory, 81 min, USA, Dir: Irving Lerner

An escaped con (Vince Edwards) thinks he’s stealing a cache of heroin, but he’s actually toting around enough radioactive material to destroy the parts of Los Angeles left standing at the end of KISS ME DEADLY. This tough little shoestring production is innovatively assembled by co-writer/actor Steven Ritch (PLUNDER ROAD) and director Irving Lerner (MURDER BY CONTRACT), and it has one of the first scores by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith. Co-starring Lyle Talbot and John Archer.


WILD WEED
1949, 70 min, USA, Dir: Sam Newfield

Also released as SHE SHOULDA SAID NO, this exploitation quickie capitalizes on the notoriety of Lila Leeds, who’d been busted for marijuana possession with Robert Mitchum a year earlier. She stars as Anne Lester, a nightclub dancer introduced to the devil’s weed by a local drug dealer (Alan Baxter); after her life goes to pot, Anne agrees to help the local police captain (Lyle Talbot) shut him down.


LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT
1933, Warner Bros., 69 min, USA, Dir: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley

Barbara Stanwyck stars as Nan Taylor, a tough dame busted for bank robbery and sentenced to San Quentin. Barbara Stanwyck shares the screen with Lillian Roth, Preston Foster, and Lyle Talbot. The film features outstanding period music – a mixture of classic blues and jazz tunes. Ladies They Talk About is a 1933 pre-code women in prison film based upon a play by actress, writer, and real life San Quentin inmate, Dorothy Mackaye. "I'm not 'fraid of nobody in this jail. I'm doin' life and that's all I got."


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