THE MIDNIGHT STORY
1957, Universal, 89 min, USA, Dir: Joe Pevney

A San Francisco motorcycle cop (Tony Curtis) becomes obsessed with solving the murder of his mentor, a popular North Beach priest. Not allowed to follow his suspicions, he chucks his badge and becomes an undercover vigilante. The prime suspect, a popular Italian patriarch (Gilbert Roland), ends up loving him like his own son. But is he guilty of murder? The San Francisco locations are accentuated by atmospheric black-and-white Cinemascope.


DOWN THREE DARK STREETS
1954, Park Circus/UA, 85 min, USA, Dir: Arnold Laven

Seeking to solve the murder of a colleague, G-man John Ripley (Broderick Crawford) doggedly tears into the dead agent’s last three cases, hoping to discover the killer. He uncovers a trifecta of female trouble (Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer and Marisa Pavan), all entangled in extortion and murder. Based on true FBI cases, the film benefits from fantastic Los Angeles location work, including one of the earliest (and best) uses of the famed Hollywood Sign.


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