BEHIND GREEN LIGHTS
1946, 20th Century Fox, 64 min, USA, Dir: Otto Brower

Scott Darling and Charles G. Booth’s crackling script details political corruption in a Midwest city that has a mayoral candidate’s daughter (Carole Landis) involved in a murder, with a reticent police lieutenant (William Gargan) saddled with unraveling the mystery. This little-known gem is unavailable on DVD and hasn’t been theatrically screened in decades. Don’t miss it!


WHO DONE IT?
1942, Universal, 75 min, USA, Dir: Erle C. Kenton

In Abbott & Costello’s first film without musical numbers, they play soda jerks pretending to be detectives in order to solve a murder. The supporting cast is unbeatable: William Bendix, Patric Knowles, Mary Wickes, Don Porter, Louise Albritton, Thomas Gomez, William Gargan, Jerome Cowan and Ludwig Stossel.


STRANGE IMPERSONATION
1944, Films Around the World, 68 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Mann

This kooky and claustrophobic crime/sci-fi/soap opera hybrid crams about three movies’ worth of plot into its brief running time: chemical experiments, insurance scams, romantic triangles, plastic surgery - it’s a bizarre and berserk funhouse ride, featuring Brenda Marshall, William Gargan and sexy Hillary Brooke. One of director Mann’s more stylish, inventive (and nutty) B’s, paving the way for his ascension to A-list assignments and eventual auteur status.


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