THE GUILTY
1947, Monogram Pictures, 71 min, USA, Dir: John Reinhardt

Two war buddies (Don Castle and Wally Cassel) fall for twin sisters (both played by Bonita Granville). When one sister turns up dead, the boys are dogged by a suspicious police inspector (Regis Toomey). Working with only three sets and virtually no budget, director Reinhardt and DP Henry Sharp evoke the dreadful, dead-of-night ambiance that was the domain of prolific noir scribe Cornell Woolrich. NOT ON DVD.


CHICAGO CALLING
1952, Warner Bros., 75 min, USA, Dir: John Reinhardt

An unemployed photographer (Dan Duryea) returns to his Bunker Hill apartment the morning after a drinking binge and is greeted by his wife and daughter Nancy, who are leaving him for good. A heartbreaking, suspenseful odyssey transpires on the streets of downtown L.A. with a desperate Duryea, in one of his finest screen performances, attempting to save both his family and himself - with the help of a lively young boy in need of a father figure, who accidentally crosses paths with Duryea. Beautifully helmed by John Reinhardt with Mary Anderson, Gordon Gebert and Ross Elliott.


HIGH TIDE
1947, Film Noir Foundation, 74 min, USA, Dir: John Reinhardt

A crusading newspaper editor (Lee Tracy) gets more than he bargained for when he hires a private dick (Don Castle) to protect him from riled-up gangsters. Los Angeles' Union Station and Malibu figures in. With exchanges like "Can I take you to dinner sometime?" "Sure, the second Thursday of next week," this film is as witty and moody as any B-noir of the era. NOT ON DVD!


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