REPEAT PERFORMANCE
1947, Film Noir Foundation, 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfred L. Werker

Consider it the noir version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Broadway actress Sheila Page (Joan Leslie) rings in the New Year by shooting her husband to death. She blurts out a confession to her friend, poet William Williams (Richard Basehart), but as she leads him to the crime scene ... the preceding year begins again! Will Sheila be able to correct what went so dreadfully wrong, or will Fate demand a ... REPEAT PERFORMANCE? Back-stabbing backstage melodrama crossed with “The Twilight Zone.” NOT ON DVD!


UNTAMED YOUTH
1957, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Howard W. Koch

Sexpot Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson play sisters convicted of hitchhiking and skinny-dipping and sent to a correctional farm - whose owner dates the local judge to ensure a steady supply of inmate labor. Like any good juvenile delinquent flick, UNTAMED YOUTH includes cool tunes; along with incidental music from Les Baxter, Mamie gets to wail a few numbers, and rock ‘n’ roll great Eddie Cochran chimes in as fellow inmate Bong. As ’50s film pleasures go, we find this one “guilty”!


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