FLESH AND FURY
1952, Universal, 83 min, Dir: Joe Pevney

Tony Curtis delivers a knockout performance as a deaf boxer who looks to be easy pickings for a mercenary blonde (Jan Sterling) while a compassionate reporter (Mona Freeman) tries to prevent him from being counted out for good. Bernard Gordon’s crisp script and a solid supporting cast (including the debut of Harry Guardino) bolsters Curtis’ early starring turn.


EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
1956, Sony Repertory, 83 min, USA, Dir: Fred F. Sears

Classic 1950s drive-in stuff: Earth’s scientists can’t figure out why all the rockets they shoot into space are disappearing … until a fleet of flying saucers appears over the White House! Husband-and-wife scientist team Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor form a vanguard of defense against the invaders. FX man Ray Harryhausen collaborated on the original story for the film with famed sci-fi writer Curt Siodmak (THE WOLF MAN).


THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN
1958, Sony Repertory, 82 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

A rookie cop (Darren McGavin) lays it all on the line when he goes undercover to checkmate the Syndicate and police corruption in Brooklyn. This fact-based film, adapted from crime reporter Ed Reid's story, was scripted by uncredited, blacklisted scribes Bernard Gordon (under the pseudonym Raymond T. Marcus) and Julian Zimet, and contains plenty of action and noir-stained ambiguity. Co-starring Maggie Hayes, Warren Stevens, Peggy McKay, Emile Meyer and Joe Turkel. NOT ON DVD!


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