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Behind Green Lights

Carol Landis , John Ireland , Otto Brower  |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carol Landis, John Ireland, William Gargan, Richard Crane, Mary Anderson
  • Directors: Otto Brower
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Reel Enterprises
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014170LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this gripping police drama, after a private eye's body is discovered dumped on the steps of police headquarters, a busy police station becomes chaotic when the local press hound the police for answers and details of the crime. In a secondary story, Lt. Sam Carson (Gargan) battles the temptation to use dishonest means in order to jumpstart his political career. However, things become even more complicated for the officer when he falls for beautiful Janet Bradley (Landis), the prime suspect in the detective's murder case. A rare, wonderful film highlighting the beautiful and talented Carole Landis, who committed suicide two years after this film was made.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Comments about the DVD offered here, NOT the film... November 28, 2009
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I won't go into the story-line of the film-- I recommend you look at the IMDb listing for this film if you need to know about the original 20th-Fox production.
The DVD-R offered for sale here is another story,-- and you won't find this info on IMDb.

I'm not going to knock this because it's a DVD-R.
Many DVD-R discs are fabulous,-- and if you have some of the newest Warner Archive published titles, you know what I mean.

However, this disc is a FAR CRY from anything coming out of Warners Archive.

First of all, the film begins playing as soon as the disc is inserted into a DVD player.
There's no menu to choose when you want to start the movie;-- they start it for you. --
And of course, there's no chapter list, either.

The quality of the print isn't too bad...it's not restored; it's not even cleaned up.
It could be watchable....EXCEPT FOR ONE HORRIBLE FLAW:

THERE IS A COMPANY LOGO ON SCREEN THROUGH-OUT THE ENTIRE FILM!

These Reel Enterprises folks are real proud of themselves, so there's a Big "R.E." in the lower right-hand corner for 100% OF THE RUNNING TIME.

I could not watch this disc until I moved a potted plant in front of my TV.
Not to block the entire screen-- just to 'mask' that corner where the "bug" is ever-present.
After a few minutes of watching with my leafy dracena hiding the offending bug, I was able to concentrate on the story.
--but without the plant to hide the bug, the DISTRACTION IS TERRIBLE!

You've been warned!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "B" Worth Seeing July 2, 2008
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Over the years many observers have noted that BEHIND GREEN LIGHTS seems to have originally been planned as an "A" picture, then scaled down as a "B" but with some of the production values (the eerie low angle shot of the driver-less car slowly cruising toward the curb, for instance) still in place. It's always a treat to see the tragically short-lived carole Landis in a picture. I wish we'd seen more of her here. The story has her kept in a back room at the police precinct to shield her from the sensation-hungry news reporters while police lieutenant William Gargan sifts through a byzantine web of conflicting clues.

It's really Gargan's movie, and it presents a sympathetic portrait of a policeman, refusing to book Landis for murder at a point when motive, opportunity and fingerprints all point in her direction, and at the same time resisting an obvious bribe from a politically motivated newspaper editor to do just that. This was a refreshing change at a time when policemen had usually been portrayed in movies as either corrupt, thuggish, or clowns (as comic foils for the likes of Boston Blackie or Philo Vance), and it marks the beginning of a new post-war realism in crime films. The story has some neat complications, and it moves along very briskly. The main problem is that its 64 minute length doesn't allow sufficient time to justify the budding attraction between Landis and Gargan, especially since he's been prepared to book her up until the final reel and she naturally resents it. Even by the Hollywood standards of the day, romance blooms in record time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-par mediocrity, 1946 style April 25, 2012
By Monac
Format:DVD
This movie starts out promisingly, with a new police-beat reporter being introduced around at an aging police headquarters, with brief glimpses of a variety of the problems that bring people there. Then it shifts gears and becomes about a politically important murder, with an election looming and a powerful publisher making attractive offers to the cop in charge (William Gargan). But about 25 minutes in, it makes a right-angle turn into stupidity, with the publisher managing to get the medical examiner to do something ridiculous, then descends into door-slamming farce. It never recovers. The murderer comes from way out in left field, and is discovered only by chance. This is not a spoiler, because the prime suspect (Carole Landis) is so pretty and noble that it is inconceivable that she could be the killer.

People who watch this because they are curious about Carole Landis, as I was, will be disappointed. Despite being top-billed, she has very little screen time. Furthermore, her sole outfit includes the lumberjack-style shoulder pads that were in fashion in 1946, and a very dated hat, which she never removes throughout the picture. The script does not give her any real character to play, and aside from being easy on the eyes and seeming like a nice person, she does not establish one.

William Gargan, on the other hand, despite seeming more like a character actor than a leading man, carries the picture competently. I wouldn't say he had star qualtiy, but he managed to seem like a real person doing a real job, within the limitations of the script.

The movie is not really a film noir, despite taking place entirely at night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Popcorn Movie
Cornelius William Willemse was born in 1871 and he became a Captain in the New York Police Department. Read more
Published 8 days ago by G. Charles Steiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Solve the crime in 24 hours.
Well done, and a chance to see Carol Landis. Some interesting twists in the plot. I have great memories of William Gargan in many radio dramas. Movies as they used to be.
Published 1 month ago by The Eagle
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife and I loved it
Good story line action throughout from beginning to end. My wife said she "just enjoyed it" - and classic 50's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Folger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Carol Landis is a good actress and the movie is good. If you decide to watch it grab popcorn and think of how movies used to be
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Carol Landis must see movie
Carol Landis is probably one of the most underrated actresses of her time. She shines in this movie. Very typical 19 40 styled plot line and movie execution. Very enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
This film proves that one does not need high tech a big budge and CGI to make a good movie.
Published 4 months ago by Gerald L. Collatz
3.0 out of 5 stars Something different.
The Plot of this movie is sort of like a day in the life at police headquarters. Good cops, bad cops, good reporters and bad reporters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justin Case
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise
A far better programmer from 20th Century Fox than I expected, Behind Green Lights is a delightful way to spend a bit over an hour. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karen Kato-hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching
Very well written and acted. I've always been surprised Carol Landis didn't go farther in her film career. This is one of the better film noir.
Published 8 months ago by Barbara A Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Little-know GEM of a movie
It was great to see William Gargan again... what a cop! I first saw him in "I Wake Up Screaming" with Betty Grable and Victor Mature. Read more
Published 8 months ago by raven maven
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