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Dark Crimes Film Noir Thrillers / The Glass Key ('42) / Phantom Lady ('44) / The Blue Dahlia ('46) (1942)

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  • Format: DVD
  • Studio: Universal
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AJU71OY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LADD AND LAKE: FILM NOIR'S BEST COUPLE December 13, 2012
"God Bless Mama, Papa, Captain America, Veronica Lake and the President of the United States". That line of dialogue was said by the young Ann Newton character in Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt"(1943). After watching it over the years, I've often wondered who Veronica Lake was. So I did my research and first watched "Sullivan's Travels"(1941) the Preston Sturges classic and can honestly say that I wasn't that impressed with her. I knew about the famous 'Peekaboo' hairstyle but you have to have more than that to be a good actress. Then I watched "So Proudly We Hail!"(1943) and I was hooked. She was terrific in her supporting role and probably like most of the GI's at the time I had to have more of her. Since then I've seen her in "This Gun for Hire"(her first pairing with Alan Ladd in 1942) and now thanks to TCM and Universal, two more Lake/Ladd titles: "THE GLASS KEY"(1942) and "THE BLUE DAHLIA"(1946). Between 1941 - 1946, Veronica Lake was one of the most popular box office stars in the world and after she and Ladd teamed for "This Gun for Hire" Ladd's career took off too. Most people remember him now for his performance in the George Stevens classic film "Shane"(1953). Sadly, he's been mostly forgotten today along with other capable actors of his day such as Dana Andrews, Dan Duryea and Sterling Hayden. I'm not going to comment on the sad circumstances concerning Ladd and Lake's private life except to say that they each both died at the too young age of 50. After watching their first film together, the terrific "This Gun for Hire"(part of the Universal Film Noir Series) I was hoping I'd get the chance to see some of the others. Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Crimes Film Noir Thrillers December 13, 2012
This is an excellent set of movies and finally on Region 1 DVD. TCM and Universal did an awesome job on this set and I can't wait to see what they do next. The quality of the movies are great for both video and audio. All three movies come with bonus features and including an introduction by Ben Mankiewicz, just like your watching on Turner Classic Movie channel. There are three disks and these movies don't have any subtitles and any other audio except english.

All movies are in b&w and is in Full frame format. "The Glass Key" runs for about 85mins (1hr and 25mins); stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville, Richard Denning, Joseph Calleia, William Bendix, plus others and was Directed by Stuart Heisler (Storm Warning '50). "Phantom Lady" runs for about 87mins; stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Aurora Miranda, Thomas Gomez, Elisha Cook Jr., plus others and was Directed by, Robert Siodmak (The Killers '46, The Dark Mirror '46). "The Blue Dahlia" runs for about 99mins (1hr and 39mins); stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, Hugh Beaumont, Will Wright, Frank Faylen, plus others and was Directed by, George Marshall (Destry Rides Again '39).

Overall this is a great set and I would recommend this to anyone and especially to Film noir fans. This set is only exclusive to TCM, so the best place to get it is either here, if a seller has a low price or at TCM, but I'd recommend getting where you think is more convenient.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Was excited to hear Universal and Turner Classic Movies put this film noir set together. Have always loved the detail and clarity that Universal put in their older black and white films. They look to be from the original negatives, but this set is a big letdown from the awesome restoration Universal has done for many years (check out Universal's Sci-Fi collections volumes 1 and 2). These three films in this set (The Glass Key, The Phantom Lady, and The Blue Dahlia) the transfers seem to be struck from film prints. Scratches, arifacts and cigarette burns in upper right corner plague thse wonderful movies. On top of those problems, the prints are way too soft for DVD these days. It almost looks like these were recorded from a Laserdisc print because of the blurriness. It is sad that the best two actors (Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake) in film noir don't get the respect from Universal. Especially with Universal promoting their 100 years with great restorations of their classic films. It took forever for The Glass Key and The Blue Dahlia (my favorite) to get released on DVD. Even with the mediocre prints, its great to have these films on DVD! Each movie is on its own DVD with wonderful packaging.
Also note: TCM Shop has this set for under thirty bucks (including priority shipping). I wouldn't pay more for this set. These great movies deserve better treatment. Hopefully one day the negatives will show up and we will get immaculate transfers of these great film noir classics.
Would love to find all of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake film noir on DVD!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old films May 31, 2013
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The repartee in these old films are a delight and refreshing when compared to today's films. This site requires too many words!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I had searched for Alan Ladd's Blue Dahlia for a long time, and I was happy to have found it. I was surprised that this pack had the Glass Key as well, and more surprised that it had Phantom Lady (which I had never seen before). I enjoyed all three movies very much. I will look forward to the
Blue Dahlia in Blu-ray in the future. Thanks Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Set of Three Good Film Noirs Bring Together Three Great Noir Authors.
"Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers" is nearly a bare bones set. There are no subtitles or captions, audio commentaries, or scene menus for any of the films. Read more
Published 8 days ago by mirasreviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it:)
I have wanted these DVDs for a long time & the middle one was a surprise favorite(Phantom Lady)
Very pleased with my purchase:)
Published 6 months ago by christine conti
5.0 out of 5 stars RARE Ladd/Lake Noir DVDs Finally Re-released
Finally these three classic Alan Ladd/Veronica Lake fims are available on DVD! Picture remastering is crystal clear and am glad they were released. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeffrey Kinzig
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! I loved this collection
Bought mine at the classic movie site ( sure you can guess) and I have thoroughly enjoyed it! This and women in danger are two of the best ( this one far better, the other is a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MtnBrookie
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-par collection
The films lack subtitles or even captions. The sound in "Phantom Lady" has a harsh quality that is quite irritating. Understandable, but with an "edge". Read more
Published 17 months ago by Film Geezer
I am a great fan of Ladd and Lake and they were in too few movies together.
I was so glad when I found this Film Noir Album combing these movies. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David A. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars So Grateful to Have This Finally
Yes, I and no doubt many others have long awaited the Region One DVD version of "Blue Dahlia" and "Phantom Lady". The latter is one of my most beloved NOIRS. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Fitzherbert Farnsworth
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