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Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 2 (Night Editor / One Girl's Confession / Women's Prison / Over-Exposed) (2010)

William Gargan , Janis Carter  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Gargan, Janis Carter, Jeff Donnell, Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Cleo Moore, Audrey Totter, Jan Sterling, Ida Lupino and Janis Carter. Forgery, adultery, theft, blackmail and murder. The Bad Girls of Noir are back, in Volume 2, and these gorgeous gals with malice in their hearts are sure to thrill hard-boiled fans of Noir. Fan favorite Cleo Moore finally gets her due in three films that highlight the talents of the beauty who was compared to Marilyn Monroe, but whom fans love for her earnest, if stilted portrayals of dim-witted gals who can't catch a break. Four films, restored and re-mastered are all new to DVD, and sure to provide plenty of excitement for the noir aficionado. Watch out for these gals, they're dangerous--which makes them oh, so fun to watch.

    Though this series is devoted to the Bad Girls of Film Noir, volume 2 is mostly a tribute to one dangerous female in particular--cult favorite Cleo Moore, whose sultry charms were put to fine use in thrillers like On Dangerous Ground (and lesser films) throughout the 1950s. Moore works both sides of the noir fence in this double-disc set; in the perilously campy Women's Prison (1955), she's a gutsy con who offers to rescue naive new inmate Phyllis Thaxter from hard-bitten warden Ida Lupino. The presence of both actresses, in combination with such noir/B favorites as Audrey Totter and Jan Sterling, and some hysterically over-the-top dialogue and scenarios, make the film a must-see for devotees of psychotronic cinema. But in 1953's One Girl's Confession, Moore straddles the line between good girl and bad. Here, she pinballs from one heel to another in an attempt to avenge her father's wrongful death; director Haas is the latest unsavory type to swindle her and in turn, incur her wrath. One of several quickie melodramas Moore made with budget auteur Haas, Confession is an oddity, driven by barely concealed lusts and quirky morality plays, and in its own threadbare way, the most fascinating of the films in the set. However, Moore's best showcase in volume 2 is 1956's Over-Exposed, which follows her savvy B-girl up the ladder from nightclub performer to TV show host with the help of reporter Richard Crenna. Of course, Moore's past comes back to haunt her in the end, but it's worth noting that, given more to do than just look good in tight costumes, she could deliver as an actress. The set is rounded out with Night Editor (1946), a ripe slice of pulp with William Gargan as a thick-skulled PI whose involvement with cold-blooded society girl Janis Carter may send an innocent man to jail for murder. Though its machinery creaks and groans mightily under the weight of so much cliché, the little-known Carter is a terrific noir fatale.

    Extras comprise trailers for each of the films save for Night Editor, and a 1954 episode of Ford Television Theatre with Moore showing off her predatory side in pursuit of returning vet Dane Clark. --Paul Gaita

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    66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Three great noirs and one that is just OK December 6, 2009
    I've seen all of these films before, but never realized they were Columbias until now. I always figured they were the work of bigger studios. Mainly using unknown directors and stars, these noirs deliver in both plot and atmosphere. The only one that is a little odd and formulaic is "Women's Prison", but it is still an OK film. The four films in this set are:

    Night Editor (1946) directed by Henry Levin - The best film noir with stars and a director you've probably never heard of. As a result of that, you've probably never heard of this film. A married cop is having an affair. One night while out with his mistress, they witness a murder. The cop wants to come forward with the information he has, but realizes his life will be ruined when it gets out why he was at the scene at the time. The mistress, however, doesn't have any problem with keeping quiet.

    One Girl's Confession (1953) directed by Hugo Haas - The largely unknown Haas also wrote and starred in this film, but fear not, this is no Ed Wood movie. Cleo Moore stars as Mary Adams, the badly treated employee of a man who owns a run-down cafe. The man has cheated her father out of his money several years before, so she steals a large sum from him, hides the money, turns herself in, confesses but claims she has spent the money, and serves a small jail term. She figures she'll later be free to spend the money she should have had in the first place since the money is safely hidden. Or is it? A very good and ironic noir.

    Over-Exposed (1956) directed by Lewis Seiler - Cleo Moore again stars, this time as Lila Crane, a dancer who gets hauled in one night because the place she works for is running an illegal operation. A journalist/photographer takes her picture and she demands it back.
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    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Cleo Moore Film Festival!!! January 20, 2010
    By Tee
    This collection of "film noirs" from Columbia Pictures is really exciting news for fans of the "bad girl" genre for three of the titles star the "Queen of the B Movie Bad Girls" herself, Miss Cleo Moore!! Cleo Moore (1928-1973) was a sexy blonde with a fabulous figure who unlike most blonde bombshells in Hollywood starred in film noirs rather than comedies or musicals. During the 1950's she was fairly famous and popular if never rising above B star status starring in almost a dozen sexy films, minor releases from major studios. Cleo sadly did not live to see her achieving cult status during the 1990's with these pulp novel movies and fans have had to hunt for these movies which only once in a very blue moon would play on cable but now at last three of them brought together in a DVD set appropiately enough titled "Bad Girls of Film Noir".

    My small complaints are (1) the generic artwork cover is not very attractive, surely one of those sensational vintage movie posters that were so essential in selling "bad girl" movies to the public in the 1950's would have been a better choice and it's particularly distressing to see the cover girl, whoever she is, is not Cleo given that she stars not only in three of the four movies here but also the bonus item, a 1954 television drama. I also think the 1946 picture NIGHT EDITOR starring the likable Janis Carter is not quite a correct match for this set given it's a decade older than the other films, one wonders why Sony didn't go whole hog and give us four Cleo Moore movies, or at least make the fourth film one starring one of her contemporaries. An ideal choice would have been THE BURGLAR(1957) starring another one of the great 50's sexpots, Jayne Mansfield, in her only film at Columbia.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Film Noir is better than none November 19, 2010
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    Like all of the other reviewers, I am an avid film noir fan; so it was with delight that I purchased this set at a discount. However, I cannot in good conscience grant the same rave reviews that many of the other reviewers bestowed. Still, I am glad that I purchased this collection. As the films are all B-Movies, you don't expect top notch dialog and acting or elaborate set pieces. In fact, the lack of polish often adds to the enjoyment of the genre. As long as you don't expect "The Third Man" or "Double Indemnity" these little offerings can make for fun viewing.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars better than vol 1 July 17, 2010
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    I thought this set was better than vol 1, even though it sells for less. In Night Editor, Janis Carter steals the show with a knockout performance. William Gargan lacks emotional conviction in his lethargic performance. Women`s Prison although a little dated today and somewhat "hollywood", was a real winner with it`s outstanding cast, especially Ida Lupino. Over Exposed (barely a film noir) is a good melodrama, but with Cleo Moore who cares. One Girl`s Confession is another Cleo Moore film. Again, borderline film noir but well worth seeing. Also there is a 30 min. TV program with Cleo Moore, which I haven`t watched yet.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Soft noir (if noir at all) August 24, 2013
    By Brian
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    'Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 2' features one fair noir from the 1940s and three less-than-thrilling '50s B-crime/dramas from Columbia's back catalog. Films included are:

    'Night Editor' (1946) - Philandering policeman faces a long look in the mirror when his ice-cold high-society mistress tries to blackmail him into letting an innocent man take the rap for a murder the two lovers witnessed. Simple but effective. 3-plus stars.

    'One Girl's Confession' (1953) - Bombshell from the wrong side of the tracks (Cleo Moore) decides to make good on her no-good reputation and steals a bundle, then hides it, confesses to the crime (refusing to reveal her windfall's whereabouts), goes to prison, behaves like an angel, gets paroled, and attempts to recover the loot without getting caught. **SPOILER** If the best-laid plans gang aft a-gley, what do you think happens to the worst-laid plans? 2 stars.

    'Women's Prison' (1955) - Ida Lupino slums it as-- you guessed it-- the sadistic warden of a ladies' lockup in a melodrama presumably of interest mainly to those with a burning curiosity about what 1950s' Hollywood thought such a place might be like. Good female cast (Lupino, Moore, Audrey Totter and Jan Sterling) is more or less wasted on histrionics a-plenty. **SPOILER** They all keep their clothes on... because it's the 1950s (thank you, 1970s' Hollywood, for setting the record straight by showing us what really goes on with hot chicks behind bars). 2-minus stars.

    'Over-Exposed' (1956) - Lovely Cleo Moore stars as a plucky young thing who learns the photography trade from the bottom up to become a successful New York businesswoman who can't quite shake her hard-knocks schooling.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love these pre-code Hollywood flicks. Always a real WOW!
    Published 12 days ago by Laura
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good nostalgia, if you like old movies
    Good nostalgia , if you like old movies.
    Published 2 months ago by leonard grabner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good collection.
    Published 2 months ago by J. P.
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best of Show
    All told, I enjoyed it for the camera work and how they did things, rather tastefully, back then. There ARE a great many movies that are far better than these. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Jim Altfeld
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE FILM NOIR!
    Published 6 months ago by James Scott
    4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Girls of Film Noir
    Four good examples of grade-b film noir. All pretty interesting time capsules and after you watch them you realize how much times have really changed.
    Published 7 months ago by George Stamos
    4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all.
    Three great flicks, and one so-so one. Cleo Moore is in a couple of these, and she really shines. Good stories, and well produced, well acted.
    Published 8 months ago by Jan K. Labij
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value
    I loved volume 1 of the series, so I purchased volume two. This also did not disappoint and at the awesome price point, how can you go wrong.
    Published 8 months ago by Dionisios Antzoulatos
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 50's Films
    This DVD set is a guilty pleasure and any who is a fan of Cleo Moore or just 50's Sweater Girls will enjoy these films.
    Published 8 months ago by Big John
    1.0 out of 5 stars To Noir or Not too Noir
    I gotta say I was more than a little disappointed in this alleged "noir" collection. While "Night Editor" and "Women's Prison" deliver in suspense and some... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Gregory Gnesios
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