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Forgotten Noir Collector's Set 3 (2008)

Willard Parker , Audrey Long , Ray Nazarro , William Berke  |  NR |  DVD
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This set contains the following films: "David Harding, Counterspy," "Danger Zone," "The Big Chase," "Mr. District Attorney," "Ringside," "Hi-Jacked," "Scotland Yard Inspector," "Pier 23," and "The Case of the Babysitter."
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  • Actors: Willard Parker, Audrey Long, Hugh Beaumont, Edward Brophy, Glenn Langan
  • Directors: Ray Nazarro, William Berke, Arthur Hilton, Robert B. Sinclair, B. Reeves Eason
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 554 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013PVGH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Eight film noirs not to be misses: DAVID HARDING, COUNTERSPY; DANGER ZONE; THE BIG CHASE; MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY - 1947; RINGSIDE; HI-JACKED; SCOTLAND YARD INSPECTOR; PIER 23; THE CASE OF THE BABY-SITTER Bonus Features: Scene Selection, Trailers, SCOTLAND YARD INSPECTOR - Featurette by Joel Blumberg, PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE - Radio program and source for PIER 23, LORD OF THE RADIO Part 2 - Jean Lord Greenlaw interview, with Richard Roberts, Mr. District Attorney - Radio Program, THE BIG CHASE: Robert L. Lippert Jr. interview with Tom Weaver (reenactment), LORD OF THE RADIO Part 1 - Jean Greenlaw interview, with Richard Roberts Product Specs: 3-DVD9s; Dolby Digital; 554 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't make the cut for me September 29, 2008
I bought this because of the words FILM NOIR and the low price for 9 movies. I thought I'd be watching these more than once, but I was wrong. I judge a movie many ways but one big thing I look for is repeatability. I don't ever want to see these again.

Some were drawn out like RingSide, which didn't have much of a story so you watch long boring rounds of bad boxing. Same for Hi-Jacked, except this time it's scenes of driving (although I did like seeing Sid Melton). Another big loser is Danger Zone, obviously 2 half-hour plots for television put together. The Big Chase was a short 3D movie with a non-speaking Lon Chaney stuffed into an hour format. Dull.

There are some familiar faces but overall this is just not up to good standards. The films are in good condition at least but there is nothing to give this package a higher rating. The acting, plots, direction, etc. are just mediocre. True, it is 50's black and white "noir" crime dramas but that doesn't mean it's good noir. I'll probably pass on the other collections just because of this one experience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with some lesser known films September 17, 2008
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The bottom of the barrel: this seems to be the appropriate term for Series 3 of Forgotten Noir (consisting of volumes 7, 8 and 9). Not that all these films in the set are bad, but it's obvious that the supply of available material from the Lippert vaults must be almost at an end. As a result, this set contains a few movies that are at best, borderline noir.

Volume 7 has David Harding, Counterspy; Danger Zone and The Big Chase. David Harding, Counterspy is based off a radio show and relates a story of espionage, with the title character leading a group of individuals out to stop Nazi spies. A soldier is brought in to help after his best friend is murdered; is the widow involved? Danger Zone is a pair of half-hour episodes of a TV series that never took off: A pre-Ward-Cleaver Hugh Beaumont plays a boat shop owner who always winds up being framed for murder, giving him a chance to spout standard hard-boiled wit. The Big Chase tells the story of a rookie cop who gets involved in a big chase with crooks including Lon Chaney (while his wife is about to give birth). Amusingly, the big crime which supposedly takes months to set up, involves little more than a standard stick-up of an armored car.

In Volume 8, Mr. District Attorney (also based on a radio series) relates the story of a young assistant D.A. who falls for a murder suspect. Ringside is reminiscent of the James Cagney vehicle City for Conquest with the subject of two brothers, one a musician, the other a boxer. When the boxer is blinded in a fight, his brother puts on his gloves, intent on making the money necessary for eye surgery and getting revenge for the incident.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More great film noir fun from VCI April 6, 2008
Ed Brophy as a professor, Hugh Beaumont as a hard-boiled private detective, and B-rated noir that is great fun if you like the genre continues this series by VCI. The films included are:

David Harding, Counterspy (1950) 7/10 - Stars Willard Parker and Audrey Long. Based on a radio show that ran from 1942-1957. Harding (Howard St. John) causes the interruption of a radio broadcast to announce disinformation. Harding then tells the radio announcer the story that is the movie's plot. It has lots of twists and turns and spy tricks just like the original radio show.

Danger Zone (1951) 6/10 - Stars Hugh Beaumont and Ed Brophy. A private detective is hired by a woman to bid on a locked suitcase at an auction. He is also working with another detective doing surveillance for a pending divorce. However, his partner in the second case is setting up him to take the fall for a murder. It's a little strange to see "The Beaver's" dad (Hugh Beaumont) as a detective, and stranger still to see supporting tough guy Ed Brophy as a professor.

The Big Chase (1954) 5/10 - Stars Lon Chaney Jr., Glenn Langen, and Adele Jergens. A Korean War vet becomes an L.A. policeman whose wife has developed health problems late in her pregnancy. The highlight of the film is our hero's pursuit of a gang of payroll robbers through the streets of L.A. This film was shot in 3-D during that particular craze in the 50's. You'll also be perplexed by the standard of self-care for pregnant women 55 years ago. Apparently bourbon and cigarettes were not discouraged.

Mr. District Attorney (1947) - Stars Dennis O'Keefe and Adolphe Menjou. Adapted from a popular NBC radio program of the time.

Ringside (1949) 6/10 - Stars Don Barry and Tom Brown.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker Films presents "FORGOTTEN NOIR COLLECTOR'S SET - SERIES 3" --- (1947-1954) (554 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Film noir has sources not only in cinema but other artistic mediums as well... Read more ›
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