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Forgotten Noir, Vol. 1 (Portland Expose / They Were So Young) (1955)

Johanna Matz , Scott Brady , Harold D. Schuster , Kurt Neumann  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johanna Matz, Scott Brady, Ingrid Stenn, Raymond Burr, Gisela Fackeldey
  • Directors: Harold D. Schuster, Kurt Neumann
  • Writers: Kurt Neumann, Dalton Trumbo, Ernst Blass, Felix Lützkendorf, Jack DeWitt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQHX82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forgotten Noir, Vol. 1 (Portland Expose / They Were So Young)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by producer Lindsley Parsons, Jr.
  • Original advertising material
  • Bios
  • Still gallery
  • Original theatrical trailers

Editorial Reviews

Actors: Ed Binns, Carolyn Craig, Virginia Gregg, Russ Conway, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Gorshin, Scott Brady, Raymond Burr, Johanna Matz, Gert Frobe, Ingrid Stenn. It's all here, SIN by SIN, BRIBE by BRIBE, SHOCK by SHOCK – Blistering in the newspaper headlines! Nakedly shocking on the screen. This Forgotten Film Noir includes Portland Expose and They Were So Young. In the 1950's LIFE Magazine printed a blistering expose on the rampant sin, crime and Teamsters-controlled corruption that at the time had a stronghold on Portland, Oregon. Producer Lindsley Parsons seized upon the considerable publicity and assembled a cast of great character actors for the starring roles. Although the film crew was threatened with physical violence, the result is a dark and gritty filmed-on-location crime drama that contains considerable violence for a 1950's movie, most notably a violent rape scene with the Frank Gorshin character and a teenage girl. The second feature, They Were So Young: Five European models arrive in Rio de Janeiro and become trapped in a white slavery ring. An exciting crime melodrama with Raymond Burr at his villainous best! DVD Bonus & Features: Original Theatrical Trailers, Commentary by assistant director Lindsley Parson Jr, Original Advertising Materials, Bios: DVD-5, Dolby Digital, 152 minutes, B&W, 1.85:1, NR, 1954 & 1957.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment presents "Forgotten Noir Vol. 1", a Kit Parker Double Features of "Portland Expose" (1957) and "They Were So Young" (1954) --- (Dolby digitally remastered)...featuring top performances by actors to die for from the '40s and '50s with outstanding drama and screenplays...from little known films that will leave you intrigued with all the pop some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the movie.

First up we have "Portland Expose" (1957) (72 min. B/W)...under director Harold D. Schuster, producer Lindsley Parsons, screenplay by Jack de Witt, music score by Paul Dunlap ...the cast includes Ed Binns (George Madison), Carolyn Craig (Ruth Madison),Virginia Gregg (Clara Madison), Russ Conway (Philip Jacman), Lawrence Dobkin (Garnell), Frank Gorshin (Joe), Joseph Marr (Larry), Rusty Lane (Tom Carmody), Richard Bellis (Jimmy Madison), Lea Penman (Mrs. Stoneway), Jeanne Carmen (Iris), Joe Flynn (Ted Carl) ---- our story centers around gangsters, a syndicate and corruption with Edward Binns who is forced by a protection racket to go into partnership with open wide gambling in his tavern --- watch for Frank Gorshin who has a weakness for underage girls --- very gritty and realistic scenes for the '50s ------ special footnote, actor Frank Gorshin one of the top impressionists in Hollywood, turned the character called "The Riddler" into one of Batman's top five villains in the popular TV series during the '60s, Frank was the only member of the cast to receive an Emmy nomination, Gorshin's signature challenge line in the TV series "Batman" (1966) --- "Riddle me this, Batman!" became a catch phrase of the day.

1. Edward Binns
Birth Date: 2/12/1916 - Philadelphia, PA
Died: 12/04/1990 - Brewster, New York
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3.0 out of 5 stars Portland Town Noir January 31, 2013
...he, let's call him Dave just in case he is not out of the witness protection program yet or maybe he doesn't want his name used in public after what happened, did what he had to do, did what he had to do especially when they tried to come after his family, tried to molest his virginal daughter, did what any stand- up guy would do if he had any guts when the deal went down, went down when the wise guys came calling. Yah, Dave the stand-up guy, captain of the Eugene High School football team , Class of 1936, did his time in the Pacific islands and atolls, came back married his high school sweetheart , Betty, from over in Corvallis, Class of 1937 (met at a dance the night of the big cross state high school football rivalry between the two towns but that is another story) , left the dust of the sticks behind and moved to big chance Portland , and had a couple of kids, Tommy and Janie, that Janie a looker even at just eighteen and plenty of cause for getting protective about when guys came around, especially when they wanted to try any funny stuff, as they would.

That Portland by the way is out in Oregon, the trees everywhere place, the big time mountain place, the rain place, the big rose place, a place strictly for squares, squares cubes, a place where you would not think the wise guys, you know, the pimp daddies, the numbers guys, liquor guys, hopheads, B-girls (quaint, right), gambling, every vice, every profitable vice known to humankind would bother to fuss with. But there you would be wrong since the wise guys figured out long ago with Vegas that throw that stuff, the whores, the booze, the slots, the bright lights and glitter, even cheap glitter, and you have a magnet, any place, any place you can get to by car or other easy conveyance. So Portland got zeroed in on.
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