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Four more noirs/dramas from the Columbia vaults,
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This review is from: Bad Girls of Film Noir, Vol. 1 (The Killer That Stalked New York / Two of a Kind / Bad for Each Other / The Glass Wall) (DVD)
This set of films includes:
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) directed by Earl McEnvoy - Sheila Bennet (Evelyn Keyes) smuggles diamonds into the U.s knowingly and smallpox unknowingly. People she is in both casual and close contact begin to fall sick and die while Sheila remains on her feet. Her mission - to stay alive long enough to even the score with her faithless husband while doctors make a mad search through New York City for "patient number one".
Two of A Kind (1951) directed by Henry Levin - Edmund O'Brien plays the body double of the long missing son of a rich couple. He's recruited by a con-artist couple to impersonate the son and thus inhert their money. However, the couple reveals they have no intention of leaving any money to the man they think is their son.
Bad for Each Other (1953) directed by Irvin Rapper - Charleton Heston stars in a rather predictable tale of a doctor returning from Korea who must both choose between serving humanity and riches in his profession and between a wealthy self-involved girl and a dedicated nurse in his private life. The production code gave this film only one option on outcome, and you see it coming at you a mile away. Weakest film in the bunch.
The Glass Wall (1953) directed by Maxwell Shane - Tale of an immigrant to the U.S. after WWII who needs the testimony of a particular soldier to insure legal entry into this country. He battles time and an unfamiliar land to try to find him. It's not really a film noir, in my opinion, but it's a pretty good film. The imagery of New York City right after the war ended is entertaining in its own right.
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Initial post: May 17, 2010 6:07:43 AM PDT
So what did you think of them?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2015 9:08:43 PM PDT
C. G. M. says:
I, for one, enjoyed them. These Columbia films are closer to the "B" film genre than the major "A" films, but I found them wonderfully entertaining. Not 'jump up and grab you' films, but a pleasant reminder of the sort of work-a-day dramas Columbia was famous for in the 1950's.
While some prospective purchasers may be expecting world-class Noir, as in the best of the great era, they'll likely be disappointed. Not 'noir' in the strictest sense, but 'noir-ish'. Gone into with mind that these are typical of many of the non-A, but well-crafted, films from that era, which audiences enjoyed without the expectations of having their socks knocked off, these four films provided me with some entertaining evenings. I'm looking forward to the second series.
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