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

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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.

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Scott Brady, Johanna Matz, Raymond Burr, Ingrid Stenn, 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQHX82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forgotten Noir, Vol. 1 (Portland Expose / They Were So Young)" on IMDb

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 25, 2006
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 suspense...so 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.

BIOS:
1. Edward Binns
Birth Date: 2/12/1916 - Philadelphia, PA
Died: 12/04/1990 - Brewster, New York
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Most movies from this period are in the public domain and are of poor quality. I took a chance on this one. To my surprise and delight all the movies were clear, sharp and highly audible. Not only were they a delight to watch but a very welcome addition to my library
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Beautiful old Movie with 10 seconds of an early Caterina Valente, she made her acting debut in this film in 1954! Her worldcareer in front of her! In Germany the filmtitle of this Movie was "Mannequins für Rio" and it contained more Caterina Valente material. Hope it will be released someday @
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