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Saturday Night at the Movies

21/03/2020

1 Walk a Crooked Mile (1948) – Louis Hayward, Dennis O’Keefe and Louise Allbritton – Film Noir

Walk a Crooked Mile is a 1948 film noir crime film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Louis Hayward, Dennis O’Keefe and Louise Allbritton.

A security leak is found at a Southern California atomic plant. The authorities stand in fear that the information leaked would go to a hostile nation. To investigate the case more efficiently, Dan O’Hara, an FBI agent, and Philip Grayson, a Scotland Yard sleuth, join forces. Will they manage to stop the spy ring from achieving their aim?

2 Irish Luck (1939) – Comedy, Adventure,

“Irish Luck” is an American film directed by Howard Bretherton. The film is also known as “Amateur Detective” in the United Kingdom. Buzzy O’Brien is a bellhop in a hotel where a guest is murdered. The police blame Kitty Monahan and Buzzy succeeds in helping her escape and hides her at his home with his mother. Buzzy and his pal Jefferson manage to fumble their way to finding the real killer who was after the stolen bonds carried by the victim. Based on Charles Molyneaux Brown’s story “Death Hops the Bells.”

Frankie Darro as Buzzy O’Brien, Dick Purcell as Steve Lanahan, Lillian Elliott as Mrs. O’Brien, Dennis Moore as Jim Monahan, James Flavin as Hotel Detective Fluger, Sheila Darcy as Kitty Monahan, Mantan Moreland as Jefferson, Ralph Peters as Detective Jenkins, Tristram Coffin as Mr. Mace – Hotel Desk Clerk, Pat Gleason as Banning – Bond Robber, Gene O’Donnell as Bond Robber, Donald Kerr as Reporter, Howard M. Mitchell as Hotel Manager and Aloha Wray as Dancer.

3 Bank Alarm (1937)

Bank Alarm” is a 1937 American film directed by Louis J. Gasnier. The movie is about an FBI agent who is investigating the recent bank robberies and finds out much later that his sister is the girlfriend of the gang’s leader.

 

 Directed by Louis J. Gasnier, produced by George A. Hirliman and Charles J. Hunt, written by Cynthia Meade, Lawrence Meade, Griffin Jay and David S. Levy, starring Conrad Nagel as Alan O’Connor, Eleanor Hunt as Bobbie Reynolds, Vince Barnett as Clarence ‘Bulb’ Callahan, Wheeler Oakman as Joe Karlotti, Nat Carr as Yoritz, Frank Milan as Jerry Turner, Marlo Dwyer as Kay O’Connor, William L. Thorne as Police Inspector J. C. Macy, Charles Delaney as Henchman Duke, Phil Dunham as Leon Curtis, Bank Clerk, Sidney D’Albrook as Coroner, Pat Gleason as Henchman Barney, Wilson Benge as Overman (Bank Bookkeeper), Henry Roquemore as Nevada Sheriff and Ed Schaefer as Tracy. — Source: “Bank Alarm” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 8 April 2013. Web. 16 July 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_Alarm.

 

4 Woman on the Run (1950)

As the film opens, a man, Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), is walking his dog in the city at night. He witnesses a man in a car talking about a crime. The man then gets shot. But whoever shot that man then sees Frank and shoots at him. The shot misses, however, because it is mistakenly aimed at Frank’s shadow. The killer then flees in the car. When the police arrive it is explained that the shooting victim was going to testify in a court case against a gangster. Since Frank saw the shooter, the cops now want Frank to testify. They plan to take him into protective custody. But Frank, while the police inspector (Robert Keith) has momentarily turned away, gives police the slip, leaving his dog (named Rembrandt because his owner is a painter) behind.

The police think he is running to escape possible retaliation from the mob. So they contact Frank’s wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan) to solicit her help in finding him. But she suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Later learning that her husband has a heart condition, Eleanor gets the needed medicine and goes looking for him, aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe) who says he is looking for an exclusive story.

The two conduct their own investigation, giving only limited aid to the police. But the police remain determined, since they need a trial witness. Eleanor is aided in her search by Frank’s efforts to contact her. In a letter left with a mutual contact he gives her cryptic instructions on how they can secretly meet. The instructions require that she remember a significant event from their life together. But she has trouble doing so. As the search continues it is gradually revealed to the audience that Danny the newspaperman is really the killer. He is simply using Eleanor to find Frank. Once Eleanor figures out the cryptic reference, she and Danny go to a beachside amusement park at night and there manage to locate him. Wanting time alone with Frank, ostensibly to get his newspaper story and pay Frank $1,000 for it, Danny puts Eleanor on the roller coaster. As she rides she suddenly realizes what Danny has really been up to. But she is trapped until the ride ends in what becomes the frantic climax of the film. As Eleanor finally gets off the roller coaster, Danny is on the verge of killing Frank. The two fight and shots ring out. Eleanor breathlessly arrives on the scene to discover that the police inspector has just shot the killer. She rushes to her husband and the two embrace. —

Directed by Norman Foster, produced by Howard Welsch, screenplay by Alan Campbell, Norman Foster and Ross Hunter (dialogue), based on the short-story “Man on the Run” by Sylvia Tate, starring Ann Sheridan as Eleanor Johnson, Dennis O’Keefe as Daniel Leggett, Robert Keith as Inspector Martin Ferris, John Qualen Mr. Maibus, Frank Jenks as Detective Shaw, Ross Elliott as Frank Johnson, Jane Liddell as Messnger Girl, Joan Shawlee as Blonde (as Joan Fulton), J. Farrell MacDonald as Sea Captain, Steven Geray as Dr. Arthur Hohler Victor Sen Yung as Sam, Reiko Sato as Suzie (as Rako Sato), Syd Saylor as Sullivan and Tom Dillon as Joe Gordon (as Thomas P. Dillon) —

Source: “Woman on the Run” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 18 February 2017. Web. 24 April 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_o...

5 State Fair (1945) full movie – classic, remade later, but this is the best

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