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TOM CONWAY AS DUKE MARTIN BRITISH CRIME DOUBLE-FEATURE

TOM CONWAY AS DUKE MARTIN BRITISH CRIME DOUBLE-FEATURE TOM CONWAY AS DUKE MARTIN BRITISH CRIME DOUBLE-FEATURE

Title: BREAKAWAY Year: 1956 Rating: ***1/2 BREAKAWAY : Former FALCON Tom Conway in the second Tom 'Duke' Martin private eye flicks m...

LAWRENCE TIERNEY IN 'FEMALE JUNGLE' WITH JAYNE MANSFIELD

LAWRENCE TIERNEY IN 'FEMALE JUNGLE' WITH JAYNE MANSFIELD LAWRENCE TIERNEY IN 'FEMALE JUNGLE' WITH JAYNE MANSFIELD

Title: FEMALE JUNGLE Year: 1955 Jayne Mansfield, Lawrence Tierney Rates: ***1/2 Iconic tough guy Lawrence Tierney, ten years after his hey-...

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SCOTT BRADY & JEFF COREY PRISON ESCAPE NOIR 'CANON CITY'

SCOTT BRADY & JEFF COREY PRISON ESCAPE NOIR 'CANON CITY' SCOTT BRADY & JEFF COREY PRISON ESCAPE NOIR 'CANON CITY'

Title: CANON CITY Year: 1948 Rating: *** The semi-documentary/docudrama film noir device can be awkward, always beginning with real glimpses...

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DEAN JAGGER AND WILLIAM LUCAS IN HAMMER'S 'X THE UNKNOWN'

DEAN JAGGER AND WILLIAM LUCAS IN HAMMER'S 'X THE UNKNOWN' DEAN JAGGER AND WILLIAM LUCAS IN HAMMER'S 'X THE UNKNOWN'

X THE UNKNOWN Year: 1957 Rates: **** Hammer's science-fiction/horror hybrid X THE UNKNOWN came out the same year as QUATERMASS 2, sequel...

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BARBARA PAYTON IN HAMMER'S 'THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE'

BARBARA PAYTON IN HAMMER'S 'THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE' BARBARA PAYTON IN HAMMER'S 'THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE'

Title: THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE (Spanish Translation: OF THE EVIL GENIUS) Year: 1953 Rating: **** Before Hammer's Golden Age of Victorian...

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BARBARA SHELLEY & WILLIAM LUCAS IN 'THE SHADOW OF THE CAT'

BARBARA SHELLEY & WILLIAM LUCAS IN 'THE SHADOW OF THE CAT' BARBARA SHELLEY & WILLIAM LUCAS IN 'THE SHADOW OF THE CAT'

Title: THE SHADOW OF THE CAT Year: 1961 Rating: ** Hammer Films pitted vulnerable humans against a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy, a mad scien...

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RICHARD BASEHART AND MARILYN MAXWELL IN 'OUTSIDE THE WALL'

RICHARD BASEHART AND MARILYN MAXWELL IN 'OUTSIDE THE WALL' RICHARD BASEHART AND MARILYN MAXWELL IN 'OUTSIDE THE WALL'

Title: OUTSIDE THE WALL Year: 1950 Rating: *** Crane Wilber's OUTSIDE THE WALL is three movies in one, and the first two are the best: s...

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HOWARD DUFF, PEGGY DOW & LAWRENCE TIERNEY IN 'SHAKEDOWN'

HOWARD DUFF, PEGGY DOW & LAWRENCE TIERNEY IN 'SHAKEDOWN' HOWARD DUFF, PEGGY DOW & LAWRENCE TIERNEY IN 'SHAKEDOWN'

Title: THE SHADOW OF THE CAT Year: 1961 Rating: ** In the 1930's James Cagney programmer PICTURE SNATCHER, he plays a photographer who w...

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EDMOND O'BRIEN RACES THROUGH THE CLASSIC FILM NOIR 'D.O.A.'

EDMOND O'BRIEN RACES THROUGH THE CLASSIC FILM NOIR 'D.O.A.' EDMOND O'BRIEN RACES THROUGH THE CLASSIC FILM NOIR 'D.O.A.'

Title: D.O.A. Year: 1959 Director: Rudolph Maté Stars: Edmond O'Brien Rating: **** For one of the most literally deadly-serious film noi...

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LAWRENCE TIERNEY & BETTY LAWFORD IN 'THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE'

LAWRENCE TIERNEY & BETTY LAWFORD IN 'THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE' LAWRENCE TIERNEY & BETTY LAWFORD IN 'THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE'

Lawrence Tierney & Betty Lawford in The Devil Thumbs a Ride Year: 1947 Rates: ***1/2 One year after Lawrence Tierney played an affable c...

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SCOTT BRADY WITH PEGGY DOW IN WILLIAM CASTLE'S 'UNDERTOW'

SCOTT BRADY WITH PEGGY DOW IN WILLIAM CASTLE'S 'UNDERTOW' SCOTT BRADY WITH PEGGY DOW IN WILLIAM CASTLE'S 'UNDERTOW'

Scott Brady and Peggy Dow in UNDERTOW Year: 1949 Rating: ***1/2 Scott Brady, younger brother of tough guy legend Lawrence Tierney, is thrust...

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BURT LANCASTER IN ROBERT SIODMAK'S HEIST-NOIR 'CRISS CROSS'

BURT LANCASTER IN ROBERT SIODMAK'S HEIST-NOIR 'CRISS CROSS' BURT LANCASTER IN ROBERT SIODMAK'S HEIST-NOIR 'CRISS CROSS'

Title: CRISS CROSS Year: 1949 Rating: *** Burt Lancaster became a breakout star in director Robert Siodmak's complicated heist-noir THE ...

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BURT LANCASTER IN JULES DASSIN'S PRISON NOIR 'BRUTE FORCE'

 BURT LANCASTER IN JULES DASSIN'S PRISON NOIR 'BRUTE FORCE' BURT LANCASTER IN JULES DASSIN'S PRISON NOIR 'BRUTE FORCE'

BRUTE FORCE Year: 1947 Rating: ***1/2 Director Jules Dassin basically made his own post-war World War II picture, only set in an American ho...

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BURT LANCASTER IN HEMINGWAY'S PULP FICTION 'THE KILLERS'

BURT LANCASTER IN HEMINGWAY'S PULP FICTION 'THE KILLERS' BURT LANCASTER IN HEMINGWAY'S PULP FICTION 'THE KILLERS'

Title: THE KILLERS Year: 1946 Rating: **** Little did Ernest Hemingway know, when he created the very short short-story THE KILLERS, that he...

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CLARK GABLE, MONTOMERY CLIFT & MARILYN MONROE 'THE MISFITS

CLARK GABLE, MONTOMERY CLIFT & MARILYN MONROE 'THE MISFITS CLARK GABLE, MONTOMERY CLIFT & MARILYN MONROE 'THE MISFITS

Title: THE MISFITS Year: 1961 Shown: Clark Gable Rating: ***1/2 Most famous about THE MISFITS is that Clark Gable died right after filming, ...

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DUSTIN HOFFMAN ALONGSIDE JON VOIGHT IN 'MIDNIGHT COWBOY'

DUSTIN HOFFMAN ALONGSIDE JON VOIGHT IN 'MIDNIGHT COWBOY' DUSTIN HOFFMAN ALONGSIDE JON VOIGHT IN 'MIDNIGHT COWBOY'

Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in MIDNIGHT COWBOY Year: 1969 Rating: ***** A simplistic but mostly naive young man from Texas, Joe Buck, iro...

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DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND TOM CRUISE CRUSING THROUGH 'RAIN MAN'

DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND TOM CRUISE CRUSING THROUGH 'RAIN MAN' DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND TOM CRUISE CRUSING THROUGH 'RAIN MAN'

RAIN MAN Year: 1988 Rating: **** Dustin Hoffman's RAIN MAN character is intentionally annoying since the Barry Levinson Oscar-winning mo...

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DOROTHY MICHAELS STEALS HUGO HASS'S BIZARRE NOIR 'PICKUP'

DOROTHY MICHAELS STEALS HUGO HASS'S BIZARRE NOIR 'PICKUP' DOROTHY MICHAELS STEALS HUGO HASS'S BIZARRE NOIR 'PICKUP'

Beverly Michaels in PICKUP Year: 1951 Rating: **** There's nothing better than when a bad blonde steals a film noir, and none have been ...

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MIKE HODGES DIRECTS A KILLER MICHAEL CAINE IN 'GET CARTER'

MIKE HODGES DIRECTS A KILLER MICHAEL CAINE IN 'GET CARTER' MIKE HODGES DIRECTS A KILLER MICHAEL CAINE IN 'GET CARTER'

Title: GET CARTER Year: 1971 Rating: ***** The plot of director Mike Hodges' GET CARTER is simple enough: London-based gangster Michael ...

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STANLEY BAKER TRUCKS WITH PEGGY CUMMINS IN 'HELL DRIVERS'

STANLEY BAKER TRUCKS WITH PEGGY CUMMINS IN 'HELL DRIVERS' STANLEY BAKER TRUCKS WITH PEGGY CUMMINS IN 'HELL DRIVERS'

Title: HELL DRIVERS Year: 1957 Rating: **** Cheating with the sped-up effect ala Keystone Cops, the hauling-trucks for HELL DRIVERS picks up...

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STANLEY BAKER IN THE BRITISH NEO NOIR HEIST FLICK 'ROBBERY'

STANLEY BAKER IN THE BRITISH NEO NOIR HEIST FLICK 'ROBBERY' STANLEY BAKER IN THE BRITISH NEO NOIR HEIST FLICK 'ROBBERY'

Title: ROBBERY Director: Peter Yates Star: Stanley Baker Year: 1967 Rating: ****1/2 Best known as the obscure crime film that gave English d...

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STANLEY BAKER BONDING ESPIONAGE FOR 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS'

STANLEY BAKER BONDING ESPIONAGE FOR 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS' STANLEY BAKER BONDING ESPIONAGE FOR 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS'

Title: INNOCENT BYSTANDERS Cast: Stanley Baker, Darren Nesbitt 1972 Rating: ***1/2 Tough, sturdy, square-jawed British actor Stanley Baker w...

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STANLEY BAKER & ANTHONY STEEL DRIVEN THROUGH 'CHECKPOINT'

STANLEY BAKER & ANTHONY STEEL DRIVEN THROUGH 'CHECKPOINT' STANLEY BAKER & ANTHONY STEEL DRIVEN THROUGH 'CHECKPOINT'

Title: CHECKPOINT Year: 1956 Rating: **1/2 What begins with an edgy heist by square-jawed tough guy Stanley Baker as a hired thief provides ...

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STANLEY BAKER INVESTIGATES HARDY KRÜGER IN 'CHANCE MEETING'

STANLEY BAKER INVESTIGATES HARDY KRÜGER IN 'CHANCE MEETING' STANLEY BAKER INVESTIGATES HARDY KRÜGER IN 'CHANCE MEETING'

Title: CHANCE MEETING Alternative: BLIND DATE Year: 1959 Rating: **1/2 The first of a handful of movies directed by Joseph Losey and starrin...

STANLEY BAKER AND GINGER ROGERS IN 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGER'

STANLEY BAKER AND GINGER ROGERS IN 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGER' STANLEY BAKER AND GINGER ROGERS IN 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGER'

Title: BEAUTIFUL STRANGER AKA TWIST OF FATE Year: 1954 Rating: ***1/2 "I stole it... I am innocent," Herbert Lom says to Stanley B...