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MARIANNA HILL WITH JOY BANG & ANITRA FORD 'MESSIAH OF EVIL'

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Title: MESSIAH OF EVIL Year: 1974 Rating: ***1/2 Directing married couple (and future George Lucas collaborators) Willard Huyck and Gloria K...

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ROBERT MORSE, ROD STEIGER & ANJANETTE COMER 'THE LOVED ONE'

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Pamela Curran and Robert Morse in Tony Richardson's THE LOVED ONE Year: 1965 Rating: **1/2 Grade: C+ After American director Stanley Kub...

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ROBERT BEATTY WITH TERRY MOORE IN 'POSTMARK FOR DANGER'

ROBERT BEATTY WITH TERRY MOORE IN 'POSTMARK FOR DANGER' ROBERT BEATTY WITH TERRY MOORE IN 'POSTMARK FOR DANGER'

Title: POSTMARK FOR DANGER Year: 1955 Rating: ** Twenty years before Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, involving a first-act wher...

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CLASSIC HORROR VIBES REVIVING 'THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES'

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Virginia North in THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES Year: 1971 Rating: ****1/2 For American International Pictures, THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES was a ...

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BRUCE DERN SURVIVING DOUGLAS TRUMBULL'S 'SILENT RUNNING'

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Bruce Dern in SILENT RUNNING Year: 1972 Rating: ****1/2 Science-Fiction Special Effects wizard Douglas Trumbull went from making Stanley Kub...

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BRUCE DERN WITH MARTHE KELLER & ROBERT SHAW 'BLACK SUNDAY'

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Bruce Dern in BLACK SUNDAY Year: 1977 Rating: **** At the peak of Bruce Dern's 1970's career playing insane, frantic characters, Pal...

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RORY CALHOUN WITH MARY COSTA & COREY ALLEN 'THE BIG CAPER'

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Title: THE BIG CAPER Year: 1957 Rating: *** By late 1950's Film Noir, the kind of beatnik jazz listened to by the criminals also provide...

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VAL GUEST DIRECTS 'CONTEST GIRL' JANETTE SCOTT & IAN HENDRY

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Title: THE BEAUTY JUNGLE aka CONTEST GIRL Year: 1964 Rating: **** After nearly a decade of Hammer science-fiction, war and film noir... from...

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PAUL MASSIE STARS IN HAMMER'S 'THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL'

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Paul Massie in THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL Year: 1960 Rating: ***1/2 The titular scientist in Hammer's usual Victorian era fits the 1800...

PAUL MASSIE STARS IN 'ORDERS TO KILL' FEARTURING EDDIE ALBERT

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Title: ORDERS TO KILL Year: 1958 Rating: **** It's after forty-five minutes when first-billed American actor Eddie Albert sees second-bi...

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ROBERT WAGNER IN THE OBSCURE GOLF PRO CURIO 'BANNING'

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Robert Wagner in BANNING Year: 1967 Rating: **** The extremely elusive and rare BANNING is a 1967 film about former golf pro Robert Wagner a...

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JAMES CAGNEY CAGED UP IN 'WHITE HEAT' WITH VIRGINA MAYO

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Japanese poster for WHITE HEAT Year of imprisonment and release: 1949 Sentence: ****1/2 At the peak of the 1940's, no one but James Cagn...

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DIRECTOR ANTHONY MANN'S CONTERFEIT MONEY FILM NOIR 'T-MEN'

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Title: T-MEN Director: Anthony Mann Year: 1947 Rating: ****1/2 Backed by offbeat, surreal music from a dream sequence... only here used for ...

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RICHARD FLEISCHER'S T-MEN HEIST FILM NOIR OF 'TRAPPED'

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Title: TRAPPED Year: 1949 Rating: ** It's a shame that director Richard Fleischer didn't realize how good the usual good guy Lloyd B...

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RICHARD FLEISCHER'S WRONG MAN ACTION NOIR 'THE CLAY PIGEON'

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Title: THE CLAY PIGEON Stars: Bill Williams, Barbara Hale Year: 1949 Rating: **** Richard Fleischer's Wrong Man Film Noir has a patrioti...

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RICHARD FLEISCHER'S SERIAL KILLER NOIR 'FOLLOW ME QUIETLY'

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Title: FOLLOW ME QUIETLY Year: 1949 Rating: ***1/2 If you can handle dialogue like, after a statement about a serial killer killing only dur...

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MORGAN CONWAY, ANNE JEFFREYS & MIKE MAZURSKI 'DICK TRACY'

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Title: DICK TRACY Year: 1945 Rating: *** The towering, muscular, intimidating and always formidable noir-villain Mike Mazurki, who would soo...

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MORGAN CONWAY AND DICK WESSEL IN 'DICK TRACY VS. CUEBALL'

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Title: DICK TRACY VS. CUEBALL Year: 1946 Rating: ***1/2 The maligned DICK TRACY replacement-actor from the first two RKO pictures was Morgan...

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RALPH BYRD AND BORIS KARLOFF IN 'DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME'

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Title: DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME Year: 1947 Rating: **1/2 Despite the legendary Boris Karloff playing Gruesome, this is the last and weakest...

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RALPH BYRD WITH JACK LAMBERT IN 'DICK TRACY'S DILEMMA'

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Title: DICK TRACY'S DILEMMA Year: 1947 Rating: **** It's true that comic book heroes are only as good as the villains, even way back...

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ROBERT QUARRY SINKS HIS TEEH INTO 'COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE'

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Title: COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE Year: 1970 Rating: **** A hybrid of late-1960's leading to early-1970's low-budget exploitation horror a...

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LAWRENCE TIERNEY & ANNE JEFFREYS RETURN FOR 'STEP BY STEP'

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Lawrence Tierney and Anne Jeffreys in STEP BY STEP Year: 1946 Rating: **** Lawrence Tierney with Anne Jeffreys, the gangster and moll from D...

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LAWRENCE TIERNEY DEAD AS 'DILLINGER' WITH ANNE JEFFREYS

LAWRENCE TIERNEY DEAD AS 'DILLINGER' WITH ANNE JEFFREYS LAWRENCE TIERNEY DEAD AS 'DILLINGER' WITH ANNE JEFFREYS

Anne Jeffreys and Lawrence Tierney in DILLINGER Year: 1945 Rating: ****1/2 In the 1930's through to the 1960's and 1970's, befo...

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LAWRENCE TIERNEY PLAYS THE WRONG MAN IN 'KILL OR BE KILLED'

LAWRENCE TIERNEY PLAYS THE WRONG MAN IN 'KILL OR BE KILLED' LAWRENCE TIERNEY PLAYS THE WRONG MAN IN 'KILL OR BE KILLED'

Title: KILL OR BE KILLED Year: 1950 Rates: ***1/2 The epitome of a crime programmer with a beginning, middle and end, and plenty in-bet...

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LAWRENCE TIERNEY VILLAINIZES 'NAKED CITY: ONE TO GET LOST'

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Lawrence Tierney in Naked City: One To Get Lost Year: 1959 Rating: ***1/2 By the late 1950's, Lawrence Tierney, who was an RKO leading m...

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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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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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