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Film Noir Classics Collection, Vol. 5 (1945-1955)

Cast: John McIntire, William Talman, Susan Hayward, more...
Director: Anthony Mann, Vincent Sherman, Richard Fleischer, more...
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Film Noir, Vintage Noir
Languages: English

Synopses
Film Noir Classics Collection, Vol. 5 (Disc 1 of 4): Cornered / Desperate (1945)

Cornered (1945, 102 min.): From England to continental Europe to Buenos Aires, ex-RCAF pilot Dick Powell stalks the Nazi collaborator who murdered his bride. But one fact constantly surfaces during his quest: no one can describe the mysterious man. Joining Powell in the film shadows are the director and other key talent behind Murder, My Sweet of the year before.

Desperate (1947, 73 min.): Desperate is the first of seven atmospheric noirs directed by Anthony Mann. Steve Brodie is a postwar every man who accepts what he thinks is an honest trucking job, only to find he's the driver in a botched heist that puts Brodie and his bride (Audrey Long) on the run from the cops and the cons who planned the job (including chief thug Raymond Burr).

Film Noir Classics Collection, Vol. 5 (Disc 2 of 4): The Phenix City Story / Dial 1119 (1955)

The Phenix City Story (1955, 100 min.): Corruption, brutality and vice plagued Phenix City, Alabama, for 100 years, so who would dare to change it? Based on real-life events and filmed on location in what was called Sin City USA, director Phil Karlson's semi-documentary tells the jolting tale of those who risked their lives to bring the burg's syndicate of thugs and murderers to justice. 1.77:1 Aspect Ratio.

Dial 1119 (1950, 75 min.): An asylum inmate escapes to the city, where he takes hostages at a local dive, guns down a bar employee and warns authorities his captives will be next if the doctor whose testimony first put him away doesn't arrive within the hour. A bit of casting irony goes with the movies then-novel use of TV news coverage: actors Marshall Thompson, William Conrad, Keefe Brasselle and Leon Ames would have significant career ventures in television.

Film Noir Classics Collection, Vol. 5 (Disc 3 of 4): Armored Car Robbery / Crime in the Streets (1950)

Armored Car Robbery (1950, 68 min.): Richard Fleischer directs this brute-force milestone about a deadly heist and the battle of wits and firepower between a fugitive gangster (William Talman) and his stripper moll (Adele Jergens) and a bulldog cop (Charles McGraw), out to avenge his partner's death, who uses hidden microphones, lab work and his own well-honed instincts to close the net.

Crime in the Streets (1956, 91 min.): Following a turf rumble with a rival group, a street gang leader (John Cassavetes) tells his gang to do what they've never done before: kill a snitch. Reginald Rose wrote and Don Siegel directs a jazz-riffing screen version of a tale first seen on TV and co-starring James Whitmore and Sal Mineo. 1.77:1 Aspect Ratio.

Film Noir Classics Collection, Vol. 5 (Disc 4 of 4): Deadline at Dawn / Backfire (1946)

Deadline at Dawn (1946, 83 min.): A gangster's sister lies dead. All clues point to sailor Bill Williams as the murderer. Slated to depart for duty at dawn, the swabbie, aided by good-hearted dime-a-dancer Susan Hayward and affable cabbie Paul Lukas, has mere hours to prove his innocence. The tangy Clifford Odets script is based on a novel by William Irish (pseudonym of Cornell Woolrich).

Backfire (1950, 91 min.): Vincent Sherman directs this gripping yarn about recovering war veteran Gordon MacRae's quest to prove pal Edmond O'Brien innocent of murder. Aiding him is his resourceful nurse Virginia Mayo. And a secretive doctor, a lively undertaker, a desperate gambler, a dying witness and a haunting Viennese melody all lead them to a shocking climax.


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Film Noir Classics Collection, Vol. 5 (Disc 1 of 4): Cornered / Desperate (1945)
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