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I'll Sell My Life

A conspiracy of blackmail and murder sends an innocent woman to prison.
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DVD Details

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 11 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Alpha Video

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The girlfriend of Bochini, a shady "businessman," is gunned down by another woman in the parking lot of the Club Sirocco. A few days later, a strange ad appears in a newspaper published by good samaritan, Mordecai Breen. The ad's curious copy - "I'll buy your life. Apply Thursday. Alhambra Arms. Ask for A. Darnell." - drives Breen to investigate. He goes to the specified address to find a line of women waiting to apply. After learning that "A. Darnell" is actually Club Sirocco's band leader, Albert Darnell, Breen is introduced to Mary Jones, the woman who has agreed to accept $20,000 for the sale of her life. Mary later appears at the newspaperman's office with two envelopes to be left in Breen's care, only to be opened in the event of her death. That evening, Mary turns herself in for the club murder, making her a target for the bereaved Bochini, who has vowed revenge for his lover's death.

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Rating 4.0 Gangsters, Murders and Rhumbas Movie Lover: from The Bijou, US -- April, 7, 2010

One of those movies of the type that used to show up on the Late, Late Show all the time, "I'll Sell My Life" , while no Oscar winner, has its moments.
When a gangster's girlfriend is murdered, Rose Hobart agrees to take the rap in exchange for money to help her sick brother. Thats pretty much the plot,and its the individual performances that stand out. Micheal Whalen is pretty good as the lead who befriends Hobart but the best perfomance of all goes to Stanley Fields as the gangster Bochini. He plays him as a likeable rogue--who may just be a cold blooded killer. Of course any movie with Joan Woodbury in it will raise every male's blood pressure and here she gets to slink around in some gowns that fit snugly in the right places, and even gets to sing a song "Incidentally", which incidentally was blissfully forgotten all about within weeks after the movie's release. Rose Hobart plays pretty much a depressing wet blanket so the viewer kind of wonders why Micheal Whalen would bother with her, but hey, thats Hollywood.
As an added bonus, this may be the only screen appearance of the not so legendary Eddie Durant and his Rhumba Orchestra. His band plays some pretty odd instruments, including a wooden chair and what looks like the jawbone of a rhinoceros. If you pick up this DVD, you can surprise your friends at your next party by knowing the words to Durant's "Mysterio", which I am sure would impress just about everybody.


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  • Sales Rank: 10,328
  • UPC: 089218542397
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