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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 23, 2004
- Originally Released: 1948
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Ireland & Jane Randolph|
|Directed by||John Reinhardt|
|Screenplay by||Max Wilk & Ted Murkland|
|Cinematography by||George Robinson ASC|
|Produced by||Frank Satenstein|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Paul and Nancy Lester (John Ireland and Jane Randolph) are newlyweds back in the old neighborhood to visit a good friend who has disappeared. Investigation leads them to the enter of a violent hate cult willing to murder any Jewish "outsiders" unfortunate enough to set foot on their turf. Slick expressionist lighting and fluid camera work augment this moralistic drama, as interesting for its techniques as it is for its universal message.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 14 ratings.
John Ireland stars in this 1948 film about anti-semitism in a unnamed town. An unpopular subject at the time. the film tells its story faithfully and truth. I agree that it deserves a wider viewing and larger reputation.
Compact film noir about an anti-Semitic hate group. While on their honeymoon, John Ireland and his new wife Jane Randolph stay with an old army buddy named Ed... but Ed never comes home, and someone's been ransacking the place. They find white supremacist literature, and Ireland wonders what Ed was doing with trash like that. They figure out that Ed's in trouble... and maybe they are, too. The organization murders Ed and then runs over his corpse with a truck, and Ireland learns that almost everybody in the neighborhood hates Jews. Ireland is determined to get to the bottom of things. Ed left some incriminating photos because he was going to expose the organization in a magazine, and the Nazis want the pictures back. Gritty, socially-conscious fast-moving little B-flick that keeps the tension cranked up high. Deserves a broader reputation; right now it's too obscure for most film reference books. If you like this, you may also want to check out Jigsaw, which Alpha also carries.
An interesting little B movie film noir in which John Ireland finds himself battling a ruthless neighborhood gang of white supremacists. Notable for its gritty, working-poor setting -- Ireland is on his honeymoon, but the best he can do for his new bride is to bunk for a few days with his unemployed army buddy! As the Oldies.com write-up says, there is a lot of dark, expressionist lighting; very creative and moody. This film is also an example of how low cost B movies could tackle social issues that the studios of the day would never broach in a big budget release. Well worth the price!
- Sales Rank: 2,227
- UPC: 089218436290
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