1947, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 82 min, USA, Dir: Richard Wallace

In this rarely seen piece of prime-grade pulp, taciturn Glenn Ford barrels his broken-down truck into a rural California town and is quickly engulfed in adultery, embezzlement and murder. Janis Carter is the long, tall drink of delicious poison he can’t resist, a frosty sample of pure ’40s film noir femme fatale. Barry Sullivan is his usual sly self as the not-so-unwilling cuckold. The script by Ben Maddow (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE) hits all the notes originated by James M. Cain, and director Richard Wallace has a good time playing them. Not on DVD!

1954, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Harold D. Shuster

One of the rarest films of the original noir era, this tidy tale of unjust persecution plays like a B-movie version of Les Miserables, transplanted to the streets of Los Angeles. An innocent bank clerk (Barry Sullivan), the fall guy in an embezzlement scheme, is pursued to the brink of insanity by a fanatically righteous insurance investigator (a memorably merciless Charles McGraw). Costarring Dorothy Malone.

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