MARY RYAN, DETECTIVE
1949, Sony Repertory, 68 min, USA, Dir: Abby Berlin

We top off our B-movie marathon with a film so rare it’s not even in Maltin’s Movie Guide! Marsha Hunt plays a female police investigator who goes to prison, undercover, to help bust up a gang of jewel thieves. Directed by Abby Berlin from a script by B-veteran George Bricker, and costarring John Litel and June Vincent. NOT ON DVD


BLACK ANGEL
1945, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Roy William Neil

In this spellbinding adaptation of Woolrich’s thriller, noir favorite Dan Duryea gives a terrific performance as a pickled pianist whose estranged wife is murdered. When her husband is charged with the crime, nightclub canary June Vincent enlists drunken Dan’s help in a search for the real culprit. Broderick Crawford and Peter Lorre add muscle and menace to the typically warped Woolrich atmosphere, well rendered by director Roy William Neil.


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