OUTSIDE THE WALL
1950, Universal, 80 min, Dir: Crane Wilbur

Pardoned after serving 15 years in prison for a boyhood murder, Larry Nelson (Richard Basehart) discovers he cannot escape his past when he encounters a crook (John Hoyt), an opportunistic nurse (Marilyn Maxwell), Hoyt’s greedy ex-wife (Signe Hasso) and a motley crew of miscreants (Lloyd Gough, Joe Pevney, Mickey Knox and Harry Morgan). Written and directed by crime maestro Crane Wilbur and filmed on location in downtown Philadelphia and Eastern State Penitentiary.


TENSION
1949, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: John Berry

Vampy sexpot Audrey Totter is married to mild-mannered druggist Richard Basehart - but she sleeps with every “real man” she sees. So Basehart takes the noir way out - kill his wife’s lover and disappear into a new identity. But cops Barry Sullivan and William Conrad smell a rat. Then Audrey and Barry eye each other ... and the tension is stretched to the breaking point. John Berry’s expert direction steamrolls plot holes flat - and Audrey is a 100-proof hoot.


HE WALKED BY NIGHT
1948, Park Circus/MGM, 79 min, USA, Dir: Alfred L. Werker

A psychotic loner (Richard Basehart) uses his genius for electronics to commit robberies while evading the police. When he escalates to cop killer, L.A.’s finest (Scott Brady, Roy Roberts and Jack Webb) employ new-for-the-time crime-fighting techniques to trap their clever adversary. The manhunt leads through - and beneath - Los Angeles’ most noir-stained cityscapes, stunningly photographed by the greatest of all noir cinematographers, John Alton. Featuring uncredited directorial assistance from Anthony Mann (RAW DEAL, T-MEN).


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