IRON MAN
1951, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Joe Pevney

Jeff Chandler stars as Coke Mason, a Pennsylvania coal miner who is talked into becoming a boxer by his gambler brother (Stephen McNally). Coke’s wife (Evelyn Keyes) thinks her husband’s violent streak can make them millionaires, not caring that’s he’s becoming a villain in the public’s eyes. In the end, Coke fights for the title against … Rock Hudson! Based on the novel by W.R. Burnett and featuring Jim Backus, Joyce Holden and James Arness.


FLAXY MARTIN
1949, Warner Bros., 86 min, Dir: Richard L. Bare

The double-crosses and plot twists pile up after nightclub singer Virginia Mayo frames lawyer Zachary Scott for mob boss Douglas Kennedy. A librarian (Dorothy Malone) and a knife-wielding thug (Elisha Cook, Jr.) provide additional diversions in this breakneck crime melodrama that is peopled with a plethora of familiar faces.


UNTAMED YOUTH
1957, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Howard W. Koch

Sexpot Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson play sisters convicted of hitchhiking and skinny-dipping and sent to a correctional farm - whose owner dates the local judge to ensure a steady supply of inmate labor. Like any good juvenile delinquent flick, UNTAMED YOUTH includes cool tunes; along with incidental music from Les Baxter, Mamie gets to wail a few numbers, and rock ‘n’ roll great Eddie Cochran chimes in as fellow inmate Bong. As ’50s film pleasures go, we find this one “guilty”!


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