MR. SOFT TOUCH
1949, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 93 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, Gordon Douglas

This ultra-rare comedy-noir hybrid features Glenn Ford as a returning WWII vet who knocks over the Frisco nightclub he used to own. When the gangster owners come gunning for him, Ford finds sanctuary by getting arrested for a misdemeanor - only to find himself back in hot water when he’s sprung by a do-gooder social worker (Evelyn Keyes) for the holidays. Directed by Henry Levin and Gordon Douglas, this is one of the oddest combinations we’ve ever seen: romantic comedy, schmaltzy sentiment and hardboiled noir. “In headlong flight he paused… to live a lifetime in 36 thrill-packed hours… with this woman!” Not on DVD!


ROBIN AND THE 7 HOODS
1964, warner Brothers, 123 min, Dir: Gordon Douglas

It’s Prohibition-era Chicago, and gangster Robbo (Frank Sinatra) controls the North Side, despite ferocious racketeer Guy Gisborne’s (Peter Falk) take-over of the rest of the city. When Robbo gives money to the local boys’ orphanage, he becomes the Robin Hood of the Windy City - but will the good-hearted hood be toppled by Gisborne’s nefarious designs? With Bing Crosby and Barbara Rush.


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