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THE MAD MAGICIAN
1954, Sony Repertory, 72 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

If an unscrupulous businessman and a rival magician stole your wife and all your best illusions, wouldn’t you go mad? Revenge is a dish best served by Vincent Price, whose lethal legerdemain as “Gallico the Great” will have audiences ducking for cover in this B&W 3-D thriller. With Eva Gabor as the ill-fated ex-wife.


THE BRASHER DOUBLOON
1947, Janus Films, 72 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

When a rare coin appears to be connected to a string of murders, ace detective Philip Marlowe is on the case. George Montgomery plays Marlowe in this twisty adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The High Window.


HANGOVER SQUARE
1945, 20th Century Fox, 77 min, USA, Dir: John Brahm

Perhaps the best 1940s thriller that no one has ever seen. Laird Cregar is memorable as a Victorian-era composer beset by blackouts. Is he also a marauding murderer? His passion for luscious singer Linda Darnell inspires betrayal, revenge - and the climactic "Concerto Macabre," one of composer Bernard Herrmann's most thrilling pieces of music.


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