THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN
1958, Sony Repertory, 82 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

A rookie cop (Darren McGavin) lays it all on the line when he goes undercover to checkmate the Syndicate and police corruption in Brooklyn. This fact-based film, adapted from crime reporter Ed Reid's story, was scripted by uncredited, blacklisted scribes Bernard Gordon (under the pseudonym Raymond T. Marcus) and Julian Zimet, and contains plenty of action and noir-stained ambiguity. Co-starring Maggie Hayes, Warren Stevens, Peggy McKay, Emile Meyer and Joe Turkel. NOT ON DVD!


THE BURGLAR
1957, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

Writer David Goodis' guilt-laden caper yarn is given a fully-stylized visual workout by whiz-kid director Wendkos in one of the last films of the 1950s to capture the fatalistic feel of classic noir. With Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers


THE MEPHISTO WALTZ
1971, 20th Century Fox, 109 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

One of the most stylish horror films ever made. Music journalist Alan Alda finds himself in the clutches of a satanic cult after interviewing an unnaturally gifted concert pianist (Curt Jurgens). Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins and Bradford Dillman co-star in this truly chilling drug-induced nightmare of a movie featuring composer Jerry Goldsmith's frightening adaptation of Liszt’s "Mephisto Waltz."


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