THE SPIRITUALIST
aka THE AMAZING MR. X
1948, Sony Repertory, 78 min, USA, Dir: Bernard Vorhaus

A phony medium (Turhan Bey, in a supremely slippery performance) convinces a gullible widow (Lynn Bari) that he can communicate with her late husband. This hugely entertaining thriller (the lighter side of NIGHTMARE ALLEY) is one of the least-seen and under-appreciated of cinematographer John Alton's many noir masterworks. With Cathy O'Donnell and Richard Carlson.


BACKFIRE
1950, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Vincent Sherman

Virginia Mayo, Gordon Macrae, Edmond O'Brien and Viveca Lindfors star in this taut mystery about a war veteran whose attempt to investigate the disappearance of his army buddy follows a series of clues into a maze of murder and violence.


THE RECKLESS MOMENT
1949, 82 min, USA, Dir: Max Ophuls

Suburban housewife Joan Bennett goes to extraordinary lengths to cover up a murder committed by her daughter. Then blackmailer James Mason enters the picture: sadist or saint? Top-of-the-line suspense from the great Max Ophuls. Remade as THE DEEP END - see the original and decide for yourself if you'd rather have Joan Bennett or Tilda Swinton for a mother.


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