BACKLASH
1947, 20th Century Fox, 66 min, USA, Dir: Eugene Forte

When a body is discovered in a burned-out car, the police have to ID the victim before they can hunt down the killer. This down-and-dirty B movie compresses a jailbreak, adultery and uxoricide into a breakneck story with a startling denouement. One of the best offerings from the redoubtable Sol Wetzel-helmed B unit at Fox. Starring Jean Rogers, Richard Travis, Larry J. Blake, John Eldredge and Robert Shayne. An ultra-rarity that can only be seen at NOIR CITY!


BEHIND GREEN LIGHTS
1946, 20th Century Fox, 64 min, USA, Dir: Otto Brower

Scott Darling and Charles G. Booth’s crackling script details political corruption in a Midwest city that has a mayoral candidate’s daughter (Carole Landis) involved in a murder, with a reticent police lieutenant (William Gargan) saddled with unraveling the mystery. This little-known gem is unavailable on DVD and hasn’t been theatrically screened in decades. Don’t miss it!


LADY ON A TRAIN
1945, Universal, 94 min, USA, Dir: Charles David

Nikki Collins (Deanna Durbin) witnesses a murder while waiting for a train, but can’t get the police to believe her when no body is discovered. While they dismiss her as daft, she enlists the help of a mystery writer to sleuth out the culprits on her own. Based on a story by veteran mystery scribe Leslie Charteris (The Saint), this is a wildly entertaining mix of comedy, musical and suspense, rendered in evocative noir style by cameraman Woody Bredell (PHANTOM LADY, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, THE KILLERS), and featuring a superb cast of sinister and suspicious supporting players (including noir fave Dan Duryea) who swirl ominously around “America’s Sweetheart.”


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