MARY RYAN, DETECTIVE
1949, Sony Repertory, 68 min, USA, Dir: Abby Berlin

We top off our B-movie marathon with a film so rare it’s not even in Maltin’s Movie Guide! Marsha Hunt plays a female police investigator who goes to prison, undercover, to help bust up a gang of jewel thieves. Directed by Abby Berlin from a script by B-veteran George Bricker, and costarring John Litel and June Vincent. NOT ON DVD


KID GLOVE KILLER
1942, MGM/Park Circus, 74 min, USA, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

It’s CSI: Hollywood, 1942 in this ultra-rarity, as the delightful and delectable Marsha Hunt plays a police forensics expert caught between cop-chemist Van Heflin and glittery gangster Lee Bowman. Yet another in our series scripted by the great John C. Higgins, this is also the feature film debut of director Fred Zinnemann. NOT ON DVD


THREE STRANGERS
1946, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

The verities of fate are explored in this fantastic tale of three strangers (Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Geraldine Fitzgerald) whose fates entwine with a mysterious Chinese idol and a winning lottery ticket. Deeply cynical, gloriously atmospheric. Screenplay by John Huston and Howard Koch. Directed by Jean Negulesco. NOT ON DVD


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