HOLLOW TRIUMPH
1948, Eagle-Lion, 83 min, Dir: Steve Sekely

Fugitive crook Johnny Muller (Paul Henreid) finds the perfect hiding place - in the guise of a psychiatrist who is his identical twin … almost. One of the sublime examples of noir fatalism, with a clever script that will keep you guessing - and the added attraction of an amazingly evocative look at 1940s Los Angeles, photographed by the great John Alton. This was the first film produced by romantic leading man Henreid, who like many actors in the late 1940s turned to crime dramas to revitalize their careers. Costarring Joan Bennett at her snarly best.


HOUSE OF WAX
1953, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: André De Toth

Vincent Price stars as a mad wax sculptor who diabolically dips his models/victims into hot wax, with help from Charles Bronson (here billed under his real name, Charles Buchinsky) in his first major role as the crazed artisan’s assistant. With Phyllis Kirk and Carolyn Jones.


HE WALKED BY NIGHT
1948, Park Circus/MGM, 79 min, USA, Dir: Alfred L. Werker

A psychotic loner (Richard Basehart) uses his genius for electronics to commit robberies while evading the police. When he escalates to cop killer, L.A.’s finest (Scott Brady, Roy Roberts and Jack Webb) employ new-for-the-time crime-fighting techniques to trap their clever adversary. The manhunt leads through - and beneath - Los Angeles’ most noir-stained cityscapes, stunningly photographed by the greatest of all noir cinematographers, John Alton. Featuring uncredited directorial assistance from Anthony Mann (RAW DEAL, T-MEN).


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