MONKEY ON MY BACK
1957, Park Circus/UA, 93 min, USA, Dir: Andre de Toth

Cameron Mitchell stars in the real-life story of Barney Ross, a former champ addicted to both gambling and morphine. Released at the same time as the similar-themed THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, this is a much darker piece of filmmaking – a creepy and unnerving tale in which Mitchell's drug forays are straight out of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.


OUTSIDE THE WALL
1950, Universal, 80 min, Dir: Crane Wilbur

Pardoned after serving 15 years in prison for a boyhood murder, Larry Nelson (Richard Basehart) discovers he cannot escape his past when he encounters a crook (John Hoyt), an opportunistic nurse (Marilyn Maxwell), Hoyt’s greedy ex-wife (Signe Hasso) and a motley crew of miscreants (Lloyd Gough, Joe Pevney, Mickey Knox and Harry Morgan). Written and directed by crime maestro Crane Wilbur and filmed on location in downtown Philadelphia and Eastern State Penitentiary.


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.


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