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).


UNTAMED YOUTH
1957, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Howard W. Koch

Sexpot Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson play sisters convicted of hitchhiking and skinny-dipping and sent to a correctional farm - whose owner dates the local judge to ensure a steady supply of inmate labor. Like any good juvenile delinquent flick, UNTAMED YOUTH includes cool tunes; along with incidental music from Les Baxter, Mamie gets to wail a few numbers, and rock ‘n’ roll great Eddie Cochran chimes in as fellow inmate Bong. As ’50s film pleasures go, we find this one “guilty”!


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