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Clara Calhoun (Jane Randolph) is an attractive beautician who allows the back of her boutique to be a central location for a bookie operation. Her underworld associations escalate and she plans with her boyfriend and 'Duke' (John Ireland) to rob her nefarious tenants. The robbery turns sour and someone is shot. Steve Ryan (Ed Kelly) is innocent but is being framed as the murderer. At first, homicide detective Mickey Ferguson (Hugh Beaumont) thinks Steve is guilty, despite his obvious attraction to Steve's lovely sister Rosie (Sheila Ryan). Keen detective work ensues as Mickey seeks to prove the real perpetrator.

 

Mann, a consistently underrated director, does a wonderful unique take on the film-noir genre. It's funny, when preparing screen captures for the DVD (below) I always end up choosing so many shots from Mann's films (more than I require) because of the inventive angles and framing that he chooses. There are plenty of shadows and atmospheric lighting to immerse yourself in. If you love the film noir, I suspect you better get this.

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: September 25th, 1947 - USA

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DVD Review: Kino -  Region 0 - NTSC

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For an extensive savings Kino are offering the 5-disc Film Noir - The Dark Side of Hollywood boxset with Sudden Fear / The Long Night / Hangmen Also Die / Railroaded and Behind Locked Doors coming out September 12th, 2006.

         

Distribution Kino - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:11:57
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: January 18th, 2000

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Chapters: 9

 

Comments:

I found this transfer modest and acceptable. Certainly not perfect - there are some scratches, dirt, very soft at times, but the pictures haziness seems a step above what you might expect. Audio has some crackles but is generally consistent. This is a good film too. No Extras or even more than a simple menu, but it was back in 2000 (the earlier days of DVD). I recommend it to noir fans, just don't expect too much. out of 

Gary W. Tooze


Recommended Reading in Film Noir (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)



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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

For an extensive savings Kino are offering the 5-disc Film Noir - The Dark Side of Hollywood boxset with Sudden Fear / The Long Night / Hangmen Also Die / Railroaded and Behind Locked Doors coming out September 12th, 2006.

             

Distribution Kino - Region 0 - NTSC



 

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