(aka "The Story Without a Name" )


directed by Arnold Laven
USA 1952

Splashing spotlights across tight blonde curls and the sharp edges of the murderous blades of a gardener's shears---Without Warning! Opening with pure noir murder, our love-killer gardener Carl Martin (Andy Williams, North by Northwest) leaves his latest fair-haired victim gaping at the ceiling in a motel room in a post-passion melee. But our killer is not a random psycho, He's a clean-cut kid with an unknown chip on his. shoulder and a pair of garden shears in his hands---and a murderous lust for big-busted blonde babes out for a quick night's thrill. Befriending a local garden shop owner's daughter, Carl boldly snares her in his lair. Scant clues keep detective Ed Binns (12 Angry Men), busy while Carl Martin keeps pruning the blondes. With a tip of the hat and a draw of the gun, the flatfoots keep our killer hustling until he's plucked his last daisy. Drawing on the classic inspirations of the period, Without Warning! is one of the final missing pieces in the shadowy world of American film noir.


Theatrical Release: 8 May 1952

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DVD Review: Dark Sky Films, MPI - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:16:57

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.97 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Dark Sky Films, MPI

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Photo Gallery (10 posters and lobby cards)

DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
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Chapters 10


Comments Rare police procedural/serial killer noir gets a welcome release by Dark Sky Films/MPI in their lost noir line. The overall presentation is very good. Unfortunately, the transfer is non-progressive, but the picture is very sharp and clear from any marks. MPI provided English subtitles for the film, which is rarely done by smaller studios. Cheap price for such a nice package makes it an easy recommendation for any noir fan.

 - Gregory Meshman



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