directed by Patrick Jenkins and Sam Newfield
UK 1952

 

The Gambler and the Lady starred Dane Clark as Jim Forster, a gullible American gambler who comes unstuck when his desire for social climbing leads him to dumps his dancer mistress Pat (Kathleen Byron), in favour of high society Lady Willens (Naomi Chance). Racketeers infesting London's gambling belt wreck Jim’s casinos, and his partner Dave is killed by the Colonna Brothers, who want in. During a gun battle Jim deals with the Colonna’s, as he struggles away wounded, a jealous Pat runs him down in her car.

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Theatrical Release: 26 December 1952 (USA)

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DVD Review: VCI Entertainment (Hammer Film Noir Vol. 3) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Also available in VCI's Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set, Vol. 1-3 which includes Bad Blonde (1953) Man Bait (1952) A Stolen Face (1952) - Blackout (1954) Gambler and the Lady (1952) - Heat Wave (1954) but BEWARE the packaging is circumspect - a large case with three discs stacked immediately on top of one another. It is advisable, even paying a slight amount more to buy the three Double Features individually.

             

Distribution

VCI Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:11:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5:81 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
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bios for Sam Newfield, Naomi Chance
• Filmographies for Patrick Jenkins, Dane Clark
• Trailers for Deadly Game, Terror Street, Slightly Scarlet
• Short Commentaries about Hammer Noir and the film by Richard M. Roberts

DVD Release Date: August 28, 2006
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Chapters 12

 

 

Comments An impressive print quality with very little damage. The largest drawback is that it is interlaced. Some minor, but unnecessary, contrast boosting. Tube worthy this Noir effort is quite enjoyable for fans of the style - as is the whole 1-3 disc boxset - bordering on essential for a Noir library.  The supplements are slim pickings but at least a viable effort by VCI. Optional subtitles would have been appreciated but certainly one can't argue with the price.

 - Gregory Meshman

 

 






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(aka "The House Across the Lake" )

 

directed by Ken Hughes
UK 1954

 

Slick and effective thriller that employs the writing and directing talents of Ken Hughes. An American pulp novelist, Kendrick (Alex Nicol), meets his rich neighbours across the lake and is soon seduced by Carl (Hillary Brooke), the wife of Forrest (Sidney James), whom Kendrick likes. Forrest is badly injured when his launch has an accident in the fog, and Carol throws him overboard. When Kendrick discovers Carol has gone back to her ex-lover Vince (Paul Carpenter), he goes to the police.

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Theatrical Release: 16 April 1954 (USA)

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DVD Review: VCI Entertainment (Hammer Film Noir Vol. 3) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

Also available in VCI's Hammer Film Noir Collector's Set, Vol. 1-3 which includes Bad Blonde (1953) Man Bait (1952) A Stolen Face (1952) - Blackout (1954) Gambler and the Lady (1952) - Heat Wave (1954) but BEWARE the packaging is circumspect - a large case with three discs stacked immediately on top of one another. It is advisable, even paying a slight amount more to buy the three Double Features individually.

             

Distribution

VCI Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:08:12
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5:81 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.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: VCI Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bio for Alex Nicol
• Trailers for Deadly Game, Terror Street, Slightly Scarlet
• Short Commentaries about Hammer Noir and the film by Richard M. Roberts

DVD Release Date: August 28, 2006
Keepcase

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments Interlaced yet again (and analog sourced), but we'll take what we can get. The image has reasonable sharpness and acceptable contrast, although there are moments of imbalance. The imperfections tend to add to the atmosphere - especially for CRT (tube) viewing)... as opposed to being a cumbersome distraction.

This is a package that Noir fans can't really ignore.

 - Gregory Meshman

 

 



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