(aka "Personal Column" )


directed by Douglas Sirk
USA 1947


Early Sirk serial killer thriller set in London, with a brassy Ball as an American gal enlisted by Scotland Yard to trap the culprit. As they frequently do in the movies, the serial killer meets his victims through the personal columns and sends gloating announcements to the police in verse form, just before he commits a murder. Nice of him to meet them half way and provide a tangible paper trail. As this is a studio-bound London somewhere in California, there are no prizes for guessing who plays the supporting Brits: Karloff, Hardwicke, Napier and Zucco - a nice brace of red herrings.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: 28 August 1947

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DVD Review: Kino - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:42:32

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.26 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.


Audio English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000

Chapters 16



One of Kino's better efforts -  although speckles, artifacts and chroma are the visible culprits here. There may be some black boosting as well. Cue blips from theatrical viewing are present (see below). Overall though this is very suitable for tube viewing with decent sharpness. Audio, like the image, has inconsistencies. There are no subtitle options offered and no supplements making the price offered on the high end.

Sirk students and Noir fans will get the most benefit - it has moments of strong atmosphere.

Gregory Meshman



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'Cigarette burn' or 'cue blip' visible on upper right of image...




  Bad Chroma evident...




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

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