Directed by Harry Homer
USA 1953


One can't discuss 'Vicki' without mentioning its superior predecessor - I Wake Up Screaming. Not to say that Vicki is not a good film noir representative, but it liberally takes (scene after exact scene) without improvement or convincing alternate twist. The performances are adept - Jean Peters, as the model who gets killed; Jeanne Crain, as her misgiving sister; Craggy faced Richard Boone as Lt. Ed Cornell, Aaron Spelling though is no Elisha Cook Jr..... but each seem to do the best with Harry Horner's unremarkable direction. The plot is a far-fetched one but I still like the attempt - Supermodel Vicki Lynn, whose face is seen everywhere, is murdered, and ace homicide cop Ed Cornell cuts his vacation short to take the case personally. In flashback we see how Vicki rose from ambitious waitress to big black headlines, courtesy of clever publicity man Steve Christopher. Now Cornell seems determined to get Christopher convicted in what begins to seem like a bizarre personal vendetta. Is Steve caught like a rat in a trap? - Worthy, but perhaps, lesser noir.

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: September 7th, 1953

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Noir spine # 19 - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:25:15 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.83 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 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

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Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Foster Hirsch
• still galleries
• theatrical trailer 

DVD Release Date: August 29th, 2006

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The image looks as adept as any of the other Fox Noirs. Not pinpoint sharp but acceptable and contrast is very good with nice grey-tones. Progressive transfer with no intrusive artifacts.

Audio gives the 2 options - original mono and bumped stereo and there are option subtitles in un-agreeable bright yellow.

Foster Hirsh gives a decent commentary but he tends to narrate a bit and his steady monotone voice doesn't help matters. There are gaps, but in his defensive this is not a film that really warrants extensive discussion... so he does as good as job as he can. On top of that are some galleries and a trailer.

The Fox Noirs have all been 'blind-purchases' as far as I am concerned and don't really require a review. The price gives ridiculous value and I'd probably pay double. Whoever said 'there is no bad noir' has this as case-in-point - although the film may be second tier it has all the atmospheric style and earmarks that we crave.  

Gary W. Tooze


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