Told in flashbacks this weak 'B' film has very little 'noir' in it although it is listed s such. Performances are transparent and the whole thing lacks suspense and intensity, but for fans of old black and white films this may be worth of a view on late night TV. The plot is as follows:
When several notorious criminals are unjustifiably released on parole, the Federal Government smells a rat and sends ace agent Richard Hendricks (Michael O’Shea) to investigate. Richard infiltrates the gang responsible for the parole racket by posing as a much-wanted convict Rick Carson, but the wily Barney Rodescu (Turhan Bey), who is the brain behind the racket, soon finds out Carson’s true identity. Carson’s life is now in grave danger!
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Theatrical Release: November 24th, 1948
DVD Review: A2ZCDS - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||A2ZCDS - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.32 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)|
I noticed that this company, A2ZCDS, had a few noir-ish titles for sale and thought I would check one out for quality. This DVD shows a lot of weaknesses - full of damage and scratches, single-layered and interlaced (see last capture), no subtitle options - and enough haziness to suggest it was ported from a very poor source - most likely analogue. Audio is just as poor. No, this is a rip-off at $14.95 (or at anything more than $5 bin at Wal-Mart). Steer clear.
The only extra is a 3 minute 'intro' preview of other Public Domain A2ZCDS titles on DVD (or coming to). Yeah, avoid these guys like the plague. The film is almost as weak as the transfer but the pace is a rare positive. Thumbs down!