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Directed by Nathan Juran
USA 19


Roger Corman's co-penned (the first appearance of his name in credits) Noir-esque thriller. It's an engaging mid 50's crime drama of the low budget variety. Conte as an Korean War Marine on the lam after a love-hate first chance meeting with bar girl and ex-model Terry Smith (Mary Beth Hughes) in a Vegas casino. He beds her and departs early the next morning but later she is found dead. He evades the police and thumbs a ride with female fashion photog (Joan Bennett) and her lithe young model (Wanda Hendrix) - hence the Highway Dragnet begins. The film's climax ventures to an atmospheric flooded house on the ocean. Romance and a surprise killer and lurking in the shallows...




Theatrical Release: January 20th,1954

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DVD Review: Retroflix - Region 0 - NTSC



Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:11:00
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:  4.66 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 2.0) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: Allied Artists

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: unknown

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Chapters: 0



I purchased this 'DVD' about a week ago (May 2010) from the Turner Classics Movie site HERE but now they know nothing about the title (and three others I purchased). It arrived in a box with a 'Retroflix' cover (their site HERE also appears to be having issues identifying this as a purchasable DVD). What we surmise from this - is that it, and the other titles, have disputed rights.

It's a puny (2.42 Gig) single-layered, heavily interlaced, DVD-R that is riddled with artefacts. Great film, but - as you can see - deplorable transfer. It is close to unwatchable. It looks like someone rendered it in their basement from a 3rd generation VHS. Shameful way to treat such a clandestine gem.

No subtitles - and, unremarkable and inconsistent 2.0 channel sound. Extras, or even a menu, are non-existent.

This fabulous 'B' leaning film with many attributes representing it to the Noir style. Conte, Joan Bennett and Wanda Hendrix (hubba hubba) are all fabulous - ditto for director Duran's participation and it's a very appealing low budget effort. I'm happy to have seen this but crave a 'real' DVD release with the rights situation resolved soon!

Gary W. Tooze


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