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directed by Richard Fleischer
USA 1948


Soon after L.A. police detective Mike Carter is bounced from the force, the officer who fired him is found dead. Suspect #1: Mike Carter. While the police dragnet draws tighter, Carter scrambles to clear his name, connecting the dots involving Pasadena bluebloods, the meat-packing industry and cop corruption. As Carter, noir icon Lawrence Tierney (Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs) brings grim toughness to this atmospheric whodunit that marks the genre debut of another film noir notable, director Richard O. Fleischer (Armored Car Robbery, The Narrow Margin). A filmmaking legend of even greater renown was in the wings. Robert Altman of M*A*S*H, Nashville and Gosford Park receives his first credit (as story co-writer Robert B. Altman).


Theatrical Release: 4 September 1948 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:02:26

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.64 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 Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2011
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Bodyguard is 1948 B-film noir from RKO studios directed by Richard Fleischer. I was hoping Warner Archive would release simultaneously his next year's thriller, Follow Me Quietly - hopefully that title will join Warner Archives soon. Lawrence Tierney was mostly known for his mobster and criminal roles in films like Dillinger and Born to Kill, so it was surprising to see him in a good-guy role and the chemistry with Priscilla Lane playing his fiancée is surprisingly sweet and cute.

The single-layered progressive disc from Warner Archives is very good quality. There is a number of specs and marks on the print, but overall contrast is very good. There is no trailer or any other extras, and per usual unfortunate standard, there are no subtitles provided. Previously this film was available on DVD HERE in France from Éditions Montparnasse, which we don't own to compare the quality, but this MOD disc is recommended.

  - Gregory Meshman


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