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directed by Herbert I. Leeds
USA 1950

 

Master con artist Anthony Wells and his team of sham spiritualists and sťance operators have found the perfect mark: a wealthy widow (Elisabeth Risdon) convinced that Wells' phony Rama Society can put the grieving woman in touch with her deceased son. The con is on, and the LAPD’s Bunco squad is out to stop it in this brisk B documentary-style crime tale that features intriguing glimpses of mid-century Los Angeles locales. Robert Sterling (TV’s Topper series) plays an investigating cop closing in on Wells (Ricardo Cortez). The cast also includes Dante – aka Dante the Magician – whose amazing stage shows were once international sensations.

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Theatrical Release: 1 September 1950 (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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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:07:06
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.56 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.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2010
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Chapters 7

 

Comments

Warner Archive Collection are, thankfully, bringing forgotten rarities like this to the DVD format - representing one of the only ways to see it. Bunco Squad - a 67-minute crime drama from RKO - doesn't have name cast, but is a solid B picture with some occult themes recalling The Amazing Mr X and Nightmare Alley.

The single-layered MOD disc boast an impressive transfer for such a small film. It's progressive and has very few marks and speckles. The mono soundtrack is fine. There are no extras or subtitles, but the ability to see this rare movie in such a great quality supports my recommendation for this release.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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