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(aka "Low Company" )

 

directed by Gordon Wiles
USA 1947

 

The gangster grew up tough, got tougher with the years. But now slicker, smarter criminals are moving in on his rackets. The man who prided himself on his control of any situation realizes he may not be tough enough. And what once was self-confidence becomes the unfamiliar but overwhelming emotion of fear. The treacherous world of film noir combines with psychological suspense in a probing, surprising tale rumored to be an uncredited work by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. Barry Sullivan stars, powerfully capturing the flailing crimelord’s passage from defiance to craven desperation. And the cast – including Sheldon Leonard, Akim Tamiroff, Elisha Cook, Jr. and Charles McGraw – is a noir fan’s dark dream.

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Theatrical Release: 25 November 1947 (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 1:23:36
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.59 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

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2010
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Chapters 9

 

Comments

After moderate success of Monogram's first A picture, a skating noir Suspense, the studio established Allied Artists to distribute its higher quality A pictures to distinguish from poverty row releases of Monogram. One of Allied Artists' first movies was The Gangster which re-teamed stars of Suspense - former skating star Belita and Barry Sullivan. They are joined by Joan Lorring and a number of memorable supporting actors, including Akim Tamiroff, Harry Morgan, John Ireland, Elisha Cook Jr., Charles McGraw, Shelley Winters, etc.

This is another top-notch release by Warner Archive Collection. Progressive transfer doesn't compromise a beautiful cinematography by and there is very little damage on the print. The mono audio is very good as well. The disc is bare-bones with no subtitles, per usual, and no trailer. We still highly recommend this unjustly forgotten film noir to any fan of the genre. Hopefully, Belita's last noir for Monogram/Allied Artists, The Hunted, will be released soon by Warner Archive.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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