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directed by Lewis Seiler
USA 1953

 

After a frightened teenager is cut down by police bullets during a botched heist, a reporter investigates. The story leads him to prominent businessman John E. Merrick (Frank Lovejoy), the secret boss of the gambling ring that had the youth ensnared in a web of wrong-way bets. And now Merrick’s carefully constructed world of family, upscale neighborhoods, country clubs and community respect begins to crumble around him. In this canny thriller, Lovejoy, the granite-jawed leading man in such ’50s gems of paranoia as The Hitch-Hiker and Shack Out on 101, takes his tough-guy persona and gives it a gutsy twist, creating an unusual and provocative crime-caper protagonist: the crook with a conscience.

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Theatrical Release: 18 April 1953 (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 1:30:06
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 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.

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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 7, 2010
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Chapters 10

 

Comments

The System is a little-known crime drama from Warner Brothers starring Frank Lovejoy as a mobster and a decent guy. It can hardly qualify as film noir and is mostly boring and uneventful despite some nice turns by few memorable character actors.

Despite all these drawbacks, MOD disc from Warner Home Video is very good quality. The progressive transfer has very few marks and no damage. The mono soundtrack is adequate. There are no trailer or subtitles provided for this release. The film itself is moderately recommended for fans of 1950's crime dramas.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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