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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Worthy Deceivers" )


directed by W. Lee Wilder
USA 1955


Valerie Bancroft's untold millions cannot buy what she needs most - time! Her doctor estimates that her heart condition might allow her to live for 12 more months. Beautiful Valerie cannot resist the advances of lothario Rick DeVilla. The smooth operator wines and dines the heiress and after a whirlwind courtship, they are wed. These events, however, have not slowed down Rick's torrid affair with a sexy nightclub dancer. Meanwhile, Valerie is thrilled with her new husband and her health improves dramatically. Impatient to gain control of his wife's fortune, Rick decides to speed things up a bit, even if a little murder is required to finish the job.

John Bromfield was noted for his roles in horror films including Revenge Of The Creature (1955) and Curucu, Beast Of The Amazon (1956) but achieved his widest fame on the small screen starring as Frank Morgan on "Sheriff of Cochise" (1956-58) and "Texas Marshal" (1958-60). Also featured is gorgeous Rosemarie Bowe who left modeling and film to wed actor Robert Stack.


Theatrical Release: 5 June 1955 (USA)

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DVD Review: Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:10:57

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 5.24 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: Alpha

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Bonus trailers for titles from Alpha New Cinema
• Alpha Video DVD Catalog

DVD Release Date: May 26th, 2009
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Chapters 7



Call me a masochist for buying these Alpha releases, but for some of these B pictures, this is only option to see and own them on digital media. I guess, I keep waiting for a miracle and find above average transfer, but alas this is not it. We already reviewed Alpha disc of another noir directed by Billy Wilder's estranged brother, W. Lee Wilder - Three Steps North. The Big Bluff is a 71-minute fast-paced B picture that has a few surprised up its sleeve in the last 10 minutes. John Bromfield, usually not a leading man, plays a gigolo that tries to kill off his wealthy terminally ill wife played by gorgeous Martha Vickers.

The interlaced transfer is weak, looks muddy and most likely derived from a video source. There are a few damaged spots in the print. The audio is likewise, very problematic. A typical Alpha release for a untypical crime drama. Unfortunately, we can not recommend this release especially since the film is available in better quality on YouTube.

  - Gregory Meshman


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