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directed by Lee Sholem
USA 1956


An innocent man is accused of murdering a cabaret singer. His loyal classmates, although suspicious of his guilt, provide him with false alibis. When the man investigates, to really clear his name he encounters a real threat to his life from those classmates.


Theatrical Release: 21 March 1956 (USA)

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DVD Review: MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:09.36

1.33:1 Open Matte format
Average Bitrate: 7.46 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: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2011
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Crime Against Joe is a below average B-thriller distributed by United Artists in 1956, just as widescreen aspect ratio became a standard. Wooden John Bromfield sleep-walks through his role of an artist accused of murder; Julie London is much more memorable as a friend helping him to clear his name. The film has some dashes of noir atmosphere, especially the ending, but can't sustain it for the whole running time, all 70 minutes of it.

A made-on-demand release from MGM presents an open matte transfer of this film (notice extra headroom in all screen shots). The contrast is decent, but the chroma is evident is some scenes (see second and fifth captures). The sound is decent, but per usual standard for these releases, there are no subtitles or captions provided. There is also no trailer available on the disc. Unfortunately, the film and the disc do not meet our expectations, so we can not recommend this release. Your money is better spent elsewhere.

  - Gregory Meshman


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