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They Made Me a Criminal (1939)     Lady Gangster (1950)

First, director Busby Berkeley's "They Made Me a Criminal" stars John Garfield as a boxer who goes on the run after he is suspected of killing a man. While he attempts to clear his name, he takes refuge in a camp for juvenile delinquents while a detective tries to track him down. With Claude Rains and the Dead End Kids. Then, in "Lady Gangster," Faye Emerson shines as a no-nonsense gun moll whose dreams of becoming an actress are complicated when she is blamed for a heist. With the help of a kindly district attorney, can she turn her life around? Frank Wilcox, Ruth Ford, Julie Bishop, and, in an early role, Jackie Gleason co-star.

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Theatrical Release: 21 January 1939 (New York City)  /   1 April 1942 (USA)

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DVD Review: Roan Group / Troma (Crimebusting Double Feature!) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Roan Group / Troma

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:31:10
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 2.82 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 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Roan Group / Troma

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter 1
• Radar Men from the Moon - Chapter 1
• Film Background (text screens)

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 2004
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Chapters 6

 

Comments

The Warner Archive Collection filled in a void in home video format of classic (and not so classic) releases, but some of the films owned by Warner fell through the cracks known as public domain and some not-so-stellar releases have been released on the marked of such films. Roan Group is usually better than average company releasing public domain films. Unfortunately, after a long stint with Troma Home Video, they stopped releasing anything new. This set from 2004 collected two Warner Brothers crime pictures still unavailable from the studio itself. They Made Me a Criminal is a mainstay of public-domain releases, but the print used by Roan Group for this release is in very poor shape. The contrast is nonexistent and the transfer is very muddy with many instances of digital artifacts.

The audio is inconsistent and there are no subtitles provided. The second feature, Lady Gangster is a vehicle for a B starlet-in-training Faye Emerson (this was her first starring role) and features one of the first roles for Jackie Gleason. The print for this title fares much better - with better contrast and less damage on the print, but the digital artifacts are still here. There are some extras included - the first chapters for two serials - Universal's Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe and Republic's Radar Men from the Moon. A few text screens with some information about They Made Me a Criminal finish off the extras. We can only recommend this release for the second feature, as They Made Me a Criminal exists in a better public domain prints, but we really hope that Warner Archive will rescue these two titles from the public domain giving them proper releases they deserve.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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(aka "I Became a Criminal" or "They Made Me a Fugitive")

 

directed by Busby Berkeley
USA 1939

 

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directed by Robert Florey
USA 1942

Theatrical Release: 1 April 1942 (USA)

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DVD Review: Roan Group / Troma (Crimebusting Double Feature!) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

Distribution

Roan Group / Troma

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:01:20
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 2.60 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Roan Group / Troma

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date:
Keep Case

Chapters 6

  


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Distribution

Roan Group / Troma

Region 0 - NTSC


 

 




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