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directed by Alexis Thurn-Taxis
USA 1943

 

They don't call District Attorney John Wallace "Honest John" for nothing, given his reputation for putting high-profile criminals behind bars. All he needs is one more big case to ensure his election as the state's next governor - and big-shot politico Mark Crandall is going to give it to him on a silver platter. A mutilated corpse has been identified as mobster George Dickson. Now D. A. Wallace has the body, a motive (the insurance money), and a prime suspect (Dickson's estranged wife Sally). Despite misgivings about the evidence, which is purely circumstantial, Wallace wins the conviction. Sally gets 20 years to life in federal prison, and Wallace gets elected governor. Then Crandall drops a bombshell: He bought and paid for a witness to provide phony evidence against Sally Dickson. Crandall framed her, but Wallace convicted her. As Crandall sees it, he now owns Wallace. But "Honest John" drops a bombshell of his own: He grants Sally Dickson a full pardon, resigns the governorship, and convenes a grand jury to investigate a miscarriage of justice in which he was an unwitting - and now unwilling - participant. But Crandall's nefarious cohorts won't go down without a fight, and even Sally is bent on revenge.

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Theatrical Release: 4 January 1943 (USA)

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DVD Review: Alpha - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Alpha

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:04:50
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.40 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 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

DVD Release Date: May 15th, 2012
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Chapters 7

 

Comments

Once unavailable on home video, even through a trade circles, Man of Courage makes its home video debut thanks to the great folks at Alpha. Released in 1943 by Producers Releasing Corporation, this release at least makes us aware of this little crime drama and what we might have missed all these years. It's unlikely any better materials would surface for a restored release, so we have to do with this poor 16mm video transfer. Fortunately, we are not missing much and we can only recommend this PRC film to die-hard 1940's Z-studios crime drama fans - film noir aficionados don't apply. Patsy Nash playing a precious 5-year old Mary Ann may test people's patience.

I already mention the quality of the transfer, so, despite Alpha's efforts, the interlaced transfer is very poor. There is a lot of damage on the print and the picture looks muddy, but at least it's watchable, all things considered (quality film elements from poverty row studios, except Monogram, are now lost forever). The soundtrack is marred with some damage, especially during the worst of the print elements. The lone extra is a collection of trailers for Alpha New Cinema releases.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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