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(aka "Girl in Room 13" or "The Girl in Room 17")

 

directed by Arnold Laven
USA 1953

 

Vice Squad starts off like a sip of espresso: dark, strong, with a scorched aftertaste. But soon it grows lukewarm. It had the makings of a solid ‘50s crime drama but dilutes them with quirky human-interest vignettes that bear no relation to the central story. Less film noir than a dutiful police procedural, it looks like an attempt to reprise the more intense Detective Story of two years earlier.

Still, it's not a bad movie, if humdrum, centering on the killing of a cop by two members (Ed Binns, Lee Van Cleef) of a gang planning a bank job. All the plot strands lead to Chief of Detectives Edward G. Robinson (did anyone ever enunciate English more precisely?). Among them are witness Porter Hall, reluctant to get involved because he was seeing his mistress (Joan Vohs); his big-shot, big-mouthed attorney, Barry Kelley; ritzy madam Paulette Goddard, deputized to pick up information from clients she and her girls `escort;' reluctant stoolie Jay Adler; and gang member Adam Williams, who's losing the nerve to go through with the heist. Populating the more remote subplots are Percy Helton, who thinks he's pursued by `television shadows' and a phony Italian `Count' pulled in for marriage bunco. The bank job comes off, but not quite as planned, as plainclothes police are planted on the scene. But Binns and Van Cleef manage to nab a hostage....

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at imdb.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 18 July 1953 (Los Angeles, California)

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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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Distribution

MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:28:00
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 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: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: January 3rd, 2012
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Chapters 9
 

 

Comments

Edward G. Robinson elevated many late 1940's-1950's B crime dramas, like The Red House  and Nightmare we reviewed previously. One such picture reviewed here, Vice Squad, is more of a police procedural than a true film noir. It's quite enjoyable, thanks mainly to Edward G. Robinson and too brief of a cameo by Paulette Goddard.

The 'made-on-demand' single-layered disc from MGM features progressive transfer that is mostly in a fine shape. There is very little in terms of damage, but the hue becomes greenish on some monitors during some scenes. The audio is fine and per usual, no subtitles or captioning is available. There is no trailer or other extras included with this release.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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