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directed by Joseph M. Newman
USA 1957


FDA agent Graves goes undercover as a driver in training for a Los Angeles trucking company to crack a case involving the trafficking of "bennies" (amphetamines). The bennies are being supplied to truckers for long distance runs with the result being a number of fatal accidents. Moving into Powers' boardinghouse upon arrival, Graves doesn't have to wait long for suspicious activity. Manic co-worker Connors seems to be on a constant unnatural high, Dierkes freaks out and attacks a Teamster brother with a meat hook, and long-timer Engel turns up dead shortly after warning the newcomer about the dangers of having pills for co-pilots. The increasingly addicted Connors becomes Graves' new partner and unwittingly outs waitress Anders as a connection. Meanwhile, Powers takes a shine to the "rookie" from out of town.
As a cautionary drug tale of its era, DEATH IN SMALL DOSES isn't as exploitative as HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, but it does contain a lot more sensationalism than (say) a MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM. Drivers are dependent enough on their "co-pilots" to have a vial in one hand while the other is on the steering wheel, and violent attacks and hallucinations occur with amazing frequency. Typical of the era's B's from Allied Artists, it is consistently entertaining, particularly the performances. The MVP is ex-Boston Celtic and Chicago Cub Connors. Just a year away from his stoic signature role as THE RIFLEMAN, Connors literally can't stand still, constantly grinning ear to ear and delivering his hep patter at a mile a minute.

Excerpt of review from The Horn Section located HERE


Theatrical Release: 15 September 1957 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Film Noir Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:19:03

1:78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.37 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: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:78:1

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DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2013
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Death in Small Doses is a hugely entertaining B-picture from Allied Artists, directed by Joseph M. Newman of This Island Earth fame and starring Peter Graves before his role on Mission: Impossible TV series and Mala Powers after City That Never Sleeps, but an actor who makes this film a must see is Chuck Connors before The Rifleman.

The movie comes to digital format thanks to Warner Archive under the "Film Noir Archive Collection" imprint. The made-on-demand single-layered disc is progressive, using a new anamorphic transfer. The transfer looks excellent, with very few marks on the print and overall contrast is something we come to expect from newly restored Warner Archive editions. There are no issues on the mono sound. Unfortunately, there are no trailers available for this feature - it would be interesting to see how it was marketed - some of the posters available of the movie include stills not in the film itself.

  - Gregory Meshman


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