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(aka "The Long Chance" or "Danger Is My Beat")
USA 1955


A man's body is found face down in a fireplace, face and fingerprints charred beyond identification. Clues lead to his mistress, bar singer Barbara Payton (alas, we get to hear nary a note). Homicide cop Ray Patrick tracks her to a mountain cabin, but a blizzard forces them to spend a (chaste) night together, and she starts to get under his skin. On the train back to Los Angeles, she spots the man who was presumed murdered standing on a platform; against his better judgement, Patrick joins her on the lam to uncover the truth -- a confusing pastiche involving her roommate, a double blackmail scheme, the wrong body and, somehow, ceramic figurines....

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar for located HERE


Theatrical Release: 27 February 1955 (USA)

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

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:17:12

1:78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.47 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

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
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Murder Is My Beat could have been just a footnote in Edgar G. Ulmer's film noir career, especially when compared to his masterpiece Detour or Ruthless, recently released on DVD and blu-ray by Olive Films. Instead, this little gem from Allied Artists is mostly famous for being the final film of real-life noir heroine Barbara Payton. (John O'Dowd's biography Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story is a highly recommended read if you wish to learn more about her tragic life).

Warner Archive Collection's made-on-demand single-layered disc presents the film in anamorphically enhanced transfer in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. This looks like a newly remastered transfer, with very little damage on the print and well-balanced contrast. Some scenes are a little softer (see capture 3), but this is most likely from the print rather than any issue with the transfer. Mono soundtrack is fine, without any distortions. There are no extras provided, not even a trailer, but we still recommend this crime drama to any film noir fan.

  - Gregory Meshman


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