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directed by William Castle
USA 1956


Wildcatter Gene Barry has ambitions that go beyond collecting his paycheck for working on the oil rigs. He dreams up a scheme for siphoning off oil from the big pipelines and selling it to fly-by-night distributors or foreign interests. He approaches Edward Arnold, local boss of a sinister "combine" based in St. Louis, who goes for the plan (meanwhile planning to dispose of Barry once the oil and the money start flowing). It turns out Barry is a bit smarter and more ruthless than he seemed; forty years later, he would have been a vice-president (at least) of Enron.

Along with his slithering around to evade the various minions of the complicated syndicate, he finds romantic complications as well. On the right shoulder sits good-gal Jeanne Cooper, waitress in an eatery called The Derrick. But on the left side is Temptation, in the person of Barbara Hale.

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar at located HERE


Theatrical Release: February 1956 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Choice Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:20:42

1:85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.6 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: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:85:1

Edition Details:
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DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2012
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Here is another B crime drama from Sony Pictures available for the first time on DVD in this made-on-demand release and once again, this is a very good quality disc.

The anamorphic progressive transfer has nearly no damage and is presented in proper aspect ratio of 1.85:1 - there is black bars on all sides of the image. Mono audio is fine with no distortion. There are no subtitles per usual standard, no extras and no menus when you pop in the disc. Yet, we still can easily recommend this release just for its great presentation.

- Gregory Meshman


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